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DTLA Restaurant Update 2018: The Best New Spots Near WREN

It’s time to eat, y’all! Just when you thought the DTLA restaurant scene couldn’t get any better, a new wave of culinary masters has recently descended upon our beloved City of Angels. How do we know this? Well, it just so happens that tons of fantastic spots have opened near WREN’s new South Park apartments within the last couple of months. So, if you’re looking for a spectacular bite to eat, make sure to head on over to our neck of the woods and check these out:

Takasan Japanese Bowls


*image from LaDowntowner.com

Located in the Financial District, you’ll find Takasan Japanese Bowls with its fast and casual facade; however, don’t let that fool you — it’s a legit DTLA restaurant serving up authentic and delicious Japanese donburi (aka rice bowls). The flavors are big, the portions are perfect, and the prices are affordable. It might just end up your favorite lunch spot.



*image from Beelman’s Facebook

Many DTLA-ers argue that Beelman’s serves some of the best vegan comfort food in town. Favorites include Tachos, Wonton Mee Bites, and the Viet-nom-nom Wrap. Plus, they have a pretty great beer and cocktail list. (If you’re a fan of pickleback shots, Beelman’s might become a good friend.)

NoMad Lobby and Mezzanine


*image from the Nomad’s Instagram

Less than a mile from WREN’s new South Park apartments and located within the historic Giannini Place building is the gorgeous and luxurious NoMad Hotel. Here, you’ll find more than one must-visit DTLA restaurant operated by esteemed chef Daniel Humm:

  1. The NoMad Mezzanine is a fine dining experience featuring incredible New American cuisines such as suckling pig and foie gras with pear, black onion, and red walnuts.

The NoMad Lobby is a more casual spot with cocktails to die for, and a menu showcasing delectable dishes like a dry-aged beef burger, Chicken Milanese, and a gourmet hot dog with black truffle and celery.

The Dolly Lama


*Image from The Dolly Lama’s Instagram

This isn’t your grandfather’s ice cream shop! The Dolly Lama specializes in mind-blowing made-to-order waffles and ice cream. The 10 scrumptious sauces, nearly 30 toppings, and 8 tasty ice cream flavors are perfect accompaniments to The Dolly Lama’s traditional waffles, waffle sticks, and bubble waffles. For example, you can explore the bubble waffle with red velvet ice cream, malt balls, marshmallows, and Nutella (just a suggestion).

LiOrient Asian Bar & Lounge


*image from LiOrient’s Facebook

LiOrient Asian Bar & Lounge is a fairly new DTLA restaurant but has already made a name for itself with its delightful pork, crab, and truffle XLB (aka soup dumplings). Other yummy dishes that have also built a reputation include orange chicken and black pepper duck. The name of the game here is fast service, but it doesn’t take away from an elegant atmosphere.

South City Fried Chicken


*image from South City Fried Chicken’s Facebook

You don’t have to travel to the Southern part of the country for some heavenly fried chicken — you just have to walk a mile from WREN’s new South Park apartments! People from all over are falling in love with the deliciously tender and juicy fried chicken sandwiches at South City Fried Chicken. Most diehard regulars will agree that the Birmingham (loaded with cheddar, horseradish chimichurri, and hickory smoked onions) is the must-try at this DTLA restaurant.



*image from Ebaes Facebook

Quality sushi and ramen can be hard to come by, so we’re ecstatic that we have EBaes just a couple miles from our DTLA apartments. Just about every roll is fabulous, but the favorite is often the original ramen with coconut milk. They also have a grab and go counter so you can still have a terrific lunch or dinner if you’re running around like a madman/madwoman.

Inko Nito


*image from Inko Nito’s Instagram

As soon as you walk into Inko Nito and see the massive grill in the middle of the dining area, you know something special is about to happen. This DTLA restaurant is Korean and Japanese at its best! Various meat and fish dishes are grilled to perfection by skilled chefs. But, that’s not to say that the sushi rolls and veggies aren’t fantastic (because they are). You know what? Just try it all.

East Garden

*image from East Garden’s website

Fortunately, for the foodies at WREN, South Park and Chinatown are pretty close to each other. This means mouthwatering Chinese food is a hop, skip, and a jump away. The Hong Kong Style fare at East Garden is phenomenal and one of the best parts — they don’t skimp on the portions. Everything is awesome here, but word on the street is that no other DTLA restaurant does Singapore noodles like East Garden does.

We know it might be hard to believe that all of these culinary treasures are so close to WREN, but we promise it’s true! WREN has an amazing location in the heart of downtown LA. In addition to the sensational cuisine, we’re also near parks, shops, entertainment, cultural centers, and the hottest LA nightlife spots.  

What’s also impressive about WREN is that when residents aren’t discovering a world-class city, they’re able to retreat to a community that fosters an extraordinary living experience. With two signature buildings and first-rate amenities such as an on-site restaurant, private park, two indoor/outdoor rooftop decks, pool and poolside cabana, business center,  conference room, and fully-appointed resident club lounge, we’ve built a reputation as one of the preeminent apartment communities in LA. Not to mention, all these features complement our roomy, modern, and luxurious apartment homes. We work to make DTLA-ers feel like there’s nowhere else they’d rather live, work, and play.

We’re confident that you’d feel right at home with WREN! Drop our leasing agents a line to find out why our DTLA apartments are a perfect fit for you!


The Quintessential DTLA Lifestyle Awaits You at WREN

What exactly is a DTLA lifestyle? Good question! It can be hard to nail down just one description of what it means to be a DTLA-er. Los Angeles is one of the largest and most eclectic cities in the world, which means there’s just about something for everyone. It also means that no one experience is the same. That’s why it’s important for apartments in DTLA be perfectly outfitted for a wide variety of wants and needs. That’s exactly how we do things at WREN! Whatever you’re into, you’re bound to find it in WREN’s neck of the woods. Here are some of the ways in which WREN is ideal for life in LA.

Close Proximity to the Top Salons


Wi Spa

Spa treatments, a rooftop terrace, and onsite restaurant, oh my!

Hugh Spa

Here, you can relax in six different therapeutic spaces including the red clay ball, magnet, charcoal, mud, ice, and salt rooms.   

Pho-Siam Thai Spa

This is a spot for an excellent Thai massage. The gentle pressure and stretching are known to result in several health benefits such as improving blood circulation, relieving pain, and increasing energy levels.

World-Class Entertainment Is Right Around the Corner


A major advantage of a DTLA lifestyle is being in the Entertainment Capital of the World. WREN makes this even better by boasting a location that’s just minutes from L.A. Live which houses the hottest venues in California. For instance, you can catch a Lakers, Clippers, or Kings game at the STAPLES Center. Or, you can see your favorite music acts, dance groups, and comedians at Microsoft Theater.

Incredible Nightlife Within Reach


Los Angeles is definitely a mecca for night owls and, what’s more, the South Park neighborhood has become home to some of the best scenes in the City. If bars and clubs are an essential part of your DTLA lifestyle, you’ll find some of the best near WREN:

  • The Hyde Lounge offers the ultimate seat for a STAPLES Center show.
  • Perch LA showcases food, drinks, and live music in a cool Parisian ambiance.
  • Elevate Lounge woos you with sushi, cocktails, and a killer dance floor.

Great Food


It doesn’t matter whether you prefer quick bites or fancy schmancy experiences, South Park can fill your belly with whatever you’re craving:


  • Tom’s Urban is a great spot for grabbing a bite before or after a game at STAPLES Center.
  • Hoke Poke is riding the poke trend right with delectable sushi-grade fish and sustainable ingredients.
  • Cow is known for a scrumptious breakfast, good coffee, and exceptional Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes.

Take-Your-Time Options

  • At WP24, you’ll get contemporary Chinese fare and stellar views of the City.
  • Church and State will delight your taste buds with locally-sourced French cuisine.
  • Otium does just about everything from seafood and wood-fired dishes to French and Japanese-inspired creations.

Luxury Apartments that Are Made for Any DTLA Lifestyle

Okay, so we’ve thoroughly explained how the WREN location is unbeatable and ideal for any DTLA-er; however, that’s not the end of it. Within WREN’s DTLA apartments are carefully curated and purposeful features meant to maximize comfort, and just make your life generally more convenient and enjoyable:

As you can see WREN isn’t your run-of-the-mill apartment community. We want DTLA-ers to experience Los Angeles in a way that’s meaningful to them, and we take great care in making sure all our residents, no matter who they are, feel like they’re truly at home.

Get in touch with WREN to find out how we can help you build the DTLA lifestyle that’s right for you!

DTLA Arts & Culture – A List of World Class Museum’s Near WREN

It probably goes without saying that the DTLA arts and culture scene is truly something to be admired. Los Angeles boasts a reputation as a vibrant, creative, diverse, and thriving city, and it has long attracted scores of talented artists, enthusiastic historians, and expert and novice art lovers from all over the world. It makes for an incredible museum experience unlike any other. Since WREN’s South Park luxury apartments are in the heart of downtown, some of the nation’s most celebrated museums just happen to be right around the corner from us. Consequently, we were able to compile a list of the top museums you must visit while you’re in LA!

The Broad

The Broad - DTLA arts and culture

When you talk about DTLA arts and culture, you absolutely must discuss The Broad. Since its opening approximately two years ago, over a million visitors have descended upon its massive gallery space. The Broad’s architecturally stunning 120,000-square-foot building showcases artists at the forefront of contemporary art and holds a nearly 2,000-piece art collection (with additional rotating exhibits). And, it’s all free!

A+D Museum

A+D Museum a couple miles from our DTLA apartments

From A+D’s Facebook

Just a couple miles from our DTLA apartments is the Downtown Arts District and one-of-a-kind A+D Museum. No other museum in Los Angeles celebrates the fascinating and essential art of progressive architecture and design. Since 2001, the Museum has been entertaining and educating designers and non-designers alike through captivating exhibits, projects, lectures, conferences, and public outreach. It’s definitely become a staple of the DTLA arts and culture community.

California Science Center

California Science Center Near WREN Apartments DTLA

*image from California Science Center’s Facebook page

Science centers are loads of fun for the whole family and one of the best is conveniently located in DTLA. The California Science Center occupies a 400,000-square-foot facility and is known as the largest hands-on center of its kind on the West Coast. No matter when you decide to visit, there is an awesome array of activities including interactive and static exhibitions, IMAX screenings, educational programs, and live demonstrations. Special exhibit tickets range in price but admission into permanent galleries is free.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

El Pueblo de Los Angeles DTLA Arts & Culture

El Pueblo de Los Angeles is a vital contributor to the DTLA arts and culture scene. This historical monument pays tribute to the birthplace of LA. Nearly 240 years ago, immigrants of Native American, European, and African descent traveled from what is currently northern Mexico to the area we know today as Los Angeles. Every year, more than two million people visit the 44-acre park that’s inclusive of museums and other attractions related to the area’s rich and intriguing history.

FIDM Museum

FIDM Museum DTLA Arts & Culture

*Image from FIDM’s Facebook

The fashion industry in downtown Los Angeles rivals that of New York and other heavy hitters. For this reason, it’s no wonder that DTLA has a fantastic museum memorializing the artists who have helped shape our culture through clothing and accessory design. The FIDM Museum offers up a comprehensive and impressive display of developments in the fashion world. You’ll see everything from sketches and photography to handbags, hats, costumes, and gowns.

Grammy Museum  

Grammy Museum a few blocks from WREN’s luxury apartments in South Park

*image from The Grammy Museum’s Facebook

For many people, the lifeblood of DTLA arts and culture is music. For almost 60 years, Los Angeles has been home to the world-famous Grammy Awards. Through permanent and temporary exhibits, the Grammy Museum honors influential musicians and seeks to raise awareness about the importance of music in society. (As an added bonus for us and our residents, the Grammy Museum is located in the L.A. LIVE District which is just a few blocks from WREN’s luxury apartments in South Park.)   

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art DTLA

Yes, contemporary art is making another appearance on the list. We couldn’t leave you without mentioning MOCA. It’s touted as the “only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles”. Here, visitors enjoy thousands of pieces showcasing groundbreaking American and European art created after the 1940s. MOCA has three separate LA locations but we have an affinity for the Grand Avenue branch located about 1.5 miles from us.

At WREN, we’re thrilled to be in the epicenter of DTLA arts and culture. It helps us nurture an optimal apartment living experience.

When our residents aren’t out exploring all that downtown Los Angeles has to offer, they’re able to retreat to a community completely centered on them. We feature two signature buildings, roomy apartment homes, covetable amenities and social spaces, and a contemporary yet warm aesthetic throughout. We make it easy to work, create, entertain, relax, and connect with friends and neighbors — all in the comfort of home. Basically, every aspect of WREN is designed to foster a balanced lifestyle.

No matter who you are, there’s a place for you here! Contact WREN to learn more about living in preeminent luxury apartments in South Park!