LA City Guide: Downtown

Who doesn’t love trying something new? I’m constantly on the lookout for the best new beauty supply store or hottest brunch spot. The city of Los Angeles has a never ending stream of entertainment, and I’m here to share my favorite places, divided up by neighborhoods.

Downtown Los Angeles, known for it’s poor city planning and spread out attractions, can be extremely difficult to maneuver without proper guidance. Do not let this stop you! DTLA is the city’s freshest scene, home to some of the best coffee and shopping (my two requirements) in the area.

SHOPPING 

Aesop: These pictures do a lot of the talking, but how sick is this space? I walked in, and had the urge to toss all of the products in my medicine cabinet and replace it with these simple and streamlined bottles. Get your hands on some samples and see how awesome these products are for yourself.

Pocketo: Paper snob? This store is for you. I’ve discovered my favorite planners and paper goods here, as well as awesome home accessories. Not to mention they carry some of my favorite labels, like Clare Vivier.

Dining

The Ace Hotel: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in the city. The people are beyond kind, the food is delicious, and they serve some of the best coffee in the city. I highly recommend the avocado toast, which is a lot tastier than it sounds. If you get the chance, head to the rooftop at night for a great view of the entire city.

Stumptown Coffee: A handful of LA’s popular coffee shops serve Stumptown coffee, so I thought I’d visit the LA home of the Portland-based company. Disclaimer: the sizes are much smaller than most coffee joints, but it’s great coffee and even better people watching.

photos by Hunter Johnson

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