New Downtown, Los Angeles Places

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

    The Grammy Museum

    800 W Olympic BlvdSte A245
    M-F 11:30AM-7:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-7:30PM. Adult $12.95. History of music, with listening posts.
    New Downtown restaurants nearby
  • The Los Angeles Central Public Library

    The Los Angeles Central Public Library

    630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90071
    Huge library rebuilt in the 1980s and '90s. Almost always has a public exhibition going.
    Downtown food nearby
  • 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 eat nearby
  • Engine Co. No. 28

    Engine Co. No. 28

    644 S Figueroa St
    28, (Figueroa Corridor). Comfort food at its best. A restored actual fire station that churns out LA's best meatloaf, fried chicken and lemonade, all in an elegant atmosphere with great service.
    Downtown
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

    919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90015
    Gorgeous campus of FIDM and ongoing free exhibits make this a pleasant way to kill a couple of hours.
    Downtown food nearby
  • St. Vincent court

    7th Street
    Vincent court, 7th Street, between Broadway and Hill. A tranquil hideaway tucked in the heart of the Jewelry District.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Takami Sushi & Robata

    Takami Sushi & Robata

    811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 2100
    Excellent views of the city.
    Downtown
  • Pacific Dining Car

    Pacific Dining Car

    1310 West 6th St
    Don't be surprised if you run into a city politician or other public figuers in this LA landmark that is located partly inside a railway train car, and has been open since 1921. Ask for the breakfast menu any time, day or night, for a more affordable and quite delicious menu.
    New Downtown
  • Pacific Dining Car

    Pacific Dining Car

    1310 W 6th St
    Don't be surprised if you run into a city politician or other public figuers in this LA landmark that is located partly inside a railway train car, and has been open since 1921. Ask for the breakfast menu any time, day or night, for a more affordable and quite delicious menu.
    New Downtown
  • Bottega Louie

    Bottega Louie

    700 S Grand Ave
    Bottega Louie Restaurant, Gourmet Market & Patisserie serves fine food daily.
    Downtown
  • The best seafood and overall service period. Perhaps a bit pricey, but elegant and wonderful.
    Downtown
  • 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
  • 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.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo food nearby
  • Cole's

    Cole's

    118 E 6th St
    Bar/restaurant in nearly continuous operation since 1908, but recently shut for a year and a extensive upscale redesign. Along with Philippe The Original, one of the possible originators of the French Dip sandwich.
    Downtown
  • 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 restaurants 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.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo eat nearby
  • Riordan's Tavern

    875 South Figueroa St.
    Good (but slightly pricey) pub food in the heart of downtown near the Staples Center. The Mayor's Burger is a one pound beast with chili, bacon, and all the fixings, or you can try the daily carvery sandwich. Steaks and seafood are also decent, and the drinks are poured stiff.
    New Downtown
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

    The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

    404 South Figueroa Street
    The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is a 112 m, 35-story hotel in Los Angeles, California, constructed between 1974 and 1976. Designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is the largest hotel in the city. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and bar. It was originally owned by investors that included a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and John Portman & Associates. The building is managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and is valued at US$200 million.
    Downtown
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S Grand Ave
    The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo eat nearby
  • Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet

    118 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90014
    Bar/restaurant in nearly continuous operation since 1908, but recently shut for a year and a extensive upscale redesign. Along with Philippe The Original, one of the possible originators of the French Dip sandwich.
    Downtown
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    135 N Grand Ave
    The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center. The Music Center's other halls include the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
    Chinatown food nearby
  • Angels Flight Railway

    Angels Flight Railway

    351 S Hill St
    Angels Flight is a landmark funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It has two funicular cars: Sinai and Olivet.
    Civic Center-Little Tokyo eat nearby
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