What began as a produce market is now a massive outdoor shopping destination near the Arts District that is coming into its own. Here are seven things we love about ROW DTLA.
1. The views
It’s a cinch to find a spot in the ten-story, 4,000-space parking structure, but drive to the top anyway to check out the skyline from the lush rooftop garden. (Don’t forget to get validated.)
2. Bodega’s sneaker stash
As a nod to the ROW’s produce market roots, the retailer Bodega has installed a fruit stand at the front of its space. Walk past the plastic curtain to sample its rare kicks.
3. Murals galore
Built between 1917 and 1923, the six-building, 32-acre complex is the focus of big plans: There are more than a dozen retailers so far, with room for 100 plus 15 restaurants and loads of office space. Take time to check out the 30,000 square feet of murals painted by local artists throughout the facility.
4. Portland import Bridge & Burn
The Bridge & Burn here is the only place in the U.S. outside the Portland flagship to score its urban lumberjack duds. It’s worth stopping by just to bask in the woodsy scent of the candles.
5. Beautifully preserved industrial architecture
Charged with spearheading the adaptive reuse of the complex, L.A. architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios added gardens, shade trees, and plazas. At the same time, the firm was careful to preserve the industrial look of the complex’s buildings, which go back to the early 20th century.
6. There’s always something going on
ROW tenants host in-store pop-ups, block parties, yoga sessions, and live music nights. (It was also the venue for our recent Best New Restaurants soiree.) For current happenings, check their website.
7. A+R’s furniture and digs
Rose Apodaca and partner Andy Griffith were the first tenants to come aboard, in 2016. Filled with design-focused furniture and home goods, their showroom, A+R, doubles as an event space for dinners and design talks.
ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown.
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