Downtown/Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown Attractions in Los Angeles

On this best-of list we have focused on the downtown area (and passed over sites in Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown). Downtown, although just a small piece of the greater Los Angeles area, is full of notable cultural and historical destinations.

The Los Angeles Central Library is an Art Deco/Egyptian site that makes quite a visual impact from the street; the interior is also open to the public. Another architectural item is included: the Coca-Cola building, a Streamline Moderne landmark with nautical stylings. (For more Art Deco sites in the area please check out this guide.)

Please note that the Avila Adobe is in the middle of the very popular Olvera Street marketplace. Across Alameda Street from here is Union Station, one of the great North American train stations.

The Museum Contempory of Art is a major art institution with two branches in the area; we have included them both on this list. (Paying admission at either location grants access to both).

Also included here are two vibrant neighborhoods, Little Tokyo and Chinatown; both are good dining, shopping and people-watching destinations.

For more the Historical Theater District, you can check out our theater guide. Also note this downtown guide for even more sites (as well as bars, restaurants, and hotels) in the area.

L.A. Central Library

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630 W. 5th St
Between Flower St. and Grand Ave

A Literary Treasure... read more

Avila Adobe

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10 East Olvera Street

Oldest home in L.A... read more

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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250 South Grand Avenue

Must-see Los Angeles museum... read more

The Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

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152 North Central Avenue
Little Tokyo

Big art museum in Little Tokyo... read more

The Bradbury Building

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304 S. Broadway
At 3rd St

Futuristic Victorian Interiors... read more

Little Tokyo

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E 1st Street & S San Pedro Street
Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts

Japanese Haunt... read more

Chinatown

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College Street & Hill Street
Downtown; bounded by N. Broadway, N. Hill St., Bernard St., and Sunset Blvd

Exotic East in LA... read more

Angels Flight Railway

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351 South Hill Street

A historic ride up the the hill costs a quarter...
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Coca-Cola Building

1334 South Central Avenue

Grounded ocean liner... read more

Historic Theater District

Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets

A strip of downtown theaters... read more
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