Los Angeles: The Arts District, Downtown
It still feels pretty industrial in this part of Downtown LA, but artists moved in to work and live in the area as early as the '70s, and today, it's full of big warehouse lofts and brimming with new restaurants, cafes and more.
On one side, you have Angel City Brewery for open-air beer drinking, Wurstkuche for sausages and fries, The Pie Hole for sweet and savory pies, and Villains Tavern for live music and punch bowls, among other spots.
On the other, the new Urban Radish gourmet marketplace is great for grab-and-go, Bestia for Ori Menashe's charcuterie and pastas, and Church & State, Little Bear, Tony's Saloon and Pizzanista, Bread Lounge, Urth Cafe and Handsome Coffee Roasters for coffee. Stumptown Coffee will open its first Southern California roastery, cafe and retail space on Santa Fe near Seventh soon.