Growing up, I thought downtown was: at best, corporate; at worst, dangerous. Things have changed drastically since the 90s. It's still a trek from the west side, & its renaissance has not been universally beneficial ( http://bit.ly/1UnZk0B ) but downtown LA has some serious charm. Here's where I visited today:
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    11:00 - Grand Central Market πŸ‹πŸ“πŸπŸ‰πŸ’
    I parked at the lot on Hill street ($2.00 for the first 90 minutes, $2.00 for every 15 after), and explored this indoor marketplace. Great vendors including Wexler's Deli, McConnell's ice cream, and Sarita's pupuseria
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    11:30 - Eggslut 🍳
    There are few foods I love more than a bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll/bagel/bun. Eggslut makes a very solid version that feels both luxe and no frills.
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    12:00 - Bradbury Building πŸ’˜
    Built in 1893, the gorgeous Bradbury Building has been the set of many classic shoots (Blade Runner; the music video for the Pointer Sisters song "He's So Shy"). I stopped here to do my swooning. An unspectacular street presence, across from Grand Central Market, gives way to a glowy, sun-drenched atrium. Open cage elevators, marble stairs, layers of balconies with railings of intricate ironwork, it's all here.
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    12:30 - walked to the Last Bookstore, debated stopping at Thrifty's for ice cream, exercised impressive self-control, admired the turquoise Home of the Original Shrimp Place 🍀
    Dunno about you but I don't fck with imitators
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    12:40 - The Last Bookstore πŸ“š
    One of those bookstores you need to visit before you die. Snagged a sassy Raymond Chandler paperback and a first edition of Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. Could have stayed here for three more hours but I needed to pee.
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    2:00 - Bar Ama 🍹
    Stopped in for some reading and a coconut margarita. Respect Margarita Mondays.
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    3:30 - Bottega Louie 🍬🍰🍫
    Finished the expedition downtown with a purchase of jewel-like macarons (pistachio, rose, salted caramel) at Bottega Louie. Not quite Pierre HermΓ©, but still tasty.