Best Breakfast Cafes & Brunch Spots in DTLA

Let’s do brunch! Or breakfast, if you please. Celebrate the weekend with a late-morning, champagne-fueled feast. Gather with friends for a casual meal of fresh baked goods and a frothy cappuccino. Or enjoy a classic American-style breakfast with a soul satisfying cup of joe. Whatever your pleasure, DTLA is the destination for homey breakfast cafes, lavish brunch spots, and even vegetarian and gluten free options – guaranteed to jump start your day!

Zinc Cafe & Market

580 Mateo Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Zinc Cafe & Market has been serving guests at their 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. Start your brunch with a Classic or Zinc Mimosa (raspberry purée, giffard créme de pêche, fresh lemon juice, sparkling wine). Specialties include Belgian Waffles,  Avocado Toast, and Labneh Herbs & Feta Plate (middle eastern yogurt),preserved lemons, plum jam, feta, fresh herbs, za’atar, french olives, cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, pita). Gluten free options are available upon request.

The Rustiq Table

2280 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located in Downtown Los Angeles near the USC campus, The Rustiq Table offers a unique and modern take on comfort food. Breakfast,  served from 8am – 11am, offers specialties such as Avocado Toast, Classic Breakfast Burrito, Buttermilk Biscuit, and Chilaquiles (Fried tortilla chips, green salsa, black beans, feta cheese, sour cream, onions, fried egg). Saturday brunch, from 10am to 3pm, offers Farro Avocado Breakfast Bowl, Zucchini Pancakes with Smoked Salmon, and RUSTIQ Burgers. To top it off, indulge in a delicious cookie or brownie with a cup of Stumptown coffee or tea. Dine in the cozy storefront or take home.

Bottega Louie

700 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

This iconic 255 seat restaurant, gourmet market, patisserie and café offers pizzas, pastas, small plates and macarons to-go in a bright, bustling space. The sumptuous breakfast menu presents a selection of egg dishes, omelettes, avocado toast, smoked salmon benedict, and prosciutto & burrata. Weekend Brunch is a celebration of sweet and savory–choices include Belgian Waffles, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, French Toast, Avocado Toast, Tuscan Farro & Eggs, Lobster Hash, and Farmers Market Breakfast. Wash it all down with a Mimosa, Pomegranate Fizz, Bellini or Louie Spritz. Salut!

Perch

448 S Hill St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Perch Los Angeles is a French inspired rooftop bistro that offers unobstructed views of Downtown Los Angeles that will make you feel as if you’re floating over the skyline. Brunch served until 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Start with a chef’s selection of scones, muffins, and croissants with whipped honey butter or jam. Or savor the sybaritic Baked Brie (fennel apple pecan slaw, mâche, wholegrain mustard aïoli). Other signature dishes include Perch Truffle Cheese Frites, Avocado Toast, Perch Fromage + Charcuterie,  plus a selection of salads, eggs, omelettes, and burgers. Bubbles and craft cocktails are available.

Eggslut

Grand Central Market Stall D-1

317 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept founded in 2011, inspired by a true love for eggs. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both novice and extreme foodies through classic comfort fare with a twist, all encompassing the key ingredient, eggs. No longer just a breakfast staple, Eggslut make eggs appetizing everyday.

KTCHN DTLA

428 S Hewitt St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

This weekend pop-up brunch spot features elevated breakfast dishes and cocktails in an open, airy venue. The location and menu have changed over time, but the quality of the food is consistently top-notch, receiving accolades from Eater LA, Thrillist, Eye on LA, and Zagat. KTCHN is currently posted at Resident in DTLA’s Arts District. Let go of any expectations and trust that you will have a great time and an amazing meal.

Poppy + Rose

765 Wall St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Featured on LA Weekly’s Best of L.A. Food & Drink, Poppy + Rose is inspired by the country kitchens we all know and love. A collaboration between Diana Yin and Chef Michael Reed, the restaurant serves classic American diner fare prepared with honest ingredients. Their signature Fried Chicken & Waffles are made with free-range Mary’s chicken and a Belgian-style waffle. Biscuits are baked from scratch every morning with real butter, and fries are hand cut from fresh Kennebec potatoes. Poppy + Rose offers a tempting drop-off catering menu, from corporate events to a gathering of friends for breakfast at your home.

P.Y.T.

400 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

P.Y.T. is a vegetable-centered restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, inspired by a garden not far away. Caspian pink tomatoes, chocolate mint, marigolds, passion fruit, Japanese red mustard, Bright Lights Swiss chard, scarlet radishes, and purple top turnips grow on the hillside. Some days, there might be 35 pounds of tomatoes that seemed to appear overnight, so they make tomato tarts. Sample the Persimmon toast with ricotta, pumpkin seeds and Old Bank honey or if you’re feeling especially adventurous, the Green piri piri rice with herbs, fried egg, sesame seeds and tiny arare (rice crackers).

 

DTLA’s Hottest Craft Beer Destinations

The craft beer craze has taken LA by storm! Thanks to the passion and dedication of brewers and suds lovers with a mission, our city is awash in well-tended microbreweries, art-bedecked beer palaces, and industrial-cool taprooms. From great lagers to awesome ales, sturdy stouts, and hoppy IPAs, you’ll find it all in DTLA–the hottest craft beer destination around!

Arts District Brewing Co.

828 Traction Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Arts District Brewing Co. opened in 2015 in Downtown LA’s historic Arts District. The sprawling establishment offers a variety of rooms for revelry, including Main Bar, Game Room with arcade and photo booth, Outdoor Bar and Patio, The Pub, The Study, and Chalkboard Area. Choose from their curated craft beer list, which is updated on a regular basis. The hearty food menu offers a beer-appropriate selection of wings, burgers, fires, salads, calamari, fish tacos, and nachos. Arts District Brewing Co. reserves tables Mon-Thurs. All weekend parties can walk in and grab any space they’d like, first come, first served. Brewery tours can be specially arranged by appointment.

Mumford Brewing

416 Boyd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Located in DTLA’s Little Tokyo, Mumford Brewing is a microbrewery and tap room, serving a small offering of various snacks. Patrons are welcome to bring their own bites or order from nearby restaurants. The tap room offers 4 oz. tasters (including flights of 4 beers), 1/2 pints (8 oz. glass) and full pours (16 oz. or 13 oz. depending on the beer type) for on-site consumption and 32 oz. “Crowlers” (tall cans) and 64 oz. (1/2 gal. glass jug) “Growlers” for off-site consumption. All seating is first come, first served. The tap room is available for private events.  Email connect@mumfordbrewing.com.

Frogtown Brewery

2931 Gilroy St.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

An independent craft brewery and tap room along the L.A. River, Frogtown Brewery is owned by long time friends and home brewers Adam and Mike, who had the crazy dream to one day open their own brewery. After many years of hard work and planning, they finally made Frogtown Brewery a reality. Adam is passionate about IPAs – Mike loves stouts, and they both enjoy making and drinking Belgian style beers. They currently have eight different styles of beer on draft, with seasonal and experimental beers constantly in rotation. Their goal is to make Frogtown Brewery a place that the local community can be proud to call their own. So go ahead, have a seat at the custom made copper top bar and treat yourself to a pint. Cheers!

The Dankness Dojo – Modern Times Beer

832 S Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Ready your body and mind for an epicurean odyssey at The Dankness Dojo, the DTLA pilot brewery, restaurant, and cafe from San Diego-based brewery & roaster Modern Times. In addition to hosting Modern Times’ R&D brewing facility, The Dankness Dojo features a full menu of boundary-pushing plant-based cuisine; over 30 taps of delicious beer, plus guest beers & wines; merch, coffee, and beer to-go; and a cafe offering the Full-Spectrum Modern Times Coffee Experience. Modern Times has unleashed the full power of their design team on this historic space, resulting in wall-to-wall art installations.

Highland Park Brewery

1220 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

From their original space in Highland Park as a production-only facility, Highland Park Brewery has expanded into Chinatown, housing their first tasting room and second Brewery. HPB, as the brewery is affectionately known, was founded with the goal of making excellent beer in LA, focusing on fresh hoppy beers, lagers, and mixed culture fermentation, accompanied by unique processes, wacky microbes, and local ingredients. HPB offers a robust, beer-friendly food menu including Queso and Chips, Fried Cheese Curds, and a Sausage Plate with Chorizo, Salsa Verde and Focaccia. The Chinatown tasting room is kid friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio (no pups inside). Guests are also asked to not bring in any food not prepared in their kitchen. Attention bicyclists of LA! Highland Park Brewery recently installed two bike racks in front of their taproom, so bike riding customers can feel safe about locking up their bikes while they imbibe.

Imperial Western Beer Company

800 N Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located in historic Union Station, this opulent beer palace and brewery has a regal menu to match, including fresh oysters, clams, scallops, mussels, shrimp, ceviche, along with steak frites, their signature burger, and house smoked pork ribs. Beers are arranged by clever categories including $5 Beers, Belgian-esque, Hoppier, On the Dark Side, Collaborations, and Cider. Full taplist here. They don’t take reservations, but you can book space for a food and beverage minimum based on guest count. For more information, email jessica.mills@213hospitality.com

Mikkeller

330 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

In 2006, he was a math and physics teacher who started experimenting with hops, malt and yeast back home in his kitchen in Copenhagen. Today Mikkel Borg Bjergsø exports his micro brewed beer to 40 different countries and is internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative and cutting edge brewers in the world. Mikkeller DTLA is an industrial-cool bar, offering rare tap and bottled beers alongside upscale pub grub including Charcuterie & Cheese, House Smoked Sausages, Burgers, Veggies, and Brunch Specials, such as Croque Madame and Wild Mushroom Omelette.

Angel City Brewery

216 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

In a city known more for its glitz than its grit, Angel City Brewery is proud to rough things up a bit and work beneath the shiny surface. Their home in the Los Angeles Arts District is both brewery and canvas, the center of a revival for the city’s artists, musicians, hustlers, and craftspeople. The establishment preents an ever-rotating selection of Angel City beer on tap, which includes a number of beers exclusively available at the Brewery. In addition to pints and flights, they offer brewery tours, events, and a small on-site retail store. Outside food is always welcome, and there are a number of great locations in the neighborhood that offer take out. In addition to the neighborhood cuisine, Angel City’s parking lot has become a hot spot for food trucks, with one parked outside nearly every night.

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in DTLA

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all chocolate and roses! Whether or not you have a “special someone” in your life, V Day is a great excuse to get out and party. From secret masked balls to DJ dance parties, retro entertainment, free concerts, and yes, romantic dinners for two, DTLA is your celebration central for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Masked Ball

Secret location

Downtown Los Angeles

Grab your Valentine or group of friends for a Valentine’s Day Masked Ball by Hand Made Events. The night begins with finding out the Downtown Los Angeles secret location. The exact destination is revealed to ticket holders just two hours before the event begins. Going all out with your attire and creative style is highly encouraged–and don’t forget your mask! If you are single and want to be found, wear something RED. Simply arrive to the Masked Ball, where you will find a complimentary beer, wine and bubbles bar! There will also be small appetizers and desserts. The evening’s entertainment will feature a live burlesque show, a big band performance, and of course, a DJ, because a ball means everyone should be dancing!

True Romance Valentine’s Day Party

Cinespia at the Los Angeles Theatre

615 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Cinespia presents their Annual Valentine’s Party featuring live music, DJ dance party, 5 floors of bars, free Cinespia photo booth and True Romance on the big screen! Dressy casual attire is encouraged. Doors open at 7:30. Movie at 9:00. Buy tickets here.

Metro Art Presents: Union Station Kind of Love

Union Station

800 N Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fall in love at Union Station this Valentine’s Day with a night of throwback harmony, doo-wop and soul music at LA’s historic landmark. Union Station Kind of Love is a collaboration between Metro Art Presents and the popular The Floor Improv. Kicking off at 8:00 pm with a 1960s, Supremes-style dance follow-along led by the popular trio, the Velettes, the event will feature live music by the St. Jukes. Additional dance follow-alongs and social dancing will be part of the celebration. All ages, genders and orientations are welcome. This event is intended for friends, singles and couples alike. Valentine revelers are encouraged to dress in 50s and 60s styles and bring their dancing shoes. This event is free and open to the public.

Grand Park Lovers Rock

200 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park makes Valentine’s Day easy and affordable for Angelenos with LOVERS ROCK. Groove to the soulful vibes of Lovers Rock reggae with LA’s top ranking reggae selectors of DUB CLUB! Bring your own special picnic dinner or enjoy the food trucks, and take a moonlit walk through the park amidst the iconic views of Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park’s iconic Arthur J. Will Memorial fountain. Spend a romantic evening at tables around the fountain and throughout Olive Court and experience special music curated to enhance the park’s beautiful surroundings.

Cafe Pinot

700 W 5th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Named “Most Romantic Restaurant” by L.A. Downtown News, Cafe Pinot is a California French-inspired restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles offering stunning outdoor dining on a twinkle-lit garden patio. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of food with a special menu by Executive Chef Phillip Martin. $70 Three-Course & $85 Four-Course Menus.

Le Petit Paris

418/420 South Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Le Petit Paris comes from Cannes-based restaurateurs David and Fanny Rolland, owners of Miramar Plage on La Croisette and the original Le Petit Paris, both located in Cannes. The restaurant is housed in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic El Dorado building, originally built in 1913, and features multiple skylights, a mezzanine level, a lounge, a room dedicated to date night goers, “La Boutique,” a gift shop with artisanal goods from France, and a large outdoor patio. Le Petit Paris offers dishes from the South of France and provides a true French brasserie dining experience to Downtown LA’s Historic Core.

LA’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Bar

7276 Melrose Ave

Next to Severance WineBar

Los Angeles, CA 90046

Valentine’s Day not your thing? Don’t let those flower and candy companies tell you how to celebrate! The Breakup Bar is throwing an Anti-Valentine’s Day Champagne Celebration as an antidote to this sugar-filled occasion. Check out an 8-foot wall of broken relationships, a mini art exhibit of relics of Valentine’s Day past, and a 10-foot projection screen showing classic breakup movies of past and present. The menu will feature an enhanced selection of champagne, punches, and wine-based cocktails, along with a heavy amount of cakes, dessert fondues, cookie towers, and pretty much every sweet imaginable. Reserved tickets are $20 per person and include a complimentary cocktail or sparkling wine flight (tax & gratuity included). Walk-ins are welcome, however seating is limited so reservations are encouraged.

 

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.

Feed Your Head: LA’s New Food Museums

Are you keeping your New Year’s resolutions? According to research on the topic, about 60% of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8% are successful in achieving them. Maybe part of the problem is that our top resolutions are diet and health-related!

What if you could satisfy your foodie cravings and still stick to your good intentions–and even learn something in the process (mastering a new skill is also a top resolution!). Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too! LA is home to a smorgasbord of food museums, offering delicious, Instagrammable experiences without the guilt!

Cheat Day Land

2018 E 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The only pop-up museum dedicated to your favorite cheat meals, Cheat Day Land is a celebration of the foods we all dream about and deserve after a hard week’s workout. This immersive museum lends its energy to the idea of treating yourself with a cheat day-because you deserve it. Cheat Day Land hosts 17 fully immersive, imaginative environments in themes of all your “forbidden” foods-a journey through space and time with the vehicle being your favorite cheat day meals. Your guided tour will be lead by a Cheat Day specialist, who will walk you through all of the exhibits and installations. The museum also offers ideas for balancing a healthy lifestyle which still allows for snacking and occasional guilt-free cheating. Buy tickets here.

The Foodie Space

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 Union Street

Pasadena, CA 91101

Wait, let me take a pic first! If you’ve ever heard those words or said them yourself before being allowed to dig into your meal, then you’re probably a foodie.The Foodie Space pop up is the serial foodie photo-taker’s wildest dream come true. Imagine colossal glitter fries that you can marry, playing with a giant overflowing noodle bowl of phở, an over-sized tea set mad enough to make Alice jealous, and many more to interact with! Playfully poking fun at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn, visitors will have a chance to take tons of glorious food pics to their heart’s content. Each interactive exhibit was made by hand by local artists. Buy tickets here.

Pacific Food & Beverage Museum

731 S. Pacific Ave.

San Pedro CA 90731

The Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (PacFAB) showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation’s cuisine and illustrates the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond. Led by Director Tracey Mitchell, PacFAB takes an expansive and inquisitive approach to its programs, examining the past, present, and future of food and drink, featuring gallery exhibitions, curated dinners, mixology seminars, film, television, and radio development, and other programs.

PacFAB is also home to The Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Los Angeles Collection, which showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation’s cuisine and illustrate the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

Disgusting Food Museum

A+D Architecture and Design

900 E. 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Okay, we saved the best for last! The Disgusting Food Museum is not just an exhibit, but a celebration of food from around the world, highlighting how different cultures may or may not view certain things as disgusting. First displayed in Sweden, the collection of 100 plus foods was conceived and curated by psychologist and innovation researcher, Dr. Samuel West, well-known as “Dr. Failure” after the runaway success of his Museum of Failure. Foodies, travelers, and the just plain curious can explore unfamiliar food creations, smell new and face-cringing aromas and take selfies at the far from usual grand finale tasting bar with select creations to sample! Amazing and bizarre Instagrammable moments are endless at the internationally known museum. Buy tickets now.

LA Plaza Cocina…coming soon

La Plaza Cocina, the country’s first museum/teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican cuisine, will make its debut in early 2019 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Los Angeles residents will be able to visit the 2,500-square-foot space to be located in LA Plaza Village, the first major new development in the El Pueblo Historical Monument area of downtown. La Plaza Cocina will mark an expansion of LA Plaza’s role in celebrating and showcasing the rich and diverse Mexican history, art and culture of L.A. The museum will explore and project the Mexican culture for visitors through a myriad of events, multidisciplinary programming, exhibitions and a state-of-the-art test kitchen for hands-on classes with professional chefs held at the location.

 

 

 

 

 

Best New Year’s Eve Bashes in DTLA

Can you believe 2019 is right around the corner! Time to order the bubbly, round up your crew, and get ready to Ring in the New Year! Whether you’re ready for an epic bash, a curated experience, or prefer to keep things more low-key, DTLA has endless NYE options to suit every budget, mood, and style!

New Year’s Eve at the Varnish

The Varnish

118 E. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Get your groove on for 2019 and ring in the New Year at The Varnish! The theme is Disco, with special guest DJ Max Maxey spinning your favorite vinyls all night. Pre-paid ticket includes Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Select Sipping Spirits, Midnight Champagne Service, Snacks, French Dip, and Late Night Snack. Walk-ins for standing room welcome on a first come, first served basis. All tax and gratuity are included with the table price. $350-$1050. Tickets here.

Part Time Punks Annual New Year’s Eve Party

Moroccan Lounge

901 E. 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA

Part Time Punks moves its Annual New Year’s Eve Party to The Moroccan in DTLA this year–once again with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado from Sweet and Tender Hooligans!. Spend NYE dancing to a sing-along mix of indie 80s, 90s, Britpop, Bowie, Glam, Morrissey, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, The Cure and Iggy, the Velvets and Blur and Pulp and Suede and The Clash, 90s Post-Punk, and Retro Rock Jams. At least one David Bowie sing-along will occur. $20. Tickets here.

The Streamliner NYE

The Streamliner Bar

800 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ring in 2019 at The Streamliner’s first New Years Eve celebration! Located at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, The Streamliner offers the classic cocktails you love in the updated original lounge from the 1940’s. Reserving a table (seats up to four) includes a bottle of champagne and seafood platter compliments of Imperial Western Beer Company. $250. Tickets here.

Minimal Effort New Year’s Eve

Belasco Theater

1050 S Hill St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Minimal Effort is transforming the Belasco Theater into an underground haven with multiple stages, each with their own unique aesthetic. Ring in the new year with Sasha, Skream, Justin Jay, Will Clarke, YokoO, Layton Giordani, option4, Human Resources, Hats&Klaps, Jonnie King, VNSSA + more. $59-$2000. Upgraded VIP tickets include an open bar and festivities carry on until 4 a.m. Tickets here.

Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show

Orpheum Theatre

842 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

The queen of burlesque herself, Dita Von Teese, brings her sparkly New Year’s Gala back to LA at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Shimmy into 2019 with Dita, her trunk full of sparkling costumes, and a troupe of burlesque all-stars. $49-$225. Tickets here.

Edison New Year’s Eve Ball

The Edison

108 West 2nd Street #101

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Usher in the New Year at DTLA’s legendary Cathedral of Industry and Imagination. Celebrate Living History as you eperience the past on your journey into the future. Dance to the electric sounds of an amazing band, while aerialists take to the air with their death-defying acts of wonder. Feel the excitement walking with giants while they stilt their way through the crowd. $100. Tickets here.

Arts District Brewing Company

828 Traction Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Ditch the packed dance floor and high prices and toast the New Year at Arts District Brewing Company’s fun-but-minimal celebration. The 17,000 square-foot space features a full bar with a sprawling main room which can house as many as 500 guests, an outdoor patio with a capacity of 120, and a private room with it’s own private bar, patio, and A/V. The brewpub also includes an expansive entertainment area with a photobooth and multiple classic bar games available, including pinball and 15 restored vintage Skeeball machines. No cover. Complimentary toast of locally brewed beer at midnight. More info here.

 

Holiday Gift Giving: Where to Shop in DTLA

Looking for something special this holiday season? Finding the perfect present can be an adventure all by itself! DTLA abounds in holiday gift giving opportunities just waiting to be discovered–from unexpected shopping streets, to holiday markets, pop-ups, and exciting new retail experiences.

Shop Sneaker Row

Game on!  “Sneaker Row,” the stretch of South Broadway between 4th and 9th streets, is your new go-to for athletic shoes and street wear. Options run the gamut from the super-snazzy Jumpman L.A., which opened in October, to a budget-friendly WSS outlet and brand-conscious Sheikh Shoes.

Jumpman LA

620 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Jumpman LA is a three-story 25,000 square-foot experiential retail space from Nike’s Jordan Brand–Michael Jordan’s shoe and athletic wear label, in partnership with footwear retailer Footaction. Serving as a hub for athletes, creatives and passionate Jordan fans, Jumpman LA encourage customers to test drive their products in a sports-science-equipped Flight Lab weight training room and full regulation-size rooftop basketball court. After all that exertion, patrons can relax in the recovery lounge.

Explore Row DTLA

777 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Row DTLA is presenting a festive Calendar of Events this December, including holiday markets, pop-ups, trunk shows, tasty food trucks, and more! Curated with the community in mind, Row DTLA’s events offer opportunities to connect with other creatives and get first looks at new culture shifting concepts.

Poketo x Join Holiday Market

Poketo Project Space

Row DTLA

777 S. Alameda St. #174

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Shop design-driven goods by creative collective Join’s roster of independent creators from the Pacific Northwest and beyond at Poketo Project Space at Row DTLA. Expect to find something for everyone on your list with artfully crafted housewares, accessories, stationery, apparel, and more from 19 American studios. Poketo is a lifestyle brand founded in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung born out of the desire to infuse the everyday with aesthetic intentionality. Their new flagship, Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA, is a concept space with rotating pop-ups by different brands, artists, designers, and makers.

Galerie.LA Gift Shop

Row DTLA

767 S Alameda St #192

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Held every Saturday and Sunday until December 23, Galerie.LA Gift Shop is a rotating holiday pop-up marketplace at Galerie.LA featuring all ethical and local designers. With a mission of supporting local, the Gift Shop has hand-selected some of their favorite designers to make buying a thoughtful gift effortless.

Dover Street Market

606-608 Imperial St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

One of the most exclusive and highly regarded retail trendsetters in the global fashion scene, Dover Street Market recently opened its Los Angeles flagship store in DTLA’s Arts District. Housed in a graphic, white,15,000 square-foot renovated warehouse, DSMLA is the latest art-meets-retail concept from the Commes des Garçons label. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a life-size hippo sculpture and there the fun begins! The interior is laced with a warren of arresting visual displays, art installations, chain link fencing, and galvanized metal, creating distinct sections for coveted brands like Gucci, Palace, noir kei ninomiya, Chanel Fine Jewelry, Marc Jacobs, and Comme des Garçons Women’s and Men’s.

UNIQLO THE BLOC – Opening 12/13/18

The BLOC

700 S Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

A Tokyo fashion and clothing company with locations in 12 countries, UNIQLO is one of the five biggest specialty fashion retailers in the world. Owned by Fast Retailing, a Hiroshima based company, UNIGLO is known for accesible, affordable T-shirts, jeans, outerwear, and casual wear for women and men. One of UNIQLO’s main products is HEATTECH–a thin, anti-static, stretch fabric that keeps in heat and dries quickly–perfect for wearing layers of clothing. UNIQLO parent company Fast Retailing is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, that fosters responsible action among companies and organizations and aims to materialize sustainable growth for the international community.

 

 

Best Chinatown Bars to Wet Your Whistle

Did you know the original LA Chinatown developed in the late 19th century, but was gradually demolished to make room for Union Station? During its heyday from 1890 to 1910, Old Chinatown boasted some two hundred buildings including a Chinese Opera theater, three temples, a newspaper, and a telephone exchange. In 1938, a separate commercial center, known as “New Chinatown,” opened for business, and evolved to become the Chinatown we’re familiar with today-an international destination for dining, shopping, art, and entertainment-and of course, bars!

LA Wine Chinatown

900 No. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located inside Chinatown’s Blossom Plaza, LA Wine takes you on a tasting tour of California’s coast with hand-picked wines from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. This cozy spot is the brainchild of David DeLuca, owner of DTLA’s Ham & Eggs, who was introduced to many of the Golden State’s farmers and vintages during his own stint working in Sonoma wine country. In addition to their house label and many craft beers, LA Wine features multiple wines from their favorite producers including Hitching Post, Stolpman, Bonny Doon, Navarro, and Peterson. They also present a rotating reserve list of seasonal California wines, regions and vintages. All of their offerings can be enjoyed at the bar, on the patio, or to-go.

Apotheke

1746 North Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Backed up against the LA River and the underpass that leads into Lincoln Heights, Apotheke exudes an air of mystery where speakeasy meets Absinthe bar. Once you’ve found the unmarked entrance on Doyers Street, make your way to the back bar, which holds rows of tinted pharmacist’s vials with hand-lettered Latin labels. In keeping with the apothecary theme, the cocktail menu is described as a “prescription list,” and offers categories based on healing properties rather than alcohol selection. For those who take their cure seriously, the establishment offers Apotheke Academy, featuring interactive hands-on mixology and cocktail classes on-site. Upon completion, each guest may purchase Apotheke’s full service mixology kit to recreate cocktails at home. Courses are also available for off-site private events. For more information Reservations@ApothekeLA.com

Oriel Chinatown

1135 N. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

For lovers of authentic French wine and food, Oriel is a chic, comfortable wine bar styled to please even the most homesick Parisian. Located just far enough away from Chinatown’s main drag, Oriel might be a little hard to spot hidden beneath the Chinatown Gold LIne Metro stop. But once inside, you’ll be charmed by the sleek black and rose interior, lush hanging plants, and soft pink neon lighting. Oriel offers a curated selection of French bottles and some 20 wines by the glass, along with a classic bistro menu featuring French onion soup, steak tartare, chicken liver mousse, steak frites. escargots, and gnocchi.

Highland Park Brewery Chinatown

1220 N Spring St

LA, CA 90012

From their original space in Highland Park as a production-only facility, Highland Park Brewery has expanded into Chinatown, housing their first tasting room and second Brewery. HPB, as the brewery is affectionately known, was founded with the goal of making excellent beer in LA, focuing on fresh hoppy beers, lagers, and mixed culture fermentation, accompanied by unique processes, wacky microbes, and local ingredients. HPB offers a robust, beer-friendly food menu including Queso and Chips, Fried Cheese Curds, and a Sausage Plate with Chorizo, Salsa Verde and Focaccia. The Chinatown tasting room is kid friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio. Guests are also asked to not bring in any food not prepared in their kitchen.

General Lee’s Cocktail House

475 Gin Ling Way

Los Angeles, CA 90012

General Lee’s Cocktail Bar has served LA Chinatown since 1890. Hidden in a dark corner in Chinatown Central Plaza, this historic space once entertained the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gary Cooper. Now a two-story “Modern Tiki” mashup, General Lee’s serves a creative menu of Asian-inflected cocktails with a twist, like wasabi-infused vermouth and black sesame syrup. The venue also features DJs and live entertainment, with upcoming performances by 80s faves Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, Lords of the New Church, and Billy Idol. For reservations and table inquiries: jay@generallees.com

Galleries Galore: Exhibitions to See Now!

Are you looking for the perfect art piece to complement your living space? Is art one of your favorite spectator sports? Do you love discovering the hidden treasures that make DTLA so exciting? Residents of Watermarke Tower rejoice: the city is bursting with galleries, artist collectives, performance spaces, arts walks and tours to fuel your creative energy.

 

Calder: Nonspace 

Hauser & Wirth

901 East 3rd Street

Los Angeles CA 90013

Located in the former Globe Mills complex, a collection of historic buildings in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, Hauser & Wirth is a vibrant communal space that links art and architecture with a dynamic events program. The gallery is presenting its first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to renowned artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). Organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York, ‘Calder: Nonspace’ presents primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create volumes out of voids. One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture with his invention of the mobile, introducing the fourth dimension of time and the actuality of real-time experience into the realm of sculpture. His prolific artistic output extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewelry, furniture, and domestic objects, and grew to encompass monumental public commissions across the globe. Calder: Nonspace’ also features five large-scale outdoor sculptures, transforming the industrial landscape of the Arts District into an oasis for contemplation of Calder’s monumental vision.

While you’re there, be sure to visit Manuela, the onsite restaurant offering seasonal, locally-sourced produce, a chicken coop and an urban garden, an open-air courtyard with a native Southern California oak tree and other indigenous plants, and murals celebrating the Arts District’s history. Additionally, the site is home to the first ARTBOOK store in Los Angeles, the Gallery Shop, which offers a curated selection of hand-crafted products, and Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ Book Lab.

 

Master Blasters of Sculpture

The Hive Gallery & Studios

729 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Founded in 2005, The Hive Gallery and Studios is a truly unique and vibrant gallery/studio experience. Billing itself as a virtual think-tank, the gallery is buzzing with five featured artists a month, two full galleries, 25 working artists, and an artist-made item store. One of the longest standing galleries on the Downtown Art Walk, the Hive is on the forefront of establishing the Los Angeles Metro area as a world-wide art mecca. In addition, the gallery serves as an arts community hub, holding various fundraising events, and gallery programs such as yoga, figure drawing, private movie screenings, and more. The art featured in the gallery leans toward neo-pop illustration in nearly all mediums that are highly crafted and affordable. Artists that show at The Hive have proven their dedication to the community by consistently producing high quality work on a month to month basis. Frequent monthly shows encourage the participating artists to fine tune their craft, develop new communication forms, and experiment with particular styles, imagery, and techniques.

 

The Mojave Project

LACE

6522 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary and curatorial project led by Kim Stringfellow, exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert: Desert as Wasteland; Geological Time vs. Human Time; Sacrifice and Exploitation; Danger and Consequence; Space and Perception; Mobility and Movement; Desert as Staging Ground; Transformation and Reinvention. The Mojave Project materializes over time through deep research and direct field inquiry involving interviews, reportage and personal journaling supported with still photography, audio and video documentation. Field Dispatches are shared throughout the production period at this site and through publishing partner KCET Artbound. Partnering with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) through support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship program, The Mojave Project will be exhibited at LACE from September 12 – November 18, 2018. The Mojave Project will culminate as large-scale installation incorporating the published research journals, photographs, videos, documents, maps and other ephemera and objects gathered over the four-year production period.

 

In the Making

DAC Gallery

431 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Established in 2008, the Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core. Exhibitions focus on mid-career local artists, while bringing attention to a community of individuals whose works are rarely presented to mainstream audiences. ​Marking DAC Gallery’s tenth anniversary, In the Making In the Making is an exhibition of textile and mixed media sculpture works by artists from the ECF Art Center Program. Curated by Nat George Media, the exhibition focuses on recent 2 and 3D artworks produced by artists employing unusual or untraditional materials and techniques. From furniture, to cushions, and wall-hung woven sculptures mixing fabric, beading, needlepoint, and ceramic elements, In the Making celebrates intuitive, “in-the-moment” creative processes that defy the accepted norms of art making. Nat George Media is a tiny agency specializing in curation, cultural production, creative strategy & communications, with a focus on contemporary art & design.

 

Downtown Art Walk

The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, DTLA celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month, year-round, rain or shine. Downtown Art Walk activities take place inside the galleries, artist studios, and cultural institutions located along Spring and Main streets, between 3rd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art-related events, pop-ups, openings, activities, and special programming taking place all over Downtown. For the true art collectors and fans, arriving early offers a more relaxing stroll through galleries and art exhibitions. As the evening progresses, more visitors descend on the area to meet up with friends and savor the local experience. The Art Walk Lounge is hosted by the Spring Arts Collective, inside The Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring. Attendees can pick up maps, and obtain information on what to see and do each Art Walk evening. Maps are also available in our participating galleries. Tickets here.

 

Historic Core Mural Tour

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk also presents the Historic Core Mural Tour, a walking tour celebrating Downtown LA’s murals! This tour is designed to take you through Downtown’s Historic Core neighborhood to explore and learn about some of the original art pieces that live on our city walls! The Historic Core Mural Tour exposes art enthusiasts to the rapidly expanding street art of the Historic Core. The walking tour explores the unexpected nooks of where incredible murals are exhibited on our city walls, providing the often unknown backstories to these unique works of art as explained by the local artists and gallery owners.  The tour features special presentations by local artists and gallery owners. The Historic Core Mural Tour is a collaboration between Downtown Art Walk and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, to educate the public on the exciting art history of Los Angeles. This tour meets near G&B at the Grand Central Market. Attendees should arrive early, as the tour leaves at 12-noon sharp. Meeting locations, tour times and dates are subject to change with notice due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. General Admission tickets for $25. Attendance is limited to 30 people per tour, so book early!

Discover DTLA’s Secret Spas

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to rev up your energy, calm your senses, and revitalize your ch’i for the hectic days ahead. Pampering yourself at the spa is the perfect prescription for wellbeing, whether it’s unwinding after a long stressful day at work, relieving post-workout aches and pains, or looking your best for a special occasion.

Downtown hotel spas, such as the ultra-luxurious The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton and the Omni Spa at the Omni Hotel are popular choices. But tucked away where you’d least expect them are DTLA’s secret spas, just waiting to be discovered by savvy residents of Watermarke Tower.

 

Overmorrow Salon & Spa

315 W. Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles CA 90015

Overmorrow is energetic luxury level AVEDA Salon and Spa in the heart of Los Angeles, that combines an industrial city vibe with organic roots. Housed in a sleek, modern facility, Overmorrow’s philosophy is to enhance and refine your natural beauty, while helping you attain your aesthetic and wellness goals. The Salon offers Hair and Make Up services including Scalp and Remedy Hair Treatments, cuts, styling, color, hair extensions, and AVEDA’s natural beauty make up applications. Step into the immersive Spa and relax with a Full Body Massage or indulge in the Signature Facial Therapy, which incorporates Korean-style face lifting and decollate massage. Rejuvenate your Qi with Body Contour Therapy, the technique of stimulating all pressure points for a healthier flow of energy. All body contour therapy sessions begin with a complimentary consultation to better understand your physical condition and needs. Book your appointment here.

 

Desuar Spa

220 W 5th St Basement

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, there is an oasis of calm exclusivity to balance the body and mind. Desuar Spa’s expansive state-of-the-art facility has been designed to deliver a fully immersive holistic health experience and unique atmosphere of well-being and relaxation. Guests have full access to the relaxation room and locker facility, and the spa provides bathrobes and slippers for use in between services. Desuar serves their special blend of herbal teas, and other refreshments, including complimentary wine. Beyond the usual massage and skin care treatments, Desuar offers the only Himalayan Salt Bed in Downtown LA, and exotic treatments such as the Cleopatra Soak (milk bath soak), Cannabis Soak, and Wine Soak. All soaks are done in a copper tub–the copper metal is bacteria and mold resistant, making it easy to maintain a clean and sanitary environment. Book appointment here.

 

Frais Spa at The O Hotel

819 S. Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Calling itself the first “connected spa,” Frais Spa’s mission is to educate its clients and help them progress to improve their quality of life. Mixing an authentic spa-care experience with therapeutic expertise, Frais aims to redefine the relationship between spa, health professionals, clients and patients to provide a complete health benefit. Services include an array of massages, such as Tech Neck and Couples, along with Hot Stone Service, Organic Salt Foot Soak, and a variety of Scrubs, Wraps, and Facials. Frais also offers a Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments, performed by licensed professionals.

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Hotbox Infrared Sauna Studio

835 S. Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Some like it hot! Developed in the 1970’s by Japanese health practitioners, Infrared saunas offer the same health benefits as the traditional Finnish variety, but provide a cooler, more gentle and soothing experience. Unlike Finnish convection saunas, which heat the body from the outside-in, infrared saunas heat the body from the inside-out, leaving the air more breathable and allowing for a longer sweat. According to the Mayo Clinic, no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas, and the lower temperature can make them accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. Infrared heat can also kill bacteria, creating a more sterile environment. During any Hotbox session, you can add Chromotherapy, the healing power of color. Choose a color based on your mood, such as Calm, Balance, Clarity, Inspired, and Optimism, and your private sauna will be glowing with the electromagnetic colored light.