THE GUIDE | DOWNTOWN LA
Starting the day at Demitasse will not disappoint. Located in Little Tokyo, this coffee roaster boasts a rotating list of beans from various parts of the world. These guys are coffee geeks turned pro. Try the Iced Shiso-Green Tea.
From there head over to the well hidden James Irvine Japanese Garden. This tranquil garden is worth finding, make sure to walk the outer path for a complete view of the garden’s foliage, babbling stream, and cascading waterfall.
Next choose a popular site such as Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad or Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to explore. Or choose a less likely spot, I recommend checking out The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Originally home to garmets meant soley for teaching, through donations throughout the years, the musuem has amassed a collection of over 15,000 garmets dating back to the 1800’s.
Not to be missed for a bite to eat is Grand Central Market.
Like most skyscraper-studded city centers, Los Angeles’ downtown has seen a resurgence over the past couple of years. Creative energy abounds from the Art’s District. Many are calling the shiny lofts that rise high above the bustling streets home. Within its bounds downtown boasts historic train stations, hotels, museums, and music centers. It is glassy, slick and sky high.