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With all there is to see, do, and taste in Downtown, you'll want to take more than a day to explore. To make it easier for you, we've compiled a few lists of notable landmarks following different themes. Feel free to pick and choose destinations, or visit them all!

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See and Explore Downtown LA

We've gathered dozens of exciting trips and tours around our great city, and grouped them into four convenient categories:

Explore the Birthplace of LA
Experience LA's Premier Entertainment Venues
Discover Music, Arts, & Culture At Their Finest
See LA Architectural Icons, Old & New

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Explore the Birthplace of LA

Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.

LA's Union Station opened in May 1939, and is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. Today, it is a major hub for Metro rail and buses, Amtrak trains, and Metrolink commuter trains. Due to its beautiful design, it has also served as a filming location for wide variety of movies.

Philippe's The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
philippes.com

Philippe's was established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, who claimed to have invented the "French Dipped Sandwich". At this traditional, delicatessen-type restaurant, you'll share rows of tables with others, find wood shavings scattered on the floor, and see newspapers on the walls noting historical events from the time the restaurant opened to the 1980's.

Olvera Street
845 N. Alameda St.
olvera-street.com

Olvera Street is the birthplace of LA, otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument. The colorful village features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican style plaza. You'll find outdoor cafes, souvenir shops, and entertainment in the plaza on weekends.

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
la-city.org

Completed in 1928, LA' City Hall is the tallest base isolated structure in the world. It is the center of city government, housing the mayor's office and meeting chambers of the City Council. Its distinctive tower was made with sand from each of California's 58 counties and water from its 21 historical missions, with the shape influenced by the Central Library, completed just before City Hall construction began.

Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
grandcentralsquare.com

The Grand Central Market dates back to 1917, when Angelenos rode the Angels Flight Railway for a penny down to the best open-air shopping in town. At the Market, they could find an entire world of treats. Today, you still can. Explore aisle after aisle of exciting sights, scents, flavors, historic neon signs, and values.

Angels Flight
351 S. Hill St

Built in 1901, running northwest from the west corner of Third and Hill Streets, the Angels Flight funicular railway carried commuters up and down Bunker Hill, which was filled with Victorian homes at the time. The historic funicular was moved during the redevelopment of Bunker Hill, and has since been restored and sits near the Grand Central Market. Its reopening is greatly anticipated.

Broadway Movie Palaces
Broadway, from 3rd St. to Olympic Blvd.

The dozen historic theaters in the Broadway Theater District is the largest surviving collection of pre-WWII movie palaces in the U.S. As part of Bringing Back Broadway, an initiative to revitalize historic elements of the Broadway corridor, plans are underway to renovate these theaters and re-install a streetcar on Broadway.

Cole's, Originators of the French Dip
118 E. 6th St.
colesfrenchdip.com

Since 1908, Cole's has been in the hollow of the Pacific Electric building, once the nucleus of the Pacific Electric railway network. At its peak, 100,000 Angelenos passed through the downtown hub daily, many of them stopping at Cole's for the famed French Dips and cold pints.

Clifton's Cafeteria
648 S. Broadway
cliftonscafeteria.com

For over 70 years, Clifton's Cafeteria has been serving Californians quality food at affordable prices. Quick-moving serving counters, home-style dishes, and quirky decor make for a fun family dining experience.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave.
thebiltmore.com

The premier choice for celebrities, presidents and dignitaries for 85 years, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel offers historic grandeur and modern luxury. Their exquisite function space includes five magnificent ballrooms, including the legendary Biltmore Bowl which hosted 8 Academy Award Ceremonies in the 1930s and ' 40s.

The Original Pantry
877 S. Figueroa St.
pantrycafe.com

Established in 1924, The Original Pantry has served generous portions of traditional American cuisine for 8 decades. An integral piece of LA culture, the Pantry offers diners an atmosphere rich in character and history.

The Edison
108 W. 2nd St.
edisondowntown.com

The Edison is a signature underground lounge, alive with artifacts from its history as Downtown LA's first private power plant. In celebration of an era of invention and imagination, you'll find beautiful décor, a great atmosphere, hand-crafted cocktails, and some delicious dishes and desserts.




Experience LA's Premier Entertainment Venues

STAPLES Center
111 S. Figueroa St.
staplescenter.com

STAPLES Center is a world-class arena for sports and entertainment events, and is home to five professional sports franchises - the NBA's Lakers, NBA's Clippers, NHL's Kings, AFL's Avengers, and WNBA's Sparks. STAPLES Center also hosts high-profile events, including performances, award shows, conventions, and championships.

Club Nokia @ LA LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
clubnokia.com

Accommodating over 2,300 guests, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for intimate performances. Club Nokia features state-of-the-art acoustics, designed for live entertainment.

Nokia Theatre @ LA LIVE
777 Chick Hearn Ct.
nokiatheatrelalive.com

Anchoring the new LA LIVE entertainment district, Nokia Theatre LA LIVE will host nearly 120 events per year, including concerts, performances, awards shows, speaker series, television broadcasts and more - all from the largest stage in southern California. The 7,100-seat venue offers guests mid-sized intimacy, with no seat further from the stage than 220 feet.

Conga Room @ LA LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
congaroom.com

Having swept onto the LA scene in 1998, the Conga Room earned a following with its hip ambiance and hot performers. It has also hosted record launches, movie debuts, award shows, and parties. The new LA LIVE location offers a significantly larger, more sophisticated destination for all those seeking an exciting, authentic Latin sabor.

GRAMMY Museum @ LA LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
grammymuseum.org

The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.

Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway
laorpheum.com

Following its original opening in 1926, the Orpheum hosted some of the most venerable names in show business. The recently-restored Orpheum Theatre has become an adored venue for live concerts, movie premieres, film festivals, location shoots, theatrical productions, and more.

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com

Since 1962, Dodger Stadium has been the home of the Dodgers Major League Baseball team. The grand stadium overlooks Downtown LA, affording breathtaking views of the city. Dodgers Stadium has drawn an average of more than 2.79 million fans per season during the past 45 years, and has also been the site of several concerts and other major events.

Sports Museum
1900 S. Main St.
sportsmuseumla.com

Introducing the largest and broadest known collection of sports memorabilia and collectibles in the world! This 32,000 square-foot museum contains more than 10,000 prized pieces in 30 galleries, valued in the millions of dollars. One-of-a-kind pieces date to the 19th Century.

The Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main St.
downtownindependent.com

The Downtown Independent is a unique, modern theater - from the gorgeous glass facade, to the cushioned, reclining chairs in front of the big screen - playing indie films with a special focus on LA-based filmmakers. You won't want to miss this cozy venue.

LA Prime & BonaVista Lounge
404 S. Figueroa St.
thebonaventure.com

Located on the 35th floor of the impressive Westin Bonaventure Hotel, LA Prime steakhouse affords spectacular views and serves excellent food. Visit the 34th floor for BonaVista Lounge, a revolving cocktail lounge serving specialty drinks.

Casey's Irish Bar & Grill
613 S. Grand Ave.
bigcaseys.com

This underground bar and grill with dark woods, bricks, and a lively atmosphere serves up traditional Irish entrees, a great selection of beer and whiskey, live music, and televised European sports. Hang out and enjoy billiards and darts.

Seven Grand
515 W. 7th St.
sevengrand.la

Seven Grand is THE whiskey bar, serving 125 premium whiskeys, rare ryes, and small batch bourbons. Check out the lodge-inspired décor, the hand-carved black walnut bar, and 150-year old pool table, and pair your whiskey with an exclusive dipped-in-bourbon Makers Mark cigar.




Discover Music, Art & Culture At Its Finest

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
laphil.com

Designed by architect Frank Gehry and known for its stainless steel curves, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.

Center Theatre Group
135 N. Grand Ave.
centertheatregroup.org

Center Theatre Group is one of the nation's leading arts and cultural organizations, and LA' preeminent non-profit theatre company. CTG produces award-winning theatre year-round in the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum at the LA Music Center.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 S. Grand Ave.
moca.org

Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in LA devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. Remarkably, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections.

Central Library
630 W. 5th St.
lapl.org

The Richard Riordan Central Library, originally constructed in 1926, is the third largest public library in the U.S. in book and periodical holdings, and remains an important research library. Following two arson fires in 1986, the library gained funds for extensive renovations by selling its air rights to neighboring developments.

Gallery Row
Main & Spring Streets, from 2nd to 9th
galleryrow.org
downtownartwalk.com

Gallery Row is an active corridor of art galleries, restaurants, and residences. It is especially famous for the monthly Downtown Art Walk, a self-guided tour that showcases commercial art galleries, museums, and non-profit arts venues in Downtown LA

Japanese American National Musuem (JANM)
369 E. 1st St.
janm.org

JANM is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. JANM strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans and a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture.

Museum of Neon Art (MONA)
neonmona.org

Featuring exhibits and tours of neon art, MONA encourages learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection, and interpretation of neon art.

GRAMMY Museum @ LA LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
grammymuseum.org

The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.

Chinatown's Central Plaza
943 N. Broadway
chinatownla.com

In June, 1938, California's Governor Merriam dedicated Chinatown's Central Plaza in a gala Grand Opening ceremony. One of the Nation's first malls and the first modern American Chinatown, owned and planned from the ground up by Chinese, Central Plaza would provide a magnificent hub and lexus for growth into the famous colorful, vibrant Chinese American community we all know today.

Olvera Street
845 N. Alameda St.
olvera-street.com

Olvera Street is the birthplace of LA, otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument. The colorful village features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican style plaza. You'll find outdoor cafes, souvenir shops, and entertainment in the plaza on weekends.

Little Tokyo's Japanese Village Plaza
350 E. 1st St.
visitlittletokyo.com

The Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo features a cozy paseo with Japanese shops, restaurants, karaoke bars, and more. The Plaza attracts many visitors in search of food, rest, or the neighborhood's cultural experiences.

Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
grandcentralsquare.com

The Grand Central Market dates back to 1917, when Angelenos rode the Angels Flight Railway for a penny down to the best open-air shopping in town. At the Market, they could find an entire world of treats. Today, you still can. Explore aisle after aisle of exciting sights, scents, flavors, historic neon signs, and values.




See LA Architectural Icons, Old & New

Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.

LA's Union Station opened in May 1939, and is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. Today, it is a major hub for Metro rail and buses, Amtrak trains, and Metrolink commuter trains. Due to its beautiful design, it has also served as a filming location for wide variety of movies.

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
la-city.org

Completed in 1928, LA' City Hall is the tallest base isolated structure in the world. It is the center of city government, housing the mayor's office and meeting chambers of the City Council. Its distinctive tower was made with sand from each of California's 58 counties and water from its 21 historical missions, with the shape influenced by the Central Library, completed just before City Hall construction began.

Caltrans Building
100 S. Main St.
dot.ca.gov

The Thom Mayne-designed Caltrans District 7 Headquarters is famous for its mechanical skin, which opens and closes according to external conditions. The south façade is composed of photovoltaic cells that can generate up to 5% of the building's energy while shielding it from direct sunlight. The plaza features a striking 4-story light installation, entitled Motordom, with a half a mile of neon and argon tubes in red and blue, alluding to blurred headlights on the freeway.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple St.
olacathedral.org

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels serves the total Archdiocese of over 4 million Catholics. Designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, the cathedral is 12 stories high and can accommodate over 3,000 worshippers. Notable features include the bronze doors and Virgin Mary statue, an impressive interior, alabaster windows, a large pipe organ, commissioned tapestries, and several gardens and water features on the property.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
laphil.com

Designed by architect Frank Gehry and known for its stainless steel curves, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.

Bradbury Building
304 S. Broadway

The Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city. Behind its modest, mildly Romanesque exterior lies a magical light-filled Victorian court that rises almost 50 feet with open cage elevators, marble stairs and ornate iron railings. The building has become a popular tourist attraction, and has also been used in a number of films, TV series, and even music videos.

Broadway Movie Palaces

Broadway, between 3rd and 9th Street, is the first and largest Historic Theater District to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, a dozen of these theaters survive in their original forms, representing the largest concentration of pre-World War II movie palaces in America.

Oviatt Building
617 S. Olive St.
oviatt.com

Erected in 1927, the Oviatt Building was the first Art Deco building in LA. It was lavishly embellished with French marble and more than 30 tons of Lalique's art glass - the largest shipment of its kind ever to pass through the Panama Canal. Recently, the Oviatt Penthouse and lobby have been painstakingly restored to their former splendor. The acclaimed Cicada Restaurant sits on the ground level, and the Penthouse has resumed its tradition as a glamorous reception venue.

Central Library
630 W. 5th St.
lapl.org

The Richard Riordan Central Library, originally constructed in 1926, is the third largest public library in the U.S. in book and periodical holdings, and remains an important research library. Following two arson fires in 1986, the library gained funds for extensive renovations by selling its air rights to neighboring developments.

Bonaventure Hotel
404 S. Figueroa St.
thebonaventure.com

Completed in 1976 and encompassing an entire city block in the central business district, the massive Westin Bonaventure Hotel features spectacular skyline views and a "city within a city", with access to over 40 specialty boutiques and restaurants. Known for its four sleek glass towers, the hotel is widely recognized as a masterpiece in contemporary hotel design.

Central LA High School #9
450 N. Grand Ave.

This new flagship high school project is already famous, thanks to the Coop Himmelb(l)au name. The school features four distinct academies - music, dance, theater arts, and visual arts - and a crowning tower with a sculptural landmark in the form of a "9", which is highly visible from the 101 freeway. A modern school in many respects, it has been designed to create a forum for exchange between students and the community.

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