6 Must-Visit Spots In Downtown L.A.

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If you live in Los Angeles, you know that people love to visit. And, when they come for the holidays, you often know what they'll ask to do before they even arrive (and there are only so many times you can go ice-skating outside or hit up The Grove). This year, counter their suggestions with a few of your own — spots that only a local would know but anyone could love.
To help you along, we planned the perfect day in a rapidly changing neighborhood that doesn't get enough love: Downtown. And, with some help from Fossil, we found the perfect tour guide in Melissa Sonico, a born-and-bred Angeleno with awesome taste and an eye for the unique and unexpected. The result is an itinerary for the ultimate L.A. holiday shopping day in a pocket of the city most visitors never even see. From a beautiful art space to a home-goods store unlike any other, it's time to kick off your adventure. Let's go.
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The Springs
Fuel up for your full day of holiday shopping and exploring at The Springs. The wellness hub, which houses an organic juice bar, raw vegan restaurant, yoga studio, and more, is filled with light, plants, and good vibes — and maybe a gift or two.

The Springs, 608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles; 213-223-6226.

Chinti & Parker shorts and shirt; AGL oxfords; Harbison coat.

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This spot comes highly recommended by our intrepid tour guide. "It's definitely a gathering place," Sonico says. "It's so open and welcoming, you could stay there for hours."

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"It's all vegan, which is difficult for me because my husband has to force me to eat healthily most of the time. But, I love the falafel and hummus." Advertisement
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Original Los Angeles Flower Market
Located in the aptly named Flower District, The Original Los Angeles Flower Market is the best place to get the kind of greenery and flourishes you need to make a blue-skies-and-sunshine-filled L.A. winter feel a little more festive. A word to the wise from Sonico: "It’s best to come early when all the individual flower vendors are open and running."

The Original Los Angeles Flower Market, 754 Wall Street, Los Angeles; 213-627-3696.

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Poketo
You'd be hard-pressed to pick out a gift that's less than perfect at Poketo. An airy, carefully curated space in the Arts District, it's full of trinkets that you can't find anywhere else. Think of it as the coolest Etsy shop come to life.

Poketo, 820 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles; 213-537-0751.

Maison Kitsuné sweater; Piazza Sempione skirt; Longchamp shoes; Kendra Scott necklace.

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If you're looking for a unique present for your aunt or want to surprise your favorite cocktail-party host with something special, Poketo is where it's at. Not sure what to get? You can't go wrong with a small succulent.

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The Last Bookstore
Housed in a cavernous, 10,000-square-foot space in downtown L.A., The Last Bookstore sells used and new books and records. You could easily spend hours wandering through its stacks.

The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, 213-488-0599.
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Sonico's a big reader — she counts Kurt Vonnegut, Haruki Murakami, and Aimee Bender among her favorite authors — so picking out books as gifts is second nature. "I would buy something here for my niece or my husband. I could easily knock out at least half of my holiday shopping list here." Advertisement
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Art Share L.A.
Come evening, head over to Art Share L.A. The gallery, showroom, and studio space is the perfect place to take in some art after a long day of holiday shopping.

Art Share L.A., 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles; 213-687-4278.

Suno skort; Longchamp jacket; Bass shoes; Chinti & Parker sweater; model’s own necklace. Advertisement
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Ace Hotel
After a full day of exploring, make the Ace Hotel your last stop. Housed in the iconic and historic United Artists building, the Ace is a welcome addition to the vibrant downtown L.A. scene and is perfect for people-watching.

Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles; 213-623-3233.

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Order a snack at the hotel's L.A. Chapter restaurant or just chill out with a seasonal cocktail and reflect on your day in the company of friends and family. And, if your place feels a little crowded, well, you know where they can stay...

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