Your Guide to Downtown LA

One of the hippest places in America, Downtown LA (otherwise known as DTLA) is full of creatives, artists, amazing food, and even better coffee. Here's some of our favorite places so far, but there's sooooo much good food to be added...

We're working on making our site easier for you to use, so in addition to our new DTLA guide, we also have a new LA page! It will act as a hub for all our LA content, from blog posts to neighborhood guides, so next time you're visiting be sure to pull up localwanderer.com/losangeles (and tell your friends!)

Today we give you a taste of DTLA with our latest neighborhood guide! The Classic is a modern, bright coffee shop serving Intelligentsia from bow-tied baristas, with a signature iced coffee called the Fashionista. Fancy!

Our favorite tacos in LA are from the awesome people at Guisados, and we can't get enough of the taco sampler (and chicken tinga taco!). We literally visit Guisados every single time we're in LA (usually three times), and the DTLA location serves breakfast tacos on weekends! Only until noon though, so make sure you wake up at a decent hour. CoLab Coffee is nearby, and they have a really rad, red, vintage La Marzocca serving up local Suits & Knives Coffee.

The best acai bowl downtown is found at Juice Crafters, and you can find quite a few of them around LA serving up local, organic, cold-pressed juices. 

We've said it before and we'll say it again: we seriously love the Verve Coffee + Juice Served Here spot. Besides great coffee and juice tasting menus, it's also home to the most-photographed patio in the city (probably?).

We know we have soooo much more to add, so tell us your favorite DTLA spots in the comments below, or tag them #heynowdtla on Instagram. And don't forget that we also have a neighborhood guide to the Arts District!

Want more LA? Check out our Arts District guide here! 

Grand Central Market, Downtown LA

We adore Downtown LA and all the hip spots and delicious food it has to offer, so when we finally made time to visit Grand Central Market, it was easily love at first sight. Grand Central Market has been a downtown fixture since 1917, and the modern, local market of today brings together some of the best cuisines and cultures that LA has to offer - all under one roof! Their website is really amazing and offers a more specific guide to vendors, so be sure to check it out and plot your eating path before you visit. Here's a brief overview of some of our favorites, just make sure you come with an empty stomach!

If you enter on the Broadway side, one of the first things you'll see is G&B Coffee, and oh boy, is it good coffee. It was founded by champion baristas Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, so keep an eye out for the barista trophies! If coffee isn't for you, they also serve a nice hop-infused carbonated iced tea (which is becoming all the rage right now).

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After grabbing some coffee, you're ready to hit the market! We love the designs from all the vendors, and walking through here on a weekend is invigorating, there's just so much to see (and eat!). Wexler's Deli is a modern take on a Jewish deli from LA chef Micah Wexler, and Belcampo Meat Co is a butcher shop with organic and grass-fed meats raised on a local California ranch.

My Secret Garden has beautiful fresh flowers, but what really stands out is their rad terrariums full of succulents. It wouldn't be a market without some fruits and veggies, and Sun's Produce is the place to be for local produce (at really awesome prices).

DTLA Cheese is the neighborhood's first cheesemonger, and in addition to buying cheeses, you can also sample cheese plates, grilled cheese and mac and cheese! All the cheese. 

Valerie is a cute bakery with sweet and savory things for breakfast and lunch, but if you're super hungry and don't mind a line, you have to hit up the famous Eggslut for a breakfast sandwich. No LA experience is complete without a juice, and Press Brothers Juicery has you covered with their organic juices. Sticky Rice is delicious, and the "Thai comfort food" is right up our alley: the menu is organic, free-range, and locally sourced! A bit spicy too ;)  

The Grand Central Market is the perfect weekend activity, and we can't wait to go back! Stay tuned for the rest of our DTLA recommendations and our new neighborhood guide this week. 

Thanks for reading! We'll be sharing some LA hotspots on our Instagram this week, so follow along at @localwanderer <3

Rolling Huts, Central Washington

Modern, open, and bright "huts?" Count us in! Camping can be fun, don't get us wrong, but sometimes you just need a little "glamping," and that's exactly what we found at the Rolling Huts in Central Washington when we went for a short summer trip with our Seattle friends!

You might be wondering why these are called the "rolling" huts, and it's because, well, they actually...roll! They're all on big wheels in a big field, and each hunt comes with dishes, beds, and pillows, just be sure to bring your own sleeping bags or bedding! On the "glampsite" are BBQs, showers, and normal restrooms just a short walk away. The area is super quiet with lake access nearby, and it's just a 10-15 minute drive from town of Winthrop! 

photo by treasures 

photo by treasures 

The campsite is peaceful, so be sure to bring your favourite book and get ready for some serious relaxation.

On the drive home, we stopped at the scenic Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park with our friends. This was a short and sweet trip and we loved just getting out in nature and breathing in the fresh air with people we love!

We seriously need to visit more of the Cascades! It's so beautiful...

photo by Treasures & Travels 

photo by Treasures & Travels 

Thanks to our friends Treasures & Travels for some of the photos and Jesse Morrow and Man Man Van for joining our trip! Check out their stories on the links :)