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Top Choice Museum in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Broad

From the instant it opened in September 2015, the Broad (rhymes with 'road') became a must-visit for contemporary-art fans. It houses the world-class collection of local philanthropist and billionaire real-estate ho…
Top Choice Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

LA is unlike any other city, and this cathedral is unlike any other cathedral. Seat of the US's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese (some five million people), opened in 2002 and designed by the Spanish architect Jos…
Top Choice Landmark in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

City Hall

Until 1966 no LA building stood taller than the 1928 City Hall, which appeared in the Superman TV series and 1953 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds. On clear days you’ll have views of the city, the mountains and sev…
Top Choice Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Sora

Meaning 'sky' in Japanese, Sora is a rather fitting name for this conveyor-belt sushi spot 69 stories up. It's hard to decide what's more eye-catching: the sushi – artfully garnished with flowers and smoothly glidin…
Top Choice Notable Building in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Walt Disney Concert Hall

A molten blend of steel, music and psychedelic architecture, this iconic concert venue is the home base of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but has also hosted contemporary bands such as Phoenix and classic jazz musici…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

OUE Skyspace LA

Perched atop the city's tallest building to roof level, this is LA's loftiest observation deck, offering knockout views of LA, its hills, ocean and distant mountains. The experience begins with interactive displays …
Top Choice Modern American in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Otium

In a modernist pavilion beside the Broad is this fun, of-the-moment hot spot helmed by chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Prime ingredients conspire in unexpected ways, from the crunch of wild rice and amaranth in an eye-c…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Spire 73

On the roof of the Intercontinental Hotel, Spire 73 proclaims to be the tallest rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere. The views from its spot the 73rd story go all the way to the ocean and are simply breathtaking. …
Top Choice Beer Hall in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Mikkeller DTLA

This cool, influential Copenhagen import puts a contemporary spin on the old beer hall. Fitted out with booths, communal bar tables and cartoon artwork by Philly-based artist Keith Shore, the industrial loft peddles…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Clifton's Republic

Opened in 1935 and back after a $10-million renovation, multilevel, mixed-crowd Clifton's defies description. You can chow retro-cafeteria classics (meals around $15) by a forest waterfall, order drinks from a Gothi…