A few decades ago, Downtown Los Angeles probably wasn’t on your radar: There simply weren’t enough things to do in DTLA. These days, it’s a different story. Downtown is in the midst of a cultural and architectural resurgence that’s turning the area into a walkable, Metro-friendly destination dotted with museums and beautiful buildings. It now provides some of the city’s most interesting dining, shopping, culture and entertainment, all within walking distance from NoMad Los Angeles.
The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles opened back in late January of this year, located on the vibrant corner of 7th and Olive Street. The hotel continues in the spirit of the New York flagship by taking residence in a historic landmark, Giannini Place. Formerly known as the original Bank of Italy, NoMad Los Angeles features 241 rooms, a casually elegant restaurant and bar, a library, an all-day Italian inspired café and a spectacular rooftop pool that offers sweeping views of the city. Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, each of the 241 rooms look to Italy for inspiration – a nod to the building’s storied beginning. The guest rooms’ color palette is drawn from the property’s fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling located in the lobby. Each room is appointed with custom designed furnishings and original artwork with many also featuring freestanding bathtubs.
Some highlights not to miss during your stay in Downtown are just a few blocks from the hotel, such as Grand Central Market, This European-style food hall has been in operations since 1917. Even if you’re not there for the food, it’s worth a trip; people from all corners of LA mix and mingle among rows of spices, produce vintage neon signage and food stands.
From Grand Central Market take Angels Flight, the world’s shortest railway up to Bunker Hill. Here you will find various cultural points of interest like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA and LA Music Center. A must visit is The Broad museum however, this architecturally stunning building houses a collection of 2,000 post-war works including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons.
You could fill an entire list with nothing but Downtown’s stunning architecture. Therefore, a great way to truly understand and appreciate Downtown and its fascinating history and future is joining one of the many architectural walking tours. Choose between tours of modern skyscrapers or the Historic Core, Art Deco icons or Victorian mansions. Did you know that Broadway was the city’s original entertainment hub in the 1930’s, it boasted the highest concentration of movie theaters in the world many of which are still in tact today.
Don’t forget about some retail therapy, from discount fashion to high-end goods to vintage finds, the shopping scene in Downtown Los Angeles has you covered. Downtown is home to some of the city’s best buys. Browse boutique shops on Broadway and designer pop-ups in the Fashion District or go main stream at one of the outdoor malls such as FIGat7th or The Bloc.
In the span of a decade, DTLA’s restaurant scene went from non-existent to completely saturated with incredible spots. What was once a scattered collection of a few very good places to eat has morphed and matured into a fully realized dining scene that ranks among the most exciting places to eat in the country. In a matter of blocks you can find mind-bending pastrami, Filipino rice bowls and some of the best sushi that doesn’t involve a flight to Japan. There has never been a better time to be a diner in LA’s urban core. Besides the phenomenal restaurant & bar options at the NoMad hotel there are endless dining possibilities in DTLA, and don’t forget to scope out the hot spots in the Arts District where abandoned warehouses are given a 2nd life as the hippest new eating spot or the next pop-up gallery.
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