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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.

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!


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.