What to Do in Downtown LA's Arts District

Shop, eat and wander through the streets of this cool neighbourhood 

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel/Photo by Brian Forrest

After decades of reinvention—from vineyards and railyards in the late 1800s to artist studios and underground punk rock bars in the 1980s and ’90s—this is one of LA’s most happening ’hoods.

Get cultured

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel cements DTLA as a serious destination for contemporary and modern art. This block-long complex, situated in a restored 19th-century flour mill, features a gallery, shop and forthcoming restaurant by Wes Whitsell. 


Poketo features a design-driven mix of books, clothes, housewares, stationery and apothecary items, many the result of exclusive collaborations. The minimalist, 1,600-square-foot store doubles as an exhibit space with quirky installations and events with local artists.


With its intimate beer garden, indoor performance space and outdoor Spartan trailer bar, Resident is a chilled-out venue that’s leading LA’s booming indie live music scene. Nightly programming includes performances that range from local up-and-comers to Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld, who recently launched her solo tour here.


The third weekend of the month, Artists & Fleas is a street party and artisan market. From handmade accessories to food truck báhn mì, there’s a rotating list of about 100 vendors. 

Break bread

The best seat for bread lovers is by the oversized windows at Bread Lounge. Dough is given 48 hours to develop complex flavours before being shaped into loaves studded with juicy kalamata olives or dusted with za’atar, then baked to chewy, golden perfection.


In a district rife with new restaurants and cafés, none has more buzz than ingredient-driven, rustic Italian Bestia. Order the bone marrow, topped with crispy bread crumbs and balsamic and served with tiny, perfect spinach gnochetti, handmade in-house. 

Getting there: WestJet flies to Los Angeles seven times a day from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.