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Starting at the Staples Center and spreading east toward the LA River, Downtown LA is now home to some of the best restaurants in the city, nightlife and cultural destinations, and an arts district that continues to evolve.

It wasn’t always this way. A large area of downtown was once mostly warehouses and cheap clothing stores, but the area is experiencing a renaissance, thanks in part to changes in the wake of large developments including the Staples Center, the architectural centerpiece Walt Disney Concert Hall and the spacious Grand Park.

Downtown LA is divided by unofficial districts, each with its own distinct flavor. The southwest corner is occupied by the bustling entertainment district where crowds gather to watch sports games or concerts at the Staples Center and enjoy other nightlife entertainment at L.A. Live.

The northern area is home to the financial district, the food-filled Grand Central Market and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Fans of the arts can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and El Pueblo, the city center in the 1700s, is now home to Union Station and modern bazaar Olvera Street.

Chinatown is an emporium of dim sum, imports and traditional architecture in the northern-most corner of DTLA, while the eastern corner is home to the arts district, an area that maintains an underground, just-discovered charm that can’t be found anywhere else in LA.

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