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It’s impossible to cruise along Grand Avenue and miss the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a twisted metallic explosion of Frank Gehry’s imagination—one of the top Los Angeles attractions and clearly one of the most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles. You may not realize, though, that the acoustically impressive hall harbors a lush garden in its shadows. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to sit on your lunch hour or a climb along the building's lustrous exterior, it's the perfect spot to both appreciate and escape the city.
Good for: Tranquil gardens and bombastic architecture.
If you're going to: Grand Park, MOCA, The Music Center, jury duty
For that moment when: You're desperately seeking shade or to escape Downtown's concrete desert.
In case you're hungry: Badmaash, Groundwork, Kendall's Brasserie
Getting there: Parking can be pricey during the day, but you'll find flat rate surface lots and street parking if you're nearby on evenings and weekends. Otherwise, take advantage of the adjacent Civic Center/Grand Park stop on the Metro Red Line.
RECOMMENDED: See more in our guide to Downtown Los Angeles