District by district, Downtown L.A. is going through a rebirth, with the Arts District at the height of its renaissance. What started as an urban artists’ colony in the 1970s has recently become a hotbed for creators from all arenas, making it one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods to visit. Located just east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River, it’s easy to see why artists like Paul McCarthy and George Herms made this vibrant, and yes, highly walk-able neighborhood their home. Here’s what to do in the area right now.
For breakfast, follow your nose to Breadlounge, a wonderful local bakery that provides baguettes and loaves for many of the city’s top toques. Look for the pain au chocolat, Middle Eastern balkan borek with spinach and feta, and farmers market-inspired quiches. Lunchtime requires a stop at Urban Radish, a grocer with charcuterie and cheese counters, sandwiches, market-fresh salads, as well as a bottle shop to pick up wine for a night in.