A Walkable Day in Downtown LA

Okay, so I know the words “walkable” and LA don’t usually end up in the same sentence together (possibly because walkable is not actually a word, but that’s beside the point). In fact, one of my biggest complaints about LA is the absolute need for a car and the absolute lack of great public transportation options. Even when I was living in the middle of LA, I still would have had to drive to the Metro station in order to take the train anywhere. Which defeats a major purpose of the train. The struggle is real y’all, and it’s one of the main reasons why I dream of living in NYC. But I guess what kind of makes it okay is once you reach your destination in LA, you can walk around and see some pretty cool shit. Matt and I did just that a couple of weeks ago, and we had a really awesome day walking around downtown Los Angeles (DTLA if you’re cool like that). And, we only had to drive to one spot, and we only had to pay for parking once. Score.

We parked at the Music Center because we had tickets for Something Rotten for that night, and knew that’s where we were going to end up. There’s lots of cool stuff to see near the Music Center, including the Broad Museum, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Our first stop of the day was Perch, a rooftop bar on Hill Street. We had some yummy drinks (mine was called Writer’s Block, hello appropriate!) and took in some great views, particularly of Pershing Square. If you want to sit on the patio at Perch, I definitely recommend making a reservation. We were there at 3:00 and it was pretty crowded.

After Perch, we walked over to The Last Bookstore on Spring Street. Matt had never been before, so we spent some time exploring the upstairs galleries before shopping for some books. I’ve written about Last Bookstore before, it is a must do for any book lovers visiting or living in LA. Be forewarned: it’s expansive and a lot of walking, and there are no public bathrooms available (and it’s not in the best area so you’re not going to want to use the bathrooms anywhere around it). Make sure you prepare for your trip before you go in!

After working up our appetite walking around Last Bookstore, we headed over to Maccheroni Republic on Broadway for dinner. If you read my review, you know that we freakin’ loved this restaurant. Seriously, I cannot wait for an excuse to go back because it was so damn delicious.

After dinner, we headed back to the Music Center to see Something Rotten, which was my Christmas present from Matt. I love this show so much, and I was really impressed with the tour cast. We had a blast, and we laughed our asses off.

By the end of our walkable DTLA day, we had racked up about four miles worth of steps, which means we didn’t even have to feel guilty about the massive quantities of pasta and booze we managed to consume in a single day. It was nice to feel like I was in San Francisco or NYC while actually being just minutes away from home. I plan to spend some more walkable days downtown soon!

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