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Sunday walking adventures in downtown Los Angeles

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I spent this past Sunday afternoon walking around downtown Los Angeles. I planned out a walking route over morning coffee that included some places I’ve never been and some places I try to visit anytime I’m downtown.

I arrived at Union Station around 11:30am, from there I headed down Broadway to 3rd Street to see the Bradbury building. I’ve been there many times, I try to pop in anytime I’m downtown. If you’ve never stepped inside I highly recommend it. It has a pretty unassuming exterior, but inside is a feast for the eyes: marble staircases, beautifully ornate iron railings and an amazing skylight ceiling.

After that I stopped by the Grand Central Market, just a brief meandering.

Over coffee in the morning I decided I’d shop for some art supplies downtown, primarily a white colored pencil and maybe some brush-pens. A quick Google search pointed me to Raw Materials Art Supplies, which was recently voted 2015’s Best Art, Craft & Design Store by the readers of Los Angeles Downtown News.

I headed over to Main Street (between 4th & 5th) to Raw Materials but I had arrived a few minutes too early. They open at noon on Sundays and I was there about 11:50am – I was glad they open on weekends and decided to head around the block to 5th and Spring Street to the Last Bookstore.

Outside the Last Bookstore the Historic Downtown Farmers Market was going on (every Sunday from 9am – 2pm) so I wandered through there and then headed back to Raw Materials

After purchasing a pencil and two pens I walked to 9th and Hope Street to see Grand Hope Park, a 2.5-acre urban park next to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Beautiful green lawns, plenty of benches, a couple nice fountains and an iconic clock tower.

After relaxing in the park for a while I walked over to the Ace Hotel where on Sunday afternoons they have Vibing Time, where a rotating posse of dublab DJs share sun-soaked music selections.

I hung out for about an hour while I sketched in my sketchbook and then returned to Union Station.

Have any favorite spots in downtown L.A.? Let me know about them in the comments.

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