Things to do in Downtown LA

Chinatown
Primarily centered around North Broadway; unlike Chinatown's in many other cities, it has a wide, main, busy street filled with small shops and restaurants. At about the middle point of N. Broadway in Chinatown is an open market much like those found in Hong Kong. Be sure to haggle.  It is the custom here.

Little Tokyo
Also known as J-Town, LA's Japanese district features restaurants, museums, and shops. J-Town sits in the area between Temple and about 5th and Spring through Alameda.

Olvera Street
This is where LA was founded as El Pueblo de Los Angeles, but the birthplace of the city is now a plaza filled with Mexican trinket stands and Mexican restaurants. Right across the street from Union Station

 

Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),
250 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles phone 213-626-6222,
The permanent collection is fairly interesting, but the changing exhibitions can be more hit or miss. The museum has no 'traditional' art, so bring an open mind. The gift shop (free entrance) is fun for at least 20 minutes of wonder and awe. Open Thu-Mon 11 AM–5 PM. $8 (includes admission to Geffen Contemporay).

Geffen Contemporary
152 N Central Avenue. Los Angeles
A part of MOCA tucked away in Little Tokyo. Same opening hours and shared tickets.

 

Venues

Music Center and Disney Hall Impressive hall architecture complete with tours most days. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is open to the public Christmas Eve day with almost round the clock performances by amateur cultural arts groups.

Staples Center
Home to five of LA's pro sports franchises; Lakers, Kings, Clippers, Avengers and Sparks, plus many concerts, shows and conventions.

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street • Los Angeles, CA 90015 • 213.741.1151