If you’re tired of the ‘new year, new you’ self-help articles — we get it. The idea of starting off the new year with restrictive, bland diets and aggressive work out schedules is enough to turn anyone off from self-improvement. So why not take a more compassionate approach and mix in the healthy habits with a bit of self-care and indulgence? Besides, shouldn’t it be less about a new you and more about you doing new things? Our23 Things to Try in 2023pass focuses on exactly this. New businesses and new experiences, from workout studios to night clubs, for you to try in the new year with the chance to win prizes with every location check in. So grab a girlfriend, a boyfriend, or even just take yourself, check in to all of these participating businesses, and have a day in DTLA with the perfect balance of healthy and fun.
Start your day off with a burst of healthy energy from Qwench Juice. This juice bar is so much more than just cold-pressed juices. They also have grain bowls, salads, and fresh acai and yogurt bowls. To supercharge your workout, we suggest going for one of their green smoothies like the Kale Greens filled with fresh kale, pineapple, banana, almond milk, flax seeds, and honey. Kale is rich in nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K plus calcium and iron and will keep you energized throughout your workout.
Afterwards, head over to Lagree213. This workout studio focuses on high-energy, low-impact full-body workouts that combine core strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility training. The result is an intense workout that will leave you sore but is also easy on your joints and connective tissues. Because of this, it is easy to pick up for all fitness levels. Classes are 45 minutes and they’re currently running a special that includes two classes plus a pair of special Lagree213 grip socks for $39.
Next, stop by Frais Spa where you can soothe your muscles with a 60-minute shower and steam service. After being greeted with a spa robe and slippers, throw your belongings in a locker and hop into their rain shower to rinse off before using the aromatherapy steam sauna. If you need a pick-me-up, freshly squeezed orange juice or herbal ginseng tea is also served.
After your refreshing spa experience, keep the pampering going and indulge in a mani-pedi at Chayil Maison salon. This gorgeous salon offers luxury services featuring some of the best nail techs in the city. Their regular manicures are $30 and their pedicures are $50, plus services come with a complimentary glass of champagne or wine.
Finish out your day with a well-deserved dinner at Strada Eateria & Bar. This hidden gem restaurant combines flavors and recipes from around the world with local ingredients. Their outdoor area is canopied with trees wrapped in twinkling lights and the cobblestone patio will make you feel like you’re in another country. Lean into the vacation vibes and go for a spread of small dishes like their boquerones — white anchovies served with cucumber, tomato, and manchego, the Strada caprese with mozzarella, tomato, basil, avocado, balsamic, and walnuts, and finish off the meal with a pizza. We love their salmon truffle pie with truffled manchego, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, smoked salmon, and fresh dill.
If you’re not quite ready to end the day, make one last stop by the subterranean cocktail bar, The Queensberry. This dance-y haunt is known for hosting a variety of DJs spinning everything from old-school R&B to modern house music. Hit their iconic mirror-covered dance floor surrounded by dozens of sparkling disco balls and let yourself welcome in a happier, healthier you in 2023.
Special Note:All of the businesses mentioned in this article are part of our 23 Things to Try in 2023 pass. The pass allows you to check-in to different businesses and experiences while racking up points that you can redeem for prizes that will help you try more things in DTLA! There is no app needed, simply download the pass, start checking in, and earn prizes. Learn more here.