LA’s Newest Hippest Hood: The Arts District


I hate to admit how long it had been since I ventured outside the Orange Curtain. (Yup, that’s me with the bandage on my forehead in front of one of the Global Angel Wing Project wings.) But in August, we joined my favorite Laguna Beach-based Hoffy Tours to explore the new, trendy LA Arts District. We visited a delicious eatery and a fun bar, artisan boutiques and a dreamy art-and-architecture bookstore, Hennessy and Ingals.


With its murals and warehouses (and now art and hipster scene), the downtown district
reminded me of the Mission in San Francisco. The best news was that it’s totally walkable.

Arts District insider Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Arts Tours, steered us to all the best places.

Our coolest stop was at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel, the largest art center on the west coast, which was repurposed from an old flour manufacturing mill.

The exhibit we saw was called Revolution in the Making and featured abstract art by women artists.

Then Steve Grody, author of Graffiti LA, gave us a tour of the district’s murals.


We had a creative lunch at ediBOl, and ended with a tasting at Angel City Brewery with three of their flagship craft beers. We also experienced during a private tour of the lobby and back-end, the historical Batchelder tiles, and learned more about the history of the building.



The tours were awesome, but you can easily find all these places on your own. Either way, just go!



One thought on “LA’s Newest Hippest Hood: The Arts District

  1. I was here for the first time just last weekend! Took the train into L. A. from I. E. I recently relocated down to SoCal from Oakland and was missing urban life so I decided to take myself on an adventure. Walked all around the Financial District, Bunker Hill, Bradbury Building, Grand Central Market, The Last Bookstore. Then, I walked down 7th from Spring Street until I hit Alameda and just meandered around the Arts District up to 2nd Street. Ended up at Angel City Brewing before walking back up to the Civic Center Metro to catch a train back to Union Station. As a 20-year resident of the Bay Area, I was definitely impressed by L. A.’s urban feel. Very fun!

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