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From Surf 2 City: Explore DTLA

 

Welcome, Westsiders!

For the first time in over 60 years, it will be possible to travel between Downtown Santa Monica and Downtown LA by light rail. Opening May 20th, The Expo Line extension will add 7 new stations between Culver City and Downtown Santa Monica. That means 7 new ways to travel to and explore DTLA from the Westside. More importantly, it means you can get from Surf to City in 46 minutes- even during rush hour.

Look out for our Explore DTLA street team on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd from 10am to 6pm at the 7th St./Metro, Pershing Square, and Civic Center/Grand Park stations. They'll be stocked with DTLA giveaways, maps, and suggestions for what to do and see while you're in Downtown LA.

Metro TAP Discounts

Show your Metro TAP card at these Downtown LA locations for special discounts.

7th St/Metro Station

Pershing Square Station

  • Grand Cafe at Omni Hotel 25% off - 251 S Olive St.

Civic Center/Grand Park Station

  • MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) 2 for 1 admission - 250 S Grand Ave.

Downtown Destinations

Make sure you stop at these locations for the best food, drinks, shopping, and sights that are walkable from Downtown Center Metro stations.

7th/Metro Station - 660 S Figueroa St.

FOOD & DRINK

Bottega Louie 700 S Grand Ave.

Restaurant, gourmet market, patisserie, and cafe in a bright, bustling space. Stop in for some of LA's top rated macarons to-go.

BS Taqueria 514 W 7th St.

Chef Ray Garcia’selements of long-established tradition paired with contemporary approaches and local flavors.

Spear Steak & Seafood 800 W 6th St.

Bustling upscale kitchen & bar featuring modern, globally influenced fare alongside craft cocktails.

Border Grill 445 S Figueroa St.

An urban outpost with a cosmopolitan vibe. Enjoy handmade margaritas on the outdoor patio while soaking in the city views.

Takami Sushi & Robata 811 Wilshire Blvd.

Elegant rooftop setting for Japanese sushi & grilled entrees, with panoramic views of Downtown.

SHOP

FIGat7th 735 S Figueroa St.

An open-air shopping mall featuring Taste Food Hall,a collection of chef-driven quick-service casual eateries.

The Library Store 630 W 5th St.

A curated collection of fun and eclectic gifts and goods at downtown L.A.'s historic Central Library. All sales support the Los Angeles Public Library.

Brigade LA 510 W 7th St.

An upscale women's clothing shop featuring local & international designers and a mix of designer contemporary, high end casual, accessories, and evening wear.

FIDM Museum Shop 919 S. Grand Ave.

The shop features a constantly evolving array of unusual & special gifts, including alumni & faculty work, limited edition art pieces by local artists & crafts-people, & one-of-a-kind gifts & accessories.

EXPLORE

Los Angeles Public Library 630 W 5th St

The Richard J. Riordan Central Library in downtown Los Angeles is both a leading public research library and a major architectural landmark.

Maguire Gardens 630 W 5th Stat Los Angeles Public Library

This urban park surrounds the Central Library and features fountains, lawns, and public benches.

Grand Hope Park at FIDM W 9th St. & Hope St.

A 2.5 acre urban park featuring a playground and grass lawns amid an iconic mosaic-adorned clock tower.

Pershing Square Station - 500 S Hill St.

FOOD & DRINK

La Cita Bar 336 S Hill St.

Traditional Latin dance club that opens the floor to a young, hip crowd for DJ-driven parties.

Grand Central Market 317 S Broadway

30,000 square foot food emporium and marketplace that has been celebrating the cuisines of LA since 1917.

Perch 448 S Hill St.

Glamorous rooftop setting with French small plates, handcrafted cocktails, and incredible views of the city.

Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe 545 S Olive St.

Rustic French bakery & cafe offering classic pastries, savory items, wine & coffee drinks.

Mrs. Fish 448 S Hill St.

Nightclub featuring glowing fish tanks as decor, a mixology-focused bar program & live music.

Rendezvous Court 506 S Grand Ave.

Dine in surroundings that include Moorish-carved wood ceilings, gold-leaf accents, a rose marble fountain, and an enormous Baroque stairwell.

SHOP

Please Do Not Enter 549 S Olive St

One-of-a-kind progressive men’s luxury retail and exhibition space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

St. Vincent Jewelry Center 640 - 650 S Hill St.

One of the largest jewelry complexes in the world. It encompasses over 700,000 square feet and houses nearly 500 independent merchants.

The Last Bookstore 453 S Spring St.

California’s largest used and new book and record store. In addition to over 250,000 books, the space includes a huge mezzanine level with unique shops and galleries.

EXPLORE

Los Angeles Conservancy

Join the L.A. Conservancy in exploring the history and architecture of downtown L.A. on one of their award-winning walking tours.

Civic Center/Grand Park - 101 S Hill St.     

FOOD & DRINK

Kendall's Brasserie and Bar 135 N Grand Ave.

An upscale take on classic French dishes,plus and oyseter bar, cocktails, and outdoor patio.

Vespaio 

Swanky, nautically themed spot serving Cal-Italian eats in an expansive space with patio seating.

Pez Cantina 401 S Grand Ave.

Beach-inspired decor and a coastal-themed Mexican menu keep this sleek eatery relaxed and light.

Blue Cow Kitchen Bar 350 S Grand Ave.

Seasonal, locally sourced New American small plates & sandwiches, cocktails, and an outdoor patio.

Grand Cafe 251 S Olive St.

Part of the Omni Hotel, this upscale-casual eatery serves Californian cuisine and a weekend brunch menu.

SHOP

The MOCA Store 250 S Grand Ave.

Museum shop that boasts a range of contemporary art books, unique apparel, prints, and gifts.

The Shop at The Broad 221 S Grand Ave.

Inspired by the in-depth Broad collection, The Shop at The Broad features limited edition prints, books, gifts, and jewelry.

The Giftshop at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 W Temple St.

Church gift shop stocking a selection of bibles, rosaries, books, devotional medals, and more. 

EXPLORE

Grand Park 200 S Grand Ave.

Public park and central gathering place with majestic views extending from the Music Center to City Hall.

The Broad 221 S Grand Ave.

New contemporary art museum that is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection.

Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave.

Designed by Frank Gehry, it is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

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

In design, art, and furnishings, the Cathedral is rich in cultural diversity and Sunday Mass is celebrated in 42 different languages