As evidenced by our Fall 15 campaign - we have a lot of love for downtown Los Angeles and it's decade long renaissance. No longer a barren city after dark and at weekends, downtown is now bustling with reclaimed culture and parks and new bars and restaurants.
We thought we'd share some of our fave spots, as documented in our Fall Campaign.
Grand Ave area has long been a cultural hub in Los Angeles. The street is home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall (pictured above) which houses the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (pictured below), home of The Music Center which hosts the Los Angeles Opera and Dance at the Music Center programming.
Grand Ave isn't just home to culture of the music and dance variety - pop down the street and you'll find two of the best modern art collections in Los Angeles at MOCA and the recently opened Broad Museum.
Right across the street and down the steps from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is Grand Park, a newly renovated outdoor space with a grand view of City Hall, bright pink benches and a fountain that's perfect for the toddler set to cool off in on a hot day (check out our behind the scenes pic here)
Grand Central Market, founded in 1917 is an indoor food market that sprawls almost one city block. Over the past few years it's been caught up in the DTLA renaissance but has managed to retain it's charm through the gentrification. Fruit, candy, spices and an amazing pupuseria remain unchanged and charming, new additions such as Egg Slut and Valeries have only added to the charm and appeal of the place. It's a destination for locals and tourists alike.
Across the street from Grand Central Market is Angels Flight. The streetcars used to take commuters and tourists alike up and down the steep hill between Hill and Olive. Marred by accidents and safety issues, the car is no longer operating, however it remains a beautiful historic landmark in downtown Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Public Library is a grand old library - housed in a beautiful building dating back to 1872 it features three floors of books and exhibits and a stunning mosaic domed roof. A current exhibit (through November 13th) entitled "To Live and Dine in L.A" features vintage menus from L.A area eateries dating back over 100 years.
Gentrification has brought with it many things, good and bad, but the influx of new eateries and coffee shops is definitely on the good side. One of our favourites, tucked away in the fashion district, is Coffee Colab - they're the perfect, hip, no nonsense coffee shop and their cold brew is the best downtown.
We hope you enjoyed our brief trip round downtown Los Angeles - what are some of your favourite spots?