Downtown LA and the East Side
Downtown LA (DTLA) has undergone a serious makeover in the last decade. Some of the city’s hippest restaurants, noteworthy galleries and popular bars have popped up between LA’s few skyscrapers. And the fixie-riding hipsters arrived, too.
One of DTLA’s architectural highlights is Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall. Its concave and convex surfaces remind of billowing sails (Gehry is an avid sailor) and it is worth checking the Philharmonic’s schedule as the acoustics in the concert hall are impressive. Only a stone throw away, the impressively designed THE BROAD Museum houses prominent modern art pieces by i.e. Warhol, Koons, Hirst and many more. An early arrival usually allows for entry even without a reservation.
Continue to ROW DTLA for a curated shopping, wellness and food experience. Spread out over 6 iconic buildings that used to house LA’s produce supplies, around 100 unique stores are opening their doors here for business and 15 restaurants are ready to cater the famished shoppers. Suggesting a ‘West Coast spin on an East Coast heritage’, Rappahanock Oyster Bar serves locally sourced fish, meat and produce in a cool, industrial setting. For a more budget-friendly meal carry on to Wurstkueche for sausage and beer from their extensive globe-spanning selection. Will you dare and try their rattlesnake or alligator sausage?
Koreatown isn’t far from DTLA and a visit at a Korean Spa is usually a fun experience. Glowing from a proper rubdown/polish, head over to Soo Won Galbi for traditional Korean BBQ or head toward the hip neighborhoods of Echo Park, Silverlake and Los Feliz.
A visit at the Griffith Park Observatory will be rewarded by spectacular views of the city and explore Mexico’s culinary footprint either at the hip Malo Restaurant in Los Feliz or tuck into some street food at the casual Tacos Delta.
Cap your eventful day with a mint julep at the Whiskey Bar Seven Grand before hitting the sheets at the stylish and lively ACE Hotel. The hotel also houses the Upstairs Bar, a “sky-high urban oasis” located on the roof terrace and sleep may just not be on the menu for today.