What I’d do – take it as you like 😀
- Metro to 7th & Metro. Pop out, and it will look like New York City – towers all around.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, the full Chinatown experience. I recommend not missing 3 parts, all very close to each other: Chinatown Central Plaza, Chung 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.
- 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.)
- When done, cap it all off with a drink at Clifton’s, a fun, weird, campy diner and cantina