Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and its Arts District is a mecca of things to do, see, eat, and explore. Mileage listed indicates distance from The Animal Museum.
- Urth Caffé: (.2 mi) 451 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles; 213-797-4534. The Urth Caffé sells all organic specialty coffees, coffee drinks, teas, coffee-making equipment, high-quality health conscious meals, and exquisite desserts. Offers several vegan options. ($-$$)
- Shojin: (.3 mi) 333 S. Alameda Suite 310, Los Angeles; 213-617-0305. This completely vegetarian Japanese restaurant offers many vegan options, all with organic and natural ingredients. ($$)
- Zinc Cafe: (.4 mi) 580 Mateo Street, Los Angeles; 323-825-5381. American comfort food that celebrates the vegetable. Open for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Also operates Bar Mateo with cocktails, beer and wine. ($$)
- The Springs: (.5 mi) 608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles; 213-223-6226. The Springs includes an organic juice bar, yoga studio, wellness center, and raw vegan restaurant & wine bar. ($$-$$$)
- Cafe Gratitude:(.5 mi) 300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles; 213-929-5580. Specializes in both raw and cooked gourmet cuisine using completely organic and vegan ingredients. ($$)
- Ramen Hood: (1 mi) 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles; 213-265-7331. All vegan ramen counter inside the historic Grand Central Market. ($$)
- Localita & The Badasserie: (1.2 mi) 817 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles; 213-623- 3223. This small, vegan café serves comfort foods and pre-made sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. ($)
- Au Lac: (1.4 mi) 710 W 1st St., Los Angeles; 213-617-2533. Strip-mall eatery serving creative vegan fare with Asian influence in a serene dining room. ($$)
- Tierra Café: (1.7 mi) 818 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; 213-629-1402. Fast and casual, this all-vegetarian café provides many vegan options. ($)
- A+D Museum (358 ft) Architecture and Design.
- Japanese American National Museum (.6 mi) The experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry.
- Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (.6 mi) Contemporary art.
- Institute of Contemporary Art LA (opening 2017) Contemporary art.
- Chinese American Museum (1 mi) Cultural history of Chinese though early immigration to settlement in America.
- LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (1.1 mi) Mexican-American museum and cultural center.
- El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (1.2 mi) 44-acre park of historic buildings and museums.
- The Broad (1.4 mi) Contemporary art.
- MOCA Grand Avenue (1.4 mi) Pop Art, abstract expressionism, emerging artists.
- The GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. Live (2.1 mi) History and winners of the Grammy Awards.
- Little Tokyo: (.5 mi) One of only three such districts in the U.S.
- Music Center: (.8 mi) One of the largest performing arts centers in the U.S.
- The Last Bookstore: (1 mi) Independent book & record store with an upstairs labyrinth.
- Bradbury Building: (1 mi) The biggest architectural movie star.
- LA City Hall: (1 mi) Est. 1928.
- Grand Central Market: (1 mi) Est. 1917 brings together the cuisines and cultures of LA.
- Union Station: (1.1 mi) The last of the great train stations and largest in Western U.S.
- Angel's Flight: (1.1 mi) Funicular dating back to 1901. Across from Grand Central Market.
- Olvera Street: (1.2 mi) Mexican marketplace on the site of the birthplace of Los Angeles.
- Walt Disney Concert Hall: (1.3 mi) Architectural wonder designed by Frank Gehry and home of the LA Philharmonic.
- Grand Park: (1.4 mi) 12-acre park with children's splash area, lawn for events, and views of DTLA.
- Chinatown: (1.5 mi) Chinese architecture, food. Also features a row of art galleries.