As many of you already know, I am a SoCal native and while I absolutely love living in LA, I feel like it’s so easy to get caught up in my everyday routine that I forget that there is so much in my own backyard to see and do. I thought to myself, why not play tourist for the day? In that moment, I had decided to spend the day in Downtown LA so that I could share a few of my favorite places with you!
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Bottega Louie’s is one of my all-time favorite places to eat in downtown. This restaurant is not only gorgeous, but the food and desserts are amazing! Aside from the pizzas & pastas, they have weekend brunch & macaroons to-go!
545 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If you love French food as much as I do, Pitchoun Cafe is an absolute MUST. This French café is right in the heart of downtown and the perfect place to stop and get your croissant and espresso fix. Everything is homemade every morning! My favorite is their freshly baked bread!
332 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Doesn’t get any better than having fresh, organic pasta that tastes like you’re sitting at a restaurant in Italy. All of the dishes are authentic Italian and the cozy atmosphere makes you feel like you’re right at home. It’s the perfect spot for happy hour and you can bring your own wine for a small corkage fee of $10!
222 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Otium was recommended to me by a girlfriend of mine and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Otium focuses on the quality of food and warm service with a relaxed, casual atmosphere. It has an open kitchen with both indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant’s name, Otium, has Latin roots, meant to emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities. Their menu is seasonal so I would recommend asking your server what they suggest.
833 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
314 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
If you’re a chicken and waffles person, Birdies will be your new favorite spot in DTLA. Here you can get donuts and fried chicken made to perfection. And the best part is that you can sample the donuts before deciding which one you want!
700 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
2121 E 7th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90021
LA FLOWER MARKET
6130 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
210 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE ACE HOTEL
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
One of my favorite places to go at night in Downtown, the Ace Hotel has a gorgeous rooftop bar with an amazing view of downtown. Also, if you’re hungry, there’s great food on the 1st floor. This trendy spot has a DJ that plays on the weekends with a little area where you can dance. I love sitting outside around the pool or in the courtyard where the DJ plays.
630 W 6th Street #116A, Los Angeles, CA 90017
What are your favorite spots in DTLA? Let me know in the comments below!