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A guide to Downtown Los Angeles

Get to know Downtown Los Angeles with the city center's best restaurants, bars, attractions, hotels and more

Photograph: Jeff Cleary/Flickr

Downtown Los Angeles has been swept up in a cultural resurgence unlike any other in LA's recent history. The city center has snapped out of decades of decline and—though it's far from perfect—become a bona fide modern metropolis. Downtown is a worthwhile destination for tourists and locals alike, whether to check out the museums and cultural institutions atop Bunker Hill, restaurants and bars in the Historic Core or concerts and sporting events in South Park. Though its old, beautiful buildings and contemporary skyscrapers may never steal the global spotlight from the Venice beachfront and faded glamor of Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the city's heart.

The best of Downtown Los Angeles

Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles
Things to do

Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles

The best restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

The best shops in Downtown Los Angeles
Shopping

The best shops in Downtown Los Angeles

The best Downtown Los Angeles bars
Bars

The best Downtown Los Angeles bars

The best coffee shops in Downtown
Restaurants

The best coffee shops in Downtown

The best Downtown Los Angeles hotels
Hotels

The best Downtown Los Angeles hotels

A guide to Chinatown

Restaurants and bars in Chinatown
Restaurants

Restaurants and bars in Chinatown

A beginner's guide to dim sum
Restaurants

A beginner's guide to dim sum

Things to do in Chinatown
Things to do

Things to do in Chinatown

Shopping and grocery stores in Chinatown
Shopping

Shopping and grocery stores in Chinatown

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A guide to Little Tokyo

Restaurants and bars in Little Tokyo
Restaurants

Restaurants and bars in Little Tokyo

Best sushi in Little Tokyo
Restaurants

Best sushi in Little Tokyo

Best shops and malls in Little Tokyo
Shopping

Best shops and malls in Little Tokyo

Things to do and see in Little Tokyo
Things to do

Things to do and see in Little Tokyo

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More of Downtown Los Angeles

A guide to the Downtown Arts District
Things to do

A guide to the Downtown Arts District

Where to eat and drink near L.A. Live
Restaurants

Where to eat and drink near L.A. Live

A complete guide to the Broad
Museums

A complete guide to the Broad

Comedians describe Downtown LA in five words or less
Comedy

Comedians describe Downtown LA in five words or less

20 things you'll definitely see in Downtown Los Angeles
Blog

20 things you'll definitely see in Downtown Los Angeles

Have an hour to kill in Downtown Los Angeles?

Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck
Things to do

Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck

Blue Ribbon Garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Things to do

Blue Ribbon Garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street
Things to do

El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street

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