LA Arts District Flea Market

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE hunting for treasures. Flea markets & farmers markets have quick become my favorite places to visit on the weekends due to their super low-key, earthy, peaceful vibes. I’ve been frequenting the Brentwood Farmers Market forever but just went to the downtown LA Arts District Flea Market for the first time and was so impressed that I couldn’t help but share!

The Arts District Flea Market is as artsy-crazy as the Arts District itself. The market is hosted inside a warehouse in DTLA, and stepping foot inside is like stepping foot into vintage wonderland. If you’re looking for an impossible-to-find antique fridge, typewriter, sewing machine, table, lamp….. ETC! this is your place.

There’s also a whole mess of eclectic art, jewelry, clothing, and home decor! Prices are a little higher than an average flea market, but considering the quality of the gems you find here, I’d say it’s well worth it!

Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, the Arts District Flea Market is a ton of fun to stop by and walk around! There’s music, a super fun crowd, and occasionally there are games to play too! (Check out the vintage arcade basketball set below!). When you’re done at the market, go have dinner at one of the many eateries in the Industrial / Arts Districts of DTLA.

The market is open 11AM – 7PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Happy treasure hunting!!

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Restaurant Review: JiST Cafe

Restaurant Name: JiST Cafe
Location: 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American (Asian Fusion)
Great for: Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

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What first started out as a mom-and-pop joint, that was known for its chashu dumplings in the 1940s, is now a happenin’ breakfast and lunch dive with heavy Japanese influence.

JiST Cafe is a lovely little breakfast and lunch spot, that sits on first street in the heart of Little Tokyo. Not only is the food great, but the employees are so welcoming and attentive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The decor inside is so artistic and gives the small cafe such a big personality. I love how they placed the plants on the wall, and how they used desk lamps as ceiling lights! So creative!

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Now, onto the best part… FOOD! As I mentioned before, JiST is well-known for all their chashu/pork base dishes. The first time i came here, I had the Chashu Hash Skillet, although a little on the oily side, it was DELICIOUS! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. nommmssss!

I decided to change up my order during my recent visit. I ordered the Katsu Sandwich, which was huge! It was a little difficult to eat because it came in more of a flatbread form. I didn’t even attempt to try to make it into a real sandwich – probably because I was STARVING, and ain’t nobody got time for that! My co-worker got Porky Omurice, and based on her silence, I am guessing she enjoyed it.. Did I mention she loves to eat just as much as I do, and persuaded me to share an order of the French toast, which by the way was filled with custard.. OMG! My thighs were very happy.

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I highly suggest you check out this great cafe for breakfast or lunch! Take a look at their website! ENTER WITH CAUTION: WILL MAKE MOUTH WATER.

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Hip Hip LA!

This past weekend, my good friend and I were finally able to hang out and take part in some pretty hip things in the heart of downtown LA, the Arts District. A place where the population is 95% hipsters and 5% other… Check out the places we explored!

Handsome Coffee Roasters – I am not a usually a devoted coffee drinker, but i promised my friend a good cup of joe! Not only is this place for the artisan coffee lovers, but it is also the haunt for the oh-so hip. I’m talking the fully bearded, indie-rockin, vintage wearin, straight black coffee drinking, hate to be called Hipsters, Hipsters! (I work in the Arts District, so I am technically a ‘Hipster’ by association…) Even though this was not exactly my cup of tea, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.. and the coffee!

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Art Share LA – A sanctuary for the arts in none other than the Arts District. Upstairs they provide subsidized lofts for the artists, and downstairs they have a community programmed facility offering classes, exhibitions and events! When I started working in the Arts District, I also began to volunteer some time at Art Share. I’ve grown to really love the place because it genuinely captures the spirit and soul of the Arts District. I couldn’t resist showing my friend this inspiring place. They were also prepping for a Gallery Exhibit Opening – Alliance Collective: Opifex. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood!

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Photo Credit: Cheyanne Sauter

We got a little artsy with all the incredible street art…

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*We also had brunch at Little Bear (see restaurant review) and played around at the newly opened Eightytwo barcade (coming soon on the blog)!