DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Downtown News Readers picked most of this year's Best of Downtown winners. Here are some of the results of their online voting. View winners in Best Drinking here; Best Eating here; Best Service Business here; and Best Entertainment here.

BEST FARMERS MARKET

Pershing Square Farmers Market

532 S. Olive St., rawinspiration.org, Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The fruit, vegetable, flower and other vendors fill up the park in the heart of Downtown each Wednesday, and all manner of workers, residents and visitors show up to score fresh goods. 

READER RECOMMENDED: FIGAT7th Farmers Market

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 955-7150 or artsbrookfield.com/los_angeles

  

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

DTLA Bikes

425 S. Broadway, (213) 533-8000 or dtlabikes.com

You can buy all kinds of bikes here (cruisers for pedaling around town or more serious stuff). There’s also an indoor track where you can test ride everything. Plus, they’ve got a solid repair department. 

READER RECOMMENDED: Downtown LA Bicycles

1626 S. Hill St., (213) 745-6783 or downtownlabicycles.com

  

BEST PET SUPPLIES/BOUTIQUE 

Pussy & Pooch

564 S. Main St., (213) 438-0900 or pussyandpooch.com

A very friendly staff and surprising product depth, from crazy pet accouterments you don’t need but are cute, to foodstuffs that aren’t cute but that you definitely need. 

READER RECOMMENDED: Bark Avenue’s Pet Project

548 S. Spring St., (213) 688-7752 or petproject-losangeles.com

 

BEST STORE FOR THE HOME 

(Sub) Urban Home

101 W. Fifth St., (213) 243-5881 or suburban-la.com

You can take home a hot lamp or vase or even a decorative skull. You can also invest in a special, custom-made piece of furniture that will last, well, only your whole life. 

 READER RECOMMENDED: I Squared

758 S. Spring St., (213) 817-1053 or isquaredhome.com

 

BEST BOOKSTORE

The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com

This is not only an amazingly curated bookstore, but there’s a spirit here that recalls some earlier, smarter, sassier time Downtown. You can feel that Bukowski and Fante energy kicking around. Most tomes are $5 or less.

READER RECOMMENDED: Library Store

630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7550 or lfla.org/store

 

BEST TUX/GOWN STORE

Tokyo Bridal & Tux

319 E. Second St., (213) 617-3595

High-quality kimonos and yukata made from imported Japanese materials, as well as rental attire for weddings and other occasions. 

READER RECOMMENDED: Hilda’s Bridal Shop & Formals

941 S. Broadway, (213) 623-5955

 

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING 

Macy’s

750 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-9311 or macys.com

Though it’s not as large as other Macy’s, there’s a good mix of corporate and casual at the Downtown locale, and the salespeople can actually find things not on the floor when they check in the back. 

READER RECOMMENDED: American Apparel

747 Warehouse St., (213) 488-0226 or americanapparel.net 

 

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Macy’s

750 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-9311 or macys.com

The sales racks are generous and the women’s shoe department is an unsung Downtown find.  

READER RECOMMENDED: FIDM Scholarship Store

919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1200 or fidm.edu

 

BEST CIGAR/SMOKE SHOP

Underground Smoke Shop

548 S. Spring St. #108, (213) 622-0224  

If you can light it, it’s here — cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and incense. There’s an indoor lounge and outdoor seating from which the Spring Street people watching can commence. 

READER RECOMMENDED: 2nd Street Cigars

124 W. Second St., (213) 452-4416 or 2ndstreetcigars.com

 

BEST UNIQUE STORE 

FIDM Museum Shop

919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-5821 or thefidmmuseumstore.org

Find gifts for your mother-in-law at this spot on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. It will be in style. Trust us. 

READER RECOMMENDED: MOCA Gift Shop

250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org

 

BEST AUTO DEALER, NEW CARS

Downtown LA Motors Mercedes-Benz

1801 S. Figueroa St., (213) 748-8951 or mbzla.com

In business since 1970, this dealership has sold more Benzes than any other in Southern California. Even in the tough economy there’s action in the lot, and the test drivers stream out.   

READER RECOMMENDED: Toyota Central

1600 S. Figueroa St., (213) 748-8301 or toyotacentral.com

 

BEST AUTO DEALER, USED CARS

Felix Chevrolet and Cadillac

3330 S. Figueroa St., (213) 290-1925 or felixchevrolet.com

Nickolas Shammas bought Felix Chevrolet in 1955, and the dealership has been on the Figueroa Corridor since 1923. The sign comes from that decade’s “Felix the Cat” cartoon. The selection is more impressive than the sign.

READER RECOMMENDED: Downtown LA Motors Mercedes Benz

1801 S. Figueroa St., (888) 835-8640 or benzla.com

 

BEST JEWELRY MART

St. Vincent Jewelry Center

650 S. Hill St. #S2, (213) 629-2124 or svjc.com

The self-proclaimed largest jewelry complex in the world, SVJC houses nearly 500 jewelry manufacturers, designers and dealers. Be ready to walk, talk and bargain. 

READER RECOMMENDED: California Jewelry Mart

607 S. Hill St., (213) 627-2831

© Los Angeles Downtown News 2012