Blooming City Guide: Downtown Los Angeles

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All this time, we’ve been talking about San Francisco, our trade shows and our designers but we forgot the most important thing: Downtown L.A, where we work and play! Here’s a portrait of this very complex and interesting neighborhood.

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DTLA as we call it, is one of the liveliest, most diverse and fun parts of the city. The area was extremely popular in the 1940’s, referred to as the “Wall Street of the West”. Broadway, one of the biggest arteries in Downtown, became the nightlife, shopping and entertainment district of the city with over a dozen theaters and movie palaces built before 1932. Today, the face of Downtown has changed. The area went through decline and is now redeveloping and trying to grow back into its former self. And little by little, it’s getting there. The lofts are popping up everywhere, night bars and trendy fusion restaurants are on every corner, the latest hip fashion brands are opening shops all over the place… In a nutshell, it’s becoming the place to be again!

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So, here’s our Insider’s guide to DTLA. Where we like to eat, drink, shop and relax. Are you ready to discover the trendiest city guide ever?

– EAT – 

First things first, let’s get our bellies full of delicious food! The options are almost limitless and you can find anything for your taste. Here’s where we love to go:

– TLT: a food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant that makes very good tacos for a few dollars. A good choice for a quick lunch on the spot.
TLT, 225 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

– Blossom: a vietnamese restaurant with the best Bô Bûn ever! The service is great, fast and the food is yummie. A very good spot for dinner. Try to get a table on the outside terrace.
Blossom Restaurant & Teas, 426 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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– New Moon: if you’re looking for a good chinese place, this is the one. It can be a little pricey, but totally worth it. Try the Chow Mein (typical chinese noodles).
New Moon, 102 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

– Octopus: continuing in Asia, this place has one of the best special rolls in Downtown, and their happy hour is amazing. If you’re craving sushi, stop looking, you found it.
729 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

– DRINK – 

– The Standard: everyone know the Standard. There’s one in every big city. It’s a trendy hotel, with a barber shop, ping pong tables, restaurants and of course a rooftop. If the view alone is not enough, there’s a infinity pool, a biergarten and german pretzels to satisfy your every craving. It’s usually packed, the drinks are not cheap, but it’s worth a visit if you want to feel the hipness of DTLA!
550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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– Artisan House: this bar/restaurant/gourmet market is one of the best happy hours in town. Every day, you get food and drinks for 5$ each. The outdoor terrace is very enjoyable during a warm summer night and the finger food is delicious.
600 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Credits: Chriselle Lim
Credits: Chriselle Lim

– Varnish: think 1920’s, Prohibition, a smoky back-door jazz club. You’re picturing it? Then, go through Cole’s main room all the way to the back, open the door, and discover an authentic secret bar, well kept and simply put amazing. The cocktails are to die for, the live jazz music on sundays, mondays and tuesdays is divine. Go, now.
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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– Far Bar: if you’re strolling around Little Tokyo and need a break, watch out for a little passage that leads to a nicely lit outdoor terrace, well hidden and very agreeable. Order some mini burgers and a beer and just chill out.
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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– SHOP – 

– Aesop: awesome beauty brand with a strong French influence, their shop is just awesome. You get served a glass of red wine while they test various products and explain you every composition. A true buying experience, highly recommended!
125 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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– Urban Outfitters: no need to present that one. A shopping temple in the middle of Broadway. Your second home!
810 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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– Acne Studios: just next to the new Ace Hotel is the newest Acne boutique. This is another sign that DTLA is becoming hip again, and Acne Studios is surfing the trend. Nice interior and merchandising.
855 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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That’s it for DTLA. It was hard to choose, and of course, there’s a million other places that we love, but you get a little insight into what it’s like to enjoy the DTLA lifestyle. Have you ever been down here? What are your favorite spots? Let us know.

To read more city guides, go here, or here!

Love,

The Bloom DTLA Team

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