Instagram Worthy – Downtown LA Guide

Untitled-1Impresso Cafe

This café is within walking distance from the office and no lie… I’m probably there a minimum of 2-3 times a week.  I’m a sucker for a really great toast and even better cup of coffee. If you’re looking for a quaint café with unique coffee options as well (they have a lavender latte that they’re known for), good food (I’m a sucker for any of their toasts), juices and wi-fi, Impresso will hit the spot.

I love the: Avocado Toast, Parfait Bowl and Lavender Latte (shown in the photos above!)

little damage

An ice dream + Instagram lover’s paradise!  I don’t know if you can get any more “LA” than this shop, but this family owned spot makes their signature black waffle cones with activated charcoal.  Their flavors are super unique and seasonal which makes this spot a true LA ice cream lover’s gem. Get there early as the line can tend to get a little long!

I love the: Unicorn Tears Ice Cream 


For those times that you really need to escape to France and pick up a baguette but can’t, go to Pitchoun.  This French café is located in the heart of downtown and is the perfect spot to get your baguette, crossaint and espresso fix. Everything is homemade daily and they also have great artisanal breads, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, salads and soups.

I love the: Parisian Sandwhich and Brussels Salad

2121 E 7th PL, LOS ANGELES, CA 90021

Hands down one of the bests spots to grab dinner and cocktails downtown. You walk in and there’s so much energy everywhere. The open kitchen has your mouth salivating because you know the food’s going really be that good. Think: roasted marrow bone, mussels and clams in homemade spicy ‘nduja sausage, ricotta dumplings and tomahawk chop! Make sure to call in advance for a reservation because they fill up really quickly!

I love the: Bone Marrow and Cavatelli Pasta (They also have amazing wine options)


Fresh, organic pasta that tastes like someone’s Italian grandmother made it just for you.  All of the dishes completely melt in your mouth. This spot has such a homey vibe and you can also bring your own wine (corkage fee is somewhere between $5-$10). Perfect for a date night or party of four.

I love the: Pumkpin Ravioli, Sage Pasta and Baked Eggplant 

833 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Located right on Spring street (and just a black away from Acne Studios), Verve is a coffee + juice lover’s paradise. Aside from great coffee, they have delicious lunches you can munch on if you’re planning to stay for a while, juice flights from Juice Served Here and it’s the perfect spot to sit for an extended period of time. I especially love having a moment and sitting outside next to their living green wall. Iced coffee lovers make sure to try their Iced Vato (cold brew mixed with Juice Served Here’s “Cream Party” (aka the most delicious blend of coconut cream + coconut juice). You can thank me later!




820 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Tuck Hotel is probably one of the more instagrammable boutique hotels I’ve ever seen! It’s within walking distance of some of the coolest places on this list plus the restaurant has one of the best brunches I’ve ever had!

416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

A super chic boutique hotel that just opened in Downtown LA (Not to mention it’s just a block from Whole Foods and Bottega Louie). It’s in a newly renovated historic building with an amazing restaurant right down the stairs. If you go to the restaurant- trust me and get the hummus, you won’t regret it!



314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The CINCteam’s favorite place to grab fried chicken and donuts! It also doesn’t hurt that they have really great coffee there as well. They use cornflakes for their tenders which make them extra, extra delicious. You can also sample the donuts before committing to which 1 (or 2) you want.

I love the: Spicy Chicken Sandwhich, Chicken Tenders & Strawberry Cream Donut

6130 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048

Anyone who’s been to the flower market truly loves it.  It’s THE floral spot to get any type of flowers, succulents, vases, plants…you  name it! The flower mart will not disappoint.  Make sure to check what time they’re open because their hours tend to change.  Admission is $2 so make sure to bring cash if you can.



300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Want to #treatyourself? The Nailbox is the perfect place to get a mani-pedi you’re going to love plus a killer IG photo while you’re there. One of the girls on my team swears by this place. Great nails for a great price, what’s not to love?

300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

A beautiful restaurant that serves tasty French food and seasonally focused cocktails. This place is great for a date night or hanging with friends and family…They also have marble everywhere. Need I say more?




630 W 6th St #116a, Los Angeles, CA 90017

A classic bar that both LA natives and tourists love. The bar is lined with books and handcrafted drinks like the Hemingway Daiquiri. They have Happy Hour from M-F from 3-6PM.  Good vibes, good eats and good people.  A local favorite.

929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

One of the most hip hotels on Broadway. Quaint rooms, a rooftop bar with an amazing view of downtown and great food on the 1st floor. The Ace Hotel’s crowd is super trendy and you can catch great vibes everywhere.  Located in the heart of downtown LA, the Ace is a fun spot to catch a drink, food or a show!

Do you guys have any favourite spots in DTLA? I’d love to hear about them! Let me know in the comments below.



  • Doentown LA design!
    Thank you, Chriselle.

  • Miya says:

    You should check out Level Furnished living in DTLA! I think it’s right next to freehand! 🙂 I stayed there during Anime Expo because AX provided that as a hotel for some of us volunteers. It’s pretty amazing and the room we stayed in was more like an apartment with two rooms, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, and a full usable kitchen. I think they have a theater, basketball court, pool, and sauna as well! 🙂

  • These places all look so yummy!

  • Dylan says:

    Your blogs look so neat and interesting. I loved it even before reading it.

  • The layout of your blog look so good 😉

  • Diana says:

    This is such a great collection of places to try in LA! I’ll be there in September so will definitely be looking back at this post 🙂

    Diana |

  • Nailbox LA says:

    Thank you Chriselle for the shoutout! Always grateful to have you and your team stop by!!

    Nailbox LA is an artistically-crafted nail salon located in the heart of Arts District, Los Angeles. Please stop by for a visit!!

  • Mia Cortez says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I live and work in DT, and there’s so many cool places popping up! I love the vibes at the new Spire open air rooftop lounge at the new Intercontinental, Toastea for boba on 7th, Syrup on Spring Street for desserts, and Terroni has THE BEST truffle dish in LA — the tonnarelli alla norcina which is not always on the menu.

    Thanks for giving DTLA some love, Chriselle!

  • Tanja says:

    Love the layout of this post Chriselle! It is sooo perfect
    xo Tanja

  • This is great! I love the layout of your post as well!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Elizabeth says:

    Born and raised in LA, but there’s always something new to discover in this city! 🙂 <3 That's why I love it so much! Thank you so much for sharing this great guide, Chriselle!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Jamie says:

    The Nailbox looks unreal! I’ve never seen a more beautiful nail salon!

    xo Jamie

  • Love it! So chic
    See you in dtla!

  • Lisa merkle says:

    Love it-so chic!
    See you dtla!

  • Jennifer says:

    Great guide! I really enjoyed reading it and I will definitely visit some of those places. 🙂
    I also loved all of the pics too.

  • paul says:

    great spots,thanks

  • Belinda says:

    Love this tour guide! I will definitely come back to it when I visit LA. Thanks Chriselle!


  • DTLA is so great and full of Instagram opportunities! The Nail Box looks so beautiful! Will have to check it out x

  • Ashley says:

    Such a wonderful guide! Will have to visit some of these places the next time I’m in LA 🙂

    XOXO, Ashley

  • These look like the cutest spots! Thanks for sharing! great for the next time I make an LA visit!

  • ziwei says:

    Love the layout of this post Chriselle! I also loved this brazilian restaurant in downtown called Woodspoon when I tried it last year. Great food and atmosphere!


  • Laura says:

    Ahh everything looks so amazing! Especially that ice cream from Little Damage – YUM! I stayed in the Ace Hotel in New York and it was cool – that one in LA looks so amazing too x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Andrea says:

    Love this guide, will definitely come in handy for when I visit LA!! 💕

    This post is A+ ✨

  • Pricilla says:

    Aw I wish I had known all this when I was just there! Didn’t spend any time at all in DTLA. Next time forsure. Thanks for the great places!!

  • Loren says:

    Thanks for sharing Chriselle! We always end up going to the same spots every time go- katana, AOC, little next door are some of our favs! Love this guide and will have to try some of your recommendations next time we’re in LA! Please do a London/Paris guide!!


  • Kim says:

    Definitely bookmarking this for the next time I’m in LA!

    Kim .. the best kind of skirt!

  • Kritsida says:

    These are some of my favorite spots as well! Definitely great choices! My fav is Verve coffee, I’m excited to try your Iced Coffee suggestion!
    x. kritsida

  • Thanks for this guide Chriselle! I can’t wait to visit LA with your tips!

  • LENA says:

    Wow! Okay LA, I see you! I live in Wash DC, but I’ve had my eye on LA for a while.
    Thanks for the guide!

    -XO, Lena

  • Helen says:

    I can’t believe I’ve spent so much time in Downtown LA and have not visited most of these places! Thank you for such great recommendations!


  • Natali says:

    I’ve only been to Bestia and Ace hotel from this list, gotta check other places next time I come for a visit.

  • Ray says:

    Wow, the food looks so good. I bet it tastes as yummy as it looks.

  • Jae says:

    I love this post! haha I’m going to bookmark this and visit these places next time I’m in LA! Thanks for sharing, Chriselle!
    Jae ||

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Such a beautiful LA guide! 🙂

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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