Traveling on a budget? Here are the best places to go in Downtown Los Angeles that won’t break the bank. Get the scoop on fun things to do, where to stay, and delicious places to eat.

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Best Places to go in Downtown Los Angeles

olvera street

1. Olvera Street

El Pueblo Historical Monument is the birthplace of LA and the home of the world-famous Olvera Street.  Here you will find a Mexican Marketplace where artisans and musicians showcase their love for the culture.  Stop by one of the kiosks to pick up a gift or souvenir or enjoy the delicious Mexican food. In this area, you’ll see several historic buildings like the Plaza Firehouse, the first fire station in the city of Los Angeles.

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2. Grand Central Market

Located in downtown since 1917,  Grand Central Market is full of Angelenos and tourists with an appetite.  We waited in a long line to get an egg sandwich at Eggslut.  Almost 40 minutes, but it was totally worth it.  If you don’t want to wait that long, there are countless other places to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner seven days a week that won’t leave a hole in your wallet.

Just looking at the picture of that tasty meal makes me want to go back for another bite!

317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Phone: (213) 624-2378

3. Angels Flight

Located across from Grand Central Market, hop aboard Angels Flight – the world’s shortest railway.  The short ride takes you between Hill Street and Grand Avenue.  Opened in 1901, this railway was featured in the movie La La Land and has supposedly given more than 100 million rides since it first opened.  Although it was closed, when I stopped by for a visit, I know my friend recently went for a ride.

The Railway is open daily, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays, from 6:45 in the morning until 10:00 at night.  A one-way fare is only $1.00.

351 South Hill Street, Los Angeles 90013

5. Bars and Lounges in Downtown Los Angeles

I’m a sucker for sunsets, and when I can’t make it to the beach, viewing the greatest show on earth from a rooftop does not disappoint.  My friend Ashley and I stopped by the Ace Hotel to grab a drink, and catch the sun’s rays disappear in between the buildings.   Although I wouldn’t say the drinks here are cheap, they do have a happy hour menu.  Enjoying one or two libations won’t break the bank, but parking, on the other hand, is another story.  Parking lots in Downtown LA can vary from $10-$16 in the evening.

We met some new friends, had some great conversations and I made a mental note to bring my bathing suit next time I stop by for a visit.

929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Where to Stay in Downtown Los Angeles

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown
The Standard, Downtown LA
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
Places to Stay in Downtown Los Angeles

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Things to do Los Angeles
Things to do in Downtown LA

California Packing Guide: What to wear 

The weather in Southern California is comfortable year-round, but you’ll want to wear a jacket and bundle up during the winter months. Keep it casual during the day with comfy flats, graphic tees and shorts or a flowy sundress. Pack a pair of heels for dinner dates and nights out exploring. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or sun-bathing at the beach, pack a few of your favorite sustainable bikinis. Sun protection is key, whether you prefer boho style hats or straw hats, bring one of each, so you have options. Travel in style with a stylish handbag and practical luggage that isn’t too bulky to carry around. 

California Swim Brands to Put on Your Radar

Vitamin A – Sustainability is Sexy. Founded in California, this sustainable bikini brand is made from EcoLux fabric- a technically and environmentally luxe fabric, made from recycled nylon.

LSPACE – Searching for swimwear made to fit your body? This sun-kissed California brand is everything you need for the perfect trip, from the ultimate swim collection to loungewear and dresses. 

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