ROW DTLA: A Reimagined Retail and Cultural District

During a recent vacay in Los Angeles, my friends and I stumbled across ROW DTLA, a marketplace of pop-up  shops in a historic industrial space currently being reimagined as a retail and cultural district. Presently bordered by downtown LA’s warehouse, arts and fashion districts, this hub was originally known as the LA Terminal Market, and built from 1917 to 1923 along the Southern Pacific Railroad. 

Progress is underway at this mixed-use warehouse space. And though it is currently under construction, parts of it opened up for the holidays with a collection of 11 unique pop-up vendors. It's a cool way for new retailers to test out brick + mortar spaces and for the district to cultivate a community of creative entrepreneurs. It also offered a glimpse into the 100 future retailers and restaurants ROW DTLA will be home to -- from Capsule Home, a design studio that supports emerging design talent, to MILLA Chocolate, a Los Angeles based chocolaterie crafting fresh chocolates and confections. While there, we learned Smorgasburg L.A. hosts a food and craft market on Sundays. And that new vendors will be moving into spaces in the new year, like coffee shop Go Get Em Tiger, and streetwear line Bodega.

MILLA Chocolates

MILLA Chocolates

Local + Lejos

Local + Lejos

Tokyo Bike

Tokyo Bike


During my recent visit to Los Angeles, I stayed at The Line Hotel! You can read my hotel review here. Or check out the Top 10 Hotels on Expedia.ca. For other places to shop and explore, check out my Los Angeles City Guide!

Checking In: The Line Hotel Los Angeles

Created by the Sydell Group, the team behind The Ace and NoMad hotels in New York, The Line Hotel's  Koreatown abode includes 388 raw concrete chic rooms — some with floor to ceiling views of the Hollywood Hills. The neighbourhood's round-the-clock energy lures in the younger crowd, with its fusion of coffee shops, boutiques, cafes, culinary spots and karaoke joints.

On site you'll find a trio of restaurants — Pot, Commissary and the Cafe — with Chef Roy Choi at the helm, alongside a Poketo newsstand and boutique, curated by husband and wife duo Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. One of the draws of The Line is the gorgeous pool, surrounded by lounge chairs and citrus trees. When the sun sets over the city, stick around poolside for cocktails, foosball and ping pong. Or head to Break Room 86, to belt out tunes at the hotel's 80s-themed karaoke bar. 

The hotel is directly across the street from a stop on the Metro's Purple Line, should you choose to venture out and explore. But you can easily spend a day in K-Town, and for that its worth borrowing from The Line's fleet of Linus bicycles, complete with helmet, saddlebag and route map.

 

Here's a few of The Line's hip neighbours:

Housed inside the iconic Pellisier building, THE WILTERN is the best spot to catch live music in Koreatown. 

The new venture of Lien Ta and Chef Jonathan Whitener, HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU offers a mashup of cultural flavours from Vietnamese, to Japanese, and Middle Eastern. Plus, seriously good cocktails. Splurge on the Mai-Tai.

Offering a twist on classic American comfort food,  LITTTLE TART serves up burgers, bangers. and what they call "crack fries". 

Head to SOOWON GALBI for authentic Korean BBQ, and afterwards to SHATTO 39 LANES, a dive bowling alley, with retro flare and cheap drinks.

Photos 2-7 provided by The Line Hotel (because they have a super stuffy photo policy and wouldn't let me take my own with my DSLR camera).


Ready to plan your weekend getaway to Los Angeles? Head over to Expedia.ca to save some serious dough on your flight and hotels! And head on over to my earlier to post for my los angeles city guide.