A culture of creativity. A culture of diversity. A culture of grit and glamor. Downtown LA’s culture is reflected in the grandeur of the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco architecture. Iconic sites like Union Station and the Biltmore Hotel and the much-filmed Bradbury Building with its open cage elevators and ornate iron work, are a still integral nod to a storied past.
Multicultural diversity makes Downtown LA a lively destination for anyone looking to add something different to their day. A visit to brick-paved Olvera Street, the birthplace of Los Angeles, puts you in the middle of marketplaces, mariachi bands and celebrations. It was also recently named one of the country’s top-five “Great Streets” by the American Planning Association. For both food and shopping, dropping in on historic Chinatown and Little Tokyo is always rewarding.
Have a closer look at history at these spots: