You’re planning to hit up Downtown L.A. and looking for dope things to do? You’re in luck because we’ve put together a list of favorites and newer spots. And we’re keeping it Hollywood Hippy style, of course.
BREAKFAST or BRUNCH
Crepes Sans Frontieres is a charming French creperie in the Arcade Building between Broadway and Spring Street. A selection of the crepes are made with organic buckwheat–the ghost wheat, since it’s technically not a grain. Recommended: the Complete crepe, with ham, cheese and egg; the Parisienne crepe, a bomb dot com combo of mushrooms and emmentaler cheese.
SHOPPING: VINTAGE/ARTISAN MARKET
On the third weekend of the month, the Artist District Artists and Fleas sets up a good-vibes market of vintage and unique artisan goods. A few vendors roll up their converted airstream trailers and food trucks and throw the door open to mobile shops stocked with clothing and gifty things. Oh yeah, and actual food trucks roll up to serve food and beverages, too.
Do you have current wardrobe needs for stylish basics? Rich Honey Apparel, in the Fashion District, is where you’ll find premium quality tees, tanks, etc., made in L.A. using a low-impact garment-dye process. They also gots the cool accessories like bags and hats.
SMOOTHIE, LUNCH and/or YOGA
The Springs in the Arts District is a chill, spacious oasis where you can enjoy yoga classes, a juice/smoothie bar and a vegan restaurant. Don’t sleep on it: The Blue Moon smoothie packs a crazy scrumptious combo of hemp milk, blueberries and honey.
The Salon on Main touts itself as DTLA’s premier eco-friendly hair and beauty salon. OK, you had us at eco-friendly. But seriously, their Green Circle Salon certification means they use only eco-friendly products (like Davines).
SHOPPING: FOR A CAUSE
Downtown Women’s Center Boutique stocks vintage women’s clothing and accessories, home decor items and the center’s signature line of handmade items, Designed by DWC. A portion of the storefront’s sales proceeds go to support programs that aid women in the Skid Row district of DTLA.