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Downtown

Downtown
Downtown

© Marshall Astor

Near Los Angeles' geographic center, the Downtown area's heart is all business, but its arts and cultural institutions give it soul. The area is currently undergoing a renaissance, upping its hip factor as the city's next big neighborhood.

As abandoned office and commercial buildings are renovated into lofts and luxury apartment complexes, Downtown is becoming increasingly upscale. This atmospheric makeover enhances its activities, landmarks, and sub-districts just waiting to be explored. The apparel capital of the West Coast is Downtown's Fashion District, where you will find amazing deals on clothes, shoes, and accessories. The Jewelry District is where you want to go if you're looking for trinkets that shine and sparkle. Also within Downtown's borders is the Flower District, which encompasses the nation's largest wholesale flower market. In addition, you can pop into Chinatown and Little Tokyo and take a look around.

Downtown has a thriving arts scene; the Museum of Contemporary Art is found here, as is the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The historic Broadway Theater and Commercial District houses twelve theater palaces within six blocks. Artists flock to Downtown's Gallery Row and the Arts District to create and showcase their work.

The Lakers' home court at the Staples Center is also found within Downtown Los Angeles. If baseball is your preferred ballgame, Dodger Stadium is also close by. And when you get hungry, a plethora of culinary options awaits, from fast food to caviar and foie gras, and everything in between.

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