Downtown L.A. has a lot to offer: with the renovations of neighborhoods such as the Arts District and Koreatown, you may find yourself traveling downtown a little more often these days. The next time you are in the area, take a moment to explore these lesser-known spots that embrace our city’s exciting and unique culture.
This extraordinary mural, located on the wall of the Italian Hall, was created by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1932. Although the mural was painted over in 1988, it was later restored by the Getty Conservation and became the only public mural in the United States that remains in its original location. The mural is now part of the El Pueblo Historical Monument.
This park was built in memory of Biddy Mason, a slave born in 1818 who ultimately won her own freedom in a Los Angeles court. As a free citizen, “Grandma Mason” worked as a nurse and donated most of her earnings to various charitable organizations. She was also one of the first African-Americans to buy her own land in L.A. Take a stroll through the park to learn more about her incredible life.
This rooftop garden is located on top of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Blue Ribbon Garden is home to the Lilian Disney Memorial Fountain, created by architect Frank Gehry. Enjoy spectacular views of the Hollywood sign to the San Gabriel Mountains from this rooftop retreat.
This inviting bar, located in Little Tokyo, is known for its unique Asian-fusion cuisine and cocktails. Come for happy hour on Tuesdays through Fridays to enjoy discounted drinks and plates. The bar also features an extensive whiskey and sake list, as well as almost 40 beers on tap.
L.A.’s version of The Big Easy – aka New Orleans. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or brunch on the outdoor garden patio while dining on classic New Orleans favorites, such as jambalaya and shrimp and grits. Pair it with a Sazerac while listening to the occasional live music to get the full NOLA experience.
This museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a fashion lover's paradise. View over 15,000 pieces collected from all over Europe and America, with some even dating back to the 1800s. You can also check out Betsey Bloomingdale’s generous donations of French couture that was added to the collection in 1978.