Explore DTLA’s Arts District

From its humble 19th century beginnings as Jean-Louis Vigne’s vineyard and later, an industrial center for railroads and manufacturing, the Arts District has evolved to become one of DTLA’s hottest neighborhoods. In the 1970s, artists in search of cheap studio space began to occupy the area’s dilapidated warehouses. These urban pioneers opened art galleries and redeveloped old buildings, preserving a crucial part of L.A.’s industrial history. The area underwent another downturn in the 1990s before being saved by Joel Bloom and his supporters, who officially renamed it the Arts District.

Today, the Arts District is an urban oasis, home to countless restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and creative industries such as architecture, entertainment, and green technology.

Ready, set, explore!

Zinc Cafe & Market

580 Mateo Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Zinc Cafe & Market has been serving guests at this popular Arts District location since May 2014. The inviting open kitchen and peaceful courtyard dining area provide a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Downtown LA. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are served, and the marketplace has an abundance of prepared foods, such as salads, entrees, appetizers and desserts, to enjoy at Zinc or to take home.

Bar Mateo

580 Mateo Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Bar Mateo is the newest addition to the Zinc concept–a craft cocktail bar housed in a barn built in 1914,  sitting behind a mature olive grove. Enjoy Classic Cocktails and Zinc Desserts while dining al-fresco under the trees.

Bread Lounge

700 S Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

A DTLA staple, Bread Lounge is an artisan bakery and coffeehouse bringing European style pastries and bread to the Arts District. Housed in a sleek industrial space, this casual, comfortable cafe offers interesting breads such as fig and walnut, Kalamata olive, potato rosemary, and brioche buns. Try their Jerusalem bagels fresh out of the oven, served with herb cream cheese, labneh, confiture, or good old fashioned butter. Need a simple Sunday breakfast? The toasted baguette, freshly made mixed berry confiture, and plugra butter will get your week off to a sweet start!

Urban Radish

661 Imperial St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Urban Radish is a family-owned market carrying everything from cereal to hand-cut meats to local berries. This cutely-monikered establishment is also an eatery, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. In addition to their eclectic menu of grills, soups, sandwiches, and  salads, their latest offering is fresh sushi, made in-house. The proprietors like to see themselves as curators, creators and matchmakers, serving the community with good food. Indeed, their wine room boasts some 300 labels, with a focus on small producers and organic/biodynamic production at a range of price points (most is under $30).

Art Share LA

801 E. 4th Place

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Housed in a sprawling 28,000 square-foot warehouse art center, Art Share LA provides studio space, rotating gallery exhibits, and performances to the LA community. Art Share L.A. believes that artists create when they have access to space, resources, and support. Their mission is to provide a creative environment for artists to reside, develop, perform, and exhibit. The top floor offers 30 affordable live/work lofts for artists, and the bottom floor is a community-programmed facility, home to a theater, art galleries, art and ceramic studios, classrooms, and an office.

Alchemy Works

826 E 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Alchemy Works is a lifestyle retail, gallery, and events space concept, highlighting designers, unique homewares, clothing, and accessories, including the Warby Parker Glass House, where you can have custom eyeglasses fitted. They regularly host events, bringing a community feel to this open-air, sophisticated design venue.

Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The concept for Bestia juxtaposes decorative contemporary elements against a raw, industrial space dripping with character. This approach pays homage to sophisticated modern-day Italian spaces, which often integrate contemporary interiors into centuries-old structures. The name Bestia (Italian for “Beast”) echoes throughout the space via hard-edged design elements, such as the wall covering’s pattern of bar-fight weapons, intimidating meat-hook chandeliers suspended from soaring steel tracks, and bathroom tile work that reads as unfinished. The menu features a generous selection of authentic Italian stalwarts such as Antipasti, Pizzas, Paste, Secondi (fish, lamb, steak), finished off with Dolci (Mascarpone Rice Pudding, Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta, Bar au Chocolat Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart).

Everson Royce

1936 E. 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Be prepared to check all formalities at the door when you enter Everson Royce. This lively bar offers a vast selection of hand crafted cocktails, beer and wine in their “Big Book of Spirits.” Patrons are encouraged to try their signature boilermaker, consisting of a beer and a shot, because “God gave you two hands for a reason.” To anchor all these righteous beverages, Everson provides a stick-to-your-ribs menu featuring Burgers, Kennebec French Fries, Corn Dogs, Smoky Potato Taquitos, Barbecued Chicken Thighs, Hamachi Tartare Tostada, and Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits.

EightyTwo

707 E. 4th Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

EightyTwo is a 21+ classic arcade featuring a rotating collection of 50 pinball and arcade machines, a full bar, outdoor patio, nightly DJs, and weekly arcade and pinball competitions. Entry is always 100% free on a first-come first-served basis with no cover charge, guest list or reservations.  As a result, a line sometimes forms on weekend nights based on capacity, so on Friday or Saturday it’s always a good idea to come as early as possible, especially if you have a larger group.