The Magento Guide to Los Angeles

September 21, 2017

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

Grand 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.

Angel’s 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.

The Expo Line. 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

LA 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.

Peddler’s 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

Crumbs & 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 dinner.

Trinkel De La Paz, Senior Designer

Clifton’s 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. 

Wacko Soap 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.

The Last 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 jungle. Griffith 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

Malibu 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.

Malibu 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.