Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is truly the heart of our city. For newcomers who picture LA as a palm tree postcard, its shimmering skyscrapers and big-city energy take them by surprise. But it’s still Los Angeles through and through: diverse, eclectic, warm-spirited, and warm-weathered. Every year, an increasing number of lucky residents are thrilled to call DTLA home.
Over the last couple of decades, LA’s urban center has seen nothing short of a renaissance. Warehouses have been transformed into high-end lofts. Former industrial areas have been reimagined as beautiful urban communities with pedestrian-friendly streets. Luxury developments keep soaring skyward, such as the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live, Ten50 Condos, the Penthouse Collection at Metropolis, and the Grand, designed by venerated architect Frank Gehry. Many more are on the horizon.
For both residents and visitors, the DTLA lifestyle is a unique brand of California cosmopolitan There’s always something new—or historic—to discover. Explore famous art museums like MOCA and the Broad, or visit hip local galleries in the flourishing Arts District. Admire the quirky architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, also designed by Frank Gehry. Peruse the high-end shops of FIGat7th and the 32-acre ROW DTLA. Sports fans can catch a Lakers game at the Staples Center, or a Dodgers game in nearby Echo Park.
Dining opportunities are endless, ranging from open-air food markets like Smorgasburg Los Angeles to upscale rooftop bar-restaurants like Perch, 71Above, Rooftop at The Standard, and Upstairs at Ace Hotel. On sunny days—most days in LA!—grab a meal from the 100-year-old Grand Central Market’s trendy eateries and picnic at Grand Park or Pershing Square. Or wander through thriving cultural neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles—where the city of angels first began.