Civic Center-Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Places

Part of our Los Angeles travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Civic Center-Little Tokyo, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown Art Walk and The Music Center.
  • The best place in Civic Center-Little Tokyo Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art

    Museum of Contemporary Art

    250 S Grand Ave
    $12, $7 student (includes admission to Geffen Contemporary). The permanent collection is fairly interesting, but the changing exhibitions can be more hit or miss. The museum has no 'traditional' art, so bring an open mind. The gift shop (free entrance) is fun for at least 20 minutes of wonder and awe.
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  • Downtown Art Walk

    Downtown Art Walk

    A free monthly self guided tour--and free walking tours, reservations required--held on the second Thursday of every month, to art galleries and museums in Downtown L.A.
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  • The Music Center

    The Music Center

    135 N Grand Ave
    Impressive hall architecture complete with tours most days. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is open to the public Christmas Eve day with almost round the clock performances by amateur cultural arts groups. The Walt Disney Hall has daily tours, check website for schedules.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • Olvera Street

    Olvera Street

    This is where LA was founded as El Pueblo de Los Angeles. You can take a tour of the city's oldest house to see what it looked like at that time. The plaza is mostly filled with Mexican trinket stands and Mexican restaurants.
    Chinatown food nearby
  • The Vista Theatre

    an LA landmark
  • Japanese American National Museum

    Japanese American National Museum

    100 N Central Ave
    Covers the Japanese-American experience, with a special emphasis on the concentration camps of World War II.
    Central City East restaurants nearby
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

    555 W. Temple Street
    6:30AM-6PM M-F, 9AM-6PM, Sa 7AM-6PM Su, hours extended to 7PM during daylight savings time. This large and austere cathedral, dedicated to Saint Vibiana, is the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was opened in 2002 at a cost of nearly $200 million, replacing The Cathedral of St Vibiana which was heavily damaged in the 1994 earthquake.
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  • Philippe The Original Restaurant

    Philippe The Original Restaurant

    1001 N Alameda St
    an LA landmark situated a couple of blocks north of Olvera St. and Union Station is a nostalgic shop with hay and sawdust covered floors. Famous for their 'French Dip' sandwiches dipped in au jus ($4.90), but the real reason to go is the atmosphere and the pastrami — the joint opened in 1908 and the menu still features things like pickled eggs and pig's feet. Coffee is ten cents a cup, but their 60-cent lemonade is even more popular. Expect to queue at any time and the place is mobbed on the nights of Lakers and Dodgers games.
    Chinatown
  • BCD Tofu House

    Western and 9th; Wilshire and Kingsley;
    The menu includes various types of soon tofu stews (at around $8) and combination meals including other traditional Korean entrées (Korean BBQ, bibimbap, etc.) along with a small bowl of soon tofu stew (at around $11-$14). Each order comes with a bowl of rice and the standard array of traditional Korean side dishes. Service and atmosphere are always great. The décor at the location on Wilshire is particularly nice. For those new to eating soon tofu, particularly at BCD Tofu House, there is a certain order to follow in eating your meal (such as cracking the optional raw egg into the stew while it's still boiling). Don't be afraid to wave your server down and ask questions. (Many Korean restaurants have implemented bells at each table in case you have a particularly hard time getting the attention of any servers). Several locations (including the 2 in Koreatown) are open 24 hours.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo
  • Philippe, The Original

    Philippe, The Original

    1001 N Alameda St
    www.philippes.com www.twitter.com/philippetheog Welcome! To Philippe the Original. "Home of the french dip sandwich". Located in downtown Los Angeles,CA. (Official Facebook Page of Philippes) * maintained by the partnership of the restaurant.
    Chinatown
  • Kendall's Brasserie

    Kendall's Brasserie

    135 N Grand Ave
    Great French menu at a perfect location to catch any of the great evening programs at the surrounding venues. Whatever you order, do not miss their French Fries!
    Chinatown
  • Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

    Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

    330 S Hope St
    Fantastic steak house, run by the Patina restaurant empire. If you like beef, this is some of the best in town, with a glass-enclosed aging room where you can view the meat as it ages. Try the dry-aged Ribeye, it will make your head spin. They also have 12 kinds of potatoes on the menu. Not sure why, but they're all good. In the Wells Fargo Center, across from MOCA.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo
  • Weiland Brewery Restaurant

    Weiland Brewery Restaurant

    400 E 1st St
    M-F: 11AM-2AM, Sat: 5PM-2AM. The cheese fries are to die for. Very affordable place for drinks. One of the few bars with a weekend happy hour lasting until 2AM
    Central City East
  • Orochon Ramen

    Orochon Ramen

    123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
    Home of the Special 2 featured on "Man v. Food"
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo
  • The Smell

    The Smell

    247 S Main St
    The Smell is an all ages, alcohol and drug-free punk rock/noise/experimental venue in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The Smell, notable for its DIY ethic, is home to many of the area's avant-garde performers and artists. The venue is maintained by Jim Smith, one of the four original organizers of the club, a constantly evolving group of volunteers, and the Danny and Frank security street team.
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  • The Los Angeles Theatre Center

    The Los Angeles Theatre Center

    514 S Spring St
    The Los Angeles Theatre is a 2,000 seat movie palace located at 615 S. Broadway in the historic Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles.
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  • Weiland Brewery

    400 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
    M-F: 11AM-2AM, Sat: 5PM-2AM. The cheese fries are to die for. Very affordable place for drinks. One of the few bars with a weekend happy hour lasting until 2AM
    Central City East
  • Pico House

    Pico House

    424 N Main St
    The Pico House is a historic building in Los Angeles, California, dating from its days as a small town in Southern California. Located on 430 North Main Street, it sits across the old Los Angeles Plaza from Olvera Street and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • Mark Taper Forum

    Mark Taper Forum

    135 N Grand AveSte 201
    The Mark Taper Forum is a 739-seat thrust stage at the Los Angeles Music Center built by Welton Becket and Associates on the Bunker Hill section of downtown Los Angeles. Named for real estate developer Mark Taper, the theatre, the neighboring Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre are all operated by the Center Theatre Group.
    Chinatown food nearby
  • Grand Central Market

    Grand Central Market

    317 S Broadway
    Huge indoor bazaar of Central and South American vendors. Get fresh tortillas, huge Mexican papayas and tasty Tortas. On Hill and Broadway between 3rd and 4th (closer to 3rd). Conveniently near the Bradbury Building (unique architecture) and the Pershing Square Red line stop (Northeast access).
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo
  • Pershing Square

    Pershing Square

    532 S Olive St
    Pershing Square is a public park in downtown Los Angeles. The park is exactly one square block in size, bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west. It sits on top of a large underground parking garage. There is a large fountain located in the southern half of the square.
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  • Union Station

    Union Station

    800 N Alameda St
    Los Angeles Union Station is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California. The station has rail services by Amtrak and Metrolink; light rail/subways are the Metro Rail Red Line, Purple Line, Gold Line. Bus rapid transport runs on the Silver Line. Bus services operate from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of the station and others on the north side of the station.
    Chinatown
  • La Plaza at Olvera Street

    La Plaza at Olvera Street

    845 N Alameda St
    Olvera Street is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Many Latinos refer to it as "La Placita Olvera." Since 1911 it was described as Sonora Town.
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  • Comfort Inn Downtown Los Angeles

    Comfort Inn Downtown Los Angeles

    1710 W 7th St
    Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district in the central area of Los Angeles, California, United States, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The area features many of the city's major arts institutions and sports facilities, sightseeing opportunities, a variety of skyscrapers and associated large multinational corporations and an array of public art and unique shopping opportunities. Downtown Los Angeles is the hub of the city's freeway network and Metro rapid transit system.
    Chinatown
  • Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

    Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

    430 N Hill St
    Fort Moore was an historic U.S. Military Fort in Los Angeles, California, during the Mexican–American War. Its approximate location was at what is now the Hollywood Freeway near the intersection of North Hill Street and West Cesar Chavez Avenue, downtown.
    Chinatown food nearby
  • Ahmanson Theatre

    Ahmanson Theatre

    135 N Grand Ave
    The Ahmanson Theatre is one of the four main venues that comprise the Los Angeles Music Center.
    Chinatown eat nearby
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