Shopping with A Side of Coffee

A Fashion District Coffee Shop Guide

Have you noticed all the new pastry and coffee shops in the district? From the recently opened Paris Baguette to long-time neighborhood staples like No Ghost Bears and Verve Coffee.

The Fashion District is quite the destination for a good cup of coffee. Here’s why:


We have the best independent coffee shops in Downtown Los Angeles.


1. Earth Bean Coffee, an organic and fair trade roasting house, locally owned and operated. As a partner with One Tree Planted, Earth Bean Coffee helps plant a tree for every coffee purchase made on their website. 1040 S Los Angeles St.

2. Ben N Lin is a lovely cafe on the corner of 9th and Crocker Streets serving Copa Vida coffee, Bread Lounge pastries, sandwiches, and light bites. 921 S Crocker St.

3. Delicious Together is best known for its Illy coffee, boba tea, Vietnamese coffees and Taiyaki fish pastries. Sitting on the corner of 9th and Santee, it is the perfect place to grab a treat while shopping. 859 Santee St.

best coconut coffee ever!

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4. Mega Bodega serves coffee from Four Barrel SF and fine teas from Steep Tea Co. in Oakland. Beer is served all day. 1001 S Broadway 

5. No Ghost Bears is where the locals (and their puppies) hang out. It’s millennial pink interiors and wall art offer a unique atmosphere – a truly independent coffee shop. 305 E 8th St.

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The best coffee shops for getting work done are also local favorites.


1. Verve Coffee has locations throughout California but none like this. The vertical wall garden is the perfect place to sit, relax, and enjoy a nice, strong cup of coffee. 833 S Spring St.

2. Paris Baguette, a Korean franchise known for their beautiful pastry displays and delicious treats, opened a cafe on the corner of 9th and Los Angeles Streets. 200 E 9th St.

3. Best Girl at Ace Hotel has a walk up window where you can get $1 Stumptown coffee if you bring in your own mug. Best coffee deal in town! 927 S Broadway

4. Cognoscenti Coffee, located in the new City Market South development, this coffee shop sits in a beautiful plaza with large communal tables perfect for getting work done. 1118 San Julian St.


More coffee coming soon…


1. La Tropezienne, one of Saint-Tropez’s most celebrated bakeries is opening at the corner of 8th and Main  Streets, in the former AltHouse location. The French bakery is known for their tarts and breads. It currently has one location on La Brea, with another coming soon to West Hollywood. Read more761 S Main St.

Weekends are always better with a French touch! 🇫🇷

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2. Stumptown, with locations across the country, this new location will be the second one in Los Angeles. Read more about the upcoming location here. 801 S. Los Angeles St.

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Thanks a latte for reading!

Where to Eat in the Fashion District

Fashion District Dining Guide Summer '18

Where to Eat in the Fashion District – 9 Most Popular Restaurants

The LA Fashion District’s food scene is on the rise. The district has always been the go-to spot for quintessential Los Angeles street food. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs, esquite, raspados, street tacos and fruit cups can be found on nearly every block. But what our most dedicated shoppers have always known is that the Fashion District is also an international culinary center, where you can find some of the best MediterraneanPeruvianChineseBrazilianAustralianCajunKoreanMexican, and yes, vegan food in downtown. In recent months, we’ve added a few highly renowned chefs to the mix – Juan Pablo de la Torre at Bar Garcia, Steve Samson at Rossoblu & Superfine, and Antonia Lofaso at DAMA.

Here are the 9 most popular food destinations in the Fashion District.


1. Fine Dining at City Market South

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Patio Vibes.

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The NY Post recently highlighted Los Angeles’ newest “foodie havens.” At the top of the list is the Fashion District’s dining destination – City Market South. As the article notes, “Bon vivants can wander from Sotto chef Steve Samson’s mouth-watering, Bologna-inspired Rossoblu to the trendy Cognoscenti Coffee. The newly opened Superfine Pizza has added a new concept to City Market South with its pizza window serving full pies and pizza by the slice. They have recently been joined by tropical inspired DAMA from Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix (complete with an outdoor terrace on what was once a banana loading dock).”

City Market South, 1057 S San Pedro St.


2. Killer Fried Chicken in the Flower District

It seems like an unlikely situation, but brunch aficionados and anyone who appreciates Southern food know Poppy + Rose does fried chicken and it does it well. So well that Eater LA has once again featured Poppy + Rose on their “best of” lists. Perhaps it’s the super Instagrammable ambiance, the distinct smell of fresh flowers, or the miss-matched coffee mugs, but Poppy + Rose takes brunch at the flower markets to a whole new level. Breakfast is served all day.

Poppy + Rose, 765 S Wall St.


3. A Truly Authentic Food Court

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Food in the Fashion District is like fashion in the Fashion District. It’s available in all styles and flavors and comes at all price points. “The most overlooked international food court in DTLA” features Mexican, Chinese, seafood, kabobs, pho and Pakistani and Indian cuisine. It is exceptionally well priced and perhaps one of the only places in downtown where a delicious meal with real ingredients can still be had for under $10 with plenty of places to sit and air conditioning.

BONUS: Stop by on Taco Tuesday for $1 street tacos at Cilantro Lime.

International Food Court, 934 S Los Angeles St.


4. Southern Hospitality Done Right at Preux & Proper

Preux (pru), meaning brave.
Enjoy barroom eats for a casual get together over freshly Baked Mac & Cheese, Turkey Neck Gravy Poutine or a Cauliflower Tostada.

Proper (präpər): meaning conforming to established manners.
Grab your favorite people and enjoy a proper sit down dinner while dreaming of vacationing in the South.

BONUS: Happy Hour Monday to Saturday 4-7 PM and Sunday 4-9 PM

Preux & Proper840 S Spring St.


5. Taco of the Year

With fresh flour tortillas made daily it is no wonder Sonoratown has been voted LA’s Favorite Taco of the Year. You can smell the carne asada grilling over mesquite (just like they do in Sonora) before you even enter the restaurant, and the homemade aguas frescas are top-notch. Try anything from a Carne Asada taco to a crowd favorite Chivichanga. You won’t regret this stop. Enjoy! Provecho!

Sonoratown208 E 8th St. 


6. Only the Best at Best Girl

Oyster o’clock #bestgirldtla : @meetjakob

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A local favorite for its $1 Stumptown coffee, Best Girl has everything you could ever want from breakfast to dessert. The restaurant was done in collaboration with award-winning chef Michael Cimarusti, of the popular West Hollywood seafood restaurant Providence. We must say, the addition of Best Girl to the LA Fashion District has simply been for the best.

Best Girl927 S Broadway


7. Incorporating More at Corporation Food Hall

The Corporation Food Hall has something for everyone. You will find South City Fried Chicken, which has been named one of the best fast food spots in LA by Eater, the famous falafel pita from Soom Soom Fresh, Buddha Belly turning out pork belly rice bowls, and so much more. And as if the food wasn’t enough, make sure you stop by and snap a pic with the “I Love LA” mural. What are you waiting for? Grab your friends and head on over!

Corporation Food Hall724 S Spring St.


8. From Avocado Toast to Kahuku Style Garlic Butter Shrimp

Homestyle means we eat like family ‘round here. | Photo: @wandytwan

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Broken Mouth, an original Mom & Pop, is serving Asian comfort food at the corner of 9th and Santee streets. You’ll find Hawaii’s meat jun, chicken, tofu and the kahuku style garlic butter shrimp all Hawai’i style served with purple rice and potato-mac salad. A great spot for lunch in the Fashion District!

Broken Mouth, 231 E. 9th St.


9. The Original Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

It’s not a trip to Santee Alley until you’ve had a bacon-wrapped hot dog from The Alley Dog. 100% beef, wrapped in crispy bacon, topped with pico de gallo and avocado plus all the usual condiments… There’s no dog like The Alley Dog. This has been the spot for street food and snacks since 1982.

The Alley Dog, 317 E. 12th St. & 1001 Maple Ave.

Celebrate Love in the Fashion District

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This Valentine’s Day give happiness. Give fresh-cut flowers to your best friend. Spend time with your loved ones. Buy your significant other their favorite thing (without breaking the bank). And if you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got a couple recommendations for you.

Flowers: Save up to 70% on fresh-cut flowers at the Flower Markets
Did you know flowers are scientifically proven to make people happy? It’s true!
The L.A. Flower markets are extending their hours to the public for Valentine’s Day starting February 10, 2018. See the Valentine’s Day hours and tips for buying the freshest flowers in our previous post, here.

Experiences: Dinner Dates & Discounted Hotel Rates

For Romance:
Anatra, Valentine’s Day $85 prix fixe menu
Best Girl DTLA, Valentine’s Day Menu
Rossoblu, Valentine’s Day $95 prix fixe menu
For Galentine’s Day: 
Poppy & Rose, #BoozeandBrunch $17 prix fixe weekday special
For Sweets:
Little Damage, Special edition Valentine’s Day red waffle cones!

On a Budget:
DTLA Ramen, $30 Ramen & Sake Valentine’s Day Special
Hotel Discounts:

2.14 Valentine’s Day Events

Things: Valentine’s Day Shopping Guide
Our friends at put together shopping guides for the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts.

Have an event or special that should be added to this list? Email

Tickets on Sale Now for An Urban Dinner Party 2017!


The third annual An Urban Dinner Party is back!

“A pop-up fine dining experience under the stars”

Envision white linens, beautiful tablescapes, and sparkling lights overhead creating a magical ambiance…

The LA Fashion District BID presents the third annual An Urban Dinner Party in partnership with, Allied Universal, and City Market South – a celebration of the Fashion District neighborhood and its community. Guests will be seated at a 120-foot communal table and treated to an Italian, four-course dinner al fresco by award-winning chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu.

The event ticket includes complimentary wine and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LA Fashion District public arts program.

Live Music
Four-Course Dinner
One Communal Table


This event is sponsored by, Allied Universal, City Market South, REALM Development, Urban Offerings, City Business Shipping, The Bendix Building, and California Flower Mall

Where Fashion Meets Art

Etam Cru - Where Fashion Meets Art

Photo by BIRDMAN

The LA Fashion District has long been a center of creativity and a welcoming home for artists and galleries. Fashion is after all, often considered an art form. Most recently, Hong Kong-based Avenue des Arts opened at the corner of 8th and Los Angeles Streets and installed five new murals behind its new location. You can see the murals at 8th and Werdin Place. Late last month, Jeff Hamilton Studios hosted an international street art fair pop-up at 935 S Wall St, which the gallery plans to make a monthly event, and earlier this year Mugello Gallery opened at 818 Spring St. Currently there are at least 11 art galleries operating in the Fashion District and 11 large-scale murals, most of which are located in the northwestern quadrant.


Mermaid on Main - Where Fashion Meets Art

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Avenue des Art Mural - Where Fashion Meets Art

Photo via Avenue des Arts

Teddy Kelly Mural - Where Fashion Meets Art

Photo via Janna Conner

Unsurprisingly, Eighth Street has become the connecting thoroughfare between the galleries and murals. The street itself boasts Pskaufman Gallery and seven murals, starting at Werdin Place and ending with Etam Cru’s Mr. Rooster at 8th and Wall Street. Eighth Street connects to the Santee Village courtyard, where REN Gallery and Diego Cardoso Gallery are located, and serves as a hub for residential life. Fashion District artists can be seen hanging out at No Ghost Bears (formerly Coffee Colab), their art is displayed at Cleaners LA, they walk across the street to grab tacos at Sonoratown from which anyone can enjoy an unobstructed view of Teddy Kelly‘s colorful abstract, (8th and Los Angeles St) or head over to Wild Living Foods (8th and Main St). The health food spot has an equally colorful mural inside. Nearby, there is another project by a Fashion District artist in the works.

Where Fashion Meets Art

Murals and Galleries in the Fashion District - Where Fashion Meets Art

Art is all around us. But in a place like the Fashion District, where the air buzzes with creativity and color and texture abound, it feels especially at home. The art here is vibrant, colorful, reflective of its urban location, and often culturally significant. It’s representative of the district. We highly recommend it.


There’s a gorgeous mural by artist CYRCLE inside Rossoblu. It’s open to the public during restaurant hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

Rossoblu - Where Fashion Meets Art

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Check out Fashion District galleries during the next Downtown Art Walk, on the second Thursday every month, 6-10 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of Fashion District murals using the map above.