FIDM GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN LA
Need a dose of glitz ‘n glamour to fuel you through your next fashion college design challenge? Head over to Bottega Louie, just 2 blocks from the Grand Avenue campus, and close in spirit to a crazy noisy New York lunch spot. Louie is packed with people who look like they have jobs in finance and fashion—people who dress for work.
The best away to soak up the atmosphere on a student budget is to skip the wait service and sit in the front of the restaurant. Cold cases hold a selection of standard salads and sandwiches for self-service. The adorable tuna or chicken salad sandwiches and tiny ham and cheese baguettes are all under $5. Which means you might be able to get out for under $10 with a drink. That is, if you can skip the spellbinding pastry case that runs the length of the high ceilinged, white marble space.
Or go straight to dessert! Order a gorgeous red berry mini-tart, a frosty cupcake, or the dangerously addictive macarons that have inspired a cult following on Yelp. The beautifully graphic bite-sized meringue sandwich cookies come in exotic flavors like rose and earl gray. With a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a couple of cookies, you and your friends can sit and people watch for at least an hour, dreaming of fashions to go with those perfect pastries.
Bottega Louie is at 700 S. Grand Ave.