Start your day at Egg Slut inside Grand Central Market with their namesake dish, a coddled egg atop a potato puree served in a glass jar with a side of toasted baguette. You’re welcome. From there, make your way to The Broad. The city’s newest contemporary art museum is free and reservations are in high demand, so book tickets ahead of time, especially if you’re hoping for a selfie in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. For a different kind of cultural experience, try a guided tour of the Arts District with Cindy Schwarzstein, the founder and director of Cartwheel Art Tours. The once gritty section of DTLA is quickly becoming a dynamic community with a thriving street art scene, and Schwarzstein has a wealth of knowledge on the topic and is super passionate about the ongoing evolution.
For lunch, head to Cafe Gratitude, one of our forever favorites for their healthy riffs on junk food classics like pizza, burrito bowls, and Indian curry. Head back to the hotel swimming pool for some R&R or spend your afternoon perusing the wares at indie boutiques like Poketo (design-driven gifts), Hammer and Spear (vintage furniture and stylish housewares), and Matteo (luxurious linens in earthy colors). For dinner, we like B.S. Taqueria for low-key Mexican dishes, Broken Spanish for fancy Mexican dishes, and Bestia for seasonal Italian fare.
And you start off at the Hotel Figueroa, the only hotel in downtown LA with a ground level pool!