Delight Your Tastebuds at the Freehand Los Angeles

Delicious food, drinks, and coffee all under one roof (and on top of it, too!)

When most people visit Los Angeles, they are more than likely looking to explore. Whether it’s the gorgeous beaches, the glamour and excitement of Hollywood, or the luxury of Beverly Hills, you could spend the rest of your life touring full-time and never run out of new and fantastic places to eat and experience the melting pot of cultures that call Los Angeles “home.”

While that may make the concept of not leaving your downtown hotel sound absurd, you may change your mind when you learn more about the Freehand Los Angeles, which has everything you need for a relaxing vacation (or staycation for Angelenos) in the midst of the hustle and bustle of DTLA.

More than just a hotel, The Freehand Los Angeles, also boasts a tropical rooftop bar, Broken Shaker (one of the best 50 bars in the world from 2014-2017) with a pool, a welcoming floral store and boutique, a second bar and tea room downstairs, and our main focus — a James Beard Award-nominated restaurant.

The Freehand is located in the historic Commercial Exchange building, which was established in 1924 in downtown Los Angeles and is marked by its recently restored 12-story blade sign, (the largest in LA). The sign inspires the name of the main restaurant – The Exchange, furnished with a comfortable mix of contemporary and familiar decor, all with a refined finish. For the most delectable dishes and drinks you can find in downtown Los Angeles, this restaurant will not disappoint.

The emphasis on community at The Freehand may play a role in why the common areas like 2016 and 2018 Tales Of A Cocktail Spirited Awards Best American Hotel Bar winner Broken Shaker, Rudolph’s Bar & Tea in the lobby, their grab and go specialty coffee bar Cafe Integral, The Exchange restaurant, and retail boutique and floral outpost, Flowerboy, are all top notch.

Alex Chang, who was born in Hong Kong, but grew up in Santa Barbara (about 90 miles west-northwest of LA), is at the helm of The Exchange as executive chef in a return to his early home. His mother is Mexican and his father is Chinese, giving root to a fusion of cultures evident in his career, which spans from attending the University of Southern California to Tokyo to Miami to Mexico City, and back.

Chang’s background mixed with locally-sourced, fresh ingredients in the food and beverages really pay homage to Los Angeles and contribute strongly to the overall relaxed urban California feel, which is all imbued with an Israeli flair at The Exchange.

Whatever your taste, be it a craft cocktail or an incredible meal, you are sure to be thrilled by the offerings of Freehand Los Angeles and the establishments within. The Exchange, Broken Shaker, Rudolph’s Bar & Tea, Cafe Integral, and Flowerboy all make for the perfect LA stay-cation destination you won’t want to leave, with drinking and dining options that could stand on their own, but are instead conveniently combined in one magical place!


Broken Shaker is OPEN for business.

Reservations for pool and Broken Shaker required to ensure social distancing.

Go to or visit Broken Shaker in the Eat & Drink section of to make your reservation.

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