Our friends at Melting Butter caught up with Jennifer Puno, cofounder of Made with Map—an online visual mapping tool where the world’s aesthetically inclined meet to plan and share their visually stunning adventures. Read the full interview and city guide on Melting Butter, and be sure to visit Puno’s top Downtown LA picks below.
This is one my favorite lunch spots. It seems like every time I walk into GCM, there are new restaurants popping up. My favorite now: Wexler’s Deli—try their Macarthur Pork (pastrami, coleslaw, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and rye sandwich). 317 S. Broadway, Downtown LA, 213-624-2378 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
Bottega Louie is one of those buildings that just transports you into another era. Sometimes, I’ll ride here just to pick up some macarons. I love having brunch here. Nothing fancy, just a simple soft-boiled egg with yogurt and berries. 700 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA, 213-802-1470 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
This is my go-to meeting spot—mainly because I’m always craving what they are serving. When I’m in the mood, I’ll get a sandwich, but I usually opt for that big ol’ wedge with a side of soup. 923 E. Third St. #101, Downtown LA, 213-620-0781 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
This is hands-down the best bread in town. Not only do they have delicious sourdough, but their pachuca is to die for. Think of a burrito, but instead of a tortilla it’s covered in crispy filo dough. 700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Downtown LA, 213-327-0782 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
I’m originally from Texas and having access to some California-Tex-Mex is fantastic. Plus, their cocktails are fantastic! Mmm… Snake’s Blood. 118 W. Fourth St, Downtown LA, 213-687-8002 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
If you’re a DTLA local or are often here for drinks, I highly suggest getting a membership at Caña Rum Bar. It’s only $20/year and for some reason it keeps the place chill. Their bartenders are excellent. 714 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown LA, 213-745-7090 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
There’s just so much going on with this spot. Grab lunch at LA Chapter, sip cocktails on the roof by the pool, or have a staycation in the hotel. I’m so happy Ace Hotel moved in. It’s really killing it on Broadway. 929 S. Broadway, Downtown LA, 213-623-3233 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
LAAC has done an amazing job maintaining the turn-of-the-century interior style it had back in 1912. Forget any other gym membership, this is the one you want. Trust me. Go take a tour and sign up. 431 W. Seventh St., Downtown LA, 213-625-2211 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
Since I live in the Arts District, I like to give my bike a rest and use my feet. I see changes to the area every day—from the graffiti on the walls to the new restaurants popping up. The other day, a new art supply store moved in on Seventh. READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
I seem to come here a lot—sometimes to say hi to friends, to collaborate with other creatives, or to dance at random, awesomely themed parties. If you live in the neighborhood, it’s definitely worth checking out. They have a co-working membership if you’re in need of another spot to get down and be productive. 1275 E. Sixth St., Downtown LA, 213-486-9821 READ MORE ON MELTINGBUTTER.COM >>
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