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Hidden Gems of Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States

Experience hosted by Darrow

2 hoursHosted in English and French
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

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Come explore the ever-changing world of downtown Los Angeles, or DTLA as we locals call it. See, taste, touch, hear, and experience the many aspects of a city redefining itself from movie theaters converted into clothing stores to banks converted into bookstores. What used to be a dilapidated ghost town is now a vibrant mecca of art and commerce. We’ll see the views from the tallest building west of Chicago, walk through a labyrinth made of books, taste treats from new and inventive places, explore hidden shops that look like art galleries and hip clothing boutiques, take pictures of Angel Wings, see amazing rooftop bars where you can sit by a pool or in a jacuzzi, visit new hotels, bars, restaurants, cafés, boutiques, museums, and see some really cool public art.
Other things to note
Wear walking shoes, and bring some drinking water, and a hat or parasol if you need protection from the sun. Be prepared to walk about five miles.
HURRY, LAST CHANCE! I am moving to Paris at the end of September, so if you want to book my tour, you should do it now!

Come explore the ever-changing world of downtown Los Angeles, or DTLA as we locals call it. See, taste, touch, hear, and experience the many aspects of a city redefining itself from movie theaters converted into clothing stores to banks converted into bookstores. What used to be a dilapidated ghost town is now a vibr…

What's included

  • Food
    Macaroons
  • Drinks
    Mexican hot chocolate

Meet your host, Darrow

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 32 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm a certified tour guide, screenwriter, and former actor who loves to tell stories. I also love to explore, eat, and shop. I have lived in Los Angeles for over 15 years, and thought I knew all there was to know about the city. Then, I moved to DTLA two years ago and began discovering the amazing and ever-changing Los Angeles, of which people used to say, "there is no there, there," meaning there’s no center to the sprawling metropolis. But now, there is. Let me show it to you.
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Where you'll be

We will begin at the Los Angeles Public Library on Fifth Street and end at the Wilshire Grand Center on the corner of Figueroa and 7th streets. From there, we will explore the Public Library, Edison Building, Biltmore Hotel, Arcade Building, Last Bookstore, Gentle Monster, Bottega Louie, Clifton’s Cafeteria, Nomad Hotel, Ace Hotel, Broken Shaker, Fine Arts Building, and the Bloc, just to mention a few.
Cecile
September 2018
Très belle visite, le guide connait bien la ville et il est super sympa. Le plus c'est qu'il parle très bien français 😀 Je recommande sans hésiter
Tessa
September 2018
Die Tour mit Darrow war fantastisch! Er hat uns viele versteckte und spannende Orte in Downtown gezeigt. Diese hätten wir niemals alleine gefunden. Wir können diese Tour wärmstens empfehlen!! Danke Darrow! Wir wünschen euch eine tolle und sichere Reise! Wir freuen uns darauf in 2020 eine Tour in Paris zu machen!
Die Tour mit Darrow war fantastisch! Er hat uns viele versteckte und spannende Orte in Downtown gezeigt. Diese hätten wir niemals alleine gefunden. Wir können diese Tour wärmstens…
Sean
August 2018
We had a lovely adventure with Darrow as he showed us all around downtown LA. We were shown things we would of never of found or seen without him. The tour took a bit longer than expected but all the walking was worth the views and the history of this lovely place. Good luck with your travels. Amy and Sean.
We had a lovely adventure with Darrow as he showed us all around downtown LA. We were shown things we would of never of found or seen without him. The tour took a bit longer than…
Cassie
August 2018
This was a great experience! It was just me and Darrow on the tour, so that was a unique aspect. Downtown LA isn't a really a tourist destination compared to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Disney World, etc., but I felt that this tour helped me to see all of the interesting and quirky things that downtown LA has to offer. A common theme of the tour was how downtown is constantly changing, as people convert old banks, theaters, and businesses into new housing and businesses. I highly recommend this tour and get prepared to walk!
This was a great experience! It was just me and Darrow on the tour, so that was a unique aspect. Downtown LA isn't a really a tourist destination compared to Hollywood, Santa Monic…
Candace
August 2018
Darrow was a fountain of knowledge about the area, and he really did show us some gems. I loved how we began the tour in the library with a bit of history and then ended in a high-rise with sweeping views. It was very fast pace, and at times, just stopping for water seemed to slow everyone down. I would argue that this tour is best for couples staying in the area, looking for some interesting spots to checkout in the evening for dinner and drinks. As it was, we were two families with kids, and at times the pace was a bit much - we could have done without a couple of the rooftop bar stops. In saying that, Harrow is an excellent guide.
Darrow was a fountain of knowledge about the area, and he really did show us some gems. I loved how we began the tour in the library with a bit of history and then ended in a high-…
Matthew
August 2018
It was impossible for my children and I to remember how many secret places Darrow crammed in within such a short time. We all enjoyed both historical and modern curiosities which Darrow brought to life perfectly. Downtown LA can be daunting, this is the perfect introduction. Darrow is a wealth of information and will give you advice on the tour and afterwards. Don't miss this if you're drawn to Downtown.
It was impossible for my children and I to remember how many secret places Darrow crammed in within such a short time. We all enjoyed both historical and modern curiosities which D…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

What to bring

Walking shoes