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Mohamed asked

Best way to explore Downtown LA?

We would like to spend the evening walking and exploring in Downtown LA in the new redone downtown area? How can we get there and where should we park?

Los Angeles (California)

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Supun from Carson (California)

There's a lot to do downtown.

First the parking... It's going to be expensive but there are plenty of parking places. A good spot is 243 S Spring St. It's by Grand central market. Depending on where in the county you're from, you can park at any of the metro stations and take the train into either the civic center station or pershing square. If you're coming from the north, North Hollywood station has a lot of open spots during the evening. Pro tip: you can park in any of the yellow "Loading only curbs" in the downtown central core after 6:30pm for free.

If you haven't gone to the Art Walks yet, they happen every 2nd Thursday 6-10pm. You can start at Art Walk Lounge to see which gallery is featured. Gallery Row has some lively cafes and places to eat. During the art walk, food trucks will be set up at the corner of 7th and Spring. Check out Syrup Desserts to get something sweet. The staff there is nice and can tell you about anything going on in area. Artisan House is a nice dinner place.

Another cool spot you can go to is The Last Bookstore. They have some art installations on the 2nd floor. If you're into old books and records, it's the place to be. They'll have have open mic nights.

I know you asked about what to do in the evenings, but I'll mention that every Wednesday there is a Farmer's Market during the day at Pershing Square. It is during the day 10am-2pm. The vendors know a lot of the hidden gems in downtown. If you're there during the evening, the best place to be is PerchIn the winter at Pershing Square, they will also have a small sheet of ice where people can ice skate! You can rent your skates there. 

You should also check out Walt Disney Concert Hall. Most of the free tours happen only during the day(10am-2pm), but there are certain days where they go as late as 6pm. You can check their calendar. The free shows are still worth going to. Grand Park is pretty nice to walk at in the evening. It's right between Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Los Angeles City Hall. Grand Performances are awesome to go to (and free) during summer evenings. During the fall they'll have outdoor movie screenings here on Thursday nights. Check their calendar to see what's playing.

You should also check out the Los Angeles Central Library . They have everything from tai chi classes, to workshops to talks by authors on their calendar. The courtyard by Café Pinot is pretty cool to sit at.

And if you feel like sushi for dinner and frozen yogurt for desert, there's no better place than Little Tokyo to walk around in.

The newest area being redone is where where the old Blue Bottle Coffee Downtown(but they close at 7pm) and Zinc Cafe Market & Bar (Bar Mateo) are. Urth Caffé is up a little ways from here. You can also go down to L.A. Live as well.

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  1. 243 S Spring St (attraction)
  2. Grand central market (attraction)
  3. North Hollywood (attraction)
  4. Art Walk Lounge (attraction)
  5. Gallery Row (attraction)
  6. Syrup Desserts (restaurant)
  7. Artisan House (restaurant)
  8. The Last Bookstore (attraction)
  9. Pershing Square (attraction)
  10. Perch (restaurant)
  11. Walt Disney Concert Hall (attraction)
  12. Grand Park (attraction)
  13. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (attraction)
  14. Los Angeles City Hall (attraction)
  15. Grand Performances (attraction)
  16. Los Angeles Central Library (attraction)
  17. Café Pinot (restaurant)
  18. Little Tokyo (neighborhood)
  19. Blue Bottle Coffee Downtown (attraction)
  20. Zinc Cafe Market & Bar (Bar Mateo) (restaurant)
  21. Urth Caffé (restaurant)
  22. L.A. Live (attraction)
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answered by
Sally from Los Angeles

Supun provided a really comprehensive answer, so I'll just add a couple things!

The LA Conservancy has great historical walking tours of different parts of the city (and different themes) mostly focusing on Downtown LA. You can check them out here:

Olvera St is great cultural area of downtown to check out. It's a street focused on Mexican culture (food, goods, etc) and if you're coming at the end of October, there are a ton of amazing decorations for Dia de Los Muertos. 

Grand Park has some amazing (usually free) events! Depending on when you're going, you should check their calendar: 

Los Angeles Arts District is also pretty cool to check out! Lots of murals and street art around here as well as trendy eats and cafes. 

While certain parts of downtown are close together and easily walkable, it's still spread out enough where you would want to use a car to see the different places (or maybe public transportation, I'm not super familiar with that unfortunately).

There are some parking lots with set daily fees, so if you can find a lot that's between $5-$10 and park there all day, great. I like the parkme app because you can find parking by location and indicate how long you'll be there. And it includes prices!


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  2. Grand Park (attraction)
  3. Los Angeles Arts District (neighborhood)
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