Beat the Heat! DTLA’s Best Ice Cream, Soft Serve, and Matcha

What’s better than cooling down on a hot summer day with a refreshing ice cream cone or an indulgent bowl of soft serve? Meet your match with matcha!

Matcha is a high-grade green tea ground into powdered form which originated in China before there were teapots to steep tea leaves. While “beaten tea” was later abandoned by the Chinese in favor of steeped tea leaves, the Japanese went on to popularize the method, and incorporated matcha in their ceremonial tea service, whisking the green tea powder into hot water to form a frothy drink. Today, matcha is widely popular around the world in beverages like tea lattes or boba tea, and as a cooking ingredient in everything from ice cream to salad dressing!

According to WebMD, matcha’s health benefits include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better dental health, help with inflammation, and may even defend against cancer.

Midori Matcha Cafe

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #101-C,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

This sleek modern Little Tokyo cafe specializes in drinks and desserts made with organic matcha green tea. Midori Matcha uses the highest grade premium Matcha available, grown in specific regions of Japan and only harvested in the month of May. This freshly harvested Matcha is also called “Ceremonial Grade,” which comes from its original use in Japanese tea ceremonies. For over 900 years in Japan, Matcha Green tea was enjoyed in its traditional hot form by monks and warriors to promote concentration and stable energy. Today, Midori Matcha cold brews the Matcha and transforms it into a modern and convenient bottle form to fuel an active lifestyle, along with delicious desserts that nourish the mind and body.

Cafe Dulce

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cafe Dulce opened its first location in 2011 in DTLA’s Little Tokyo, with the understanding that the best moments of any day are the positive interactions with friends, community and sometimes even strangers. Their Matcha Bar features an array of refreshing beverages made with organic premium matcha green tea, including iced cha cha matcha, blueberry matcha latte, and even a matcha lemonade. Cafe Dulce offers an extensive bakery and food menu to accompany your drinks.

Tea Master Matcha Cafe & Green Tea Shop

Honda Plaza

450 E 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tea Master is a Japanese matcha cafe and green tea shop located in Little Tokyo, serving Japanese-style soft-serve matcha ice cream, green teas and smoothies. After selling Japanese tea out of the store for over a decade, the cafe portion opened in 2014. In 2016, Daigoro-san, a Tokyo native and student of the Japanese tea ceremony’s Edosenke school, took over the shop, rebranding it as Tea Master. Tea Master aims to have an integral role in global tea culture, where traditional and modern views meet. The name Tea Master is meant to be open ended – while the company seeks mastery in preparing tea for maximum enjoyment, they also invites their customers to be the Tea Master.

Uji Time Dessert

333 Alameda St. Ste 103

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Uji Time is comprised of a team of four young professionals who are passionate about Japanese fusion style desserts. They love to combine and meld elements from multiple traditional desserts to create affordable treats for everyone. Their goal is simple – think of Uji Time when you crave Japanese fusion style desserts and enjoy the moment eating Matcha soft cream and other treats from the past through the present to the future! ​​

McConnell’s

Grand Central Market

317 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

For 70 years, McConnell’s has been making dense and pure-flavored ice creams, with smooth, consistent texture and a rich, velvety mouth feel – all made from scratch with a few, simple ingredients. McConnell’s mission is to produce the finest ice creams in the world, in the most responsible and sustainable way possible. In the process, they aim to enrich and enliven the communities in which they operate, and leave the world just a little bit “sweeter” than they found it.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

300 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream started in the Spring of 2008 out of a buttery yellow truck on the streets of NYC. The founders set out to revive the classic American ice cream truck and the art of traditional ice cream making, using ingredients perfected by nature, not science. Van Leeuwen Classic and Vegan ice creams are made with just a handful of fresh ingredients. Each flavor is a celebration of some of the world’s best artisan producers and farmers, both local and from around the world. In case you want to try this at home, you can pick up a copy of the “The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook,” sharing over 100 vegan and classic recipes along with stories from the past decade.

Little Damage

700 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Billing itself “LA’s finest soft serve ice cream,” Little Damage is a small family owned business that draws its inspiration from the rich cultural fabric that makes Los Angeles special. Rather than offering a conventional selection, Little Damage offers a rotating menu of unique recipes that allow you step outside of your comfort zone and get a little adventurous, such as their famous charcoal cone. At least one vegan option is always be included in the rotation to accommodate those who are dairy free. Guests are invited to capture their best moments in the free photo booth.

Salt & Straw

829 E. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The bright, spacious Arts District Salt & Straw scoop shop is an outpost of the popular ice cream concept from Oregon, known for inventive flavors and farm-sourced ingredients. The founders chose the name Salt & Straw because the ice cream is handmade, in small batches, the way ice cream was made traditionally. Back in the day, ice cream makers used rock salt to make it freeze, then it was packed in straw to keep it cold. Dairy-free options are available.

Divine Dips Ice Crème

601 S. Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Say goodbye to icy, bland, dairy-free ice cream concoctions and say hello to Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème! After years of hands-on research, Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème embodies the creamy richness, flavor and texture of traditional ice cream, without the drawbacks of dairy. Divine Dips is skillfully crafted from a blend of organic coconut milk, cashews, nut milks, and other all-natural ingredients, containing no dairy and gluten-free. The product is sweetened with agave nectar, a low glycemic sweetener, providing just the right amount of sweetness without spiking blood sugar. Not just for vegans — anyone who enjoys richly indulgent frozen desserts will crave “a Dip of the Divine.”

Thrifty Ice Cream at RiteAid

Various locations around DTLA

If you’re looking for a quick pick me up on a hot afternoon, slip into the closest RiteAid and grab a tub of their legendary Thrifty Ice Cream. Since 1940, Californians have cherished Thrifty Ice Cream’s quality ingredients, award-winning recipes, and incredible value. Now for the first time ever, eight signature flavors are offered at a location near you.

 

 

Discover DTLA’s Coolest Hotel Bars

Hotels are more than just a place to hit the pillow! Some of the best bars are located in downtown’s top hotels, where you’ll find great entertainment, VIP parties & events, chef-driven menus, and creative craft cocktails. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, want to enjoy an incredible view, or check out a trendy new hotspot, DTLA’s hotel bars are some of the coolest in town!

Veranda

Hotel Figueroa

939 S Figueroa St #500

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chef Adrian Garcia is serving an authentic Mexican popup menu, befitting the tropical vibe at Veranda, DTLA’s urban oasis at Hotel Figueroa. Cocktelier Dushan Zaric has created an agave program that spotlights some of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal distillers and their unique takes on the craft. Mixed with house-made ingredients, such as grapefruit and hibiscus cordials, and mango sangrita, the cocktails complement Chef Garcia’s cuisine. Kick back poolside and toast this season with a fresh fruit margarita or snifter of Tequila. Salud y buen provecho!

Broken Shaker

Freehand Hotel

416 W. 8th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

An oasis in the heart of Downtown LA, Broken Shaker, located on the Freehand Hotel rooftop pool deck, offers an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites. A James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar award, Broken Shaker serves up delicious cocktails, infused with homemade elixirs and exotic ingredients, bringing the flavors of the beach to the center of the city.

Giannini Bar

NoMad Hotel LA

649 S Olive St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street, The NoMad Hotel resides in the historic building, Giannini Place. Originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Bank of Italy, the building’s gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling has been fully restored and serves as inspiration throughout. Situated just off the main lobby, The Giannini Bar is named for Amadeo Giannini, founder of The Bank of Italy, who originally commissioned the building for his corporate headquarters. Handsome and well-appointed, the bar features a wide selection of classic and proprietary cocktails crafted by the NoMad’s award-winning Bar Director, Leo Robitschek, who along with his team, won “America’s Best Bar Team” at the 2017 Spirited Awards.

Arts District Firehouse Hotel

710 S. Santa Fe Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90021

One of DTLA’s newest additions, Arts District Firehouse Hotel is an independent boutique hotel, restaurant, event space, and coffee bar housed in a historic 1927 firehouse. An extensive covered patio running the length of the building contains the bulk of the bar and restaurant seating. A destination to drink, dine and dwell, The Firehouse Hotel promises a fresh take on the urban adventure.

Rudolph’s Bar & Tea

The Freehand

416 W. 8th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Try a new take on tea!  Located in the Freehand Hotel lobby, Rudolph’s Bar & Tea offers an intriguing bar menu built around tea-infused cocktails, alongside full tea service and light bites. The bar is a nod to Rudolph Rosenberg, once the owner and operator of the Commercial Exchange Building that now houses Freehand LA. Stop by for Happy Hour every day from 4-6pm, offering tasty tidbits such as hummus & tahini, marinated olives, crab croquettes, and their signature Exchange Burger.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel

929 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Upstairs is perfect for reclining by the rooftop pool, or perching on a stool after sunset, with the city’s bright lights stretched out in all directions. The eclectic drink menu is carefully cultivated to complement the vibrant atmosphere, including frozen drink specials and small plates served poolside. Open to the public every day from 11am–2am. If you can’t bear to detach from your device, there’s free WiFi.

The Rooftop at The Standard

550 S Flower St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Rooftop at The Standard DTLA offers stunning, panoramic views of downtown and the mountains beyond, a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, and sculptured topiary. Celebrate summer with a rooftop series! Join Ramona and The Standard for a pool party at the new rooftop Garden Bar, featuring Ramona drink specials and games. Saturdays 12PM – 5PM. No RSVP required.

BonaVista Lounge

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

404 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Treat yourself to a dazzling new perspective in the “City of Angels.” Located on the 34th floor, BonaVista Lounge boasts soaring views of downtown Los Angeles. Indulge in classic cocktails made with an innovative twist and nibble on light restaurant entrees and small plates. It’s the perfect location for a romantic date or high-powered business meeting.

Spire 73

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

900 Wilshire Blvd Fl 73

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Elevate your evening high atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown‘s 73rd floor!  Spire 73 is the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy creative craft cocktails accompanied by an interesting array of bar bites and sweets. Reservations are recommended.

Glance Lobby Bar

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

900 West Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located on the lobby level of JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Glance Lobby Bar offers an international selection of wine, innovative cocktails and domestic and international beers, among other refreshments. Seasonal small plates meant for sharing makes Glance and ideal place to meet friends or colleagues or relax before a show or game.

Gallery Bar and Cognac Room

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Take a trip back in time and discover Gallery Bar and Cognac Room, one of DTLA’s favorite historic watering holes, where carved angels elegantly grace the granite bar. Enjoy wine, beer and unforgettable specialty mixes, such as French Kiss and Cucumber Mango Cosmopolitan. Sample light fare, like the classic prawn cocktail in the nostalgic Gallery Bar, or retire to the Cognac Room, with its comfortable couches and memorabilia-filled cabinets, where you can enjoy tapas, fresh and baked oysters, salads, or appetizers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA’s Best Bets for Music Under the Stars

It wouldn’t be summer without spending a sizzling night chillin’ at an outdoor concert. LA is pulsating with sound sensations – from eclectic world music to funky grooves, cool jazz, and classical music favorites! When you live at Watermarke Tower, you’re just a heartbeat away from LA’s best summer music under the stars!

KCRW World Festival at The Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Now celebrating its 20th season at the Bowl, KCRW’s World Festival presents cutting-edge artists making music on a global scale. The popular collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association features your favorite hosts, including Jason Bentley, Ann Litt, Garth Trinidad, with the LA Phil conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

KUSC Summer Series at the Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Classical KUSC is proud to partner with the LA Phil to present a series of summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl all summer long, as Gustavo Dudamel, the Phil, and superstar soloists bring you incredible music under the stars. Season’s highlights include Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s 2nd, the beloved Mozart Requiem, British favorites with Britain at the Bowl, the rousing Beethoven’s Ninth, and more.

50 Free Concerts

Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park

2230 W 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

This summer, Angelenos can escape the routine bustle of the city and retreat to Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles for a jam-packed season of 50 free concerts! Entering its 13th year, Levitt LA transforms MacArthur Park into a sonically-charged urban oasis presenting free, live music under the stars with award-winning and emerging artists. The electrifying 2019 lineup features more internationally touring performers than ever before and spotlights LA’s own superstar talent across a wide range of music genres including Latin, indie, rock, R&B, soul, ska, Afrobeat and many more.

Concerts On The Bloc

The Bloc

700 S Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Live music under the stars never gets old and in L.A. it’s a favorite summer activity! Concerts On The Bloc is back, in the heart of DTLA. Grab a blanket, come hungry, and get ready to jam out to local L.A. musicians who are making waves under the urban city lights. There will be featured sips + bites as well as interactive pop-ups for the evening! This is the perfect way to spend your summer nights, good vibes, tasty bites, great community and live music.

Pershing Square Outdoor Concert Series

Pershing Square

532 S.Olive Street.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Owned and operated by the CIty of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Pershing Square was created for community members and visitors to sit, talk, meet up, enjoy events, live music and relax in the middle of downtown. Surrounded by hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other local businesses, with easy Metro access, Pershing Square offers fountains, monuments, a lrage seating area, and an open elevated amphitheater, perfect for music under the stars! FREE tickets here.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

The twenty-third season of Sunset Concerts invites Angelenos to experience the Skirball’s stunning courtyard filled with music and stories from near and far. Come together with family and friends to hear an eclectic lineup of acts that pay tribute to cultural traditions while creating new, vibrant sounds all their own. Beginning at 5:30 pm, enjoy grab-and-go light fare and full bar service from Zeidler’s Cart. Stop by Audrey’s Museum Store, open until 8:00 pm. And be sure to check out the exhibitions Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich.

Jazz at LACMA

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Off the 405 Summer Concert Series

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

OFF THE 405 is the Getty Center’s annual outdoor summer concert series, bringing some of today’s most exciting bands to the stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and breathtaking sunset views.

Twilight on the Pier

The Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Twilight on the Pier is the free weekly music festival as iconic as the Santa Monica Pier itself. Now in it’s 35th consecutive year, Twilight continues the long-standing tradition of celebrating emerging and established artists and sounds from around the world. Featuring art, an all new comedy stage, eats, wine and beer garden, games and interactive activations. Whether you’re casual concert-goer or a culture-seeker, Twilight on the Pier has something for everyone.

 

LA’s Best Fourth of July Celebrations

Get ready to show your patriotic colors for the long Fourth of July weekend ahead!. DTLA is bursting with festive events to commemorate the Red, White & Blue – from splashy rooftop pool parties, to skyscraper galas, outdoor festivals, music under the stars, and fireworks galore! Make Uncle Sam proud and have yourself a blast – with LA’s best Fourth of July Celebrations!

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

Celebrate Independence Day like never before at Universal Studios Hollywood’s first ever salute to the stars and stripes, featuring a spectacular firework show. Fill your day with thrills, heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions. Enjoy holiday-themed décor, food, and special character interactions. And keep the fun going into the evening with a dazzling display of fireworks synchronized to Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites. Festivities included in General Admission.

See the City Sparkle: Fourth of July Celebration

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

900 Wilshire Boulevard

73rd Floor: Spire 73

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Elevate your evening this Fourth of July! Celebrate with spectacular views of the city and watch fireworks from Spire 73, the tallest open-air rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a live resident DJ, chic fire pits, delectectable appetizers, signature cocktails & bottle service. This high-energy rooftop bar and lounge is located on the 73rd floor of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

Grand Park + The Music Center 4th of July Block Party

Grand Park

200 N. Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate Uncle Sam at the Grand Park + The Music Center 4th of July Block Party, where Angelenos gather to make wishes and celebrate our dreams. Enjoy the beautiful day at this free event. Chill, munch, dance, splash, play and top it off with fireworks under the DTLA skyline. Picnics and outside food are welcome in backpacks or totes. Coolers are not permitted in the event space. No outside beverages including juice and soda (sealed juice boxes are the only exception). Only empty, non glass water bottles are allowed. Park water fountains and water for purchase booths will be available in the event space. Food vendor booths will be available throughout. No alcohol is permitted in the event space.

Sky-High July 4th BBQ & Fireworks View

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles

900 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles is hosting a 4th of July barbecue on the 26th floor rooftop. Perched high above Downtown Los Angeles, guests will have panoramic views of fireworks scattered across Los Angeles. Chef de Cuisine John Lechleidner will prepare an Asian-inspired menu alongside barbecue classics such as Mesquite-Smoked Prime Beef Brisket, Jidori Chicken Wings, Pineapple, Watermelon, Jicama Salad, and Honey-Glazed Cornbread. Reservations can be made online. $59 per person.

4th of July at Angel City Brewery

216 S Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Come out and help Angel City celebrate the 4th of July with an all day party from noon to 6pm. The Arts District brewery and public house will be featuring good beer, live music by The Vignes Rooftop Revival, and food from Downtown Taco Co. and Burnt To A Crisp Texas Smokehouse. RSVP at Eventbrite.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90068

July 2, 3 & 4 Legendary hitmakers Nile Rodgers and CHIC team up with the LA Phil for a three-night celebration. The concert begins with star-spangled American favorites by the orchestra. Then, Nile Rodgers & CHIC set things off with “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” plus some of Nile’s hits as a producer – including “I’m Coming Out,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Get Lucky.” Special guests DRUMLine Live – who recently appeared in Beyoncé’s Homecoming.

Daft Brunch: 4th of July

Resident DTLA

428 S Hewitt St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hey LA…Daft Brunch is back! Join in the fun at Resident on the 4th of July  as special guests DJ’s play French Touch, Disco House and plenty of Daft Punk. Food is available throughout the event. Resident is a hybrid bar, beer garden and music venue that pays homage the vibrant Arts District community, creating a destination for the best in craft cocktails, beer and live music. The brainchild of Jacek Ostoya, Larry Little, Paul Oberman and Tim Krehbiel, Resident, evokes the spirit of the East Austin, Texas beer garden culture, accented with a high-end cocktail and beer program and thoughtfully curated music experience.

The Independence Jam/ Pre 4th of July Bash

The Reserve

650 S Spring St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

July 3 Get ready for a crazy night at LA’s biggest Pre 4th of July 2019 Weekend Bash, inside the luxurious The Reserve! Join the fun for a fantastic night celebrating our nation’s holiday and enjoy the summer nights. The Reserve has established itself as a real hotspot in DTLA, with its luxurious amenities, large capacity, state-of-the-art sound and light and overall refined taste! Its going to be an incredible evening! Admission is free until 11pm.

WAVEY July 4th

Hotel Figueroa

939 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The original Downtown Los Angeles pool party returns for a July 4th Celebration at it’s original home, Hotel Figueroa. Seems like it’s been a while since the last WAVEY pool party hit the city, but because of all the love in the community to bring it back, this will be a festive a one-off celebration. Relive the fun this Independence Day. Special Guest DJ’s will be popping in an out of the booth! Free with RSVP.

 

Explore DTLA’s Little Tokyo

Founded in the late 1800s, Little Tokyo has grown into a bustling hub of delectable food options, great nightlife, world-class museums, and eclectic shopping. A major attraction is the restaurant and bar scene, but Little Tokyo offers so much more than just great sushi, saki and Japanese whiskey.

Venture off the beaten track and you’ll find everything from historic cultural centers, to live theatre, a Buddhist temple, a cook-your-own-dinner restaurant, and even a glitzy bowling alley! Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture during Nisei Week, or soak up the local vibe at the Little Tokyo Night Market.

You’ll never run out of fun things to do when you explore DTLA’s Little Tokyo!

Kaliju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey Through the World of Japanese Toys

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

With mighty fangs, menacing horns, and iridescent gold scales, the lizard monster Drazoran crushes an imaginary city while Captain Maxx, wearing a bright red suit, flies in to save the day. Drazoran and Captain Maxx are two of the monsters and heroes that emerged from the creative mind of Mark Nagata, a toy designer and fervent toy collector. In this new exhibition, Drazoran and Captain Maxx join hundreds of dazzling vintage and contemporary Japanese vinyl toys on display. The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum in the US dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

Union Center for the Arts

120 Judge John Aiso St A

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Union Center for the Arts anchors the northwestern end of the Little Tokyo Historic District. Completed in 1923, The building was the former Union Church, the combined home of three Japanese American congregations. After suffering severe damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation completed a multi-million dollar renovation of the building in 1998 to house three arts organizations: East West Players, America’s premier Asian American Theatre; Visual Communications, nonprofit with the mission to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists; and LA Artcore, artspace dedicated to recognizing diverse artistic accomplishments and bringing innovative exhibits and events to the public.

Shabu-Shabu House

127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Locals line up at this no-nonsense spot for cook-it-yourself Japanese shabu-shabu, a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water and served with dipping sauces, such as ponzo. Choose from 10 pieces or 15 pieces of meat  – your meal comes with raw veggies to cook, noodles to boil, and a bowl of steamed rice. Once the soup is ready, simply toss your veggies into the pot and dip your beef into the boiling soup. Dip in the ponzu sauce and eat with rice.

X Lanes LA

333 Alameda St. #300

Los Angeles, CA 90013

X Lanes is a splashy 50,000 square-foot venue equipped with state-of-the-art LED lanes, competition quality felt billiards tables, private karaoke rooms, and retro to modern video games. You can expect to compete with players from all over the world with the high-performance virtual dart machines. XLanes serves a great selection of American-style grub including appetizers, fresh pizzas, burgers, pastas and even steaks. Planning a party? They can handle special events up to 500 people!

Japanese Village Plaza

335 E 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

No trip to Little Tokyo would be complete without a stop at this iconic destination. Japanese Village Plaza offers a unique shopping and dining experience in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. More than just a historic shopping center, it is a place where customers can come early and stay late for a variety of services, specialty markets, and gift boutiques. Abundant parking is available on Central Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Street.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 N Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A former police car warehouse in L.A.’s Little Tokyo Historic District, renovated by the noted California architect Frank Gehry, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (formerly The Temporary Contemporary) opened in 1983. The location offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space. WAREHOUSE Programming is open with an expanded bookstore, a reading nook, rest, meet, and workspaces with free WiFi, a coffee cart featuring drinks and food by Cafe Dulce, and several video installations. The current video works on view are by artists Fischli & Weiss and Mark Leckey. Over the course of the coming months, MOCA will be actively transitioning this space into a vibrant, multi-use anchor under the umbrella of WAREHOUSE Programs.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

505 E 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Throughout its 2,500 years history, Buddhism has evolved over the years to meet the spiritual needs of the people. The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple offers a spiritual environment that cultivates individual exploration based on the Buddhadharma.  hrough self-reflection, we are encouraged to strive for harmony with respect for the differences in our diverse community. The Little Tokyo Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple is an affiliate of one of the oldest and largest denominations in Japan, the Shinshu Otani-ha, with approximately 10,000 temples and 10,000,000 members. It espouses the teachings of Jodo Shinshu, also known as Shin Buddhism, a form of Pure Land Buddhism.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

244 S. San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aug 10–11 & Aug 17–18 The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center celebrates the Nisei Week Japanese Festival with cultural exhibitions, entertainment, and activities throughout the two weekends. View Japanese prefectural displays as well as artisans skilled in ikebana, bonsai, Japanese dolls, calligraphy, tea ceremony and more. The mission of the Nisei Week Festival is to promote Japanese and Japanese American Heritage and traditions, while bringing together the diverse communities of Southern California through arts and cultural education.

Little Tokyo Night Market

Aratani Theater Plaza

320 E. 2nd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Little Tokyo Night Market is held every Thursday night in the heart of Little Tokyo. The event features music, cultural performances, artists, crafters, antiques, collectibles and of course FOOD! Lots and lots of food. The perfect place to spend a balmy summer evening in the city!

Little Tokyo Koban and Visitor’s Center

307 E 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Need a map or have some questions? You can find brochures, maps, newsletters, and flyers about Little Tokyo and the Japanese community at the Little Tokyo Koban and Visitor’s Center.

 

Museum Mania: LA’s Top Exhibitions to See Now

There’s nothing like a thought provoking, immersive art exhibition to get your creative juices going! This season, you can drink your fill of inspiration, from major retrospectives, to experiential pop-up spaces, and even new interpretations of nature. Fuel your museum mania with a kaleidoscope of LA’s top exhibitions to see now!

Did you know Los Angeles has free museum days? Here’s a cheat sheet, courtesy of DoLA.

World of Light Pop Up Museum

233 S Beaudry Ave 11th Fl.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

World of Light is a collective of forward-thinking global artists, commissioned to create boundless installations inspired by individuality and background diversity. The exhibition offers an engaging experience – fusing art with technology through a collection of sophisticated installations and visual compositions. A truly unique experience that promises to deliver a highly personalized immersive experience.

CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop

The Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Celebrating the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets. Curated by Vikki Tobak, based on the bestselling book of the same name, and with creative direction by Fab 5 Freddy, the photographic exhibition includes nearly 140 works from 60 photographers. Rare videos, memorabilia, and music are included to complement the photographs, demonstrating how the documentation of a cultural phenomenon impacts politics, culture, and social movements around the world. And in a first for the Photo Space, visitors can enjoy Contact High Records, a pop-up record shop featuring rare vinyl spanning the history of hip-hop.

Frank Stella

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Frank Stella has been a pivotal figure in the development of modern art since the 1950s. Working in multiple mediums, he has created an extensive body of work that has consistently challenged the conventions of art making and expanded its definitions. Over the past 60 years Stella has pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism, helped usher in Minimalism, and blurred distinctions between painting and sculpture, continuously experimenting with new materials, abstract forms, and innovative techniques. LACMA’s Frank Stella exhibition features a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection—many of which have not been on public view in over 30 years—that represent significant developments in the artist’s oeuvre.

MOCA: 40 for LA

The Museum of Contemporary Art

250 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to a $10 million donation, which is reported to last for the next five years, MOCA Admission is now totally free. 40 for LA celebrates the forty-year history of MOCA. Offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into MOCA’s past, this multimedia exhibition features archival materials from the museum’s vault, including rare photographs and lithographs, limited-edition objects, a detailed exhibition and programming timeline, excerpts from the museum’s YouTube video project MOCAtv, and a special homage to all of the artists to whom the museum is indebted. Visitors get an in-depth look at some of the key elements that define the institution: the Grand Avenue location designed by famed Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, a celebrated permanent collection, a history of temporary exhibitions, and the museum’s dedicated board members and patrons.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms: The Broad

 221 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Two of legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms are currently on view at The Broad. Viewers are physically immersed in Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, entering inside the mirror-lined chamber. In contrast, viewers remain physically outside of Longing for Eternity, observing the reflections on its interior and exterior and peering through windows into the mirror room. These works complement each other, creating two distinct phenomenological experiences of boundlessness and interior and exterior in dialogue with one another.

Alert: This installation is a mirror-lined chamber with flashing LED lights that viewers look into. If you are uncomfortable with flashing lights and/or enclosed, dark spaces, please bypass this experience.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1717 E 7th St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. The museum’s 12,700 square-foot renovated industrial building—designed by wHY Architecture under the leadership of Kulapat Yantrasast—features ample space for exhibitions, public programs, retail pop-ups, integrated offices, and special projects. List of current exhibitions here. Admission is always free.

Unusual Views: Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays, with a long history of presenting art in the gardens. Unusual Views showcases the artwork of local artists, providing a different way of looking at nature. Unlike garden landscapes, which tend to invoke images that reflect reality, such as trees, flowers and butterflies, Unusual Views offers an opportunity for risk-taking, for trying something never attempted. Artists were asked to uniquely interpret the garden. through innovative use of media, a personal point of view, and avant-garde representations.

GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE

800 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The GRAMMY Museum is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum has interactive touch-screens, videos, recording booths, and a collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings. Their mission is to educate individuals about the history and cultural significance of American music, and to inspire the next generation to explore and create new forms of music using the roots that have existed in this country for centuries. Current exhibitions here.

 

 

 

Let’s Get Fresh! Where to Find the Best Produce in DTLA

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to get fresh with a luscious fruit salad, colorful veggie platter, or thirst-quenching agua fresca – a chilled drink made of fruit blended with water, lime juice, and a bit of sweetener. Try your hand at making a soul-satisfying ratatouille, accompanied by a fresh baguette or pane rustica. Or fire up the grill for roasted vegetables, brushed with an excellent olive oil and garnished with fresh herbs. The possibilities are endless – from Grand Central Market, to specialty grocery stores and weekly farmers markets – you’ll find the best produce in DTLA.

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. 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).

District Market

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

A downtown landmark since 1917, Grand Central Market brings together the cuisines and cultures of LA. If you’re shopping for fresh produce, check out District Market, which specializes in organic, sustainable, and locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, with an overall emphasis on quality, accessibility and education.

La Fruiteria

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

While you’re at Grand Central Market, stop by La Frutería for a refreshing bowl of fresh watermelon, jicama, mango or cucumber, drizzled with a combination of yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, and Mexican crema. These flavorful treats, which originated on street food carts in Mexico, are commonly topped with shredded coconut, raisins, and granola.​ La Frutería is also the place for the best aguas frescas in town!

Smorgasburg LA

ROW DTLA

777 S Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Launched in June of 2016, Smorgasburg LA has become the largest weekly open-air food market in Los Angeles, attracting 8,000 to 12,000 attendees every Sunday, year round. Located on the five-acre site of the weekday 7th Street Produce Market in ROW DTLA, Smorgasburg LA features over 90 food vendors, a beer garden offering local craft beer and micheladas, live DJs, cultural events, pop-ups, and sophisticated shopping including design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more. Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Whole Foods Market

788 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Located beneath the Eighth & Grand residences, this expansive 41,000 square foot Whole Food Market was designed to meet the needs of local residents, professionals and businesses. Featuring a juice bar; fresh poke; expanded vegan options in all departments; a coffee bar (with cold brew on tap); more than 1,000 hand-picked wines; and The Eight Bar, offering a rotating seasonal menu and more than 200 indoor and outdoor seats. The store provides a dedicated Instacart register and on-site storage for home delivery and personal shopping. Additional amenities include more than 170 parking spaces and bike lock-up section in the parking structure; free Wi-Fi; and an interactive “Vinyl Lounge,” a hangout spot with vinyl records and many locally made accessories like wooden postcards, candles, and handmade items from Made by DWC.

Certified Farmers Market @Pershing Square

532 S Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Every Wednesday, Pershing Square Farmers Market, presented in partnership with Raw Inspiration, sells garden fresh fruits, vegetables, and special delicacies. Raw Inspiration’s mission is to educate children and adults on the importance of a healthy diet, especially on the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily. To accompany that mission, they have set up a program where growers can distribute their produce at neighborhood farmers markets. In and around Los Angeles, it is estimated that nearly 2,000,000 visitors enjoy Raw Inspiration’s farmer’s markets every year, and that number continues to increase with every new market opening.

Historic Core Farmers Market

5th St. (between Broadway and Spring St.)

2 blocks from Pershing Square Station

Historic Core Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 9AM – 2PM. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you’ll find farm-fresh eggs (free range and sprout-fed); breakfast and brunch items; sweet pastries and empanadas; Mediterranean dips and spreads; flowers and floral arrangements; natural homemade skincare products; and dog food and pooch products. Along with fresh local groceries, there’s a selection of prepared food and drinks including fresh juices and lemonade; coffee; tacos and breakfast burritos; pupusas, barbecue, curry, and much more!

Union Station Train-to-Table Farmers Market

Union Station

800 N Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station has partnered with California Certified Farmers Markets to bring the Train-to-Table Farmers Market to Union Station’s South Patio. Every Thursday from noon – 6pm, the market will feature a wide array of fresh, local fruits and vegetables as well as fresh-cut flowers, artisanal baked bread, roasted coffee, and a host of small bites for a mid-day snack or dinner on the commute home. Playing to the strengths of the California climate, the historic South Patio opened in 1939 and was designed as a formal garden through which travelers (and often celebrities) exited the station. The expansive patio, featuring towering palm trees and an iconic 100-foot-tall clock tower, has evolved into a vibrant meeting place for Angelenos. The Train-to-Table Farmers Market is part of Union Station’s diverse lineup of unique events, festivals, thought-provoking cultural programs and live music throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in DTLA

We all know that Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. But did you know the date actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza? Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is held on September 16. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. From traditional festivals and round-the- clock parties, to authentic restaurants and bars, we can’t think of a better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than DTLA!

Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

125 Paseo de la Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the birthplace of Los Angeles – El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Founded in 1781, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels) is now a historical monument, home to free museums, exhibits, and the world famous Olvera Street marketplace. Festivities will take place at North Alameda Street at Olvera Street from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6, featuring live music and dancing, traditional mariachis, Folklorico dancers, piñatas, carnival rides, beer garden, delicious food, and more.

Hecho in LA: Taco Madness at LA Plaza

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 N Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA’s longest running Taco Festival returns for the 10th edition of L.A. Taco’s Taco Madness on May 4 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Hecho in LA: Taco Madness is a hybrid food and drink festival brought to you by L.A. Taco x I LOVE MICHELADAS produced by SUAVICREMA. The event is proud to celebrate the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles, featuring the best micheladas and tacos from carts, stands and trucks, to award winning chefs and restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo at The Coliseum

LA Memorial Coliseum

3911 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90037

The Coliseum invites you, your friends, and family to come on down to historic Olympic Plaza to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5. This fun, free event features traditional live music, dancing, games (win free stuff!), celebrity radio and TV personalities, speciality cocktails in the beer garden, food trucks and other dining options, and even a pepper eating contest!

Cinco de Mayo at LA Biergarten

Los Angeles Biergarten

750 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Biergarten is serving up a Day/Night Party for Cinco De Mayo. This free event will be held Sunday May 5 from 3PM to midnight. Dance to the sounds of DJ Swift and friends, play epic party games, and more. Free shots with every drink purchase, as long as supplies last. The Los Angeles Biergarten is a family owned restaurant offering a large selection of draft beers, cocktails, and fare with a unique Bavarian feel.

Cinco De Mayo Day N Night Party

Treehouse Rooftop Lounge

686 North Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Treehouse Rooftop, one of DTLA’s premier indoor/outdoor venues, is celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a Day N’ Night Party on Sunday May 5 from 3PM – 2AM. Bottle Service is available for $350 all in (includes tax & tip) for Grey Goose, Ciroc, Jameson, and more. RSVP for free entrance before 5PM. Text ‘Treehouse May5th’ to 818-216-1594

Broken Spanish

1050 S Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

If your idea of Cinco de Mayo is more gastronomical than festival, then Broken Spanish is the place for you. Following the evolution of its chef, Ray Garcia, a classically trained chef born and raised in Los Angeles, Broken Spanish offers an amalgamation of new ideas and the powerful influence of his Latin upbringing. Drawing inspiration and flavors from a diverse community, Broken Spanish presents a distinct culinary perspective expressed in bold yet refined flavors, demonstrating elements of long-established traditions. The bar offers an aromatic selection of tequilas, mezcals, and intriguing craft cocktails.

Veranda

Hotel Figueroa

939 S Figueroa St #500

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chef Adrian Garcia is serving an authentic Mexican popup menu, befitting the tropical vibe at Veranda, DTLA’s urban oasis at Hotel Figueroa. Cocktelier Dushan Zaric has created an agave program that spotlights some of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal distillers and their unique takes on the craft. Mixed with house-made ingredients, such as grapefruit and hibiscus cordials, and mango sangrita, the cocktails complement Chef Garcia’s cuisine. Kick back poolside and toast this season with a fresh fruit margarita or snifter of Tequila. Salud y buen provecho!

Mezcalero

510 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The name that says it all! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Mezcalero, a small, laid-back joint in the heart of DTLA. These homey digs present a dizzying selection of mezcal. tequila and other agave spirits, along with craft beer and Mexican street food. The down to earth staff, lead by mixologist Nathan McCullough, loves sharing and shaking up cocktails while generating a welcoming environment for all. Mezcalero offers daily happy hour specials, Taco Tuesday parties, and Sunday brunch. So come on by any day of the week and experience the local love and dedication. Salud!

Las Perlas

107 E 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Las Perlas, the nation’s first mezcal bar, opened in March 2010 in the historic Sante Fe building at Sixth & Main in DTLA. This Oaxacan style cantina exists as a living tribute to Mexico’s native spirit, mezcal, with the finest selection of more than 400 premium agave spirits in the United States. Las Perlas cocktails arrive garnished with everything from wild hibiscus flowers to the Oaxacan delicacy of spicy, roasted chapulinas, while also offering ice cold Mexican cerveza.

Bar Amá

118 W 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

This Tex Mex hot spot will tingle your tummy with specialities like fideo and borracho beans with cilantro and pork belly, slowly simmered on the stove. Chef Josef Centeno created Bar Amá as his interpretation of the food he was nurtured on by the women who raised him, and the menu reflects that comfortable sense of home. The bar offers a great selection of tequilas and mezcals, along with absinthe, whiskey, gin, beer, wine and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Shop DTLA’s Historic Core

Bounded by Hill Street on the West, Los Angeles Street on the East, Third Street on the North, and Olympic Boulevard on the South, the Historic Core is one of LA’s oldest and and most intriguing neighborhoods. Walk these storied streets and you’ll discover some of the city’s most notable architecture, local icons such as The Last Bookstore, eclectic shops, and major destinations like the Grand Central Market. Here’s just a smattering of all the great finds to explore when you shop DTLA’s Historic Core!

The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St – Ground Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

A true DTLA treasure, The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. Named one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by Flavorwire, The Last Book Store is housed in a stunning 22,000 square-foot space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring. Currently in its third incarnation, the store began in 2005 in a downtown LA loft, when owner Josh Spencer took his decade of experience selling everything from cars to clothes online and focused instead on his first love: books. According to Spencer, the name was chosen with irony, but seems more appropriate with each passing day, as physical bookstores die out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books. In addition to over 250,000 new and used books on two floors, the shared space includes tens of thousands of vinyl records and graphic novels, and a huge mezzanine level featuring the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore, Gather Yarn Shop, and the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops.

Pocket Square Clothing Flagship Store

205 W 7th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Established in 2011 as an LA-inspired men’s accessory brand, Pocket Square Clothing has become an incubator for the burgeoning LA menswear movement. With no formal fashion training, founders Rodolfo and Andrew have created a lifestyle brand beyond clothing, geared toward the modern urban gentleman. Starting with the bow tie, their collection features menswear staples, a plethora of accessories, and Made to Measure suiting and shirting. Pocket Square Clothing takes pride in its domestic manufacturing and attention to detail. Using traditional techniques, everything is carefully handcrafted by some of the oldest remaining craftsmen in the heart of Los Angeles. Each piece comes with a narrative and vintage inspired packaging.

BNKR

901 S Broadway & W 9th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

From its humble beginnings as a small online retailer in Australia, BNKR has quickly expanded to become a global company specializing in premium Australian fashion. Located on the ground level of the historic Blackstone Apartments, the 6,000 square foot BNKR flagship store takes up the entire corner of the building, with a minimalistic storefront and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows facing the street. The only retailer to stock the full ranges of C/MEO COLLECTIVE, Finders Keepers, Keepsake and The Fifth, BNKR presents a fresh selection of clothing, accessories and footwear from street style to classic, and everything in between. BNKR’s labels are a favorite of international celebrities, bloggers and street style stars, including Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, Solange Knowles, Song Of Style, and Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three.

Aesop Downtown LA

862 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

LA is getting Aussie-fied! Headquartered in Melbourne, with offices and stores around the world, Aesop is your go-to for deliciously aromatic skin, hair, and body care formulations, along with fragrances, sprays for the home, and gift and travel kits. Since its inception in 1987, Aesop has sourced the finest quality plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients from across the globe, with a proven record of safety and efficacy. Ready for a facial detox? Try the Parsley Seed collection, featuring Cleansing Masque, Anti-Oxidant Serum, Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment, and Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner. Nourish and purify your skin with Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, an invigorating blend of Pumice, Bamboo Stem, and purifying botanical oils that sloughs away tired cells and leaves skin cleansed and smooth, perfectly prepared for hydration.

Raw Materials Art Supplies

436 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Raw Materials Art Supplies is a rare commodity these days—an independent art supply store in the heart Downtown Los Angeles. Hunkered down in a bright, minimalist space, Raw Materials stocks thousands of art supplies, tools, and materials at every-day low prices, including many top brands of paints, stretched canvas, and brushes. The store has partnered with Castelli Art Framing, to offer professional custom fine art framing services to the downtown community. Raw Materials handles the design work in their store on Main Street, where you can drop off and pick up your artwork, certificates, or other pieces to be framed, or you can arrange for pick-up and delivery at your office or residence.

DTLA Cheese

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway #45

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Located inside the historic Grand Central Market, DTLA Cheese is downtown’s first full-service cheesemonger. Focusing on artisanal cheeses from around the world, this hip specialty store presents a cut-to-order cheese counter, along with an eatery offering domestic and imported cheese plates, griddle sandwiches, and seasonal salads. DTLA Cheese was created by Lydia & Marnie Clarke and Chef Reed Herrick, who wanted to bring something exciting to the culinary forefront. Their first store was started in 2010 in the historic downtown Claremont Village, where it continues to be a popular destination.

Belcampo Meat

Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Part country cafe and part full-service butcher shop, Belcampo Meat presents organic, grass-fed meats that have been raised on their own 10,000 acre ranch near Mount Shasta, and custom-butchered in house. Grab a seat at the modern-meets-retro counter service diner for breakfast or lunch. Indulge in the signature organic grass-fed burgers while people watching and enjoying a glass of beer or wine. Or stop by after work to pick up from their ever-changing rotation of Grab & Go foods and convenient reheat & eat options to bring home for dinner.

Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar

564 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Located on the corner of 6th and Main, Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar is a modern pet boutique offering natural treats, toys, accessories, grooming, and training. Their chic loft-style design is your pet’s perfect escape from pounding the pavement and chasing tail, equipped with unique amenities, premium products, and pet fashion.

DTLA Bikes

425 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

DTLA Bikes is a full service bike shop equipping cycle enthusiasts with a healthy, reliable and safe way to transport body, mind and spirit. The store offers a vast selection of bikes, scooters, gear & apparel, accessories & components, parts & tools, along with rentals, repairs, and an indoor bicycle test track. Check out their Bluetooth locks – you can’t lose the keys you never had!

Shiekh Shoes

745 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Outfit your active urban lifestyle with the hottest sneakers, athletic shoes, apparel, and accessories for men, women, and kids. Stylish brands include Nike, Adidas, Jordan, Timberland, Puma, Vans, and more. If you can’t find the color or size you want in-store, they can order it from their centralized distribution center in Ontario, CA.

What’s Your Design Sign? Shop DTLA for the Best Home Decor Trends

2019 offers more home decor options than ever before! Banish the neutral palette! From vibrant pinks and corals, to saturated moody hues, digitally-inspired shades of violet, soft terracottas, and optimistic yellows, it’s time to show your true colors. Even small spaces can make a big statement. Best Design Projects has some great tips on how to create impact using lighti, color, accessories, and space saving tricks, like seating with storage or a sleek sleeper sofa for an instant guest room.

Chic mid-century modern styles continue to prevail, punctuated by gold, silver and black matter metallic accents; bold graphic area rugs, and sculptural lighting. Other major trends include Asian influences, bright and muted florals, plush velvets, and raw materials such as rattan and reclaimed wood. Ready to snap up a great deal? Secondhand and vintage stores are bursting at the seams with discarded furniture and home accessories, thanks to Marie Kondo‘s popular decluttering craze.

Ready to personalize your pad? Whatever your design sign, DTLA is the ultimate destination for the Best Home Decor Trends.

Rolling Greens

1005 Mateo Street

Los Angeles Ca 90021

Rolling Greens is Southern California’s premier destination for unique home and garden, featuring live and artificial plants, home decor, containers, antiques and one-of-a-kind accents. Their newest location on 1005 Mateo Street spans the entire block between Bay St. and Sacramento St., between 7th and 8th Streets. This 2-acre property includes a retail showroom full of furniture, gifts and decor, an interior foliage greenhouse, and outdoor containers. The property also offers a 3,200 sf event tent for hosting dinners, parties, etc. Plans are in the works to launch a cafe and wine bar, pantry and wine retail, exterior garden section, and expand their large and small pottery inventory.

Matter & Bone

548 S Spring St. Ste 113

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Formerly Hayes Gallery, Matter & Bone is a chic furniture and home accessories boutique located in downtown LA. In 2017, owner Tracy Hayes made the transition from gallery to boutique, diversifying her inventory to include carefully curated artisan goods, with a strong focus on local LA artists. Inspired by your own unique aesthetic, Matter & Bone can arrange for custom upholstery or refinishing for nearly every piece in their collection, to create a look that fits perfectly in your home.

HD Buttercup DTLA

2118 E 7th Pl.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Since opening their doors in 2005, HD Buttercup has become a favorite resource for home furnishings and decor. Defined by bold and imaginative pieces from around the world, HD Buttercup has become the destination for distinctive collections, from sleek mid-century designs to vintage accent pieces. Eliminating the middleman, they work directly with factories and iconic designers to provide a wide variety of high quality, well-priced pieces. HD Buttercup also offers complimentary interior design and personal shopping services.

L.A. Mart

1933 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90007

LA Mart is the West Coast’s most comprehensive collection of fine regional and national showrooms available to the trade and consumer buying communities 5 days a week. Encompassing 500,000 square feet of gift, home, furniture, and lifestyle lines, the LA Mart Gift + Home + Design Center features thousands of premium product lines, from custom-manufactured to nationally-branded merchandise, represented in their permanent showrooms.

Poketo

374 E 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Since its foundation in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo has grown from a small startup into a creative hub and online destination for design-driven goods infused with aesthetic intentionality. Collections include everything from furniture & lighting to apothecary, tabletop, textiles, books & prints, and apparel. If you can’t find it at Poketo, it probably doesn’t exist!

Hammer and Spear

255 S Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Launched in 2013, Hammer and Spear is a showroom and full service multidisciplinary interior design studio, with a team of interior designers, architects, and product designers. Located in a historic brick building in the heart of the Arts District, this dual-functioning environment lends itself to a creative atmosphere, which permeates both the retail and design settings. Founded by husband and wife Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham, Hammer and Spear presents a sophisticated array of home furnishings, accessories, art objects, and lifestyle products.

A + R

Row DTLA 777 S Alameda St #100

Los Angeles, CA 90021

A+R stands for Andy and Rose: British ex-pat Andy Griffith, a former film editor and self-avowed design junkie, and Rose Apodaca, a pop culture and style journalist and author. From sofas to stools, clocks to carafes, tables to lighting, A + R’s oeuvre is design that charms, functions and inspires. Need some style advice? A + R has a knowledgeable team instore and behind the scenes who will share their enthusiasm for design, bound by the pursuit of aesthetics and innovative ideas.

The Good Liver

705 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Good Liver is a modern day version of a general store that sets out to inform, inspire and ultimately suggest a better way of living through a conscientious collection of enduring, quality goods from around the world. Motivated by the simple things in life, The Good Liver strives to provide high quality, functional products with aesthetic appeal – the unification of design and quality. The store offers a carefully selected range of objects from international brands and makers, showcasing the history, philosophy and craftsmanship behind each item. Helpful staff share stories of the how and why behind each product’s creation, illustrating the thoughtful curation of The Good Liver and their dedication to the good life.

Rafu Bussan

414 East Second Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located inside the Honda Plaza, Rafu Bussan offers a slice of Little Tokyo history and tradition. The store found its beginnings before World War II when Yuko Tanaka and Junichi Onishi founded Rafu Bussan in Gardena, California. During World War II, Mr. Tanaka was sent to an internment camp and after the war, they started up the business again, delivering items such as rice, tea, rice bowls and chopsticks to the Japanese in Orange County and the South Bay communities. In 1958, the late Kiyoshi “Skip” Kawaratani and his wife purchased Mr. Onishi’s share of the business and later, Mr. Tanaka’s interest as well. Today, Rafu Bussan carries a huge selection of Japanese dinnerware, vases and accessories, traditional iron and metal ornaments, classical Japanese dolls, lacquerware, kitchenware, origami papers and books, cookbooks, and Japanese foods.

LA Trim & Rugs

831 S Wall St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

This insider’s secret offers luxurious rugs made with the highest quality yarn possible, designed by today’s traditional and modern fashion experts with durability, artistic palette, comfort, and affordability in mind. Each rug goes through a special preparation process to produce a unique and beautiful product. The rug yarn is first dyed to custom color specifications, and then is tufted individually by the hands of talented artisans. New stain and soil resistant advanced technology is then added to ensure durability, quality, and performance. Choose from countless styles including shag, flokati, faux fur, Persian, contemporary, and even fluffy 3D models.

Silverado Salvage & Design

2401 E 27th St,

Vernon, CA 90058

Silverado Salvage & Design is the original salvage and reclaimed wood destination where you’ll find a huge selection of architectural salvage, antiques, repurposed and reclaimed wood furniture, and thousands of feet of beautiful reclaimed wood. The cavernous 16,000 square foot warehouse is popular with studios, commercial and residential designers, architects, artists, craftspeople, builders, as well as the general public. The team will also create custom designs, including tables, desks, credenzas, kitchen islands, cabinets, shelving, sliding doors, wall installations, and objet d’art, just to name a few.

Loveseat Vintage Furniture

2445 E 12th St Unit C,

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Loveseat is the creation of husband and wife duo Jenny & Chris Stanchak–dubbed ‘Team Awesome.’ While preparing for their cross country move from Philadelphia to San Diego,the couple realized just how hard it is to sell furniture and even worse, how amazingly challenging and time consuming it is to find nice furniture you can afford. From this frustration, Loveseat was born.  Buy and sell vintage furniture on the Loveseat online platform or swing by their warehouse in DTLA to take an in-person peek at their fun and affordable inventory. You can order low-cost home delivery during checkout.