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As a busy neighborhood that stretches for miles, Downtown Los Angeles is overflowing with major city landmarks, award-winning restaurants and century-old bars. Narrowing down the must-see places is essential for a wondrous day in LA’s busiest neighborhood.
Framed by skyscrapers at record-breaking heights, rows of historic theaters and an ever-expanding number of the city’s best restaurants, Los Angeles’s most walkable neighborhood is Downtown LA. DTLA grew from derelict to chic within a decade, merging the city’s population of old architecture with young residents and emerging establishments. This LA area is made up of many unique districts and neighborhoods, including the colorful Arts District and the historic charm of Pershing Square.
Once frequented by vagabonds and aristocrats alike (as well as artists and writers including Ray Bradbury), Clifton’s Cafeteria on South Broadway is a DTLA institution. Built in 1931, the unique cafeteria space underwent a recent renovation, re-opening in 2015. A large interior with multiple cozy nooks and a somewhat hidden tiki bar, the beloved cafeteria – with its kitschy decor and taxidermied animals on display – is a great place to spend an afternoon. The café downstairs features snacks and coffee while upstairs, jazz lovers can listen to live music and drink highball cocktails.