What to Eat, Drink and Do in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)









Top: H&M and similar | Skirt: Zara similar here and here | Poncho: H&M similar here and here | Boots: Simmi Shoes similar | Shades: Ray Ban | Hat: Forever 21 similar | Bag: Chanel 

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If you follow me on Instagram (@rinasamantha), you know I recently came back from a trip to Los Angeles.  I've visited L.A. many times before but experienced it in a completely different way this time around. Today I want to share a few of my personal favourites when visiting Downtown L.A., from where to eat, drink, shop and explore! 

Visit a Roof Top Patio: The views in DTLA are amazing if you know where to go. Perch is an establishment that offers restaurant seating on the lower level and an outdoor rooftop patio for drinks on the upper level. Prices of drinks aren't cheap at $14 a piece but the view is definitely worth it! We didn't end up eating here but my favorite drink to order was 'My Fair Lady'.  Beware: it's reallllly strong! 


Go Shopping: There are a few really cool streets to check out for shopping in DTLA. Santee Alley is known for their discounted apparel, shoes and accessories and definitely worth to be visited at least once! I heard Sophia Amurso, founder of Nasty Gal and author to award-winning novel '#Girlboss', started off purchasing clothing at Santee Alley and reselling it on eBay! It's always neat to see where a girlboss originated!

In Historic Downtown, I stumbled across a store called BNKR, and fell in love. Thank God they have an online shop because I did not have enough time to shop when I visited last!



Grab Something to Eat or Drink: There just wasn't enough time in my trip to visit all the places I was recommended to eat or drink in DTLA. Here are a few that I planned to visit with unique food selections, high ratings and really pretty aesthetics:
  • LA Chapter - A cute brasserie located just outside the Ace Hotel. The outdoor seating reminds me of a Parisian cafe. 
  • Bread Lounge - A selection of sandwiches, paninis and pastries made with all natural ingredients. This place is rated 4.7 stars on Yelp! 
  • Faith & Flower - A contemporary restaurant with a 1920's vibe. 
  • Giorgi Porgi - An ultra hip, mole-like coffee shop with minimalist vibes and apparently really amazing coffee. Rated 4.8 stars on Yelp

Visit the Broad: The Broad is LA's newest and hottest museum at the moment. Admission is free but I recommend reserving advance tickets unless you're okay with potentially waiting up to 3 hours to get in. Since the hubby and I did not know reservations were an option and we were on a time crunch, we didn't get the chance to check out the exhibits. It's definitely on my list of things to do the next time I visit as my family and friends we're raving about how cool their experience was at the Broad.


Try the Skyslide: This was another thing on the list that we really wanted to do but didn't get a chance to. The Skyslide is 45 feet long, made of glass, and connects to the 70th floor! You can view the whole city as you slide along the exterior side of the building! If you have a fear of heights, this is probably not the activity for you =P

I'm already looking forward to my next visit to L.A. as there are still so many things I haven't had a chance to experience yet. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on photograph-worthy places to visit in LA and other LA travel recommendations!

What are some of your favourite things to do in and around L.A.?

A big thank you to Angel Alonzo for the beautiful photos! Definitely reach out to her if you're in the Las Vegas area and looking for an amazing photographer!

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94 comments

  1. Hola Rina muy buenos días!!!
    Estás guapísima, que estilo para llevar la falda y el abrigo negro la falda te sienta muy bien, y la gorra me encanta, la segunda propuesta con el denim también me gusta muchísimo. Un fuerte beso y feliz fin de semana.
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  2. Such a fab post, makes me feel like I didn't spend enough time in DTLA when I was in LA. Will definitely be checking these places out on my next trip! xx

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    1. Yes you definitely should, so much to do!

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  3. Uau! These photos are amazing. Great post :) xx

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  4. Fantastic post and fantastic outfit, I very like your style :)

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  5. Love your post, and so glad you found BNKR!

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    Lauren
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  6. Awh looks like you had such a nice time in LA Rina!! I want to try the My Fair Lady hehe and the Skyslide even though I'm afraid of heights haha. Love the outfit shots too so fab babe! Xx- Mitra

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    1. Oh it was soo good and kinda strong lol. I am afraid too, I don't know if I would have the guts to try!

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  7. Amazing shooting!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

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  8. Love that cute wrap over skirt and poncho combo! Sounds like you had a great time exploring too :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

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  9. Stunning pictures, really love the very first picture.

    Bernie, xx
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  10. This is such a great post! I would love to visit LA, if i ever do i'll be sure to come back to this post! gorgeous pictures!

    Darriyan xo
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    1. Thanks Darriyan! Yes definitely do, or you can pin it ;)

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  11. You look absolutely gorgeous doll! Love these looks on you! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Happy weekend love!
    Much love, Len
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  12. Love this post! I also have been several times but I did take notes from your tips for the next time:) Great outfit for the city stroll :) kisses Sharka
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  13. Nice post, i love the the first outfit!
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  14. Loving your style so much! What a chic and pretty ensemble <3 Anyhow, these are great recommendations to those who's living there, and those who's planning to visit. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
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  15. Your photos are amazing and I love your skirt! LA is definitely on my bucket list; thank you for sharing your tips. The architecture at The Broad looks incredible!
    Jaz xoxo
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    1. Glad you like it Jasmine! Thanks so much!

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  16. Thanks for sharing all these cool things to do in LA. Love the poncho with this outfit.
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  17. So obsessed w your photography!!! Just stunning. Also, your LA trip was so comprehensive and packed with amazing activities!! You're basically a local LOL! Love this roundup and totally agree w everything you said babe!


    xx, Amy
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  18. These are really cool photos!

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  19. I love DTLA! Great guide babe!

    Briana
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  20. Great pictures, have a good day

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  21. I swear every time I read a review done by you, it's always so comprehensive and well-written that I'm immediately sold! Keep up the good work, girl!

    xoxo from Napa Valley!

    Paulina
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  22. lovely :)

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  23. You look absolutely stunning! I definitely would love to go some day!

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  24. WOW! I just love everything about this look! I love the skirt so much! And your makeup is simply gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your guide to downtown.
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    Miri

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  25. Missing so much LA...
    Downtown was one of my favourite spots while there.
    Your look is stunning and you are such a pretty girl.
    Emma
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  26. Very useful post :-) You look fab in firts outfit , I love your skirt :-)

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  27. Thank you for the tips :) I'll keep it in mind next time I plan to go overseas x

    Laura
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  28. So useful post!
    I love your style babe, great look!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  29. Awww can't wait to go back to LA! Last time we only made it to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica... But Downtown LA sounds so much fun! You also look amazing! Big Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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    1. It was a lot of fun, so much to see and do! Definitely check it out the next time you visit LA! you won't be disappointed <3

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  30. I love this post, it's so useful and so well written!:D
    By the way, I love your skirt and the hat!:D

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    1. Thanks babe! Glad you found it useful =)

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  31. Great guide! Thanks for sharing! XO -

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  32. Obsessed with this outfit, you look so stunning! Beautiful look and awesome travel tips!

    Francesca
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  33. Girl you look amazing as usual! Loving this skirt and boot combo. Great info on LA too!

    Amy Ann
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  34. love this skirt
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  35. Love your style girl..
    xx
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  36. Love this post babe! Such great recommendations - I need to get back to LA ASAP!
    And this outfit is gorgeous - obsessed with that skirt and the pairing with the longer length jacket!

    Ashleigh x
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  37. Great post babe! I love your outfits! I haven't been to LA in a while and I'm actually thinking of taking a trip to Cali soon. May need to check out these hotspots you recommend.

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    1. Thanks babe! You should definitely plan a trip there, so much to see and do!

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  38. Oh my goodness, you are so stunning and these photos are beautiful!

    I'm going to New York late next year and I wasn't going to go to LA but I think I'll have to check it out!

    xx

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    1. Oh yes! Definitely stop by LA if you have the chance!

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  39. Beautiful look! Great shots!

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  40. This is such a useful post and you've made me want to go back to LA so much more now!!

    Krystin
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    1. Thanks babe! I know! I already want to go back!

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  41. I loved the post
    So beautiful

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