29Rooms opened in downtown L.A. THIS week and we're beyond pumped to share our interactive funhouse of style, culture, and technology with our West Coast readers. L.A. will always have a special place in our hearts (we have an R29 office there!) and we can't wait to let our creative energy thrive in this "capital of cool."
To help you make the most of your visit, we've curated a list of the raddest places near 29Rooms in DTLA. We stalked our favorite L.A. bloggers' frequent haunts, scoured Instagram for gems, and got a whole bunch of killer recommendations from our L.A. staff. We basically did all the dirty work for you. Now all that's left for you to do is the fun part: explore. From ceramics to sushi, these hotspots are R29-approved.
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Little Damage Specializing in artisanal soft serve, this small family owned shop is well-known for its unconventional flavors (mango sticky rice, beet), signature black cones (colored with activated charcoal), and cheeky ice cream names (unicorn tears). Catering to dairy lovers and haters, Little Damage uses local ingredients supplied by organic dairy farmers and always has a vegan flavor on the menu. Score! 700 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Angels Flight Reopened after four years, this historic cable railway dates back to 1901. An essential L.A. experience, ride it up to The Broad or down to Grand Central Market. The short ride will save you a lot of steps and will only set you back a whopping $1. 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Broken Shaker Located in the heart of DTLA, you’ll find Broken Shaker on the colorful rooftop pool deck of the excruciatingly hip Freehand Hotel. Serving up craft cocktails and an eclectic menu, this James Beard Award finalist brings “the flavors of the beach to the center of the city.” 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Walt Disney Concert Hall Designed by award-winning architect, Frank Gehry, The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a must-see for any architecture lover. Massive and insanely awe-inspiring, if you don’t have time to catch a performance here the venue also offers self-guided audio or traditional tours. 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Downtown Graffiti Tour From vibrant murals to secret sculptures, there’s so much art and culture waiting to be discovered in DTLA. Explore on your own or book a guided tour through LA Art Tours for only $12! With a real L.A. artist as your guide, gain access to hidden spots you might normally miss. Alameda and Santa Fe/3rd and 7th
Tea Master Matcha Cafe & Tea Shop Located in Little Tokyo and appropriately named, Tea Master was founded by Daigoro San, a student of the Japanese tea ceremony’s Edosenke School. Serving soft serve, tea, and smoothies, if you need to get your matcha fix, Tea Master is the move. 450 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
LCD Focusing on emerging brands and trendy streetwear, LCD is our go-to spot in DTLA to shop. Packed with apparel, accessories, jewelry, and decor from up-and-coming designers from all over the world, everything here is unique, special and one-of-a-kind. 1318 E 7th St #126, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Sushi Gen Though we’re not a big fan of restaurant lines, Sushi Gen’s in one we will gladly wait in (along with the throngs of locals). Known for its high-quality, low-cost fish, the sushi at this Little Tokyo spot is unbelievably delicious but still affordable. 422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Still Life Ceramics From bowls and vases to pots and plates, there are so many beautiful pieces we’ve got our eye on at Still Life Ceramics. If you’re feeling creative and want to try your hand at making your own pottery, Still Life also offers classes and workshops for all skill levels. The Row 777 Alameda Street
Looking for more places to explore? Get the 29Rooms mobile app for our complete guide to DTLA full of special discounts and perks for app-holders. You'll also get real time updates about 29Rooms and a full list of room collaborators and creative themes.
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