Good to Know

Want to know how to navigate Downtown Los Angeles without climbing into the car? How about where to go when you need cold medicine and it’s late? Or are you looking for a place to work out? Check out this handy list that will help you with just about anything you want in Downtown. It’s all at you fingertips. 

Getting Around 

Metro Bike Share: This is Downtown’s newest transportation system — on two wheels. With more than 700 bikes and scores of docking stations throughout Downtown, the program is great for short trips and connecting to other transit. It’s available 24/7, 365 days a year. A monthly $17 pass allows you to ride free for the first 30 minutes; it’s $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. Walk up users can pay via credit card — it’s also $1.75 per 30 minutes. Stations have a touchscreen kiosk and maps. Seats are adjustable and front and rear lights activate automatically. Don’t forget a helmet. You can also download the app. You must be 16 or older. bikeshare.metro.net or (844) 857-BIKE.

DASH Downtown: This convenient local bus service is used by many a Downtowner, and for 50 cents a ride it can’t be beat. Operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the DASH will take you from one end of Downtown to the other — from Chinatown on the north to Exposition Park on the south. Five routes operate weekdays, with two on weekends. Monday through Friday routes A, B, D and E operate every five to eight minutes, and F runs every 10 minutes. On weekends, routes E and F operate from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (route E runs from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday only), and take riders to the Fashion District, Financial District, City West and Exposition Park/USC. Route A, in the Arts District, was recently expanded. LADOT is at (213) 808-2273 or ladottransit.com. Look for the DASH bus signs on every street, or ask a DASH driver for a map and schedule. 

Subway/Light Rail/Bus: The city’s subway system, or Metro, operates four local rail lines (Green Line, Blue Line, Red Line and Gold Line) that can take you around Downtown L.A. and as far afield as Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach and more. The newly opened Expo Line finally connects Downtown to the Westside — it’s the long-desired subway to the sea (or, at least, a few blocks from the beach). Fare is $1.75 each way. Metro also offers one of the largest bus fleets in the nation. Day passes are $7 ($2.50 for senior citizens). The regional EZpass can be used for travel on Metro buses and trains as well as buses operated by 11 municipal operators in L.A. County. The cost is $110 for a regular monthly EZpass or $42 for seniors and disabled. Call (323) GOMETRO for information or check MTA’s 24-hour interactive trip planner at metro.net

Salons/Spas

Angelo’s Barber Shop: A full-service shop specializing in hot towel shaves and gentlemen’s cuts. 515-A S. Olive St., (213) 627-7440, angelosbarbershop.com.

Bolt Barbers: Old-school barbers with a modern sensibility and serious skills. You can also get a shave and a shoeshine. 460 S. Spring St., Suite B, (213) 232-0173, boltbarbers.com.

Candolyn’s Salon & Day Spa: Hair, mani-pedi, scalp treatment and massage at the California Plaza Watercourt. 350 S. Grand Ave., D-9, (213) 625-7895, candolyns.com.

Curt Darling Salon: Get the signature Darling DryCut along with a range of hair and styling services. 704 S. Spring St., (213) 426-4000, curtdarling.com.

Frais Spa: Inside the O Hotel is this tranquil modern spa that offers a steam room and rain showers. 819 S. Flower St., (213) 784-8194, fraisspa.com.

Jacqueline’s Salon: Hair and nail services on Bunker Hill. 108 W. Second St., #202, (213) 617-7911, jacquelinessalon.com.

The Loft 8w Hair Salon: Inside the Santa Fe Lofts, this airy space does cuts, color, Brazilian straightening and makeup. 560 S. Main St., (213) 622-2902, theloft8wsalon.com.

Neihule: This chic, full-service salon is decked out in mod white. They even have a bar for refreshments. 607 S. Olive St., (213) 623-4383, neihule.com.

Neihule 2: This second location complements the Olive Street salon with a nail spa, tanning and blow dry bar. 512 W. Seventh St., (213) 627-5300, neihule.com.

Ritz-Carlton Spa: This upscale spa will pamper you in the signature Ritz style. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 743-8800, ritzcarlton.com.

Rudy’s Barber Shop: Cuts and color on the cheap and trendy. Standard Hotel, 550 S. Flower St., (213) 439-3058, rudysbarbershop.com.

Salon Eleven: A hip, upbeat salon offering cuts, color, styling, waxing, makeup and Brazilian Blowouts. 420 W. 11th St., (213) 744-9944, salon-eleven.com.

Salon on Seventh: This longtime, full-service salon is next to the L.A. Athletic Club. 429 W. Seventh St., (213) 688-0436, salonon7th.com.

Salon on 6: A hip, modern salon and day spa in the Historic Core. 548 S. Spring St., (213) 623-5033.

Salon Pure: Unisex cuts, color, nails and waxing in the Santa Fe Lofts. 117 E. Sixth St., (213) 624-7873, salonpurela.com.

Soleil Beauty Salon: Take care of all your beauty needs at this friendly salon. 901 S. Main St., (213) 593-9090, salonsoleilla.com.

Wax Candy: Get waxed in a clean, comfortable and friendly locale. They’ll give you a lollipop afterward. 756 S. Main St., (213) 228-2639, waxcandy.com.

Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa: With more than 40 years in the biz, this tranquil spa does everything from facials to massages to body wraps. 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 687-6683, yabeauty.com.

Fitness

Attitude Fitness: A sleek and modern gym inside the Wilshire Grand Center. 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 274-0071, attitudefitnessdtla.com.

Bar Method: The Historic Core site of a challenging, full-body workout, ballet style. 724 S. Spring St., (213) 221-1237, barmethod.com.

CrossFit213: This strength and fitness program will get you ready to tackle any physical challenge. 903 S. Hill St., (213) 222-8067, crossfit213.com.

Equinox: A beautiful locale with luxury amenities and state-of-the-art equipment. Plus a smoothie bar. 444 S. Flower St., (213) 330-3999, equinox.com.

Evoke Yoga: This 1,500-square-foot space has a serene, modern touch. 731 S. Spring St., (213) 375-5528, evokeyoga.com

Gold’s Gym: You’ll find every class imaginable, from boot camp to cycling to Pilates. Plus loads of equipment at this centrally located gym. 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 688-1441, goldsgym.com

Grand Park Bootcamp: Get your free after-work bootcamp in Downtown’s Grand Park. Did we mention it’s free? 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080, grandparkla.org.

Ketchum-Downtown YMCA: Basketball, volleyball, free weights, tennis, aerobics, indoor track, a FitLinxx program and more. 401 S. Hope St., (213) 624-2348, ymcala.org.

Krav Maga Unyted: This awesome studio welcomes all levels for its challenging martial arts and self defense workout. 334 S. Main St., (213) 223-6233, kravmagaunyted.com.

L.A. Boulders: This may be the most fun you’ll ever have working out. With 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain, it’s the largest bouldering gym in SoCal. 1375 E. Sixth St., (323) 406-9119, touchstoneclimbing.com.

L.A. Fitness: Personal trainers, tons of equipment and classes. 700 S. Flower St., (213) 624-3933, lafitness.com

Lazrfit: Yes, it’s laser tag, but it’s not kid’s stuff. This is a high-intensity aerobics workout where you can burn 200 calories in 12 minutes. 400 W. Pico Blvd., (855) 529-7348 or lazrfit.com.

Los Angeles Athletic Club: This venerable private club has a basketball court, pool, personal training, classes and social events. 431 W. Seventh St., (213) 625-2211, laac.com

Planet Fitness: This 28,000-square-foot spot on Broadway has affordable prices and a “judgment-free” approach. 437 S. Broadway, (213) 699-0030, planetfitness.com.

Soul Cycle: An indoor cycling chain offering classes six days a week and 54 bikes. 898 S. Olive St., (323) 463-7685, soul-cycle.com.

Speedplay: Don’t be a slave to the machine with this high-intensity, interval training program complete with playlist. 1113 ½ S. Hope St., (213) 894-9944, speedplayla.com.

Trojan Crossfit: Great community and friendly coaches at this Arts District box. 431 S. Hewitt St., (213) 537-0446, trojancrossfit.com.

Places of Worship

The Bridge @ Union Church LA, 401 E. Third St., thebridgeatunion.org.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., (213) 680-5200, olacathedral.org.

Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 S. Central Ave., (213) 617-9097, centenarylt.org.

Central City Church of the Nazarene, 419 E. Sixth St., (213) 689-1766, lacentralcity.org.

Christian Science Reading Room, 404 S. Figueroa St., Suite 602A (Westin Bonaventure Hotel), (213) 928-0920 

City Light Church, 801 E. Fourth Pl., citylightchurch.org.

Fearless LA, 618 S. Spring St., fearlessla.com.

First Chinese Baptist Church, 942 Yale St., (213) 687-0814, fcbc.org.

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., (213) 385-1341, fccla.org.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 E. Third St., (213) 626-4200, hhbt-la.org.

Hillsong Los Angeles, 1050 S. Hill St., hillsong.com/la.

Jewish Community Center — Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles, 219 W. Seventh St., (213) 488-1543, downtownjcc.com.

Jodo Shu Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 442 E. Third St., (213) 346-9666.

Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 E. First St., (213) 624-1267, koyasan.org.

La Placita Church, 535 N. Main St., (213) 629-3101, laplacitachurch.org.

Living Way Community Church, 1440 N. Spring St., (213) 617-9097, lwccla.org

Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Center, 222 S. Hewitt St., (213) 626-2279, sfxcjcc.org.

New City Church of L.A., 514 S. Spring St., (213) 471-2415, newcitychurchla.com.

Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin, 815 E. First St., (213) 680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org.

Sovereign Grace, 1150 S. Olive St., (213) 617-0469, sovereigngracela.com.

St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church, 712 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2938, croatianchurch.com.

St. Bridget (Chinese) Catholic Church, 510 Cottage Home St., (323) 222-5518, home.stbridgetccc.com.

St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., (213) 747-6285, stjohnsla.org.

St. Peter’s Italian Church, 1039 N. Broadway, (323) 225-8119, stpeteritalianchurchla.org.

St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 621 W. Adams Blvd., (213) 749-8950, stvincentla.net.

Third Church of Christ, Scientist Los Angeles, 730 S. Hope St., (213) 622-3639.

Union Church of Los Angeles, 401 E. Third St., (213) 629-3876, unionchurchla.org.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 388-2401, wbtla.org.

Wilshire Christian Church, 3251 W. Sixth St., (213) 382-6337.

Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 S. Hewitt St., (213) 624-8658, zenshuji.org.

Schools/Childcare

Caltrans Tiny Dots Early Education Center, 100 S. Main St., (213) 897-0049, cdcla.org.

County Kids Place, 2916 S. Hope St., (213) 744-6241, kindercare.com.

Grace Lino Child Care Center, 231 E. Third St., (213) 617-8596, ltsc.org.

Harry Pregerson Child Care Center, 255 E. Temple St., (213) 894-1556, mtwashingtonpreschools.org.

Joy Picus Child Development Center, 111 E. First St. (City Hall South), (213) 978-0026, mtwashingtonpreschools.org.

La Petite Academy, 750 N. Alameda St., (213) 844-217-3279, lapetite.com.

Le Jardin des Enfants, 400 W. Ninth St., (818) 561-7772, jardinenfants.com.

Lumbini Child Development Center, 505 E. Third St., (213) 680-2976, lumbinicdc.org.

Metro Charter Elementary School, 2635 Pasadena Ave., (213) 377-5708, metrocharter.org.

Metro Gateway Child Development Center, 1 Gateway Plaza, (213) 922-4453, metrogatewaycdc.com.

Nishi Hongwanji Child Development Center, 815 E. First St., (213) 687-4585, nishihongwanji-la.org.

Pilgrim School, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., (213) 385-7351, pilgrim-school.org.

Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, 450 N. Grand Ave., (213) 217-8600, central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com.

Safety/Emergency Contacts

Arts District Los Angeles: This business improvement district provides cleaning services and 24-hour security via foot, car and bike. artsdistrictla.org.

Central City East Association: This group administers 44 blocks along the eastern swath of Downtown. (213) 228-8484, centralcityeast.org.

Chinatown BID: The BID’s Red Patrol keeps Chinatown’s streets clean and safe. Red Patrol (213) 252-1600, press 7. BID office (213) 680-0243, chinatownla.com.

Downtown Center BID: With more than 400 property owners in 65 blocks of the Central Business District, this is Downtown’s largest BID. Its purple-clad officers and ambassadors can be seen throughout the area answering questions or giving directions from information kiosks. For general inquiries call (213) 624-2146, after hours (213) 624-2425, downtownla.com.

Fashion District BID: The yellow-garbed clean and safe team patrols the bustling Fashion District on bike and via cruisers. For 24-hour public safety assistance call (213) 741-2661, fashiondistrict.org.

Figueroa Corridor BID: This organization covers the area just south of Downtown including Exposition Park and USC. For information, call weekdays at (213) 746-9577, the service hotline is at (213) 746-3444, figueroacorridor.org.

Historic Downtown Los Angeles BID: This BID aims to improve the Historic Core and serve residents, workers and visitors. (213) 239-8336, hdlabid.com.

LAPD Central Division: Located at 251 E. Sixth St., about five blocks east of the Pershing Square Red Line station. To report non-emergency crimes call (877) 275-5273.

Little Tokyo BID: This BID operates a security patrol and a street maintenance program. (213) 473-3030, visitlittletokyo.com.

South Park BID: This BID provides clean and safe teams, hauls away garbage and promotes area businesses. (213) 663-1111, southpark.la.