We find ourselves hanging out in the Arts District time and time again for so many reasons: the dynamic surroundings...ever changing, ever expanding, the eye-catching boutiques, and so many places to grab a bite or a sip...each one it's own unique vision come to life by their creators. Even as longtime LA residents, we always find a new place to explore every time we're in the neighborhood. There's no shortage of creative-driven businesses and this list is sure to change, but at this moment in time, here are our favorites whether you're a local with a busy schedule or you're simply visiting for the weekend.
1. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
The newest "kid" on the block, so to speak, this behemoth gallery has made its home in the former Globe Mills complex, a collection of early 20th century buildings of indoor and outdoor spaces originally used as a grain mill. Keeping the original structure intact with raw touches, the wondrous space has been adapted by Creative Space and Selldorf Architects. The inaugural exhibition, ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016,’ featuring nearly 100 works by 34 artists around the world, is housed in the the four indoor galleries. It's incredibly refreshing to see how well each work of art fits into the space it's installed in, and the amount of breathing room given for the audience to take in the work of the featured artists.
2. The Springs
Stop for lunch at this industrial-chic LA hyphenate a few minutes away. Functioning as a kitchen and juice bar/yoga studio/infrared sauna/healing spa/event space, The Springs is the ultimate wellness oasis. While it has been open for a few years, (original coverage here) the kitchen was recently revamped by executive chef Jasmine Shimoda and has reopened for breakfast and lunch. Below is the namesake Shimoda Roll, made with all the things that are good for you - tempeh, cucumber, avocado, mizuna, radish sprouts- all wrapped in nori and served with a spash of spicy mayo for dramatic effect (and taste). Both the roll and side salad were incredibly tasty and I left feeling great about nourishing my body with such fresh tasting food that felt prepared with care.
3. Shreebs Coffee
Originally a pop-up coffee shop now housed in a revamped shipping container, Shreebs is home to a deceptively simple menu of beverages and bites. Every drink is simple yet perfectly balanced and considered. We are big on tea here at Destination Envy and couldn't resist trying the Pink and Yellow tea. Made with hibiscus tea, lemongrass tea, and a splash of lime and simple syrup, it might have been one of the most delicious cold tea combinations we've had. With tea and biscuit in hand, we took our time sipping it in the courtyard, watching as visitors and locals came, went, chatted, and snapped, enjoying this chic pastel patio that also hosts a yoga class every Saturday morning.
4. Apolis: Common Gallery
Located on a lively walk street: check. Adorable storefront: check. Handpicked selection of inspiring magazines: check. High quality goods sourced from makers around the world: check. In other words, there is no reason not to check out Apolis. Founders Raan and Shea Parton have created an enticing space that brings to life their philosophy of business empowering social change.
End the day (or kick off the evening!) with happy hour drinks and eats at Westbound. Founded by owner Sarah Meade, the swank space was inspired by the history of the site as a former train station until the 1940s. With a creative mix of house and classic cocktails made using ingredients like pineapple rosemary shrub and chipotle honey, it's the perfect way to kick your feet up after a day of exploring this lively neighborhood.
Did I miss one of your favorites? There are still so many places to check out, this may warrant a round 2. Hope to see any must-visits in the comments below!