DTLA

THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

We’re located at 12th and Maple Avenues, in the heart of the fashion district in Downtown Los Angeles. We’re just next to Santee Alley and a gaggle of street tacos, quinceañera shops and ice cream carts. You can buy socks buy the bushel and trim by the yard. There’s lots to explore in the hood while you’re visiting.

WHERE TO STAY:

The Ace Hotel is a 1/2 mile from LAYC. It boasts a restaurant, a theater, a pool, and a VERY hip scene.

✧ A classic hotel, The Standard is in the center of DTLA and aside from a rooftop pool it also features a ping pong club and a paddle board room.

Hotel Figueroa opened in 1926 as a women’s hostel. After several changes in ownership and thematic reworkings, the building received a full makeover in 2016. They fancy themselves a luxury hotel, complete with spiffy linens, free wi-fi, 2 restaurants, a cocktail bar and it’s within walking distance of LAYC.

✧ Swanky and hip, the Nomad Hotel on 7th and Olive was originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Bank of Italy. As in NY, the Nomad team has collaborated with Jacques Garcia on design and Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara on the restaurants.

✧ Our friend who goes by Janet Planet rents a Silverlake abode on AirBnB. She’s a sweet pea and also rents a cozy spot to lay your head in a private room in her home.

NO COFFEE NO PRANA:

Cognoscenti coffee is a 2-block hop away at 1118 San Julian Street (and another one is a touch further away on at 868 S. Olive Street). Both spots are great for getting work done post-practice.

✧ Swaddled in moss and concrete arches Giorgi Porgi is a modern slip of a coffee shop on 3rd Street and is worth a trip for the sleek feels alone.

✧ Situated at the Southwest corner of the open-air Grand Central Market, G&B has excellent coffee and espresso, served with a touch of ‘tude.

Verve roasters have wandered their way from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles, and posted up outside of the Ace Hotel.

✧ A vegetarian and Mediterranean-inspired cafe in DTLA, with down-to-earth hipster vibes: Cow Cafe.

FORAGING FOR FOOD:

The Vegan Joint gets standout reviews for hearty tofu scrambles, and extensive “burger” offerings.

✧ Our Italian web guru’s favorite Italian restaurant is a block or so away – Rossoblu. We hear they have fab Sunday brunch.

Wild Living Foods serves beautifully plated, bright colorful plant-based bowls, wraps, soups and smoothies a few lively blocks away.

Bulan Thai dishes critically acclaimed vegetarian Thai food.

✧ For those that like the meat substitute approach to veggie food, Green Leaves Vegan menu items include “chicken” satay, “fish” & chips and pepper “steak.”

✧ About a mile up Los Angeles Street is the Grand Central Market where you can eat vegan ramen, complete with faux-egg at Ramenhood (seriously yumm), sip espresso at G&B, or load up on organic veggies. From there you can take a tram straight up to the Broad for a dose of art.

✧ In the Arts District you’ll find Cafe Gratitude & Urth Cafe – both iconic California restaurants for the hippie-types.

✧ When making reservations at Shojin, a macrobiotic Japanese restaurant that sits on the 3rd story of a Little Tokyo strip mall, guests are asked, “we are a 100% VEGAN restaurant and don’t serve any animal products. Is that ok with you? Yes or No.” Yes. Most definitely yes. Try the “sushi”!

Pomegranate LA – gluten free and vegan sweets and treats on 3rd street.

✧ Find vegan Ethiopian food at Azla all day long.

✧ Every Thursday a farmer’s market pops up at Figueroa and 7th from 10am – 2pm.

✧ Food trucks swarm the 5-acre Alameda Produce Market every Sunday from 10am-4pm for a DTLA Smorgasburg.

DIGGING INTO CULTURE:

✧ General admission to The Broad Museum is free — but tickets are required. Tickets are available online or in the onsite standby line on a first-come, first-served basis. Get up-to-the-minute line info by tuning into the latest tweet from @TheBroadStandby. If you get munchy waiting in line, pop into Otium next door for flavors of the season.

MOCA & its satellite The Geffen Contemporary take a multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary art.

Hauser & Wirth exhibits free contemporary art shows in an open air setting with a bistro-style restaurant, Manuela, nestled inside its courtyard.

ICALA, the Institute of Contemporary Art LA is a fairly new downtown addition. They boast experimentation, discovery, play and community partnership as central to their mission.

Walt Disney Concert Hall was designed by Frank Gehry and in typical fashion it looks a bit like a building-size crumpled piece of paper tossed onto the sidewalk. This is home for the LA Phil, and a far ranging selection of other shows.

The Flower Market sits a 1/2 mile away on Wall Street and it is a spectacle! Go for the flowers – you’ll be enchanted by the history, scents and scene.

Michael Levine’s is THE spot for anyone looking for fabric in the theatre, film, fashion or design industry. It’s an overwhelming and simultaneously hypnotic experience.

The Last Bookstore is California’s largest books & record store. And miraculously it’s still independent. Wander the multi leveled shop which includes a labyrinth, the Gather Yarn Shop, and the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops.

PARKS & REC:

LA Boulders is part of the Touchstone Climbing behemoth, offering great indoor climbing all over the country, and as it so happens right here in DTLA too.

✧ Chinatown is home to Los Angeles State Historic Park – a high-profile, politically-charged, and much anticipated park that opened just last year on a 34-acre parcel that once served as Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station, and before that as a Zanja Madre, Los Angeles’s main irrigation ditch, and before that was home to Native Tongva people and their village Yang-na.

✧ The James Irvine Japanese Garden is a small respite in the middle of DTLA. Breathe deep amidst the greenery designed in the Zen tradition of Kyoto.

✧ 12 acres of pedestrian-friendly land across from the LA Civic Center, Grand Park LA is a green refuge amidst the city grit. A series of stairs and ramps take park-goers around the garden-like space, which includes a wade-able fountain, a performance lawn, and a community terrace.

OUE Skyspace is a spendy, flashy, intriguing way to experience DTLA. It claims to be California’s tallest open-air deck, with observation terraces, a bar, and the world’s first Sky Slide – a 45 ft. glass chute that zooms down the side of the building. Type your SoCal zip code in for a 30% discount on tickets.