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Where to Stay

Base your­self in the heart of Down­town’s theatre District at the ace ho­tel Down­town L.a. (929 South Broad­way; 1-213/623-3233; ace­ho­; dou­bles from US$219). ho­tel Bel-air (701 Stone Canyon road; 1-310/472-1211; hotel­be­ Bev­erly Wil­shire (9500 Wil­shire Boule­vard; 1-310/275-5200; Foursea­

Where to eat

Fol­low the Down­town story to Grand Cen­tral Mar­ket (317 South Broad­way; 1-213/624-2378; grandcen­tral mar­, Wurstküche (800 east 3rd St.; 1-213/6874444; wurstkuche .com), and Church and State (1850 In­dus­trial St. #100; 1-213/405-1434; chur­chand­state Chef Josef Cen­teno’s three Down- town din­ing in­sti­tu­tions in­clude Baco Mer­cat (408 South Main St. Los an­ge­les; 1-213/687-8808; ba­com­er­cat .com), which draws on Span­ish in­flu­ences. also try the sea­sonal cui­sine at 39-seat alma (952 South Broad­way; 1-213/244-1422;, re­cently named the best new restau­rant in amer­ica.

Where to Drink

Perch (448 South hill St.; 1-213/802-1770; per­ pro­vides a bird’s-eye view of the city, while for a more grounded per­spec­tive, Vil­lain’s tav­ern (1356 Pal­metto St.; 1-213/ 613-0766; vil­lain­stav­ern .com) serves tip­ples un­der a big-top cir­cus tent. In a for­mer power plant find the old-time glam­our of the edi­son lounge (108 West 2nd St. #101; 1-213/ 613-0000; edison­down and for the city’s largest se­lec­tion of te­quila, stop by Las Per­las (107 east 6th St.; 1-213/988-8355).

Get your Bear­ings

Take an ar­chi­tec­ture tour in Laura Massino Smith’s van and let her do all the leg­work (1-323/ 464-7868; ar­chi­tec­ture

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