Downtown Los Angeles

What I’d do – take it as you like 😀

  1. Metro to 7th & Metro. Pop out, and it will look like New York City – towers all around.
  2. If you’re hungry, I’d recommend Grand Central Market – it’s like a food court of sorts, but more interesting and a there’s plenty to choose from.
  3. A fun loop: Metro to Union Station – it’s a cool retro old building in and of itself, so notice the architecture as you walk through – many movies have been shot there.
    1. Start by crossing the street to “Olvera Street”, a little mexico themed area. It’s a bit disney-ish, but fun, and legit: it’s one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles. By the way, California was originally settled by Spain, and the original missions date back to the late 1600’s.
    2. Next, pop into The Little Jewel of New Orleans cafe, a few blocks over toward Chinatown. It’s a fun taste of the big easy, a tiny mini-vacation within your vacation to New Orleans.
    3. Next, the full Chinatown experience. I recommend not missing 3 parts, all very close to each other: Chinatown Central PlazaChung King Road across the street (note: there are cool art-gallery receptions here at night on the weekends. Daytime this area may be a bit dead, but it’s literally across the street from the central plaza, so it’s worth 50m of walking even if there’s no party), and a bit of wandering through Saigon Plaza / Dynasty Shopping Center’s back-alley style shops, which are easy to miss and a bit of fun as they feel like a secret world, hidden from mainstream society, because once they were – with moving walls and secret entrances.
  4. When done, pop back on the metro (there’s a Chinatown stop) or walk back to Little Tokyo (just metro to Civic Center / Grand Park Station and walk 1-2 blocks south.)
  5. When done, cap it all off with a drink at Clifton’s, a fun, weird, campy diner and cantina

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