Guide to the Arts District, Downtown LA

Downtown LA. It’s a place I never really go to, and to be honest, I did’t know it had an Arts District until a couple of months ago. But now here I am, writing about how this area is worth a visit.

I was quite surprised by my excursion to the Arts District. I tend to avoid Downtown as much as possible because I find it to be smelly and dirty (sorry). But this neighborhood was removed enough from central downtown that I could enjoy walking around! It’s very up and coming, if I do say so myself.


We started the day at Zinc Cafe. I had been to the one in Laguna Beach, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out they had a location in Downtown LA. It’s pretty big – they have a market, indoor seating, two patios, and a bar for happy hour/dinner.

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They have a large breakfast menu, and really cool latte flavors which is always a plus for me! We’re talkin’ rose, lavender, and white chocolate flavored lattes. After a few minutes of debating, I went with the white chocolate latte. No regrets there.


Shirt // Kendal & Kylie

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I ordered the Belgian Waffle. It was topped with berries and whipped cream, served with pure maple syrup on the side… Which I poured all over my waffle. I wish I could say I’m a health nut, but unfortunately I’m the opposite. I love my carbs and sweets, and I hate veggies :/


After breakfast, we walked around. We walked by so many cafes and coffee shops that I love without even knowing they had downtown locations! This includes Urth Caffe, Go Get Em Tiger, Cafe Gratitude, The Pie Hole, as well as the signature ice cream shop Salt & Straw. Around East Third Street is where you will find a lot of cute shops. I recommend stopping in Warby Parker, the House of Woo, and Apolis: Common Gallery.


All in all, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with this area. What I really want, though, is to head down there for happy hour. The Arts District has the COOLEST bars and night life. I’ll let you know once I check that off the list.

What neighborhoods do you love in Los Angeles? I’m always down to explore a new part of town!


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