Friday, January 31, 2014

walking downtown la

Our Morning started out at the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple Street 
Los Angeles, California 90012
Tel: (213) 680-5200

We were under the impression that the cathedral tour began at 1:30,
 however it began at 1:00 p.m. So if you are going to go, please make sure you call to confirm the tour for that day. This tour has been in my books for a while, so i'm definitely going to have to do it at some point or another.

While at the Cathedral, I decided to walk around, and just take in all the sights and sounds of the cathedral. There is something just so tranquilizing and surreal about being in such a massive space in complete silence.

The cathedral on the outskirts of the main hall have small chambers where they have rotating exhibits of artifacts, art, or educational literatures. In one particular chamber they have out on display various articles from Pope John Paul II's visit to Los Angeles in 1987. Being Roman Catholic it's very sentimental being able to be so close to something that was in connection to the Pope. 

After exploring the Cathedral, we had planned to take a 
Free Walking Tour of LA.
I found this awesome tour guide that is knowledgable, fun, exciting, and truly demonstrates a passion for showing off the beauty of downtown. If you have a couple hours to spare, and want something different to do, I highly recommend doing this tour. Well worth the small donation.

The tour makes stops all throughout the city, and goes at a very easy pace. If you are going to do the tour make sure you check the weather, It was a little cold the day that we went, and we were glad to have taken a light sweater.

City Hall

Million Dollar Theatre
Pershing Square

After our tour that was approximately 2 hours or so, we were just in time to still catch happy hour at one of my new favorite restaurants PERCH.

448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770

I have yet to decide what's more amazing, the food, the drinks, or the view. 
This place is a do not miss! If you do take the tour, the tour ends right at Pershing Square which is directly across the street from Perch, trust me you need to go here at least once! 
The food for dinner is a bit pricey, but if you go for the happy hour specials, it's well worth it. 

If you know me you know that I have a sweet tooth like no other. I've personally never had the desserts at Perch, they just don't seem to catch my attention, however the desserts at Syrup Desserts do. I've been to this place before, and I absolutely fell in love with their cheesecake, it is mouth watering and this picture doesn't do it any justice. 

611 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 488-5136

Overall, I am in love with Downtown LA, there is just a certain vibe in the air that is unlike anything other. If you are a native to Los Angeles, visiting downtown is like being an another city somewhere in Europe. I am definitely excited to see the new projects that are in the works in Downtown, as well as trying all the new resaurants that are emerging in Downtown. I look forward to sharing some of these delicacies with you guys.

For more pics of my adventure be sure to check out my photo gallery