Comedy clubs, corner stores, and quiet palm tree promenades right next to Downtown.

Despite its directly-next-to-Downtown location, Mid-City manages to feel strikingly suburban. The exclusivity of mid-century Mid-City transformed into a come-one-come-all attitude that is as equally celebrated in the neighbourhood's comedy clubs as it is in its corner stores. For quiet palm-tree promenades, Mid-City is the place to be. If you're eager to explore LA's notoriously late-night after-after party offerings, you'll have to take the bus.

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On the Map

Mid-City is within Mid-Wilshire and bordered by Westlake, West Adams, Culver City, and South LA

LAX Airport: 25 minutes by car or 1 hour 20 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 20 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 25 minutes by car
The Grove: 15 minutes by car

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A Quiet Community on the Edge of Downtown LA

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Mid-City grew up as a quiet alternative to the constant traffic of Downtown LA.

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Its Downtown-adjacent location positions it for perfect city-center access.

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Wide boulevards, relics of 50s-era family estates, and small businesses characterise this mostly residential neighbourhood.

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In Mid-City, neighbourhood businesses dress themselves in multi-story murals.

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In Mid-City, overpasses aren't overlooked.

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Stay well.

Community Delights In Mid-City

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Every Sunday, residents join one another to celebrate local foods and the farmers and artisans that cultivate them.

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Fresh produce, baked goods, and sweet samples greet the palates of patrons at Mid-City's Farmers' Market.

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The market is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Eat well.

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Stay well.

Entertainment In the Middle of Mid-City

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When it comes to all-night entertainment, Mid-City lets neighbouring Downtown do the talking. Still, one-of-a-kind gems have woven their way into the neighbourhood's fabric.

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Comedy clubs, theatres, and curiosity shops squeeze themselves between Mid-City's residential enclaves.

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Local food legends have been serving neighbourhood favourites for decades. Order the #13 at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles and it might just convince you to extend your stay.

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Order at Lucy's any time of day.

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Order at Lucy's any time of night.

Residential Architecture In Mid-City

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Mid-City's mix of housing styles reflects the neighbourhood's evolution over the past six decades.

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Mid-century estates, seventies-style ranch homes, duplexes, complexes, and planned networks of neighbourhoods represent generations of residential preferences.

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Mid-City: Quiet After Dusk

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Mid-City maintains its colourful atmosphere and calm attitude after the sun sets.

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Love your (Mid) city.

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Ama tu ciudad.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."