Downtown LA is an eclectic blend of the old and new. It is a rich cornucopia of historical buildings, entertainment complexes, the arts, contemporary architecture and ethnic neighbourhoods. It is a destination filled with surprises at every turn as you navigate your way to the heart of Los Angeles.
To start, Broadway Theatre District is where opulent theatres line downtown LA, a visible memory of the golden age of cinema, triumphantly celebrated. These theatres had been revived to play a colourful role in the vibrant downtown scene of Los Angeles. There are currently twelve theatres with ornate furnishings and elegant architecture that can be found here.
The arts are also thriving in Los Angeles with plenty of fascinating museums housing artworks to feast your eyes on like The Broad Museum, Los Angeles County of Art (LACMA), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the quaint Wells Fargo Museum. Other historical buildings also worth noting are the popular Walt Disney Concert Hall, the old City Hall which holds breath-taking views of the city, the charming Union Station, the infinitely intriguing Bradbury Building, graceful historic Biltmore Hotel and the controversial but architectural marvel, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels.
Downtown Los Angeles holds interesting districts to navigate like the industrial area turned into an Arts District now filled with large colourful murals, the Fashion District where it becomes frenzied twice a year for LA Fashion Week and the Flower Market District, the largest floral quarter in the US existing since 1912.
Other landmarks like the funicular Angel’s Flight Railway, the El Pueblo monument and surrounding museums are worth experiencing first-hand to acquaint yourself of Los Angeles’ distant era. Los Angeles also holds huge entertainment complexes where you can catch live performances, concerts and other cultural shows in LA Live and Staples Center.
Further, another way to enjoy LA is to go sample the different cuisines offered by the mix of ethnicity. You can go to the Grand Central Market that’s open daily or visit the pop-up food market, Smorgasburg every Sunday. Lastly, to appreciate the diversity of Downtown Los Angeles, you can explore cultural Little Tokyo and colourful Chinatown. There are multiple ways to explore downtown Los Angeles, whether through a helicopter tour, bike tour, free tour or self-guided walking tours or a sidewalk food tour.
Downtown Los Angeles is certainly full of the glitz and glamour of its historical past, and one day is not enough to see all of its iconic landmarks.