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Downtown LA in Half a Day

DTLA local tourism travel

And to think I initially turned down the invite today to join my friend on a little DTLA exploration.  I don't know just how alone I am when I say this - I suspect there are a few of us - but I love this town!

Megen and I boarded the new Expo Line at different stations, so met on one of the cars.  We got off the train at the 7th Street station and biked directly to the food.  When you enter Grand Central Market, you are immediately confronted with the neon sign "Eggslut", which appears to be the name of one of the most popular (lines for days) eateries in this foodies' paradise.  Heading straight through the market revealed a small farmer's market, dozens of small eateries selling sushi, burritos, coffee, and way more.  Near the other entrance is a bar that I imagine draws quite the weekday happy hour crowd.  We opted for falafel salads at Madcapra, in which the falafel was cooked like no other I have ever eaten (in a good way).  Next time I'm going for the cardamom coffee! 

Grand Central Market DTLAGrand Central Market 

Part of the purpose of this half day adventure was for Megen to scout out some locales that might be of interest for her advisory to visit during the first days of school.  I followed Megen into the Bradbury Building, not reluctantly at all, but also not expecting this jaw-dropper.  The interior of this building is spectacular, one of the most interesting, beautiful buildings I have seen. 

The Bradbury BuildingThe Bradbury Building

Our next stop was The Last Bookstore, a fabulous bookstore that is equal parts quirky and elegant.  I bought Brain on Fire and am now using every bit of will power to finish this post when all I want to do is read my new book!  

The upstairs area at The Last Bookstore is not to be missed, and among other shops, galleries, and studios, I was pleased to see a yarn/knitting shop.

The Last Bookstore          The Last Bookstore

Although I was content taking a miss on the food here, Clifton's was a fun stop that oozes nostalgia.  A shop owner at TLB tipped us off to Clifton's role as an early establishment to welcome all diners, so that alone makes it worth a quick stop.


Clifton's CafeteriaClifton's Cafeteria

After our morning adventures, Megen and I cycled back to Santa Monica, using the sometimes bike laned Venice Blvd. Next DTLA excursion will include Little Tokyo and more eating at Grand Central!


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