Mid-City

Accessed by major thoroughfares Wilshire Boulevard and the Santa Monica 10-Freeway, Mid-City is a burgeoning arts district anchored by destinations like the 18th Street Arts Center and Bergamot Station, home to more than 40 galleries. A diverse array of dining options adds to the neighborhood’s appeal. By Molly Woodstock

Eat

You will experience a diverse range of restaurants in Mid-City. Wake up with chicken porridge and goat cheese omelets at Tiato Market Garden Cafe, an eco-chic Asian fusion café named after the eatery’s signature minty herb. The Roost at LA Farm wows patrons with rustic and refined plates like veal sweetbreads, diver scallops, and whole rotisserie chicken. Celebrate all things meat at A Cut Above Butcher Shop, where grass-fed beef and roasted pork star in artisanal sandwiches like the lemongrass flank steak banh mi.

Shop

Explore the region of Mid-City, CA, on sporty road and mountain bikes rented at Helen’s Cycles, where an expert staff has matched pedaling patrons with the perfect bicycles since 1936. From velvet sofas to cubist credenzas, the fashion-forward furniture at ModShop is inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour and manufactured locally in Los Angeles. Named after a native flower, Bergamot Station is home to dozens of upscale contemporary art galleries and design firms, making it Southern California’s largest art gallery complex.

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Rejuvenate with papaya enzyme facials, mango body polish, and Zen-tastic massages at Willow Spa, where tropical, Asian-influenced wellness packages provide a tranquil escape from the daily grind. Any perch is the best in the house at the intimate Broad Stage, a modern 499-seat venue hosting spectacular performances from opera and jazz concerts to contemporary dance and film premieres. After the show, The Chestnut Club awaits with classically inspired craft cocktails and one of the most extensive spirit selections in Southern California.

Local’s Tips

Late-night cravings? It doesn’t get better than Swingers Diner. Often covered in television and magazines, Swingers Diner is a favorite among locals and visitors alike— and it’s open 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.! Truxton’s American Bistro has endless mimosas for $4! Enough said. Available on the weekends only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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