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You’ve traveled to Los Angeles planning to enjoy the outdoor attractions, go shopping on Rodeo Drive, or maybe hike to the Hollywood sign. But when you get there, the weather isn't on your side. It’s raining.

Luckily, there are lots of indoor things to do in L.A. Here are a few of them.


There are several new museums in L.A. to check out. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has a new home in downtown in a 12,700-square-foot industrial building. The first exhibits now open include Martín Ramírez: His Life In Pictures, and LA/LA, a site-specific installation by Abigail DeVille using found materials from neighborhoods around the museum.

You can also visit The Broad in downtown with an exhibit of 100 works by Jasper Johns. Or try the Marciano Art Foundation, which has rotating, thematic exhibitions. The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County has an incredible exhibit on tattoos running through April.

Food Halls

The new trend in L.A. dining is food halls, and there are several to check out. The Grand Central Market in downtown just celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and has more than 40 food stalls and vendors who represent L.A.’s diverse community. Be sure to stop by Sari Sari, the newest stall to open this July featuring Filipino food; Eggslut, a buzzy breakfast spot; and Madcapra, the first L.A. restaurant from chefs behind Kismet.

Grand Central Market
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Also try Spring Arcade Building in downtown, which was built in 1924 and modeled after the nineteenth century shopping arcades of London and Paris. Now it’s been transformed into a food hall with offerings such as Blu Jam Café, Don Francisco’s ‘Casa Cubana,’ and Kai Japanese Roots. It also has Guisados, a popular taco restaurant known for its homemade and made-to-order tortillas and stewed meats; and Gelateria Uli, which specializes in gelato made from ingredients from local farmer’s markets.

Another option is Corporation Food Hall in downtown, one of the newest food halls to open in Los Angeles.

Underground Bars

There are several spots to get a cozy drink underground when the rain is pouring outside. Try Birds & Bees, a speakeasy built under a downtown office tower with exposed steel and concrete interiors. Follow the wooden fence alongside the red brick wall at the northwest corner of the parking lot to find the secret entrance. Rhythm Room was originally a jazz lounge in the basement of the Hotel Hayward and a hotbed of music in the 1940s and '50s. The lounge closed when the hotel fell into disrepair in the 1970s, but reopened this year with much of the original architecture intact. Check out the marble staircase that leads guests down from street level to a cozy World War II-styled bar with retro furnishings.

Underground Bars Birds and Bees
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Also visit Clifton’s Republic, an iconic L.A. restaurant that reopened in 2015 after a five-year, multimillion dollar renovation. The five-floor venue includes a revamped cafeteria, a miniature chapel, a 40-foot-tall fake redwood tree, a 19th-century gothic altar-turned-bar, a tiki bar with a full boat inside, and lots of taxidermy dioramas created in consultation with experts from the Natural History Museum.

The newest addition is a basement speakeasy bar called Shadowbox, which is set to open in early 2018.

Los Angeles Sporting Events

LA Derby Dolls
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Get tickets to see basketball or hockey at the Staples Center, or go for college ball by seeing the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion or the USC Trojans at the Galen Center. If that’s not your thing, consider seeing the L.A. Derby Dolls, a roller derby league. Four teams compete within the league, and their duels involve fun team names and stylish uniforms.

Indoor Sports

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You can also get your own workout at indoor facilities throughout the city. Try the Los Angeles Athletic Club, which was started in 1880 as the first private club in L.A. Or you can try pole dancing at Evolve Dance Studio, aerial yoga at Hollywood Aerial Arts, or rock climbing at Rockreation. You can even attempt indoor surfing workouts at Sandbox Fitness, take a trampoline fitness course at Sky High Fitness, or tackle an obstacle course at Tempest Freerunning Academy.