Destination update: Los Angeles

All that's new and noteworthy in the City of Angels.

While Australia shivers through a cold snap, Los Angeles is basking in the summer sun.

This summer, the US city is also preparing for a raft of new hotels, attractions and restaurants set to open over the next few years.

These are some of our favourite new developments happening in the City of Angels:

Los Angeles hotels

Thompson Hollywood (Hollywood) – 2020

Two Roads Hospitality’s Thompson lifestyle brand, which previously operated The Hollywood Roosevelt, will return to the buzzing Hollywood neighbourhood with a new property on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The 190-room hotel is being built by Dream Hollywood developer Relevant Group and will house meeting and events space, a fitness centre and a
rooftop pool deck.

The Cambria Hotel Los Angeles (Historic Core, Downtown) – 2020

The Cambria Hotel is set to occupy 13 stories in an adaptive reuse project of a 1927 building that once housed the Los Angeles Police Department Vice Squad. The 180-room hotel will target both leisure and business travellers and offer an array of high-tech facilities including more than 700 square metres of unique meeting space and locally-sourced onsite dining.

W Los Angeles Downtown (South Park, Downtown) – 2020

The 250-room W Los Angeles Downtown will be located across the street from L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center and will be the W brand’s third location in Los Angeles. The hotel will feature a spa, outdoor pool deck, destination restaurants and almost 1400 square metres of meeting and event

Render of W Hotel Los Angles Downtown, via LA Times

Arts and culture in Los Angeles

LA Plaza Cocina (Olvera Street, Downtown) – Late 2019

LA Plaza Cocina will be the first museum and teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican food when it opens in Downtown L.A.’s Olvera Street at LA Plaza Village. The multi-disciplinary venue will aim to celebrate and educate visitors on Mexico’s culinary heritage, from its indigenous roots to its contemporary interpretations through an array of exhibitions, cooking classes, lectures, workshops, and culinary festivals.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Mid-City) – 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing the world’s leading film sciences museum to L.A.’s Miracle Mile. The project is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, and will encompass six stories of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theatres, educational areas and special event spaces. Inaugural exhibitions will include a retrospective of legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Making of: The Wizard of Oz.


Los Angeles Convention Center (South Park, Downtown) – February 2022

An estimated $1.25-billion project will transform the Convention Center and adjacent L.A. LIVE into a fully integrated 100-acre meetings and conventions destination with over 185,000 square metres of total event space, 2240 on-site hotel rooms, 20 restaurants,  unique venues and more. The entire campus project is expected to be fully complete and operational by February 2022 for the Super Bowl Fan Fest.

LA Stadium at Hollywood Park (South Bay) – 2020

When the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park opens in 2020, it will house LA’s two NFL teams: the Los Angeles Chargers and the 2019 NFC Conference Champion Los Angeles Rams. The state of the art, open-air stadium will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Olympics, as well as major concerts and other entertainment year-round.

Render of LA Stadium

Restaurants and bars

Death & Co. (Arts District, Downtown) – Late 2019

Notable New York City-born cocktail bar Death & Co., considered one of America’s greatest, will come to the popular 3rd Street stretch of the Arts District later this year. The bar and kitchen will have a menu like NYC’s East Village location as well as a secondary bar in the back of the venue reserved for private events.

The Barish (Hollywood) – January 2020

Michelin-starred chef Nancy Silverton will open The Barish, a large-scale Italian steakhouse, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt as part of a revamp of the hotel’s dining options ahead of awards season. The restaurant will specialise in meat-focused dishes and baked pastas and will feature a wood-fired grill oven in the centre of the dining room.

San Pedro Public Market (San Pedro) – Phase one by 2021

The Los Angeles waterfront will see dramatic improvements to its dining options as early as 2021. The new San Pedro Public Market will feature a 15-stall food hall, five restaurants next to the waterfront and an outdoor garden seating that is both pet nd family-friendly. Once the second phase of construction is complete, the San Pedro Public Market will house retail shops, a 5000-seat waterfront amphitheatre concert venue, playgrounds, recreation areas, waterfront taxis and cruises.

San Pedro Public Market render

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