July 2, 2020

5 Things to Love About DTLA’s South Park Neighborhood

Welcome to the 1133 Hope blog! Every week we’ll be sharing stories about everything to love about Downtown Los Angeles, from culinary hot spots to shopping, architecture and design, wellness tips, hidden gems and so much more. 

DTLA is a special place, a collection of neighborhoods each having its own personality. South Park rests on the southwestern side of Downtown, a neighborhood constantly evolving with a growing skyline filled with glossy towers, and streets lined with sleek restaurants and shops. With so much at your fingertips, 1133 Hope is the epicenter of it all. 

Here are five things to know about South Park, your new home.

The Epicenter of DTLA Entertainment

(Photo courtesy L.A. Live)

L.A. Live, the Staples Center, Grammy Museum and the Los Angeles Convention Center all located along Figueroa Street, making South Park the entertainment hub of DTLA. There’s usually (in normal times) something going on, whether it’s Lakers, Clippers or Sparks basketball games, L.A. Kings hockey, huge concerts or star-studded events like the Emmy, BET or ESPY awards.

LA’s Best and Most Iconic Restaurants and Bars

(Photo courtesy Broken Spanish)

Downtown LA is home to some of Southern California’s best restaurants, from quirky taquerias to Michelin stars, and all are just a quick call away. Broken Spanish, where chef Ray Garcia’s award-winning modern Mexican fare is the star, Faith & Flower, The Original Pantry: These are just a few South Park restaurants that have made their mark over the years. And although the Covid-19 crisis has affected how and where we dine out these days, most of the local stalwarts have remained open for delivery and takeout. This includes cocktails, beer and wine, which you can get from places like LA’s first walk-up bar, Prank Bar, plus restaurants El Cholo and The Palm. The Argentinian-themed Barcito offers market goods for the home as well as a full menu. Favorite chains like Fleming’s and The Yard House are a hop and a skip away at L.A. Live.

Easy and Accessible Shopping

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Walk to safely shop or order groceries from Whole Foods or Ralph’s, both only a few blocks from 1133 Hope. The Target at Figand7th has everything you need — and of course all of the fun stuff you don’t but you put in your cart anyway. Streets in nearby Fashion District are lined with small unique shops, like on Santee Alley, where a lot of students of the Fashion Institute of Domestic Technology look for inspiration.

Wellness Options Abound

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There is no loss of places to work out or work on yourself in and around the South Park neighborhood. Premium Cycling and Gold’s Gym are located at Figand7th, plus there are numerous crossfit and yoga studios. When you really need a moment of zen, one of the best full-service spas is at The Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live.

Go Trojans!

(Photo courtesy USC)

Thanks to its location, a lot of students from the University of Southern California make South Park their homebase. Getting there for class or game days at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a breeze thanks to easy access to the Metro Blue Line and Expo Line. Not having to find parking on game days is a huge bonus.