downtown los angeles

a simple directory
to explore downtown los angeles

& Bars

Philippe The Original - great French Dip near Union Station
Taylor's Steak House Best value for tasty steaks in L.A.
Ciudad Restaurant and Bar corner of 5th & Figueroa, live jazz on some nights
Grand Central Market shop for dinner and find great, fresh foods
Olvera Street experience the food and culture
San Antonio Winery - near The Brewery
Pacific Dining Car since 1921
Cafe Metropol Across the street from SCI-Arc
Engine Co No. 28 in an old fire station
Water Grill fine seafood lunch and dinner near Biltmore Hotel
Cafe Pinot tasty food and drinks adjacent to the Central Library
Patina at Disney Hall
Pete's Cafe & bar excellent comfort food under the lofts of the Bank District
Cicada upscale dining in the beautiful Oviatt Building.
Flix Cafe at the LA Center Studios. One of the best cafeteria style lunches around.
R23 sushi near 3rd & Santa Fe
Zip Fusion sushi near Traction & Alameda
Restaurants recommended by the Performing Arts Center of LA County.
7th & Figueroa Plaza food court
Gill's Cuisine Indian Food at the Stillwell Hotel
Trifecta Lounge & Sports Bar at Hill and 2nd
Traxx Restaurant & bar at Union Station
Cicada Restaurant in the Oviatt Building
Weiland Brewery and Restaurant in Little Tokyo at Central & 1st
Angelique Cafe - french cafe on Spring St
The Palm steakhouse
Nobuko's Kitchen at 3rd and Alameda St
King Taco tasty burritos and tacos, several locations.
J Restaurant & Lounge at Olive and 11th
Daily Grill SEC of 6th and Flower (Pegasus Building), across from The Standard
Spring Street Smokehouse
Pitfire Pizza at 108 W. 2nd St in the Higgins Building.
Banquette Cafe & Wine Bar at 4th & Main
E3RD steakhouse
Rocket Pizza at 4th & Main
Piccomolo gelato at Weller Court, Little Tokyo
Curry House at 2nd and San Pedro
Bar 107 - West 4th St near Main in the Old Bank District.
Mountain Bar in Chinatown
Casey's Irish Bar & Grille on Grand Ave below 6th
Broadway Bar on Broadway near 8th
Bonaventure Brewing Co. good brew and view on top of 4th story of hotel
Club 740 on Broadway near 8th Street.
Library Bar - W 6th St & Hope St in Pegasus building
626 Reserve wine bar near 6th & Spring St
Redwood Bar & Grill at 2nd and Broadway
The Edison at 2nd & Main
Royal Claytons at Industrial& Mateo
Golden Gopher Bar W 8th St b/w Hill & Olive. Cocktail lounge. Cedd Moses, Marc Smith.
Seven Grand whisky bar at E W 7th & Grand, former Brock's Jewelry Emporium.
Elevate Lounge 21st Floor Penthouse at 811 Wilshire Blvd
Tranquility Base restaurant lounge at the Sky Lofts 8th & Grand
Seven restaurant and bar at
Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market in the Brockman Building
L.A. Live dining choices
The Gorbals at Spring & 5th

Original Pantry Cafe on Figueroa

grab a tasty French Dip Sandwich

angelique cafe
Arts & Museums

Artscene Guide to Art Galleries and Museums in SoCal
Public Art in LA public and civic art works and monuments
Downtown Art Walk second Thursday of every month
Museum of Contemporary Art
Arts LA
The Brewery Artwalk
Museum Of Neon Art
LA Downtown Arts District
Japanese American National Museum
Natural History Museum
Bert Green Fine Art on 5th Street
FLUXCO art gallery


Safari Sam's music venue at the Regent Theatre 4th and Main
Club Nokia at the L.A. Live Complex
Nokia Theatre at the L.A Live Complex
SoCal Rave Calendar find all the electronica clubs and dance destinations
Mayan Theatre dance club and concert hall in a beautiful building.
The Smell venue for rock bands and artists on Main St.
The Figueroa Hotel various events. Room Tangier, Club Fes, Nomad, Rabat
Club Spaceland on Silverlake Blvd.
The Echo at 1822 Sunset Blvd.
The Wiltern at Wilshire and Western, aka the Pellissier Building, in Wilshire Center.
Downtown Comedy Club at 5th & Spring in the Alexandria Hotel
Los Angeles Goes Underground Select LA underground rock bands

Los Angeles Goes Underground
Performing Arts LA Stage Alliance
LA Philharmonic
LA Opera
The Colburn School of Performing Arts
Grand Performances live performances in a fun, outdoor setting, and it's absolutely free. California Plaza in the Water Court on Grand Ave.
Sacred Fools Theatre independent theatre group operated by artists only.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Broadway Theatre Tour
Redcat Theatre
Pershing Square events

Jennifer Frautschi - violin - LA Phil
& Sports
Griffith Park golf, hiking, tennis, etc...
LA Parks and Rec
LA River
Bally's Total Fitness
The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Staples Center basketball, hockey, concerts
Southern California Mountain Biking find the good trails
SoCal Skiinglinks to all the resorts
LA Zoo can be quite fun to see all the animals
Ketchum YMCA
Yoga Circle Downtown in the Old Bank District
Laemmle Grande 4 Plex movie theatre on Figueroa
SkyBark rooftop dog and human lounge on Santa Fe Ave just north of 10 Fwy
Pilates Plus at Eastern Columbia
Piccinini Group mixed martial arts training facility

workout at Bally's or the YMCA or Gold's Gym

golf - griffith park is closeby
City Services &
Area Promotion
City Street Services: cleaning, potholes, trash
City Lighting: report broken street lights
DASH Downtown map. 25 cent bus rides around the city
Business Improvement District property owners trying to improve the area
South Park Group promoting growth of the area around Figueroa and Staples Arena
Figueroa Corridor
Fashion District
L.A. Red Car Concept
City Of Los Angeles main government site
Downtown LA Walking Tour

Figueroa Corridor BID
Fashion Disctrict
Jewelry District
LA Flower Exchange
Flower Market
LA Chamber of Commerce
Metro Red Line Desinations
DCBID. Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District

Downtown LA Walking Guide
LA Historical Document LA
Los Angeles - Past, Present and Future very interesting history.
LA seen through old postcards
LA Conservancy dedicated to the preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles. They host fantastic downtown walking tours.
ERHA The Electrical Railway Historical Association provides a history of LA rail usage.
The Red Cars of LA
Pacific Electric Subway history and pictures.
LA Chinatown
Echo Park History
LA Almanac
LA History on city of Los Angeles website
LA Architectual Photo Gallery Downtown Buildings 1818-1939, 1939-2004

& Misc. Links

Interactive Map of Downtown L.A. by Cartifact
Yahoo Local
Traffic Reports
LA Fashion Institute
California Market Center
Los Angeles Photos
Flickr pictures
Downtown LA Motors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
Metropolis Books on Main St

Click for Los Angeles, California Forecast

Loyola Law School
Southwestern Univ. Law School
Mount St. Mary's College
LA City College
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC)
University of Southern California
LA Trade Technical College
Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising
UCLA Extension Downtown
European School of Makeup

Loyola Law School

Old Bank District 3 historic bank buildings at 4th & Main by Tom Gilmore.
Pegasus former General Petroleum Building at 6th & Flower
Spring Tower 6th & Spring
Met Lofts 1030 Flower St. Developed by Forest City Enterprises.
Metro 417 Subway Terminal Building, 5th & Hill, by Pershing Square / Biltmore Hotel
Higgins Building 2nd & Main, 10 story bldg constructed in 1911.
Flower Street Lofts 11th & Flower
Toy Factory Lofts Industrial St & Mateo St, former toy warehouse built in 1924.
Orpheum Lofts 9th & Broadway, above Orpheum Theatre
Gas Company Lofts 8th & Flower, Designed by Parkinson & Parkinson, 1924.
Santee Court in the Fashion District
Santee Village in the Fashion District
Factory Place Lofts 6th & Alameda St., built in 1926
Little Tokyo Lofts Westinghouse Bldg, 4th & San Pedro, Toy District.
Barry Lofts on E. 5th Street
American Cement Building an article from Dwell Magazine (7.8 MB PDF file)
Douglas Building Lofts at 3rd & Spring Streets
Brockman Building Lofts, 7th & Grand Ave.
Security Building Lofts at 5th & Spring
Eastern Columbia Lofts at 9th & Broadway
Bartlett Lofts at 7th & Spring
Molino Street Lofts at 5th & Molino
Grand Lofts at 11th & Flower
Pacific Electric Lofts at 6th & Main built by Henry Huntington, former Jonathan Club location
The Reserve Lofts at Olive and Olympic. Former Federal Reserve building
Rowan Lofts at 4th & Spring
Pan American Lofts in the Irvine Byrne Building at 3rd & Broadway
Biscuit Company Lofts at Mateo St. & Industrial St.
El Dorado Lofts at 4th & Spring
Library Court by the Greystone Group, across from the Standard Hotel.
Textile Building at 8th & Los Angeles St
Market Lofts at 8th & Grand
Mura on Traction Ave.
Packard Lofts at Hope & Olympic
Rosslyn Lofts at 5th and Main
Barker Block at 5th and Hewitt. Former Barker Bros Furniture warehouse near Molino St.
The Roosevelt at 7th and Flower.
2121 Lofts at 7th & Santa Fe
Delano Lofts at 6th & Grand
Title Guarantee Building Lofts at 5th & Hill.
Fuller Lofts at San Fernando Rd & Humboldt
The Judson at 4th & Broadway
City Of Los Angeles loft database list and map of Adaptive Resuse Projects In Downtown LA (lofts completed and under development). AutoDesk MapViewer plugin required.
Loft Map by LA Magazine, June 2004
Downtown Loft Info list of major loft owners to contact
Loft Living LA free service providing Downtown LA Loft info
Killefer Flammang Architects has completed many downtown projects
Maison Bertet has a Downtown LA showroom on Spring St to furnish your living space

Scroll to bottom of page for other living spaces. About 7,000 living spaces opened Downtown between 1999 and 2006. Another 10,000 units are expected by 2008. Full report.

Old Bank District - San Fernando Building lofts - adjacent to the Hellman Building and Continental Building

map downtown los angeles historic loft developments


Loft Reading Dwell Magazine
Lofts by Marcus Field, Mark Irving
Lofts: New Designs For Urban Living by Felicia Isenberg Molnar
Lofts: Living In Space by Orianna Fielding Banks, Rebecca Tanqueray
Loft books on

Downtown Los Angeles street
& Condos

Elleven at 11th St & Grand Ave
Luma South at 11th & Hope
Evo at 12th & Grand
The Medici at 7th & Bixel
The Orsini at Fifth and Figueroa
The Piero at St Paul and 6th
The Visconti at Third and Bolyston
Grand Tower
Promenade Towers
Museum Tower
Savoy new apartments at 1st & Alameda Streets
1100 Wilshire condos in Central City West
Sky Lofts at 11th & Flower. Lofts on upper 11 floors. Office spaces on lower floors.
Artisan On Second near Alameda St.
Glo at 1050 Wilshire Blvd.
Circa On Wilshire at Virgil Ave on NW corner in Wilshire Center
Vero on Wilshire near Lucas
Mozaic at Alameda St / Union Station
The GlassTower at 11th & Grand
Park Fifth across from Pershing Square
The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live
Concerto southeast corner 9th & Figueroa, 33 story tower by Astani Enterprises
8th & Grand by Astani Enterprises
The Union Lofts 8th & Grand by Meruelo Maddux Properties.
717 Olympic


News, Periodicals
& Other Media

LA Downtown News great for downtown news and events
LA Public Libraryeasy to spend hours in this beautiful place.
LA Times Newspaper
LA Weekly
LA Daily News
LA City Beat
blogdowntown writings and rants in weblog format
Los Angeles Garment & Citizen newspaper

Which Way LA Radio show on KCRW
Talk Of The City radio show on KPCC
LA Business Journal weekly newspaper
LA Magazine
LA Daily Journal legal affairs
KPCC and KCRW for news and music radio
LA Observed an overwhelming wealth of links to LA area media sites
Experience LA cultural calendar
New Downtown discussion forum
Downtown LA Life discussion forum

Eastern Columbia Building

Golden Gopher Bar

modern loft

last updated March 21, 2011
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NOTE 10/10/2014: I obviously stopped updating this page years ago. Before Downtown L.A. became so popular and development really took off in the past decade, this was the best collection of links for cool Downtown things.