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oh joy day trip: arts district...

oh joy day trip: arts district

For our newest Oh Joy Day Trip, we're heading to a hotspot...the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles! This area has seen major revitalization in the last few years and has turned into a mecca of cool shops, restaurants, and places to be inspired. Come see!

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

Hauser & Wirth - This indoor/outdoor gallery has a variety exhibits including this iconic giant rose in the center courtyard and an urban garden with chickens that would be fun for kids as well. Manuela (the restaurant below) also uses the herbs from this garden in their kitchen!

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

Currently, there's also a Jason Rhoades neon light installation that had a really cool, submersible feeling. It was fun to walk around and see what random words you could find.

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

Manuela - This restaurant is a new hot spot for date night in Los Angeles. So, take advantage of the more low key lunch hours. We loved the half indoor/half outdoor vibe which feels luxurious, yet cozy. We loved the the charcuterie plate (those biscuits!), hushpuppies, shaved tuscan kale, and grilled carrots...YUM!

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

Alchemy Works - This shop has a wide range of products from local artists & designers, plus a cool little Warby Parker optical shop in the back. We loved the gorgeous selection of handbags & shoes if you're looking to treat yo self!

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

oh joy day trip: arts district

House of Woo - This little shop has a nice selection of baby, kids, and adult clothing, as well as home accessories and toys by local and independent designers.

oh joy day trip: arts district

Van Leeuwen - Every day should end with ice cream! We got the Strawberry, Pistachio, Lemon Meringue, Purple Carrot (which was surprisingly a favorite!)

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester and  by Jess Hong}

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