I recently moved to Downtown Los Angeles, and am getting a kick out of exploring the neighborhood--it's changed a lot since I last visited in the early 2000s, has amazing architecture, and a fascinating mix of people and different communities. But I'm new to Los Angeles and unfamiliar with the neighborhood... what are the gems of downtown that are worth checking out?
posted by huskerdont
on Mar 14, 2014 -
We'll be in L.A. for 2-3 weekdays in mid-March, and while one of our evenings is scheduled, we have no idea what to do with the rest of our time. We'll be staying in or near Hollywood, and won't have a car, but don't mind taking transit. We're especially looking for suggestions for one really very nice, splurge-y place for dinner, as well as great inexpensive places to eat. Also interested in: coffee-snob coffee; fancy cocktails; craft beer; fun/interesting/unique places to shop; anything else that seems interesting. We also really like live shows (comedy/improv/podcast/music), but most of the L.A. shows we know about are on the weekend. And I'm planning to go to Jenette Bras for a fitting, but I'd love suggestions for any other bra shops that carry sizes in the G+ range.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I'm planning a solo trip to Los Angeles for a week this coming February and will only using public transit... [more inside]
posted by danlewis84
on Dec 20, 2013 -
I am headed to Los Angeles for work. My wife is in the NYC-area (where we live). We can meet somewhere for our anniversary: Where should it be? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel
on Nov 25, 2013 -
What part of LA should we stay in for a long weekend trip of exploring and eating, preferably without a car? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I recently moved to the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I am looking for recommendations of your favorite low-key restaurants and food options as well as great "relaxation" spots. [more inside]
posted by jayder
on Nov 5, 2013 -
Good news: After a long period of being broke as a joke, I fell into a little bit of cash. I'd like to take the lady friend on a trip. She recently mentioned that she'd never seen a real night sky. I'd like to change that. Where, say, plus/minus 2 hours from Los Angeles can two young folk go see a sky full of starts? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Sep 13, 2013 -
My little sister -- an athletic, smart, totally awesome 12-year-old -- will be staying with me in the greater LA area in a couple weeks. I've been living here for a few years, but most of my spare time is spent on things like galleries/museums, strange, arty movie theaters, or experimental music shows (either watching or playing). This is the life for me, but I don't expect it to be enjoyable for my kid sister. So what are some fun things for a smart, conscientious pre-teen (tween? I don't know the terminology anymore) girl that likes to be outdoors or reading? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach
on Jun 20, 2013 -
I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked.
So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really
, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Hivemind, what sights are they are to see and/or photograph along the way? What should we not miss? What is a must see? What is out there that's unique? Ghost towns? World's largest ant? [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Jan 22, 2013 -
I am flying into LAX for work Tuesday and have the afternoon free. 3:15 arrival. Is there something really cool I could do that is 1) open, and 2) accessible considering traffic? (I have a car.). Maybe a museum or a scenic spot, ineresting historic site, or a trendy market area?
I am not interested in bars or expensive restaurants. Bonus points if near Oxnard.
posted by tracer
on Nov 11, 2012 -
I live in L.A. and I have someone special coming to visit. He didn't much care for this city the last few times he visited, so I want to take him to places that are very un
-L.A. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta
on Apr 4, 2012 -
Dobbs and I are going to Los Angeles from Dec 15 - 23rd. Recommendations for any film, music, theatre, or gallery events that should not be missed (screenings, tributes, retrospectives, concerts, etc)? Restaurant recommendations are also welcome. I'll be staying downtown and he'll be in West Hollywood. Also, as Canadians who've never been to LA in winter, what outerwear is appropriate (rain much? how cold?)? Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy
on Nov 30, 2011 -
I'm travelling in the US (Los Angeles) from Canada. What are my phone options? i'm sick of paying my local company's roaming charges. Can I buy a phone in LA that'll have full data/text/voice options for a month? If so, what'll it cost me? Can I just buy a chip for my iPhone for that month with no contract? (And if so, what's the best way to unlock it). Also, is there a way to forward SMS/text messages sent to my Toronto number? [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Starting a new traveling sales job. At what hotel chain should I throw all my business to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 7, 2011 -
I'm visiting extended family in LA for american thanksgiving (i'm from toronto). I'll have one day (either friday or saturday) to go off on my own and do stuff. What should i do? (Level of difficulty: No drivers license
.) [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Nov 21, 2010 -
Quickie Tourist Query: I have a 2 hour layover at Los Angeles/LAX this Sunday, 7/11. Is there anything I must not miss while there? Never been there before, and likely will never be again... [more inside]
posted by mnb64
on Jul 9, 2010 -
Help me enjoy 5 weeks of California endulgence after living in the Middle East! [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Jun 17, 2010 -
Thanks to riding Chicago's L system so often I can sense my stop in my (literal) sleep, I think I'm finally ready to tackle Los Angeles' underutilized & unappreciated Metro & Metrolink system
for some day trips between Ventura County and LA proper. What are some can't miss attractions that are A) easily accessable by rail in a city of cars and B) fairly safe for a tiny semi-lost solo female and C) totally awesome? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Feb 2, 2010 -
I'm entertaining guests from India in LA tomorrow for the whole day, and all my plans are being scuppered by a forecast of rain. What can we do in the LA area (don't mind driving pretty much anywhere) that won't be compromised by grey clouds and rain? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind
on Dec 11, 2009 -
Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds in our late thirties/early forties? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit
on Aug 26, 2009 -
I'm going to be flying one way from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles with V Australia. It's cheaper to book a return ticket than a one way ticket. Can I cancel the return flight and get a refund? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate
on Jul 28, 2009 -
I'm looking for your favorite blogs about things to do in or around the twin cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) or in Minnesota in general. [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror
on Jul 24, 2009 -
I'm planning a week-long visit to Los Angeles at the end of April, but I have no idea what there is to do or see there. Naturally I'll do my own research (thanks Google!) but I also want to pick up some more general info from the locals. [more inside]
posted by different
on Jan 8, 2009 -
Where in Los Angeles can I buy a travel adapter THAT WILL POWER MY LAPTOP in other countries? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Dec 19, 2008 -
turned in to a trip to L.A. instead, but the premise is the same: A friend and I are coming over on holiday for two weeks (from this Sunday the 26th until Thursday the 6th of November) to catch the festivities surrounding the election of Obama for president. [more inside]
posted by bering
on Oct 22, 2008 -
I just found out that I'll be in LA from Saturday-Tuesday. I'll have Saturday and part of Sunday free, and I'd like to take some nice photographs and/or a photowalk. I've heard people don't walk in LA.....I'll be on foot, and staying in West Hollywood (I've never been to LA.) Where should I go for awesome pics, and how should I get there? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer
on Oct 3, 2008 -
So we’re planning a holiday to coincide with the election on November 4th. We figure it will be a very special occasion, with a good chance to see new sides of the U.S. But where to go? [more inside]
posted by bering
on Sep 13, 2008 -
In San Diego for 2 days, hate zoos and most museums. Willing to travel. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by bodgy
on Jul 2, 2008 -
I am in Los Angeles (Silver Lake area) and need to get to Anaheim (Disneyland/Convention Ctr. area) for this library conference this afternoonish. Is the best way to do this to go back to the airport and grab a shuttle, or is there something simpler? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Jun 27, 2008 -
Quickie road trip! How long does it take to drive from L.A. to Seattle?
And how long to drive from downtown Seattle to downtown Vancouver, BC?
And how long from Seattle to L.A.?
How would you budget your time in each city? We're leaving on Sunday evening and we have to get back by Friday night. We might skip Vancouver if the timetable gets too tight. [more inside]
posted by oldlies
on Aug 11, 2007 -
From L.A. to Santa Fe and back. By Car, necessarily. Next month. I'm planning a 1.5 day drive, a 3 day stay in Santa Fe (already taken care of, thanks), a 1.5 day drive back to L.A. Where should I sleep en route? I'm thinking Flagstaff, right? Sightseeing in or around Flagstaff? (touristy stuff is OK unless it's something horribily overcrowded or plainly for kids). Is the drive too long/boring? Any better ideas to make the trip more fun? Suggestions? Thanks.
posted by PenguinBukkake
on Jun 20, 2007 -
Four 19yos coming to Los Angeles within two weeks. Their privately arranged accommodations in South/Central suddenly unavailable.
Me = mother of one and friend of the SC LA host.
Any suggestions? (4 kids flying in for 3-4 days, midwest clean-cut... not me but them)
posted by maggieb
on May 13, 2007 -
I'll be in/around L.A. for a family reunion this December 22 - 27. Help me with my reverse-Snake Plisken(sequel) mission: I need to escape from
my relatives and finding cool things to do in the L.A.
area... [more inside]
posted by sluggo
on Nov 13, 2006 -
What's a good place to meet a friend, hang out and maybe have some lunch that's roughly half way between LA and Thousand Oaks? [more inside]
posted by robabroad
on May 2, 2006 -
I'm passing through LA next week, and would like to indulge my jpop/jrock habit. Any recommendations for downtown music stores? I'll be at 2nd/Olive, near the Civic Center. I'm interested in CDs and t shirts; not interested in anime or games. Arigato gozaimasu!
posted by carter
on Feb 10, 2006 -
On Tuesday I'm going to find myself with five or six spare hours as I pass through Los Angeles. I haven't really seen L.A. before, so what should I do? What should I see? Where should I eat?
For what it's worth, my hotel will be near LAX on Highway 1.
posted by mrbula
on Oct 16, 2004 -