Los Angeles: ‘New York Times Journeys’ Downtown LA Tour with Food Tastings

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Downtown Los Angeles is the birthplace of this metropolis, whose heritage of immigration is on display through food, the arts and architecture. Explore the home of the earliest Mexican settlers, and see how not just China, but other Asian nations have created a vast tapestry. On this exclusive tour inspired by The New York Times’s “36 Hours” feature, get hands-on experience and in-depth exposure to a multicultural hub of the City of Angels.

Ride the Red Line metro to the beautifully restored Art Deco Union Station, now a dining and entertainment hub.
See some of the fabulous murals honoring immigrants and local figures, including one hidden from view for decades.
Explore the city’s birthplace at El Pueblo de Los Angeles National Monument.
Taste, see, smell and experience the cultural wonders of Mexican and Chinese communities.
Make a wish at a historic Chinatown wishing well.

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  • What's included :
    • Local English Speaking Guide
    • Mole workshop and tastings session
    • Entrance to a temple in Chinatown
    • Chinese tea ceremony
    • Pastry
    • Metro ticket
    • Food tasting in the market
    • Entry/Admission - Grand Central Market
    • Entry/Admission - Angels Flight Railway
    • Entry/Admission - Bradbury Building
    • Entry/Admission - The Last Bookstore
    • Entry/Admission - Pershing Square
    • Entry/Admission - Metro Rail Operations Center
    • Entry/Admission - Union Station
    • Entry/Admission - El Pueblo de Los Angeles
    • Entry/Admission - Olvera Street
    • Entry/Admission - Avila Adobe
    • Entry/Admission - America Tropical Interpretive Center
    • Entry/Admission - Chiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico
    • Entry/Admission - Chinatown
    • Entry/Admission - Thien Hau Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities for your guide
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

    Our Downtown Taco tour starts in the heart of the City of Angels: Los Angeles. Home to captivating art, deeply rooted ethnic communities and world-class food, the nation’s second-largest city is vivid, soulful and eclectic.

    Pass By: Downtown, Downtown, Los Angeles, California

    Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters.

    Stop At: Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1222

    Opened in 1917 it is the place where over 100 vendors over amazing food, goods and new things to explore. We will stroll around and enjoy a local item.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Angels Flight Railway, 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1003

    Angel’s Flight is a landmark funicular railway in Downtown Los Angeles that has two cars: Sinai and Olivet. The self-proclaimed “shortest railway in the world” has a storied history in Los Angeles.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Bradbury Building, 304 S Broadway Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1224

    The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in downtown Los Angeles, California. Built-in 1893, the five-story office building is best known for its extraordinary skylit atrium of access walkways, stairs and elevators, and their ornate ironwork.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St _ Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Airy book & record store offering new & used items in a multilevel space adorned with local art.

    Duration: 1 minute

    Stop At: Pershing Square, Boundaries are South Hill St, South Olive St, West Sixth St, and West Fifth St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Pershing Square is a small public park in Downtown Los Angeles, California, one square block in size, bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Metro Rail Operations Center, 2000 E Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90059, USA

    The Los Angeles Metro Rail is an urban rail transportation system serving Los Angeles County, California. It consists of six lines, including two rapid transit subway lines and four light rail lines serving 93 stations.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Union Station, 800 N Alameda St Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2177

    Los Angeles Union Station is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Macy, Alameda, Spring and Arcadia streets, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2932

    We will explore the birthplace of the first Mexican settlement at the Pueblo de Los Angeles National Monument.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Olvera Street, Main and Alameda streets 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Passing all Mexican goods and food stalls we stroll around on the oldest street of the city Olvera Street.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Avila Adobe, 10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2921

    The Avila Adobe, built-in 1818 by Francisco Avila, is the oldest standing residence in Los Angeles, California.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: America Tropical Interpretive Center, 125 Paseo de La Plz, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2932

    The center is dedicated to the life and legacy of David Alfaro Siqueiros. His mural, América Tropical, continues to have a profound influence on the Chicano Muralist Movement in Los Angeles. The messages he relayed through his provocative art have impacted people in the world over.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico, 103 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

    Surrounded by art, Chiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico offers a lovely ambience and embraces the “art of food,” by attractively presenting a variety of dishes with the authentic deep rich flavors found in the regions of Southern Mexico. Chiguacle is the first and only restaurant in Los Angeles to present the food not just from one but from four Southern Mexico regions.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Chinatown, N Broadway at North Hill St Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Chinatown is a festive destination for dining and shopping. Pagoda-style buildings with red lanterns house traditional Chinese restaurants, dim sum houses and bakeries, plus specialty grocery stores and gift shops.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Thien Hau Temple, 750 Yale St # 756, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2326

    The Thien Hau Temple is a temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, the deified form of the medieval Hokkien girl Lin Moniang, located in Los Angeles's Chinatown in California.

    Duration: 1 minute

  • Departure Point :
    Angels Flight Railway Lower Station, 351 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Center Street, Center St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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Activity ID: V-5713P150

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