It’s not secret that I fell in love with Los Angeles when I visited back in March! Before I planned my trip I had no idea how vast LA is, where the different neighborhoods are positioned on the map or which places to visit except for Beverly Hills and Santa Monica! The bits and bobs I knew about LA came from TV series (hello Beverly Hills 90210), films and of course celebrity blogs and magazines (I honestly can’t recall how many times celebrities were spotted on the Grove (which, yes I managed to visit back in March).
The one place I knew nothing about was Downtown LA which was undeveloped (and neglected) for many years. Surely it’s full of skyscrapers and office buildings, but there are also museums, open spaces, interesting restaurants and picturesque neighborhoods like Little Tokyo.
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Our walk around Downtown LA (aka DTLA) starts from Walt Disney Music Hall, as we parked nearby!! The Music Hall was design by architect Frank Gehry, whom I admire! The building was completed in 2004 and now houses the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. I suggest you walk around the building and visit the Blue Ribbon garden, which features a water-lily fountain created by broken porcelain, dedicated to Lily Disney.
Moving on we passed by The Museum of Contemporary Art and headed to Bottega Louie, which is a desserts’ paradise straight out of Paris! Those lilac pastries stole my heart, but I decided to be more practical and opted for a huge macaron with raspberries and chocolate cream!
Next stop: Little Tokyo. It’s no secret that I love everything that has to do with Japan (it’s on my bucket list), so I was really happy to visit the area. And I bought some Japanese stickers as well. For my collection!
It was getting late in the afternoon so we made our way back to our car passing by LA’s City Hall and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which has to be one of the most modern churches I’ve ever seen).
We got a little glimpse of DTLA, but if you do make it there, here are a couple of places you should check out: Arts District, Staples Center (that’s were the LA Lakers play) and El Pueblo de Los Angeles! If you’re a books’ fan add The Last Bookstore to your list. Oh and a drink atop The Standard Hotel wouldn’t hurt either!
Have you visited Downtown LA? Any cool places I should add to my list?