Grand Central Market | Downtown

LA Central MarketEstablished in 1917 in the heart of Bunker Hill in Downtown L.A., the Grand Central Market offers the best of local L.A. cuisines. The open air arcade market reflects the diverse population of its host city, featuring cuisines from global communities from all over the world. Enjoy delicious dishes from Mexico, China, Greece, Japan, Italy, Hawaii, El Salvador and a number of other international regions. The list of 37 establishments include kabab stands, an oyster bar, a yogurt factory, espresso bars, and sushi vendors– great news for those guests that like to have a bit of everything, come lunch time. To take your taste buds on a culinary adventure, check out the Grand Central Market at 317 S. Broadway in Downtown L.A. or visit the landmark’s website for more details. 



Upstairs | Downtown

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The newly renovated Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. has a secret lurking in its attic and it’s called Upstairs. Located on the thirteenth floor of this Spanish Gothic 1920’s building, this new downtown hot spot offers great views of the Broadway Theater district and surrounding neighborhoods. Set within the concrete walls of the building’s center piece tower, the bar mixes raw slabs of concrete with walnut furnishings to create a new industrial feel. Proving itself to be a quintessential part of Los Angeles’ downtown renaissance culture, Upstairs bar offers guests an innovative space for handcrafted cocktails and spectacular views. Visit the freshmen site at 929 S. Broadway or visit the Ace Hotel website for more information.

Ace Hotel | Downtown L.A.

Ace (1)Ace (2)Upstairs (1)The Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. was bustling with visitors today for the 6th anniversary of the Bring Back Broadway initiative. Built in 1927 by the legendary United Artists film company– founded by Hollywood hot shots, D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks– the Spanish style building now houses a high-end hotel, the LA Chapter restaurant, the Coffee Counter espresso bar and one of the best rooftop bars in Los Angeles called, Upstairs. Located in walking distance of L.A. Live, the Fashion District and the Downtown Art Walk on Sprint St., the Ace Hotel is perfect for all downtown guests looking to get a real feel of the downtown culture. With just as much class as it has history, the Ace Hotel is setting high standards for other downtown development projects jumping on the Broadway Theater District’s modern renaissance. The Squirrel Co. highly recommends checking out Broadway’s newest resident for your next overnight. To book your stay, check out the Ace Hotel website or stroll down to the 929 S. Broadway location.

Square One at the Boathouse | Echo Park

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Echo Park Coffee ShopTravel down Glendale Blvd. towards downtown and you’ll run into the newly renovated Echo Park Lake, home of Square One at the Boathouse. This lakeside breakfast and lunch spot serves homemade pastries, a variety of menu items made from locally grown ingredients and coffee brewed from L.A. based coffee company, Intelligentsia. This off shore cafe offers spectacular views of Echo Park Lake as well as some of the best views of the Downtown L.A. skyline. For those gentlemen that like their coffee with a side of adventure, the boathouse also offers boat rentals for rides around the lake. The Squirrel Co. readers can find this summer-like getaway at 751 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90026 or visit their site at

The Pie Hole | Los Angeles

PieHoleVenture into the unknown Arts District and you’ll find our favorite downtown neighborhood sweet spot. Nestled between Cornerstone Theater Company and an actual corner market, The Pie Hole offers the best in fresh quality pies. They make all items from scratch, using “responsibly sourced ingredients” and pair each slice with organic ethically grown coffee. Featured above is the Earl Grey Pie— a great choice that packs the right amount of flavor into each airy bite. So take a stroll through the neighborhood and visit this remarkable family run business for your own piece of delicious pie. Check them out at or stop by the 714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles CA 90013 location. 

Guisados | Echo Park


photoGuisados, with locations in the thriving neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and Echo Park, is a Mexican eatery that offers an authentic taste of L.A.’s vibrant culinary scene. Featured above are the chicken mole with poblano taco and the hongos con cilantro taco, on handmade tortillas. With just a glimpse of its creative menu, you’ll just have to pay this local favorite a visit. Our hats are off to this innovative culinary spot, fusing fresh ingredients with traditional Mexican flavors. For a chance to experience this food haven, visit the Ceasar Chavez Ave. or Sunset Blvd. locations. Buen provecho!