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Los Angeles Tour: Downtown

Take a stroll in L.A.’s most urban enclave.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 3.1 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  With the arrival of sports and arts institutions, mushrooming of hip boutiques and cafés catering to loft dwellers, and construction... more »

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Points of Interest

Rising dramatically over downtown Los Angeles, the colossal stainless steel curves that comprise the exterior of this world-renowned concert hall create an immediate and powerful impression. Endowed by Lillian Disney and designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall opened in 2003 as the fourth hall of the ... More

Located inside Bank of America’s old high-rise buildling, this downtown eatery serves California-influenced Italian cuisine. Modeled after an urban area in Venice, Drago Centro favors clean lines with architectural touches, including floor-to-ceiling windows, stone walls, and a 15-foot, glass enclosed wine tower that houses wines from Italy,... More

A retro façade and otherworldly interior distinguish this 1925 Spanish-Moroccan-style hotel just blocks from the Staples Center. The resplendent interior features hand-carved furnishings, Moroccan tapestries, atmospheric lighting, exotic plant life, and hand-painted ceilings, elevators, and doors. Figueroa Hotel’s accommodations include 287... More

4. The Last Bookstore

Though there’s more than a hint of pessimism for the printed book’s future in the name of this indie bookshop, The Last Bookstore may actually restore your faith in its survival. New and used volumes are artfully displayed in the stunning space (formerly the historic Citizens National Bank), which melds original design features like vaulted... More

5. The Bradbury Building

From the outside, the brick facade of The Bradbury Building—the oldest commercial building in the city center—looks fairly unremarkable, but walk inside and you’ll be rewarded by architectural treasures inspired by an 1880’s science fiction story and a Ouija board. Highlights of the 1893 structure’s central court include ornamental cast iron... More

This chic rooftop bistro settled atop the Pershing Square Building may not be the highest point in downtown, but the unique view gives you the delicious illusion that you’re floating amid the skyscrapers. The twinkling city lights, cozy outdoor fireplaces, and live jazz band (Mondays and Wednesdays) make an atmospheric backdrop for a romantic... More

This museum dedicated to the history of recorded music brings the music-making process to life through a variety of interactive exhibits. Multimedia “pods” make lessons about America’s most significant musical traditions and artists engaging, but the highlight is undoubtedly the opportunity to make music with the Roland electronic instruments on... More

In the midst of downtown’s Fashion District, WoodSpoon is a small, sweet café serving homespun Brazilian fare with heart. Chef-owner Natalia Pereira cooks up her mother’s specialties from her native Brazil, which include hearty, flavorful favorites like Brazilian chicken pot pie; pork burger with roasted cabbage and yam fries; and plates of... More