Like any great home-away-from-home, we have awesome neighbors. The Downtown Historic District, Fashion District, and L.A. Live — plus dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops — are all just a short stroll away.
LA’s largest and oldest public market. When the doors first opened in October 1917, the “Wonder Market” (as it was then called) was billed as “the largest and finest public market on the Pacific Coast.” It filled the entire ground floor of the Beaux-Arts-style Homer Laughlin Building, the region’s first steel-reinforced, fireproof structure. At the time, Los Angeles was the country’s 10th most populous city — and downtown was the epicenter of a flourishing metropolis. Today, the Market’s 40 stalls are home to an only-in-LA blend of legacy vendors like China Cafe and Roast To Go (Grand Central Market tenants for over half a century), rising stars, and success stories from the city’s buzzing food scene.
Located on the edge of the expanding Arts District in DTLA, ROW DTLA is a 30-acre urban enclave made for and by a collective of bold creatives, risk-takers, entrepreneurs, and forward thinkers. ROW DTLA was built from 1917 to 1923 along the Southern Pacific Railroad and continues to be a major hub for the distribution of produce across the region. ROW DTLA houses the 7th Street Produce Market, an open air wholesale produce market first established in 1917. On Sundays, the marketplace is converted into Smorgasburg, a food market.
Korean eyewear company Gentle Monster has landed with a flagship store in LA’s rapidly renewing downtown area. Each of the brand’s stores boasts a creative, experiential “story” that blends retail with art, and this one is no different. A quirky, whimsical take on “harvest”, the LA store features installations referencing the traditional agriculture of pre-industrial Korea. Quiet and zen-like, the space is in contrast to the rapid-fire spirit of downtown LA. Marble, metal, and mother-of-pearl bring nature into the city, and interconnected rooms take visitors on a journey through the various stages of the harvest.
Dover Street Market is a multi-brand retailer originally located on Dover Street, in Mayfair, London. It has stores in New York City, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, and Los Angeles. Dover Street Market was created by Rei Kawakubo of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons and her husband Adrian Joffe.
Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center. Home to the LA Phil and Los Angeles Master Chorale, Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy through its exterior and interior design.
Established in 1979, MOCA is the only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles, dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is a contemporary art museum with two locations in greater Los Angeles, California. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, near the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Opened in 2009, The Varnish is an award-winning speakeasy located through the dining room of Coles. Accolades include Spirited Awards’ Best American Bar and a spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Even with its short list of no-nonsense classic-style cocktails, the bar has managed to remain on every LA drinker’s radar. A dimly lit watering hole for visitors and locals alike, The Varnish is proof positive that talented bartenders, quality booze, and well-balanced cocktails never go out of style.
Occupying a former flour mill, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles presents art exhibitions, events, and learning activities which connect with the local community in a vibrant architectural space. The globally located gallery represents over 90 artists and estates who have been instrumental in shaping its identity, and who are the inspiration for Hauser & Wirth’s diverse range of activities that engage with art, education, conservation, and sustainability. Outposts include Hong Kong, London, New York, Southampton, Los Angeles, Somerset, Menorca, Monaco, Zurich, Gstaad, and St. Moritz.
California’s largest used and new book and record store, The Last Bookstore started in owner Josh Spencer’s downtown Los Angeles loft in 2005. During the revitalization of downtown LA, the store grew into the 22,000 sq. ft. space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring. The store continues to buy, sell, and trade as they have from day one. In addition to over 250,000 new and used books on two floors, the store also sells rare books, thousands of vinyl records, and graphic novels, as well as housing partner pop-up shops.
The Broad is a new contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Offering free general admission, it was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. The museum is home to more than 2,000 works of art, and is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide.
The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1893, the five-story office building is best known for its extraordinary skylit atrium of access walkways, stairs, and elevators, and their ornate ironwork. It’s home to the members-only co-working space, NeueHouse, which offers a diverse set of creative spaces including private studios, broadcast and podcast facilities, conference rooms, screening rooms, private phone booths, wellness rooms, and more.