So far on the AVEN blog, we have highlighted many of the hottest spots in the arts district and our very own South Park area. Now, it is time to explore more of DTLA. In particular, Historic Core.

 

Historic Core Restaurants

First, we feast! And there are plenty of places to choose from.

Little Damage Ice Cream in Historic Core
Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@littledamage

Corporation Food Hall

Where do you go in Historic Core when you cannot decide where to dine? The Corporation Food Hall! Vendors here include Soom Soom, a Middle Eastern Falafel shop; fried chicken from South City; and freestyle pizza from Funculo. And once you’ve finished dining, hang around and mellow out on their enclosed outdoor patio.

Sari Sari Store

There is also Sari Sari Store featuring some very creative Filipino rice bowls.

Rice Box

You can also grab yourself some Cantonese BBQ over at Rice Box!

Best Girl

You also have the choice to indulge in some New American cuisine over at the Ace Hotel’s all-day bistro, Best Girl.

Little Damage

Last up is Little Damage. Little Damage is no ordinary ice cream shop. It is swirling up some very inventive flavors including their almond charcoal, red beet and Unicorn tears with dyed black cones. And like most places in LA, it is all-organic and has dairy free options.

Historic Core Bars

Make a toast to your city at any of the bars in the area.

The Wolves Bar in Historic Core
Captured by Wonho Frank Lee / LA Eater

The Wolves

First up we have The Wolves cocktail bar. Draped with antique lamps sconces and sculptures, once inside you will feel like you have been transported to Victorian England.

Upstairs Bar

At the top of the Ace Hotel is Upstairs Bar. A pint-sized dipping pool and DJ included, Upstairs Bar comes with a fantastic view of downtown Los Angeles. To find this Moroccan themed bar, make your way over to the discreet elevator right beside the Best Girl restaurant. You know you are at the correct elevator when you see a white neon sign that says ‘Upstairs.’

Birds & Bees

To those who love speakeasies, head on over to Birds & Bees. Finding this joint is a bit difficult. Located on 207 South Street, there is a parking lot next to an office building. You will find a bouncer who will take you down a narrow stairway and into an industrial-chic bar filled with fabulous 50’s decor.

Bernadette’s

Last up, Bernadette’s. One of the newest bars in town, Bernadette’s has a very casual vibe. Covered in palm tree wallpaper and vintage art, order yourself one of their many creative cocktails. And that includes a bright, boozy slushie.

Landmarks

It should come as no surprise that Historic Core is home to a number of LA Landmarks.

Bradbury Building in Historic Core

The Bradbury Building

The most iconic of them all is The Bradbury Building. When you walk in you are greeted with a magnificent alley of wood, iron, and brick. Now home to private office spaces, this is Downtown’s oldest commercial building and has been featured in the Blockbuster film, Blade Runner. So all you film buffs are sure to love this DTLA landmark. And if you decide to visit, the hours of operation are 9 AM to 5 PM, no charge.

Art Walk DTLA

While this may not be a landmark, one of the most notable things about this area is that it is home to the self-guided tour of all the local art galleries, Art Walk DTLA. It occurs on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6-10 PM. Each gallery and art studio opens its doors to the public and free of charge. And quick pro-tip, make your way over to The Last Bookstore for your starting point. For additional help, check out the map here.