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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck | © Jaysin Trevino/ Flickr
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck | © Jaysin Trevino/ Flickr
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How To Spend A Day In Downtown Los Angeles

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Updated: 3 January 2017
Downtown Los Angeles has become the new hotspot of Southern California. From culture, music, and nightlife, you can spend a day in DTLA and experience the trendiest places. Drive up to the city in the morning and enjoy the walkable streets with the crowded atmosphere; long lines of people waiting at food trucks and restaurants, the LA Fashion District where you can find 100 blocks of retailers and wholesalers, and lastly the art galleries and museums. End your day by grabbing a drink at the many bars and pubs scattered throughout the city and call it a night!

The Broad Museum
Art Museum
The Broad in Los Angeles, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The Broad, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro | © Sinchen.Lin / Flickr

The Broad Museum

Los Angeles’s new contemporary art museum The Broad opened its door in summer 2015, and has become one of LA’s hottest spot to visit. The free museum welcomes visitors from all over and displays contemporary and postwar art over the last five decades. The Broad is currently displaying Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, which is the toughest to attend, but a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t panic when you arrive and see a long line outside the entrance, you will probably not wait more than an hour and it is definitely worth the wait!

The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles, California +00 1 213-232-6200

Courtesy of mayaaoz/ Instagram

Courtesy of mayaaoz/ Instagram

 

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Tue - Wed:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck

This is not your ordinary ice cream truck; Van Leeuwen offers vegan and classic scoops. The company started off in New York and finally brought over 20 flavors to Los Angeles both in trucks and in stores. The vegan ice cream is made with natural ingredients; cashews, coconut and cocoa butter. You can enjoy the rich flavors of dark chocolate, salted caramel and more without consuming any animal byproducts. If you’re lucky enough, you can find the ice cream truck in front of the Broad Museum, or follow Van Leeuwen on Twitter and track their daily locations.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck | © Jaysin Trevino/ Flickr

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck | © Jaysin Trevino/ Flickr

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie is a gourmet market, patisserie, and café which has opened its doors in the trendy area of Downtown Los Angeles. As you walk in you will see a wide selection of colorful macarons and pastries along with a crowd of people waiting to be seated at the café. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are offered every day of the week and on weekends you can enjoy the succulent brunch. Bottega Louie is definitely worth a try whether you’re in for a sweet or savory meal.

700 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California +00 1 (213)-802-1470

Courtesy of Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market

Courtesy of Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market

 


The Rooftop at The Standard

There is a wide variety of bars and pubs to spend the night in Downtown Los Angeles, but most of them don’t offer a panoramic view of the city. Located on the top floor of the hotel, The Rooftop offers a tempting heated pool, a dance floor and a bar to enjoy some drinks while overlooking at the city lights. The waterbed pods surrounding the pool will probably make you stay longer than anticipated; come in the afternoon to watch the sunset and enjoy the rest of your night with a couple of drinks and tasty sliders.

550 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, California 90071 +00 1 (213) 892 8080

The Standard Rooftop | © Long Zheng/ Flickr

The Standard Rooftop | © Long Zheng/ Flickr