Inspiring week in LA capped off by an exceptionally fun Korean wedding (a first for me). Unbelievable amounts of creativity in LA at the moment. Makes it difficult to narrow recommendations down to a top 5 list but here it is.
Still sketchy but so many interesting new things popping up especially as the Arts District expands. My recommendation is to hit up downtown on a Saturday or Sunday. And based on how much time you have in LA, you may want to devote two days to downtown.
Here are my must-dos:
- I took the Historic Downtown Tour offered every Saturday. This 2 ½ hour tour provides an overview of the historical and cultural landmarks of downtown LA including the Bradbury Building, the Library, One Bunker Hill, Grand Central Market.
- Not only was our guide super fun and well-informed, my fellow tour-takers were incredibly knowledgeable as well.
- Other tours offered by the Conservancy include Art Deco, Modern by Moonlight, Angelino Heights, Broadway Historic Theatres, Union Station.
- Book online ($15) and meet up at Pershing Square
- I plan to book one of these tours every time I visit LA
- This gorgeous hotel recently opened (original is in Miami).
- The hotel’s Exchange Restaurant is outstanding. My lunch was the tastiest meal I had while in LA.
- Make sure you also check out their Broken Shaker Rooftop Pool/Bar – very fun although not as fabulous as the Miami original
- Newest food stall to open is the Sari Sari Store, Filipino food from the owners of Republique.
- Make sure you try the buko pie – delish!
- Also worth checking out at the market, even if the line is long: Egg Slut
- This new museum opened this past weekend. The founder/director is Elsa Longhauser (formerly of the Santa Monica Museum of Art)
- The inaugural exhibition features work by late Mexican artist Martín Ramírez – and it is wonderful.
- Half of the gallery space is devoted to the gift store
- Worth checking out once but may not be on my roster every time I am in LA
- Right down the street from ICA LA, you’ll find a complex of 3 historic buildings covered in RETNA hieroglyphics.
- These former American Apparel factories are now being converted into a major creative hub featuring work spaces/lofts/mall complex.
- If you come on a Sunday you can also nosh your way through Smorgasburg LA (same group as in Brooklyn)
- During the week there are food trucks on site.
- Next time I am back in LA, this will be a top priority for further exploration
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