DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

WITH VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

By Rhiannon Taylor, April 2017


Arts District.

Arts District.

Union Station.

Union Station.

The Last Bookstore.

The Last Bookstore.

Dinette.

Dinette.

Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Eggslut at Grand Central Market.

Eggslut at Grand Central Market.

Angel City Brewery.

Angel City Brewery.

Hauser & Wirth.

Hauser & Wirth.

Los Angeles is within reach more than ever, with Virgin Australia flying direct from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. And if you've done the West Hollywood and Santa Monica scene many times over it's time to venture downtown to indulge in some of LA's up and coming dining spots, arts and entertainment.

 

VISIT

 

The Broad Museum: This contemporary art museum opened in 2015 and is bursting with over 2000 works of art on a permanent and rotating basis. Entrance is free, however the queues can be lengthy. Reserve tickets online in advance to skip the queues. http://thebroad.org

Walt Disney Concert Hall: If you're a fan of Frank Gehry, you'll be heading to the Walt Disney Concert Hall just to admire it's angles. But don't stop there, the Los Angeles Philharmonic puts on spectacular performances showcasing unique, modern and classic themes directed by Gustavo Dudamel. http://www.laphil.com

Hauser & Wirth: The Arts District in Downtown LA is a hub for emerging artists and artisan producers. Hauser & Wirth is a space that exhibits some of LA's best talent in a communal space with a bustling cafe and open garden. https://www.hauserwirth.com

Staples Center: You can't beat watching the basketball at the Staples Center. You can pick up tickets fairly cheaply last minute to see the LA Clippers online. https://www.staplescenter.com

The Last Bookstore: Known to be one of the most interesting and unique independent bookstores in the world, The Last Bookstore is a haven for those looking for rare books. Walking in feels like a never ending maze of rooms and riddles, akin to a scene out of Harry Potter, where new releases sit serendipitously next to vintage editions. There's a record store within the shop and the second level provides space to pop-up artists and craft-makers. http://lastbookstorela.com 

Union Station: Pop in here to take some insta-worthy snaps of a historic railway station. High ceilings and stained glass windows provide an insight in to some of the USA's earliest days of infrastructure and wealth. http://www.unionstationla.com

 

EAT

 

Bestia: This restaurant attracts diners from across the country and the waitlist for a reservation stretches back months. However, once you're in, you're guided through a delicate menu of pasta and pizzas made with love and finesse. Saffron Agnolotti with braised lamb and burnt butter is a stand out. http://bestiala.com

Grand Central Market: This food hall sits smack back in the centre of Downtown LA. You could wander aimlessly for hours snacking on cheeses, cold pressed juices, drip coffee and smoked meats. Hit up Eggslut if you're after a satisfying egg & bacon sandwich on a brioche roll.  http://www.grandcentralmarket.com

Dinette: This is technically on DTLA's outskirts of Echo Park, however it's worth the 5 minute drive for the spot-on french-style pastries, waffles and cakes. If you're after something healthy, try the sourdough spread with almond butter, sliced banana and honey. Divine. https://www.instagram.com/dinette.la/

Angel City Brewery: Downtown LA is known for it's abundance of craft breweries and Angel City Brewery claims to be the original. The warehouse-style space is a great spot for a large group of friends. http://angelcitybrewery.com

Salt and Straw: Escape the LA heat here for some artisan-made ice cream indulgence.  http://saltandstraw.com

Ace Hotel Bar: A hotspot with locals for evening drinks and great views. http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles

 

STAY

 

The Line Hotel: This is on the border of DTLA and Koreatown and has some of the best views towards the Hollywood Hills. The rooms are small but functional, with industrial concrete walls and minimalist-mod furnishings. It's pool area and in-house cafe Commissary are favourites for guests and locals. https://www.thelinehotel.com

 

GETTING THERE

 

Train: Downtown is now in reach to those staying in Santa Monica with a new train line connecting the two districts. https://www.metro.net

Fly: Virgin Australia has just launched direct flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles in addition to their direct services from Sydney and Brisbane. For fare prices and specials visit their website: https://www.virginaustralia.com/

 

Virgin Australia "The Business".

Virgin Australia "The Business".

Virgin Australia "The Business" menu by chef Luke Mangan.

Virgin Australia "The Business" menu by chef Luke Mangan.

 

I flew courtesy of Virgin Australia.

https://www.virginaustralia.com/


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