Top 10 Best of Downtown LA

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6. Staples/La Live

For sports fans (sans football) Staples and LA Live are a must experience. Score tickets to a Lakers, Clippers or Kings game and the night will take care of itself. Add to that the more than a dozen restaurants and bars that make up the adjacent LA Live and there’s little reason to stray far from the area.

 

7. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

What better way to offset a night spent yelling support or disapproval in a sports arena than by enjoying an Age of Mammals exhibit at the local museum? Located on Exposition Boulevard near the Coliseum, this other LA landmark boasts a number of fascinating exhibits as well as a popular dinosaur performance (perfect for kids).

 

8. Roller Derby

This may be an “underground” sport throughout much of the U.S., but it is decidedly mainstream in Los Angeles. Those who haven’t experienced a game owe it to themselves to come out for LA’s all-female roller derby league known as the Derby Dolls. With names team names like the Sirens and the Tough Cookies, what’s not to love?

 

9. Art Walk

Something of a staple now in Downtown Los Angeles, this grassroots happening has been going on since 2004. Those who come out to Spring or Main Street between 2nd and 9th streets on the second Thursday of the month will be treated to gallery exhibits and store promotions. Everything stays open late, and the booze and food trucks are ubiquitous.

 

10. Grand Central Market

With countless travel shows espousing the virtues of street food there’s no better place to experience it in LA than Grand Central Market located on Broadway near 3rd Street. Pull up a stool for some wonton soup out of a Styrofoam cup, or pull up a different stool for a fresh shrimp cocktail out of a slightly larger Styrofoam cup. Everything from fresh produce to pistachio ice cream can be found at Grand Central Market. It is a true culinary melting pot in the best sense of the phrase.

 

Those new to LA shouldn’t let its expansive size intimidate them. Every neighborhood is its own little world in this metropolis. And Downtown has, over just a short few years, established itself as a world that is wide open to foreigners and locals alike, with no shortage of activities to suit every taste.

 

Jon Engle writes for the California Apartments Blog providing tips on apartment living, interior design and local reviews such as these Hollywood Homes located at The Residences at W Hollywood.

 

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