Downtown Los Angeles is filled – nay, PACKED – with culture, art, great food and… well you just name it and you can find it. From a wholesale flower market to a fashion district to historic landmarks to gallery sponsored art walks; this is a city that doesn’t ever bother with sleep. Our aim today is to pick out a few areas of interest so you can go exploring; there’s so much to sample and so little time so without further ado, here’s your neighborhood guide to Downtown LA!

Kicking off our neighborhood guide to Downtown LA is the Downtown LA Art Walk which takes place on the second Thursday of every month. The Art Walk wends its way through (deep breath): Little Tokyo, the Fashion District, LA Live & Staples Center, Chinatown, the Jewelry District, Financial District and more so you can imagine the sights. And the art to see (and buy) is phenomenal!

If you can’t wait for the next second Thursday, here’s a handful of neighborhoods in Downtown LA and what to expect in them. Let’s start with the Arts District. Beginning decades ago as an industrial space, the artists took over when business declined so now you have a community filled with galleries, media companies and photography studios. You’ll also find the Southern California Institute of Architecture here.

Our next stop on your neighborhood guide to Downtown LA is the Fashion District. And this is where it ALL happens in the fashion industry outside of New York. Here you’ll find (deep breath): shoppers, designers, stylists, students, retailers, wholesale buyers, and, of course, normal residents.

Moving forward with your neighborhood guide to Downtown LA is the Flower District which is home to pretty much any flower you can think of! Located on Wall St between 7th and 8th, this is the place to go from everything for simple bouquets to massive event-styled presentations.

Wrapping up your neighborhood guide to Downtown LA is Little Tokyo. This cultural melting pot is home to the Japanese American National Museum, East West Players as well as the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

There’s so much more but we’ll devote other blogs to them. For now, here’s your primer to your neighborhood right here in Downtown LA!