AesopOur favorite birthday, anniversary, or “just because” gift shop—we all love Aesop unconditionally. While their offering of exceptionally made, plant-based products is enough to keep us coming back, Aesop’s interiors are something else to marvel at entirely. Designed by Brooks + Scarpa, the whole of the store’s display is constructed from 6 inch cardboard tubes, inspired by the multitude of fabric bolts seen around the fashion district.
Blue BottleThis Blue Bottle location is the most recent addition to the DTLA coffee scene. Situated in the downstairs corner unit of the historic (and nearby) Bradbury building, Blue Bottle is a light and airy oasis in the middle of hectic DTLA. We usually stop by after a walk through Grand Central Market.
The BroadWhere do we even begin? The 120,000 sq foot building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro houses an impressive contemporary art collection. Admission is free, the exhibits are always on rotation, and it is easily one of the more inspiring places to stop by in Downtown LA. Whether admiring the sleek honeycomb structure from the street or absorbing the energy from Basquiat inside, the Broad is sure to impress.
The Eastern Columbia BuildingDesigned by Claud Beelman and opened in 1930, the Eastern Building is one of LA’s more recognizable architectural gems (officially a world history site since 1985). Now home to businesses and residences alike, the turquoise facade is a nice pop amongst a mostly neutral LA skyline. We recommend stopping across the street and admiring its intricate structure before heading over to the Ace Hotel for an afternoon cocktail.
Formerly YesThe most design-forward, essentials only shop we know of in Los Angeles, Formerly Yes sells thoughtful, minimal home and office wares. Owners Brad and Jenna are friendly, knowledgeable, and have the cutest shop dog, Ernest, who will run over to say hi upon entering the store.