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Arts District, DTLA

Watson shopping at dog-friendly The Row in Downtown Los Angeles | Watson & Walls

This area is so fun & hip in Downtown Los Angeles. There are a ton of places to eat & drink and it's just a great place to hang. Not to mention hundreds of murals to find! You'll notice there's a lot of overlap with my Venice Guide, because the areas cater to the same clientele ;).

One word to the wise: leave yourself a lot of time for parking, or prepare to pay $10-20 for a lot. Parking is more sparse than most areas in LA over here, so just be prepared.

To see the locations of all the murals we've hunted in this area, check out the Google My Maps map at the bottom, or see the gallery here.


Watson and his BFF Arne at the Heart Wall in dog-friendly Arts District DTLA | Watson & Walls

WHAT TO DO &
WHERE TO SHOP:

  • Mural hunt! DUH. SO SO SO many murals over here, you really can't go wrong. [dog friendly]

  • Walk on over to Little Tokyo [dog friendly]

  • Go over to The Row - this is a little bit down the road from Arts District so you'd need to drive, but I'm talking like a 3 minute drive. Tons of stores and murals over here, plus Smorgasburg every Sunday (see To Eat below) [dog friendly]

  • Poketo - I love this store so much!!! Really cute home goods & jewelry. I'm lucky they just installed one in Culver City too, but you must stop here if you're in Arts District. [dog friendly]

  • Malin + Goetz - I fell in love with their products when staying at the Hotel San Cristobal on our trip to Todos San tos last year. Everything smells amazing and is good for your skin too. [dog friendly]


Pink Brick Wall in Arts District Downtown Los Angeles | Watson & Walls

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Zinc Cafe - by far my fave place to eat when in the Arts District area. Really great American fare and wonderful atmosphere (dog friendly inside!). You can order at the bar and seat yourself outside or have full table service. [dog friendly]

  • Wurstkuche - just like the one in Venice, go here for delicious sausages, fries & beer! They have an assortment of different mustards to use which makes me happy way more than it should. You can also draw on the table! [dog friendly]

  • Pie Hole - omg pie. Sweet pies, savory pies, hand pies. I can’t recommend the Mac & cheese pie enough!

  • Cafe Gratitude - namaSLAY. I mentioned this place in my Venice Guide and the DTLA location is just as good & boujee. The cutest LOVE wall is at this one though, which puts it slightly above Venice in my book. [dog friendly]

  • Urth Caffe - I love this place!! Delicious salads, sandwiches, coffee & tea drinks. And pumpkin pie!! [dog friendly]

  • Smorgasburg - as mentioned above this isn't exactly in the Arts District, but must be mentioned because it's AWESOMEEEE. Smorgasburg is a street market that we stole from Brooklyn. So many good food vendors from all over LA (read: amazing desserts). Just wear a hat, because it gets hot over here. FYI this is NOT dog friendly, even though you'd think it would be.

Wrdsmth Mural at Inko Nito, Arts District DTLA | Watson & Walls

Cacti with cute dogs outside Resident DTLA | Watson & Walls

WHERE TO DRINK:

  • Angel City Brewery - this is the dog friendliest spot to drink at in all the land! Most dog parties we have happen here because the dogs are allowed inside as well as outside. Very warehouse-y looking inside full of games to play (cornhole, jenga etc.) and always has food trucks outside. [dog friendly]

  • Everyone Royce Bar (ERB) - we LOVE this place. Fun outdoor patio and cool indoor section too. Really delicious cocktails and some food too. [dog friendly]

  • The Resident - you can't go wrong here. They have frosé. I think I've said enough? [dog friendly]

  • Arts District Brewing - great beer, even better food & skeeball machines live here. Aka you should definitely go! [dog friendly patio]

  • Stumptown - truly one of the best coffees you can get in town! Plus, extremely dog friendly :). [dog friendly]

  • Bulletproof Coffee - if you're in for some strong-ass coffee, go here! It's right by a bunch of walls too.

Google My Maps:

Use this map to go on a wall crawl of your own!

All of the murals are in dark pink, shops are in purple, places to drink are in teal and place to eat are in blue.

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