On the hunt for the best #selfie #spots (#selfiespots) this summer? Look no further than LA’s hippest ‘hood, Downtown Los Angeles (#DTLA #MoveToDTLA). Here’s our Top 5 picks of where to snap that perfect pic:
1. Museum of Ice Cream – Mateo / 7th Street
This limited time-only experience will make you feel like a kid again. Sprinkle pits, banana splits, gigantic grizzly gummies — every inch of this Wonka-esque wonderland will delight your senses and Instagram followers (and may even earn you a few more).
2. Arts District Co-Op Angel Wings Mural, by Colette Miller – 453 Colyton Street
Created in 2012, Colette Miller’s Global Angel Wings Project serves as a reminder to humankind that we are all angels of the Earth. This human-sized interactive street art project encourages passersby to stop and pose for a pic, allowing them to literally become part of the art. From Kenya to Cuba, Miller has cherub-ified cities worldwide, but this DTLA site was the very first.
Pittsburgh-born provocateur Matt Gondek is known for reconstructions (or, in most cases, deconstructions) of your favorite childhood characters. Cartoons, comic books, video games — no pop culture protagonist is safe in Gondek’s savvy spray-painted hands. His most recent mural serves as a mesmerizing marquee to one of DTLA’s best burger joints, Meatzilla!
4. The Broad Museum – 221 S Grand Avenue
A monumental moment for LA’s modern art scene, 2012 brought Eli and Edythe Broad’s 2,000 piece private contemporary collection into the public space — for free. The steady stream of supporters flowing around the block, waiting to enter, is proof of The Broad’s perpetual popularity. Be sure to check out Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room for an especially stunning selfie… just make sure you get your tickets well in advance.
5. Los Angeles State Historic Park Orange Trees – 1245 N Spring Street
Chinatown-adjacent and mere steps from the MetroGold Line, DTLA’s newest outdoor space is the perfect place to pack a picnic and ‘park.’ Once a major LA railway, this 32-acre retreat has been completely revitalized with bicycle-OK walkways, fields for furry friends, and our favorite photogenic feature: the orange sapling grove.