Downtown

From high-rise skyscrapers and high-class restaurants to low-brow dive bars and low-key art walks, this cultural center reverberates with newfound energy.

There's more than meets the eye in Downtown's concrete jungle of freeways, skyscrapers, sculptures, and convention centers. From its wholesale flower market and fashion district to its historic landmarks and gallery-sponsored art walks, Downtown is where diverging interests converge in this star-studded city on the coast. Take the time to explore this seemingly-intimidating neighborhood and you'll notice that it's friendlier than expected—people are nice and public transportation is accessible. Downtown, everyone's waiting for you.

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On the Map

Downtown is bordered by Skid Row, Arts District, Echo Park, Westlake, Lincoln Heights, West Adams, Boyle Heights, and South LA

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

LAX Airport: 25 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 25 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 30 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

Downtown: Sleek, Shiny, and Sky High

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Downtown is the definition of an urban epicenter.

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Shiny high-rises loom above broad streets.

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Public transportation passes through.

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World-renowned architects like Frank Gehry design concert halls.

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Plazas look particularly regal.

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Los Angeles' Downtown earns its esteem.

Heritage In Historic LA

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Downtown delivers much more than big buildings.

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It's filled with historic train stations, hotels, museums, and music centers.

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When you're Downtown, view the world through a painter's brush at the MOCA.

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Hear the world through sonic genius at the Los Angeles Music Center, one of the nation's largest performing arts centers.

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Olvera Street marks the oldest district of Downtown LA.

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Drink, dine, shop, and stroll through its kiosks and cafes.

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At night, LA lights up its library.

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Books illuminate.

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Art Walk Downtown LA takes place on the 2nd Thursday of every month. [In Downtown] there are tons of amazing bars, restaurants, shops, and neighborhoods to explore like Little Tokyo, Fashion District, LA Live & Staples Center, Chinatown, Jewelry District, Financial District and beyond...as well as plenty of beautiful and colorful people to look at as well!"

Dining In Downtown

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High-class cafes, wine bars, and lounges intermingle with old-school diners and family-run restaurants in Downtown LA.

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The Original Pantry Cafe has been cookin' since 1924.

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It's a veritable Downtown icon.

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Literally a few steps away from billions of dollars in investments in the past 10 years featuring LA LIVE Entertainment Complex, NOKIA Theater, Staples Center, Grammy Museum and Los Angeles Convention Center."

Stadium-Sized Entertainment

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Home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, and Kings, the Staples Center hosts major sporting events and sold-out concerts.

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Across the street, the L.A. Live entertainment complex lights up the night.

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Glitzy, Ritzy, and Divey Downtown Nightlife

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Although most of Downtown's nightlife centers on cool lounges and high-end clubs catering to bottle-service clientele, this neighborhood also makes room for the art scene.

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Going Downtown often means dressing up.

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Sometimes, it just means dressing the part.

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The Smell is Los Angeles' volunteer run, all-ages experimental art space.

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Head to Downtown on the second Thursday of the month and peruse its galleries during its monthly art walk.

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They stay open late for the Thursday exhibition.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Eleonora is an Argentinean photographer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.  She loves to teach, photograph and work in personal projects.  She lives with her husband, four sons and their dog.

Eleonora Ghioldi

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.

Lauren Devon

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