How to Have the Best Day Ever in Downtown L.A.
Want to have a workout that’s even more scenic than a hike in the hills, or a meal that’s going to make Filipino fare your new go-to? All this and more (like the artiness at MOCA) is waiting for you in downtown Los Angeles. Here’s where to start.
Chill with Headphones Yoga
The first and third Sunday of the month, catch a mid-morning 75-minute rooftop “silent disco” yoga class. That means a DJ spins tracks as an aural backdrop for the teacher’s directions—but it’s completely silent, since everyone’s wearing wireless headphones. All this happens at the new converted factory spaces known as The Row, a retail stretch with cool design, vintage and apparel shops. (Also on Sundays, hit up Smorgasburg, the open-air food market with more than 50 vendors.)
The Row, 777 S. Alameda St.; rowdtla.com
Recreate that “La La Land” Scene
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling smooched in this vertical incline railway that dates back to 1901 and recently reopened after being out of service for years. It connects the commercial district (it’s located right across from Grand Central Market) to the top of Bunker Hill (where MOCA and Walt Disney Concert Hall are), and is the most retro-charm we’ve ever had for a dollar. Ride it from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
351 S. Hill St.; angelsflight.org
Discover Filipino Comfort Food
The dish is called silog, and it was created when colonizing Spaniards introduced paella, olive oil, paprika and saffron to the Phillipines, where local chiles, coconuts and fish sauce were added to the mix to create this addictive rice bowl topped with meat and a fried egg. Our tip: Order the house-made “Spam” on top at this new counter spot opened by a James Beard-nominated chef.
Inside Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, 323-320-4020 or sarisaristorela.com
Zoom Off the Side of a Skyscraper
You only live once, so the thrill seekers among us won’t be able to resist the Skyslide, a glass-bottomed slide that you ride from the 70th to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower building. The ride lasts only about four seconds, but since it basically feels like falling at a height of 1,000 feet up, that’s plenty long enough. (Note: Instagram or it didn’t happen.)
633 W. Fifth St.; 213-894-9000 or oue-skyspace.com
See Art Inside and Out
At MOCA Grand Avenue, the creativity starts before you even enter the galleries (which you certainly should, to catch the retrospective of Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino). Outside, Los Angeles-based Jonas Wood’s gleeful paintings of flowers, leaves and ceramic vessels celebrate how gorgeous Los Angeles is.
250 S. Grand Ave.; 213-626-6222 or moca.org
Dine in The Talked-About New Veggie Heaven
Award-winning chef Jose Centeno has a cluster of DTLA restos, and his newest, PYT, is an ode to international fare such as green piri-piri rice topped by an over-easy egg and blistered okra with ranch dressing. And don’t miss the peanut pudding with whipped cream and salty caramel.
400 S. Main St; 213-687-7015 or pytlosangeles.com