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14 Funky Things To Do In Downtown Los Angeles, California

downtown la at sunset

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You might not think it, but there are so many things to do in downtown Los Angeles, it’s amazing how much there is to see and do.

Los Angeles has always felt like a huge, chaotic place that could rinse your wallet dry if you’re not careful.

But downtown Los Angeles felt different.

Perhaps I’m a little city starved, but I found Downtown Los Angeles to be vibrant and fun while not being too chaotic and city overwhelming.

And despite what you might hear about LA, downtown LA doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to see.

If you’re not sure what to do in Downtown LA, here are some of the top attractions and things to do that I enjoyed on my visit.

What I Loved About Downtown LA

I have a confession to make; I’m not the biggest fan of Los Angeles.

I avoid flying in and out of LA whenever possible. If it’s unavoidable, then I head straight for Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach in the South Bay area.

When I first visited LA in 2006, Downtown LA was a no go area. Noted for crime and nothing much to see, so we steered clear of it.

Since then it’s gone through a huge revitalization and is known as a hip and happening place.

So when I decided to go to LA for Blog Her conference, I was a little excited to have the opportunity to check out Downtown LA and perhaps change my opinion of Los Angeles.

And it did. I loved my time visiting Downtown Los Angeles.

A view of a city with tall buildings

I love the ability to walk everywhere. I’m a walker and a fast paced one. I rarely get to indulge in that when traveling with kids. I was doing 10 – 15 kilometers a day and loving it.

I loved leaving my centrally located apartment with no particular plans than just to see what I could find. I had a few tips from our community and my accommodation to help guide me.

There’s such a vibrant mix of culture in Downtown LA. I loved walking around and hearing a great mix of accents and language around me.

A tall building in a city
Funky part of LA

It is hip and happening. Cool street art, funky cafes, amazing restaurants, a great nightlife, history with a lovely mix of modern.

The weather was perfect.

I usually complain that LA weather is bad when I go to beaches in LA as there is always a cool breeze off the ocean making it feel so much colder than it is.

The Aussie in me says, “that’s not summer!”

But in Downtown LA without the breeze, you get the warm, dry heat, which cools down to…

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