Explore Downtown Los Angeles: its live music, theater, opera, and more!

From the magnificent beasts and dinosaurs of the Natural History Museum to Chinatown’s exotic buildings and temples to the Mexican music, traditions and foods of Olvera Street, Downtown LA is rich with artistic, cultural, ethnic and historic experiences.

The area spans eight square miles (21 square kilometers) and is split into 16 distinct districts, including the uber-trendy Fashion District, the educational institutions of Figueroa Corridor and the cultural delights of Bunker Hill.

Venture into the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown and Little Tokyo for a bounty of rich tastes, sights and sounds. Try some sizzling sliced eel in Chinatown, enjoy taquitos in Olvera Street and sample sushi in Little Tokyo.

Downtown LA is instantly recognizable for its collection of head-turning architectural gems, including a skyline of gleaming skyscrapers, Union Square’s fusion of art deco and Spanish Colonial Revival and the striking stainless steel curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Frank Gehry-designed building is part of LA’s thriving performing arts scene. Here you can see classical music performed by choirs, orchestras and artistes with global reputations, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

If there are kids in your party, check out the Natural History Museum, where you can see T-Rex roar and prehistoric beasts roam. The California Science Center features interactive exhibits, shows and spectacles that explore how the planet and the universe work.

Though it’s often considered an urban jungle, Downtown LA has a surprising number of parks and green spaces. Kick back for a few lazy hours on the hillside haven of Angels Knoll, by the fountains of Maguire Gardens or on the rooftop of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where you’ll find a public garden.

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Top Hotels in Downtown Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
$169
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.1/5Very Good! (2,287 reviews)

"Lovely hotel right in the middle of downtown LA, walking distance from the Broad museum and Disney Music Hall. Very close to lots of restaurants and walking around seemed safe. Check in was easy, staff were very nice, and they held our luggage for us when we arrived early. The room itself was basic, ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
3.5 out of 5
1256 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA
$151
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26
3.9/5Good! (1,023 reviews)

"Great customer service. Originally was placed in a room that was under construction. We were so confused but they fixed it right away and upgraded us. Bed and pillows were super comfy which is very important to me when traveling. The valet service up front was great. He knew we were only staying ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

The Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles
Hotel Figueroa
Hotel Figueroa
4.5 out of 5
939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
$143
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.5/5Wonderful! (802 reviews)

"Just about everything. The rooms were nice! The staff were SO nice and attentive. Had brunch and it was delicious. I would recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Hotel Figueroa
Freehand Los Angeles
Freehand Los Angeles
4 out of 5
416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA
$116
per night
Nov 7 - Nov 8
4.3/5Excellent! (822 reviews)

"Perfect for a weekend getaway. The space was just right for two. The rooftop bar was trendy, great music, amazing view of the city, and drinks were just as amazing. The downstairs bar is very underrated, bartender was very knowledgeable with his cocktails. I will definitely be back to Freehand ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Freehand Los Angeles
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
4.5 out of 5
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
$237
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,992 reviews)

"This hotel was nothing but amazing. The views from the lobby area was awesome. What I didn't like so much is you have to get off on the 31st floor just to get back on the elevator to go to get room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Kawada Hotel
Kawada Hotel
3 out of 5
200 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA
$135
per night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
3.6/5Good! (493 reviews)

"Good price for the area. Safe area and within a short walk to most things including the subway. Share rides like Uber are plentiful. Rooms are small but are super clean and comfy."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Kawada Hotel

Popular things to do in Downtown Los Angeles

Staples Center
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Staples Center

4.5/5(1,579 reviews)

This multipurpose sports arena has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts and is home to two National Basketball Association teams.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Walt Disney Concert Hall

4.5/5(441 reviews)

Listen to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in this concert hall recognized as an internationally renowned architectural landmark.

California Science Center
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California Science Center

4/5(56 reviews)

Discover an aquarium with a giant kelp forest, an actual space shuttle and numerous educational displays and exhibits inside this remarkable facility.

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(3,412 reviews)

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(5,827 reviews)

You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambience and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

4/5(5,510 reviews)

Tinseltown’s star-studded tribute to the artists, global icons, producers and directors who’ve made significant contributions to entertainment.

Top activities in Downtown Los Angeles

OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

$28

Take LA to New Heights! OUE Skyspace is the perfect starting point for guests to the Los Angeles area providing a stunning overview of the city’s layout, allowing you to map out other various options to be explored on your trip.

Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

$55

This Fall, there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Get ready for thrilling and wild adventures at Knott's Berry Farm.

Los Angeles & Hollywood Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Los Angeles & Hollywood Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$49

Discover the very best of Los Angeles on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass, you'll explore all of the key landmarks in your own time.

24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

$40

See the best of Los Angeles on a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an authentic, open-air, double-decker bus. Discover LA from downtown to the beaches of Santa Monica and disembark at your leisure to visit charming sites, restaurants, shops, and parks.

Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions in 1 Pass

$92

Take on the rides at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, uncover silver screen secrets on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour, or build your own creations at LEGOLAND® California. Access over 35 of the most popular attractions in LA and save on admission.

Anaheim Resort Area: Private Transfers From Nixon's Library.
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Anaheim Resort Area: Private Transfers From Nixon's Library.

$17

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-3903 The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and burial

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Other neighborhoods in Los Angeles

Little Tokyo
Los Angeles City Hall featuring an administrative buidling and a park

Little Tokyo

Known for Dining, Shopping, Skyscrapers

4/5(192 reviews)

Little Tokyo is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Los Angeles Children's Museum or Los Angeles City Hall.

Chinatown
Chinatown showing signage

Chinatown

Known for Chinatown, Shopping, Dining

Spend an afternoon wandering around this historic ethnic neighborhood, which is home to diverse restaurants, a thriving art scene and quirky grocery stores.

Silver Lake
This is one hidden gem.
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Silver Lake

Known for Lakes, Architecture, Sunsets

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Lake views, live music, and theaters highlight some of the notable features of Silver Lake. Make a stop by Melrose Avenue while you're exploring.

Koreatown
Eat all you can korean barbeque for $11.99
Yes eat all you can
Including kimchi dishes
Brown and white rice included..
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Koreatown

Known for Dining, Entertainment, Live Music

This trendy neighborhood is known for its diverse cultural heritage, 24-hour nightlife and eclectic entertainment options.

Wilshire
Eat all you can korean barbeque for $11.99
Yes eat all you can
Including kimchi dishes
Brown and white rice included..
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Wilshire

Known for Entertainment, Live Music, Dining

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Wilshire. If sightseeing is on the list, Melrose Avenue is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Wilshire - Normandie Station or Wilshire - Western Station to see more of the area.

Los Feliz
The most delicious treat ever! Vanilla bean ice cream in between two warm round churros! 😀 #delicious
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Los Feliz

Known for Opera Houses, Theaters, Entertainment

The coffeehouses and architecture are a few reasons travelers visit Los Feliz. Though there aren't many top sights in the neighborhood, you can visit Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory, a few notable attractions nearby.