John Nilsson, CCIM, CRS CalBRE #01966286 213.266.2224 dtlanow@gmail.com

Best of Downtown LA

a listing of some of my favorite businesses that have established themselves as driving forces in the revitalization of Downtown LA...

Restaurants

Zinc Cafe and Market – Arts District

A favorite downtown restaurant! Modern and trendy Vegitarian Fare: salads, pizzas, baked goods, sandwiches (the Reubanesque is wonderful) and really creative deserts. The in-cafe market has enticing gifts, books, and specialty food items. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and...

Bottega Louie

Restaurant Bottega Louie was in the questionable position of "Pioneer" when it opened on 7th and Grand several years ago. Since then, the huge 255 seat restaurant, gourmet market and patisserie has set the pace for the reviving 7th Street restaurant and bar scene....

Guisados

LA is a taco town. There must be 100's of Taco Eateries here. One of the best is Guisados. The third branch of a father and son team from Boyle Heights, Guisados Downtown is in the revitalizing Spring Street Mall and , while operational in Boyle Heights and Echo Park...

1810 Restaurant – Downtown

One of my favorite downtown eateries! Authentic Argentinian food and presentation....and nice people. The menu is simple but surprisingly diverse at the same time and features absolutely the best Mashed Potatoes in town. Food quality is top notch and pricing is...

Coffee Shops

Verve Coffee – DTLA

Verve Coffee - DTLA is the first Los Angeles Espresso Bar of Santa Cruz based Verve Coffee Roasters, a wholesale bean roaster of some note on the California Coast. This comfortable establishment, one of the most advanced espresso bars in the city, was instantly...

iLCaffe’

A great little coffee shop in the Eastern Columbia Lofts building right next to Acne Studios. With its origins in Stockholm, the place has a nice european feel with indoor and outdoor seating on Broadway. Coffees are great and the staff is first class and very...

Lunch Spots

Zinc Cafe and Market – Arts District

A favorite downtown restaurant! Modern and trendy Vegitarian Fare: salads, pizzas, baked goods, sandwiches (the Reubanesque is wonderful) and really creative deserts. The in-cafe market has enticing gifts, books, and specialty food items. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and...

Om Nom Organic Mini Market

This friendly and accommodating shop offers a delightful variety of organic goodies including a full line of ready-made salads, sandwiches, snacks, wraps, and breakfast treats. In addition, you'll find an extensive line of organic drinks and organic brewed coffee....

Art

MOCA

http://www.moca.org/

Retail Establishments

AltHouse

AltHouse is a "Vintage Inspired Boutique" brand new to the Downtown LA Women's clothing scene. Located on the corner of 8th and Main in a fabulous circa 1920's building, the shop is bright, cheerful and expertly staged by designer Jennifer Althouse with popular brands...

Urban Outfitters – Broadway

A true pioneer on the trail to bringing back Downtown LA is the Broadway store of Urban Outfitters - a place of trendy clothing and lots of great Stuff. The store was created in the space previously devoted to the Rialto Theater and is a terrific example of the...

Austere

Austere is an exceptional shop dedicated to celebrating Scandanavian design and innovation. You could spend hours browsing the rich and varied products offered here, including 100 of the shop owner's favorite Scandanavian products - an amazing variety of furniture,...

Tanner Goods

This is one of those shops that just feels right when you walk into it. A branch of Tanner Goods, Portland, the shop features hand crafted leather goods such as bags and backpacks, wallets, belts, and dog leashes. In addition you will find a nice selection of casual...

Living in Downtown LA

Los Angeles Public Library

The Downtown Los Angeles Public Library had very humble beginnings as a few donated books and old newspapers in a donated quarters over a saloon in 1844 when Los Angeles had fewer than 1500 residents.  The Library finally took root under the direction of Tessa Kelso,...