Experience A Little Piece of France In Downtown LA

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A little piece of France in LA

A little piece of France in LA.

“Ooh-la-la!” is what I exclaimed to myself when I turned the corner and saw a little piece of France right smack dab in the middle of the Art District of downtown Los Angeles. I quite literally caught my breath as it surprised me with its setting-a narrow, brick paved pathway, lit by quaint strings of sparkling lights that gently bounced off ivy covered walls. There was nary a sole present, which added to the magical moment.

With an unexpected rainy day, it seemed as if the brick pavers had swallowed all they could take in, leaving reflective puddles to sit quietly in waiting for someone to step in them. I might have thought this was simply an empty, forgotten space except for the sounds of coffee machines whizzing and whirling, the aroma wafting through the corridor, inviting us to make our way through Daily Dose’s charming and inviting split doors.

What a surprise to find this place, so hidden amongst decaying factories and fences seemingly standing guard and waiting patiently for this up and coming, gentrified part of downtown to arrive. And soon it will, as beauty finds its way, like a dandelion pushes through the cracks of a sidewalk. That’s how this little French strip of real estate appeared to me. Take a look yourself, and stay for a sip or two…there’s plenty of open seats.

Weathered tables and chairs enjoying the weather

Weathered tables and chairs enjoying the weather.

Beautifully aged wooden barn door window shutter

Beautifully aged wooden barn door window shutter.

Stained glass transom salvaged from French styled chatau to crown the entrance

Stained glass transom salvaged from French styled chateau to crown the entrance.

Stained glass transom closeup

Stained glass transom closeup.

Trellis dressed with vintage chandeliers

Trellis dressed with vintage chandeliers.

Wonderful place for a drink underneath the lit trellis

Wonderful place for a drink or snack underneath the lit trellis. Factories stand watching in the background.

Reclaimed and repurposed metal container tables

Reclaimed and repurposed metal container tables.

Beautiful 1920s era brick pathway courtesy of Walter Simons

Beautiful 1920s era brick pathway courtesy of Walter Simons.

The Daily Dose logo…go bananas

The Daily Dose logo…go bananas!

Have you ever seen this place? What did you like most about it?

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).