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Indoor/outdoor, industrial/luxe—there’s a world of contradictions going on at Row DTLA, the new mixed-use development between the Arts and Warehouse districts downtown. Once a wholesale produce market, today it’s a pedestrian-only haven of wellness, food and arts events—and a lot of great retail. Here are eight reasons you’ll love it.

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Have Your Aura Read

Spiritual healers believe that the human body’s electromagnetic field (aka your aura) reveals your spiritual strengths. At Auragami, you’re able to get a special photograph of your own aura by sitting in a dome tent with your hands on special sensors. We learned our love of eccentricity and creativity (magenta and purple) is balanced by grounding in responsibility and perseverance (green).

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Nab Gorgeous Housewares (And Silk Skivvies)

Rough-hewn wood and natural baskets are heaped with tabletop decor and bed linens at Erica Tanov, all designed or curated by the shop owner whose Bay Area boutiques have long been design meccas. Tanov’s clothing is similarly covetable, especially her bias-cut silk slips.

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Get Exposed to Edgy Talent

Keep an eye out for all manner of creative happenings on the premises. Someone might cover themselves with hot wax, like Brit art star Millie Brown did before Halloween. Or you might catch a DJ spinning to announce the opening of a new store. Or a group discussion. Basically, there’s always something going on that you’ll be glad to know about.

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Find The Perfect (Affordable) Spring Dress

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, counting Beyoncé as a fan and Anthropologie as a stockist, the dRA brand now has a home base. The pretty-but-casual pieces are never too stuffy to wear with sneakers or sandals, and we defy you not to find something you love on the sale rack.

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Feast Every Sunday at a Legendary Food-Truck Fest

Not only is Smorgasburg LA completely huge, with dozens of food trucks serving everything from arepas to Thai sticky rice, there are also cool vendors including jewelry made by a reiki master and toxin-free vegan body products.

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Pick Up Goodies to Make Your Home Smell Niiiice

In a sleek setting that’s more Milanese farmacia than perfume counter, the Scent Bar is a great place to sample international independent fragrances. We chose among scores of candles, diffusers, incense and room sprays to keep our home sweet-smelling.

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Get into Your Body with Rooftop Yoga

Once a week, Bender holds a yoga flow class on the top of the buildings. We recommend having at least some yoga experience, because that awesome skyline view is super-distracting.

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And Never, Ever Stress About Parking

There are more than 4,000 parking spaces, with two hours free parking on Sundays and two hours free with validation the rest of the week. So you’ll never have to drive around getting lost downtown again.

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