A Night Out in Little Tokyo

Japanese American National Museum

Downtown LA is a classic spot for a fun night out in LA. The metropolitan feel can make Angelenos and visitors alike feel as if they’ve escaped the vastness that is the greater Los Angeles area for a bit. While downtown does have its parking issues, it’s easy to alleviate any concerns entirely by taking the LA metro, which has convenient locations within minutes from many places to stay near downtown LA. Of course, downtown Los Angeles has so much to offer, but here’s our idea of a night out in downtown LA, with a focus on the area that is Little Tokyo.

Start in the late afternoon by checking out two of downtown’s greatest museums which happen to be just a couple minutes walking distance from each other. Little Tokyo’s Geffen Contemporary at MOCA houses modern and contemporary art and you can walk through most of the museum in an hour or two. There is also typically a special exhibit there for a limited time. If you take the metro, you can receive two-for-one admission! Afterwards, check out the Japanese American National Museum to learn more about the Japanese culture and history. The museum frequently screens relevant films and is home to many different exhibits perfect for anyone with widespread interests.

After checking out one or two of the museums, stroll through Little Tokyo. Walk down the historic shopping area, Japanese Village Plaza, or down the small stretches of 1st Street or 2nd Street. Browse and window shop through all the great little shops tucked away. Take a break from all the walking and enjoy a beer from Weiland Brewery or grab some frozen yogurt from the many options in the area.

After working up an appetite, there are a couple great spots where you can eat dinner in the area. Of course, being in Little Tokyo, there are ample sushi, ramen, and shabu shabu places that are worth visiting. But a new restaurant has popped up recently that is sure to become a downtown LA staple and if you’re in the area you should check out. Badmaash is a trendy Indian Gastropub that is home to not only friendly service and unique Bollywood décor, but also some of the most unique Indian food you will hear of. Try the #HotSpicyIndianSausage, Chicken Tikka Poutine, or Masala Potato Fries…or any of the traditional Indian dishes that are prepared with lots of TLC (& curry!). The restaurant serves many unique beers and wines and with a savvy staff, you are sure to get a great recommendation based on your tastes.

End your evening at one of LA’s swankiest bars – The Edison. In the basement of the old Edison Building, this lavish speakeasy is home to tasty drinks, burlesque shows, and beautiful crowds! It is easily one of the most unique bars in Los Angeles.

Enjoy your night out in Little Tokyo!


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