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Discover DTLA's Arts District

Aerial view of skyscrapers, mountains, and highway downtown Los Angeles

Residents of the Atelier in Los Angeles, CA, and indeed, all who are familiar with the city's bustling downtown know at least a little something about the wonder that is the Arts District. Nestled on the eastern edge of downtown's border, near the LA River, this once grimy expanse has given way to new life in recent years, shedding some of its industrial past.

As recently noted by Curbed, numerous projects are in the works that will continue to grow the area (in addition to the ones that have already been completed). Clearly, this is one area that would fit the definition of "on the upswing," so we're going to take a look at what DTLA's booming Arts District has to offer and what you should keep your eyes peeled for as you traverse these rejuvenated city streets.

"Art" Is Right In The Name

And as that name would suggest, you'll find plenty of it here in the "AD." According to a 2016 article from The Wall Street Journal, this part of Downtown has now been anointed as the "new center of the exploding LA art scene," thanks to the inclusion of the Broad Museum and the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery.

While both are fine examples of what Los Angeles has to offer in terms of artistic curation, and have done more than their share for transforming the Arts District into a "a full-blown destination with a vibrant mix of art and grit," they are far from the only examples. The article goes on to list several other establishments that are making waves.

A+D Museum

This unique museum is dedicated to enshrining and extolling the beauty of "progressive architecture and design in everyday life." After moving to the Arts District in mid-2015, they've continued their original mission of showcasing and raising awareness about inventive design and architecture through a series of exhibits, symposia, educational programming, and multi-disciplinary projects. They also hold the unique distinction of being "the only museum in Los Angeles where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view."

Those educational efforts are carried out through The Stephen Kanner Educational Center For Architecture And Design, " hub for the highest level of innovative and sustainable design education and conversation." Workshops, lectures, screenings, and critiques are aplenty here, with the aims of schooling younger generations on the best of contemporary architecture and design.

The museum's programs are numerous and consistently updated. Interested parties should check their website to stay abreast of what's current, and the upcoming programs list provides a good deal of insight of what you'll be in store for:

  • LAB Talks
  • Building Change LA
  • Graphic Design: Monoprinting Workshop w/ Robin Hercia
  • Textile Design: Shibori Dying Workshop w/ Haven Link-Kirk
  • Graphic Design: Silkscreen Printing Workshop
  • Architectural Photography Workshop w/ Daren Bradley

Then there are the numerous exhibitions. The most recent (which is still ongoing), titled "The Architectural Imagination," is an interesting collection that features "new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit."

Royale Projects

Opened in 2008 and now residing at a location on South Alameda Street, Royale Projects is a testament to the power of cutting-edge artworks and the minds behind them. Their roster of contemporary art masters includes the likes of Jane Callister and David Allan Peters, and their past programs includes notables like Shine Time and LA Today.

While modern artists might not appeal to all, for those that enjoy the contemporary will find that this to be one of the most incredible spaces in DTLA, one that pushes the envelope in terms of content and does so in what could be described as, in even the mildest language, as a truly incredible space.

Other Art Spaces

The list of museums and galleries in the Arts District goes on, of course, so if you're dead set on exploring the rest of the art offerings that exist, be sure to check out names like the MAMA Gallery, The Makeshift Museum, and Jason Vass (just to name a few).

Food & Drink In The Arts District

If all that exhausting art viewing leaves you famished, or if you're just on a walk and need to dip in somewhere for a quick bite or something to drink, you're in luck. The Arts District is also home to an array of trendy restaurants and bars covering near everything your palate might desire. Here are just a couple of establishments you'll find in the area.


This Italian joint on East 7th Place was established by husband and wife duo Menashe and Genevieve Gergis in 2010. Their award winning dishes cover the gamut of what you'd expect from contemporary Italian fare: delicious antipasti, pizzas, and pastas, along with delectable deserts, fine wine, and a good mix of beer and cocktails.

They do this all, of course, in a trendy setting that screams "Arts District." The interior here is decidedly modern, decorated with inventive seating and letting in plenty of natural light from their large windows. Good vibes are to be had at this spot for sure, whether you come alone or bring along a group of your best mates to enjoy the evening.

Everson Royce Bar

On nearby 7th Street, you'll find the Everson Royce Bar, or, as it's commonly abbreviated, "ERB." This hotspot has racked up a great many accolades over the years, including features in publications like LA Weekly and The LA Times, along with a spot on Esquire's list of "Best Bars In America" for 2017.

Naturally, you'll be able to enjoy tasty bar food here and wash it all down with a simple beer or high-end cocktail—whichever suits your fancy.

Atelier In Los Angeles CA Is Your Key To The Arts District

This modern apartment complex, the place where "art and culture meet," is one of the finest you'll find in Downtown Los Angeles. The exquisite building is located in close proximity to the Arts District, so you'll have no troubles getting down there and enjoying everything it (or the rest of Downtown) has to offer.

The residences here are exemplary, with floor upon floor of peerlessly designed floorplans that maximize both comfort and convenience. Add to that the stylish and modern resort-style amenities and you've a recipe for a truly unique living experience. Take a tour of this fabulous building, and add it to the top of your list of places you want to live in DTLA.