Simply put: LA is having a moment right now. The city has transformed before our eyes with onlookers taking notice of several blossoming neighborhoods. Few have captured our attention and hearts like the Arts District of DTLA. A cornucopia of color and texture, the District oozes character. From the seemingly never-ending unique warehouse spaces, to its hidden culinary gems, to breweries and coffee shops and galleries galore; If you haven’t been to the Arts District yet, there’s no time like the present.
Art [of course]
The first thing you immediately notice when you enter the Arts District is the graffiti. Or, more eloquently put, a massive amount of self-expression. Beautiful, creative interpretations abound, and it’s the best cost-free outdoor art gallery in the city. You have to see it for yourself.
Nom nom. From an eye-opening cup o’ Joe to one of the most memorable dinners you’ll have in LA, and everything in-between, the Arts District has you covered.
In the morning, grab an exceptionally fresh, locally-sourced coffee from Shreebs - served out of a shipping container. After that, walk over to the Yeastie Boys truck for a bagel that won’t let you down. Over lunch, do as the locals, kick it outdoors and grab an asparagus sandwich at Zinc Cafe. For braver carnivores, head over to Wurstkuche for a rattlesnake and rabbit sausage. For a dinner splurge, there’s nothing like Bestia - fresh pasta, bone marrow, chicken liver, and a bold wine list. Break open the piggy bank and give it a try.
Recently, a historic flour mill was re-imagined as one of the more interesting contemporary art museums in all of LA - Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel - and opened with an all-female sculpture exhibit. If you prefer something outdoors, there are events like Artists & Fleas, which comprises tented boutiques selling remarkable, reasonably-priced trinkets. Fortunately, it’s every 3rd weekend of the month.
A variety of the most unique watering holes in the city live the Arts District. For a bespoke cocktail in what looks like a labyrinth, go to Villain’s Tavern. Alternatively, for some smooth suds don’t hesitate to grab a beer flight at Angel City Brewery or order a pint at the Arts District’s newest brewery, Iron Triangle. Ask for Kale - he’s awesome.
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Use hashtag #Lyft to post your best snaps and stories from the Arts District. Catch you next month - fist bumps!