The Perfect Afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles

Hello everybody! Recently (to be more precise, almost a full month ago), I returned back to Germany, after having done a 7 week internship in Los Angeles. February-April I had the pleasure of interning at BOLD LA, a communications and marketing agency in Downtown Los Angeles. I learned so much during my time with the company, and also had the chance to rediscover my hometown, this time from the other side of the hill!

Growing up, I spent 95% of my time in the Valley. It was where I lived, it was where I went to school, it was where I knew my way around. However, this time around it was so much fun to discover another side of town. And now, as the start of an influx of blogposts to come about LA, I wanted to share my version of a perfect afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles with you guys. If you ever have an afternoon to enjoy in the heart of the city, be sure not to miss out on these things. Enjoy!

P.S. – Everything is in walking distance of each other! 😉

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Start your afternoon with a coffee (or cocktail, it’s always happy hour somewhere) on the rooftop of the ACE Hotel (website here). The view is incredible, you can see all of Downtown Los Angeles from above while sipping your beverage. Plus, great people watching, it’s where all of LAs hippest folk meet to mingle. I always go for a classic latte.


Next, schedule in a stop at The Last Bookstore. Even if you are not a huge bookworm, the upstairs area is not to be missed. There’s a literal tunnel made out of books, plus little independent boutiques set up by friendly and easy-to-talk-to owners. A bookshop itself has somehow been turned into its own work of art. (website here)

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For later in the afternoon, reserve your tickets to the Broad. This museum is currently huge in the Los Angeles art scene, and for good reason. Created for the public by private owners, the museum displays a couple’s extensive modern art collection. It’s not overwhelmingly large, making it the perfect stop between coffee and dinner. Reserve your tickets to the BROAD here

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Top off your wonderful afternoon by grabbing dinner at the beloved Bottega Louie. Once again, a popular place in the heart of DTLA, and for good reason. Their pizzas are divine, order a few for the table to share. Plus, you can’t forget a dessert to top off the evening; the french-style bakery at the front will leave you unable to choose just one. You’ll go home hungry and full, and, for those of you doing public transport, the 7th Street Metro Center is just a block away!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I know I enjoyed writing it. I spent an afternoon really similar to this one with my family one day after work, and I think it was my favorite afternoon out of the entire 7 weeks I was there. Cheers! <3 Julia

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  • Theodora Chiorean

    Love your blog hun. xx make sure you check my blog as well and follow if you like xx

    Teo ||

  • You have me dreaming of days in LA! I can’t wait to visit The Broad next time I’m there.

    • Ahh so glad you enjoyed the post !! Yes, you must stop by The Broad next time you are in town :)