We love lists, especially when they have to do with giving recommendations to bomb destinations in our city, and ESPECIALLY when the suggestions are listed off by the very artists we know and love. Courtesy of the good people at HARD Events, we’ve been given a top ten list of artist-recommended spots in LA.

To help fans maximize their festival experience, HARD SUMMER has asked some of this year’s performers — including Skrillex, Gaslamp Killer, 12th Planet, Destructo, and Dillon Francis — to share some of their favorite downtown Los Angeles spots.

Skrillex Recommends…

“I love Little Tokyo and all the different shops. The Kyoto Grand Hotel is right there too… that’s where I recorded Sirah’s vocals for a song. And Hama is a real good sushi restaurant, it’s on E 2nd St.”

Hama Sushi
347 E 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pop Killer – A gifts and novelty store with the weirdest and most bizarre things you can find. Perfect for picking up knick knacks, trim, and clothing for this year’s Hard Summer.
343 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens
120 S Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

12th Planet Recommends…

“When I’m not on the road, I’m at the compound in the historic core of DTLA. I love to eat at Mai’s Mexican Food, and of course LA Cafe because it’s open 24 hours and very close to the studio. Some of my fave moments have been hanging at the Association with my friends enjoying good whiskey.”

The Association
110 E 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

LA Cafe
639 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Mai Mexican Kitchen
633 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Gaslamp Killer Recommends…

“Low End Theory at The Airliner right outside of Chinatown is the place to be every Wednesday night for the last five years. Residents DaddyKev, DJ Nobody, D-Styles, Nocando, & myself playing our favorite music for kids 18 and up. It’s $10 and always rad. Urth Cafe is the bizness. It’s on the east side of downtown LA right by the I-5 freeway, always fresh and always bangin’.”

Urth Caffe
451 S Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Airliner
2419 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Low End Theory

Destructo Recommends…

“Yang Chow in Chinatown. This is the go-to spot for me near the LA State Historic Park. Get the Slipper Shrimp. In 2002 I helped launch the Standard with my Sunday Service parties at the rooftop pool; I always love the great view and cocktails. For the perfect way to close out your HARD Summer weekend get dim sum Sunday morning at the Empress Pavilion.”

Yang Chow
819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Standard, Downtown LA
550 S Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Empress Pavilion
988 N Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sirah Recommends…

“Little Tokyo is my jump off. I go to a grocery store that’s tucked into the corner of a shopping center and make myself a concrete picnic.”

Marukai Market
123 S Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nijiya Market
124 Japanese Village Plz Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jason Bentley Recommends…

“Little Tokyo and MoCA. Take a stroll through Little Tokyo’s gift shops, stop in for sushi or shabu shabu, and take in some art at the Geffen Contemporary at MoCA before heading over to HARD festival grounds, just a short distance on Alameda.”

Japanese Village Plaza
335 E 2nd St #223
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Geffren Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Oligee & U-Tern of Oliver Recommend…

“LA Cita. It’s a little bar/Mexican restaurant near 4th & Hill in downtown with a great party called Dance Right on Thursday night.”

La Cita
336 S Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dance Right

and Dillon Francis’s hilarious recommendation…

“I like to buy fireworks and tiny turtles in Chinatown and feed homeless kittens.”

So now that the recommendations are out of the way, just wanted to say I’m pretty damn excited for this year’s Hard Summer. It’ll be my third consecutive, and it’s been consistently one of my favorite events to attend these past two years. HARD always has a great music-focused vibe and does a great job booking an eclectic mix of artists you’ll be hard pressed to catch at any other massives in the SoCal area. From indie to electrofunk, dubstep to hard electro, the party’s sure to be intensely amazing.

My personal must-sees:

Friday: Bloc Party, Boys Noize, Miike Snow live, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood, Gesaffelstein [Live], Breakbot, Alex Metric, Araabmuzik, Surkin, Light Year, and Oliver

Saturday: Nero [Live], Bloody Beetroots [DJ Set], Squarepusher, James Murphy [DJ Set], Dillon Francis, Brodinski, Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Alvin Risk, and Zombie Disco Squad

Check out their promo video below!