Los Angeles has it all: sunny beaches, cloudless skies, surfing
dogs, and yes, the worst freeway traffic in America. But if
you’re visiting LA for Shop.org
this week and have some free time, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s an exclusive guide to the city’s off-the-beaten-path
locations, compiled by the Magento team members who live and
work in the City of Angels.
Richard Baik, Customer Support Manager
Central Market. Located in Downtown Los Angeles,
Grand Central Market delivers a tasty snapshot of the local
cuisine and culture. The market can be crowded during
lunchtimes and on weekends, but the food is worth the wait—and
it’s a visual feast for Instagram.
Flight. After grabbing a bite, head over to LA’s
iconic railway, Angel’s Flight. Just re-opened after three
years, you might recognize the railway from its cameo in the
Oscar-winning movie, La La Land. Afterwards, you can
walk to the nearby Bradbury Building, famously used as a
background for the 1982 cult classic, Blade Runner.
What’s a trip to LA without the beach? From Downtown, hop on
the Expo Line towards Santa Monica and check out our stunning,
three-mile-long beach. The ride takes about an hour each way.
Museum lovers can even stop at the Natural History Museum and
the California Science Center near USC. In Santa Monica, you’ll
find plenty of places to eat and shop along the Third Street
Promenade. Or, rent a bike and cruise along the bike paths.
Jessica Carroll, Sr. HR Business Partner
Graffiti Art Tours. Experience LA’s budding Arts
District with a tour of the Downtown area’s hidden murals and
urban sculptures. Pre-book your tour, and enjoy a more colorful
view of the city.
Creamery. Does ice cream taste better when you
work for it? Find out for yourself. Peddler’s Creamery produces
artisan ice cream through the power of bicycle peddling.
Located in Downtown LA, you should definitely give this
creamery a spin!
Angela Collopy, Senior Manager, Events
Whiskers. Here in LA, you can sip your coffee
while enjoying a cuddle with a kitten. The Crumbs &
Whiskers café is the purr-fect place to get your caffeine and
cat fix in one sitting. Reservations required.
KazuNori. Described as ‘the Original Hand
Roll Bar,’ KazuNori is a unique culinary experience from the
Sushi Nozawa team–the son and father duo behind Sugarfish. If
you’re looking for the Sugarfish experience but without the
eye-watering prices, head Downtown to KazuNori for a delicious
Trinkel De La Paz, Senior Designer
Pacific Seas Tiki Bar. Angelenos love their tiki
bars, and Clifton’s is a classic. Located in the heart of
Downtown, Clifton’s captures 1930s Los Angeles. Grab a tropical
tonic and take a trip back to the Golden Age of Travel.
Plant. Embrace your weird side. The Wacko Soap
Plant is a curiosity shop full of oddities, books, toys, and
ceramics with a punk rock attitude. Snap a selfie against its
amazing murals, then head inside for funky souvenirs.
Kenny Flores, Graphic Designer
The Echo Park
Time Travel Mart. At the world’s best convenience
store for time travelers, their slogan is: “Whenever you are,
we’re already then.” At this quirky store, you can purchase a
Cryo Cozie, some mad scientist goggles, or some last-minute
parts for your flux capacitor.
Underground LA Tour. Explore the LA
underground on Saturday, September 23, with Cartwheel Art
Tours. This historical tour takes you through the city’s
“underground” past, ranging from prohibition-era murders to the
famous speakeasy haunts once frequented by the Hollywood elite.
Suzie Latham, Executive Assistant, Magento Global Sales
Oue Skyspace + Glass
Slide. Not for the faint-hearted, the iconic US
Bank Tower affords panoramic views across the city from nearly
1,000-feet in the sky. OUE Skyspace LA is the premiere
destination for experiencing Los Angeles from above, and if
you’re feeling especially brave, take the glass slide from the
70th to 69th-floor terrace.
Bookstore. As the largest new and used bookstore
in California, the Last Bookstore is a local literary
institution. Located Downtown, this expansive bookstore not
only sells your next read, it also boasts a cool maze built
from old books.
Elizabeth Van Dyke, Content Team
Hiking in LA. Yep, in LA we have
really big, wide open spaces where you can escape the concrete
Park and Runyon
Canyon are the closest to Shop.org, and they’re often
crowded, but they still offer spectacular views across the
city—and epic backdrops for selfies.
Museum of Jurassic
Technology. Once described as a “museum about
museums,” this place is a walk-in cabinet of curiosities that
defies further explanation. They also have a Russian-style tea
room where you can confabulate about the exhibits over
complimentary Georgian tea and cookies.
Marc Wiseler, Senior Manager, Solutions Consulting
Farm. If you’re looking for a road trip, head west
to Malibu Farm, and enjoy the fresh sea air from the patio
restaurant. Breakfast or lunch are the perfect times to enjoy a
bite. If you’re looking for something more casual, stroll to
the end of the Malibu Pier and order from the Malibu Farm Café.
Wines. Before the conference kicks off, gather
your group for a picnic at Malibu Wines. Nestled between the
San Fernando Valley and Malibu, this winery has its own warm
microclimate and is perfect for picnics. Bring your lunch, grab
some wine, and don’t forget the sunscreen–this is California
living at its most relaxing.