by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on February 17, 2019
Being that Downtown LA is the heart of the city, it’s only fair to dedicate an entire day exploring. We’ll get started off with some breakfast, the most important meal of the day, before hitting the sights. Get your caffeine fix at a celebrated brewhouse before tackling the rest of the day. What’re you waiting for, get moving!
Go on a global food field trip that features food from around the world in a dual level market with 39 vendors.This place is great for people watching as you sample foods and watch the fast-pace life of street food, which is synonymous with LA.
Checkout: Literally anything from Eggslut, the margarita pizza from Olio GCM Wood Fired Pizzera, or a sandwich from PBJ.LA
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Are you a Blade Runner fan or a closet aesthete? Then make this your next stop when checking out LA. A masterwork of ironwork architecture, the building houses intricate staircases and a glass ceiling where you can gaze up at the heavens.
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Now a tourist attraction, get your fix for history and thrills by taking a ride on this steep 20th-century rail line - for only a dollar. Operating off and on for over a century, it still draws tourists and some locals for unforgettable rides.
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Located in the heart of DTLA, The Last Bookstore is part bookstore, part art exhibit. Meander through the stacks to find portals, mazes, and book-related installations; you'll feel like you're in an alternate universe where books have come to life.
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Philippe's opened in 1908 and they've been serving French dip sandwiches for almost as long. Regardless of whether they invented it, they make a mean one. Pro-tips: decide what you want long before you get in line, and try the spicy mustard.
Checkout: French dip sandwich with roast beef or lamb, pickled eggs, chili, macaroni salad
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Look up, down and all around when walking through the largest rail station in the West. From art galleries to dining, you can experience a whirlwind of LA culture under one roof. Make this your gateway for exploring all of SoCal's stunning scenery.
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Olvera Street is LA's most colorful street. Packed with Latino history, amazing foods, and local shops, it's a worthy destination. Take a tour to learn about its culture and Spanish past or stop by for the holidays to see folk dances and parades.
Checkout: Churros, horchata, taquitos, walking tours
Photo courtesy: sulynn_candycream
Badmaash literally translates to badass in Hindi, and this irreverent Indian fusion gastropub certainly lives up to its name. Get some beers, some lamb burgers and tandoori broccoli, and a big group of friends for a guaranteed good time.
Checkout: Chicken tikka poutine, bacon biryani, Chili Cheese Naan 2.0
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Open the orange door and you'll find expert cocktails and a short but oh-so-sweet food menu worth driving downtown for. With an intimate interior and a sprawling patio, this hip, multipurpose playground could be your new after-work hangout.
Checkout: Single burger & fries, flaky buttermilk biscuits, smoky potato taquitos, prickly pear margarita
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