Science shows that spending time outdoors is directly linked to numerous positive effects on the body. At Metropolis, we know just how important getting that breathe of fresh air is even while juggling a fast paced city lifestyle. That’s why we’ve brought the outdoors to you in form of a 1.5 acre Sky Park. Take a walk through our lush meditation garden situated amidst green foliage and plenty of seating to lounge in peace or with a good read. Bring your yoga practice outdoors to strengthen your body and mind while absorbing the benefits of Vitamin D. Plentiful grass areas allow for you to set up a space to your liking and bring focus to your mat. Enjoy an afternoon nap outdoors in the comfort of a private resort-style cabana perfectly situated poolside for when you’re ready to take a dip. The Metropolis lifestyle is all about finding the perfect balance, while living in a city that’s always on the go.

Recent county updates have ordered indoor dining operations to cease, with the exception of outdoor patios, while adhering to safety guidelines, of course. Luckily, for Downtown locals, the al fresco dining scene has already been a way of life! From swanky hotel rooftops, to lively walk-up patios, and upscale open-air seating, there is a socially distanced table for all occasions. For those comfortable to do so, we’ve round up our top picks when it comes to dining under the sky. Important to note that reservations are encouraged or may be required during this time.

Dama – A Latin-inspired restaurant and bar that displays a stunning deco-tropical atmosphere located within the Fashion District. This lush oasis offers an exceptional cocktail menu inclusive of classic and tropical favorites. The menu is reflective of shareable dishes stemming from Latin American and Caribbean countries. Encompassing three private terraces and a large outdoor patio, it doesn’t get any more spacious.

Broken Shaker – Located on the rooftop pool deck of the Freehand Hotel, this poolside bar has a festive vibe perfect for portraying a California summer. Complete with a beach-shack bar setup, the décor is on par with their eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites. Tuna tostadas and fried chicken are just a few of their hits!

Pez Cantina – For the ultimate beach feel in the center of a big city, look no further than Pez Cantina. This sustainable coastal Mexican-style restaurant serves the freshest sea-to-land dishes along with a fine-tuned cocktail selection. The menu features a glimpse into the many distinct regions of Mexico along with California focused wine and craft beers from various locations. The outdoor “jardin” is ideal to relax alongside flowing fountains and lush landscaping while indulging in fish tacos.

As Southern California braces itself to experience record-breaking heat, it’s time to prepare for how you’re going to keep cool this summer. Topping the list of cooling essentials is none other than the summertime classic—ice cream. We’ve selected our top choices in the neighborhood, so your ice cream can stay intact during your walk back!

Little Damage – A trendy soft-serve ice cream shop known for its signature charcoal cones and rotating list of unique flavors. Prepared daily using organic dairy, this sweet treat is not only tasty but also health conscious. Recognizable by their iconic neon signs, Little Damage is sure to catch your eye!

Honeymee –This popular chain offers top quality soft-serve ice cream drizzled in premium honey. All ingredients for the true milk ice cream and honeycombs come from family-owned, kosher certified farms. Aside from the classic combination, you can select from a list of toppings to add a pop of color to your soft-serve.

Gelatiria Uli – Made European style, this small batch shop makes their gelato and sorbet by hand on a daily basis. The most popular flavors range from California Pistachio, Sea Salt Caramel, and Mint Sorbet. All sorbets are made vegan friendly made with ingredients sourced from local Farmer’s Markets.