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24 Hours in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known as much for its perennial sunshine as it is for its sprawling landscape, so if you only have one day to take in this vibrant city, make the most of your time by spending less of it on the highway. Situated downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is within walking distance — a treasure in a town that relies so heavily on driving — to some of the most compelling museums, restaurants and architectural gems the city has to offer.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Dive In.

    Ease into your day with a dip in the heated pool, set on the hotel’s 26th floor, and take in sweeping views of the City of Angels and San Gabriel Mountains beyond. 

  • The Breakfast of Angels.

    Snag a table at nearby Bottega Louie for a proper Angeleno breakfast of egg-white omelets and green juice. Save room for something sweet, though — the stylish all-day café is known for its tempting assortment of pastries and pastel-hued macarons.

MIDDAY
  • Star Architecture.

    Get a closer look at the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry in his signature metallic form reminiscent of billowing sails. One-hour self-guided audio tours are offered most days beginning at 10 a.m. and are fittingly narrated by an award-winning actor (John Lithgow), with input from the star architect himself. 

  • Tokyo in Los Angeles.

    In a city known for its excellent sushi options, Q is among the very best. Hailing from Tokyo’s Roppongi District, Chef Hiroyuki Naruke brings his skill to this serene spot in downtown L.A. Relax over a sushi lunch, served omakase style, and marvel that a place like this exists outside of Japan.

AFTERNOON
  • Art Appreciation.

    Just a stone’s throw from Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad is another visually stunning structure. Designed by architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the futuristic honeycomb-like building houses over 2,000 works of contemporary art and features rotating special exhibitions like the recent “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” 

  • A Double Dose of Art.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art has three outposts in Los Angeles, but its main branch is conveniently across from The Broad. Amble through galleries showcasing pieces by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and other art-world luminaries, and don’t miss the notable collection of Robert Frank photographs.

EVENING
  • Dramatic Views.

    End your day the way you started it — with a panoramic view of Los Angeles, only this time starring the glittering evening skyline. Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 is on the hotel’s 24th floor and serves up a modern twist on traditional Chinese cuisine, from “tiny dumplings” to a whole roasted Peking duck.