We know, we know — Southern Californians are truly “blessed” when it comes to sunshine. Rainy days are such a rarity in LA (so much so BuzzFeed made this hilarious video about it), that sometimes we’re stuck feeling clueless on what to do when a little moisture hits. Luckily enough for DTLA dwellers, we’ve got a multitude of museums and galleries at our fingertips — one for each rainy day of winter in LA!
Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary art is a world renowned museum housing some of the country’s finest contemporary art. You’ll always find a thought-provoking exhibit on rotation at MOCA from photography, to painting, and interactive artwork. Educators offer walkthroughs daily, no appointment necessary. MOCA is open every day of the week except Tuesday from 11-6. Thursday hours are extended to 8 and sometimes they have special events in the evenings, so be sure to check their site for details!
The Geffen is an arm of the MOCA that’s definitely worth paying a visit to on a rainy day. An old police garage renovated by architect Frank Gehry, The Geffen has been transformed into a contemporary art space with rotating exhibitions that will delight art enthusiasts. Located in Little Tokyo, The Geffen is the perfect place to spend a rainy day taking in modern art followed by a bowl of hot ramen!
The Broad is one of LA’s newest and most sought-after museums in Los Angeles housing over 2,000 works of contemporary art. The museum offers free general admission, although it’s best to reserve your ticket in advance! Some of their rotating exhibits do require advanced registration and ticket purchase, so be sure to check their site for special exhibitions instructions. The building itself is an architectural work of art, and the inside is just as appealing to the senses — you’ll be grateful a rainy day brought you into The Broad!
The Japanese American National Museum is located in DTLA’s Little Tokyo district right next door to The Geffen — hit two in one day if you’re feeling ambitious! The museum is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans and has been around since 1992.
Want to leave the cooking to someone else and enjoy your day off? We don’t blame you! In fact, you can wear your stretchy pants all day and have Thanksgiving dinner delivered directly to your door if you’d like. Without further ado, our favorite Thanksgiving dinners in Los Angeles (hope you’re not hungry!):
Want to treat yourself to an upscale Thanksgiving this year? Patina is just the place! For $95 per person you can enjoy a French-inspired Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. The menu includes a three course meal where you can choose from items like Pumpkin Agnolotti, Maine Lobster, and Jidori chicken. Yum! Make your reservations now if you’re trying to get in at this DTLA hotspot.
Do Thanksgiving like the french with chef Tony Ensault’s Spring Thanksgiving menu. Entree selections like free-range turkey, prime rib, and the classic sides like mashed potatoes and stuffing are elevated to perfection within the gorgeous interior of the Douglass building. A three course meal will run you $65 and leave you happy as a clam.
Manueal is one of our favorite DTLA restaurants to visit year-round, and their Thanksgiving feast is enticing to say the least. Cider braised pork belly, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, delicata squash are a few noteables! It’s not a pre-fixe menu so you can order everything you or your party want and enjoy sharing a little bit of everything.
Le Petit Paris
We’re really on a French kick this Thanksgiving, but we couldn’t leave out Le Petit Paris. Everything that comes out of this restaurant is fire, and the Thanksgiving menu does not disappoint. They had us at “Vol au Vent” a dish comprised of asparagus, mushrooms, carrots, poached egg with a puff pastry and wine red sauce. Bon Apetit!
If you haven’t been to Birdie’s yet, do yourself a favor and get over there immediately. Their artisanal donuts are made fresh on the hour so you’ll never meet a stale donut at Birdie’s. Their famous pumpkin spice donut is crafted with real pumpkin, topped with brown sugar and spice glaze, and topped off with spiced whipped cream pumpkin seeds and gold flakes. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for something savory with your sweet, Birdie’s also makes free range fried chicken sandwiches that will melt your heart.
Venture just up the street from South Park into hip Echo Park and you’ll find a favorite breakfast and lunch hangout called Brite Spot. This low key restaurant happens to make the most delectable pumpkin whoopie pies for the Fall season using real pumpkin spices for the ‘sandwich’ and sweet vanilla cream frosting in between. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself to something sweet and seasonal!
Experience Parisian sophistication at its finest when you visit Le Petit Paris’ gorgeous brasserie and lovely patio. Pumpkin macarons are on the menu for the Autumn season, and they’re truly something else. You can order an assortment from the boutique and take them home as well!
Miro is known for its handmade pastas, charcuterie, and Basement Bar, and during Autumn patrons rave about their pumpkin pie bread pudding. Made with bacon fat caramel, braised pears, pork skin, and topped with Belgian beer ice cream and cranberry chutney — this dessert is sinfully delicious and a must-try for local Angelenos!
By now you’ve probably already heard all about crossfit — a high intensity training program that blends weightlighting, gymnastics, circuit training, and aerobic exercise. But perhaps its best known for its loyal followers, so much so that crossfit has become a way of life. There is a reason for the fervor, crossfit is one of the best cross disciplined exercises you can do for your body and mind. So if you’re ready to join in on the craze, here’s a few great spots in our downtown City West ‘hood!
CrossFit 213 in the heart of Downtown LA is the real deal. Their mission to get your looking, feeling, and performing your very best is not taken lightly, and you’ll be supported whether you’re a total newbie to crossfit or a seasoned crossfitter. A two hour fundamentals class will help newcomers get up to speed on the workouts and give any sort of individualized attention or modifications you may need. In fact, they even offer one on one time with a coach and/or chiropractor! The instructors and the clientele are known to be passionate about their workouts and helping one another reach fitness goals — you have nothing to lose (except a few lbs) and everything to gain by checking out CrossFit 213! @crossfit213
Trojan Athletics is a comprehensive workout space filled with equipment and plenty of experienced coaches to help you be fit and happy! The cool thing about Trojan is that you’ll have open access to the gym from 6am to close, and over 12 group coaching sessions per day. From those 12 sessions, you can choose from three different goal-based programs. Choices, choices, choices! Another bonus you’ll find at Trojan is their paleo meal pick-up services and nutritional guide services. So if you’re already thinking ahead on your New Year’s resolutions, Trojan might be the place for you to stick to your goals! @trojancf
The Rec Center is all about a broad, general, and inclusive style of fitness — whatever it takes to get you faster, stronger, and more efficient throughout your life! They help you meet your goals with a logging program. The logging program is for your personal progress, but not to worry, there’s plenty of incredible coaches on The Rec Center team to help you along the way. It’s a super friendly atmosphere