NAPO-LA is ready for you! Our NAPO2015 Welcome Committee explored, researched, and planned all kinds of fun things for you to do while you're here in our beautiful city. NAPO-LA members identified their favorite LA places and spaces for entertainment, dining, shopping, tours, and more, so arrive early and enjoy a few extra days in the City of Angels! Culture, night life, shopping, dining, history—it's all here!
Regina Lark, President, & Welcome Committee: Laura Ellis, Janet Fishman, Milena Kazarian, Tanisha Porter, Cary Prince & Esther Simon
How to Use this Guide:
Choose your activity from the menu below. Activities are grouped at the bottom by location, so you can plan your outing to do things on the same bus or train line.
Also, download the GoMetro app for help getting to places not listed here. The app has gotten mixed reviews, but we've found it to do what it needs to get you where you want to go via public transportation. Could be really helpful getting from one attraction to another, where you're not starting from the Bonaventure.
Hollywood/Los Angeles Visitor Information Center. Multilingual staff answers visitors' travel questions; provides directions, recommendations & public transportation information; and provides maps and travel guides to visitors. Also check for half-price tickets to performing arts and discounted tickets to attractions. 6801 Hollywood Blvd, (323) 467-6412
The Grove. Great shopping, terrific food, a must destination in LA. [#16/316 Bus @ 5th & Flower to 3rd/Ogden]
The famous Rodeo Drive. The "epicenter of luxury fashion." Browse nearly 100 world-renowned boutiques.
A hop away is Anderson Court, the only shopping mall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Beverly Center is a huge indoor mall featuring Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Versace, Prada, Ferragamo, and much more.
LA Fashion District, a bargain hunter’s paradise, with over 1,000 stores that sell to the general public at wholesale discounted prices—it's the largest concentration of fashion-related businesses in the Western United States. [DASH Bus D&E, #55/202/355 Bus @ Flower & 4th to Main/Olympic, ••Metro Red/Purple Lines]
Within the Fashion District are Santee Alley, LA Jewelry District & LA Flower Market:
Santee Alley, over 150 stores - the latest trends in clothing styles, jewelry, accessories, shoes, gifts, perfumes cosmetics & more.
LA Jewelry District, a huge concentration of jewelry outlets, some in large plazas containing hundreds of stores.
LA Flower Market, the largest flower market in the US. The general public is able to shop the flower market Mon/Wed 8am-12pm, Thu 6am-11am, Fri 8am-2pm, Sat 6am-2pm, closed Sun. The market opens to the public at the LA Jewelry District.
Citadel Factory Outlet, Michael Kors, H&M, Kipling, COACH, Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Perry Ellis, Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger & much more. 100 Citadel Drive. Citadel Outlets Express (select "Biltmore/Westin Bonaventure") leaves about every 90 minutes from Westin Bonaventure.
Space 15 Twenty is a unique retail setting where each store is connected by an outdoor courtyard, including a performance space, pop-up gallery, book shop & restaurant, all of which encourage participation in the curated environment. 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine]
Hollywood & Highland Center, a central Hollywood gathering place for more than 75 shops & restaurants, including the legendary Dolby Theater. [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland]
Amoeba Music, occupying an entire city block, houses the biggest, broadest, most diverse collection of music and movies ever seen under one roof. Altogether, Amoeba's two shopping floors and Jazz room boast millions of titles on CD, DVD and vinyl, new and used. [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland]
Of course, you simply can't go wrong at The Grove (featured above). Yumazing choices of so many different kinds of food in a great atmosphere. [#16/316 Bus @ 5th & Flower to 3rd/Ogden]
Guelaguetza Restaurant. LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold says: "Guelaguetza is the best Oaxacan restaurant in the country!" 3014 W Olympic Blvd, (213) 427-0608 [#18 Bus @ 5th & Flower to Wilshire/Western Station; change to #206 Bus to Normandie/Olympic]
Maccheroni Republic. Superb Italian food, handmade pasta, BYO wine. 332 S Broadway [Walk: Left on Figueroa, right on 4th, left on Broadway, 1/2 block down]
The Standard Hotel Rooftop is a fun place to eat lunch or get a drink. The view is great. Half the fun is figuring out how to get to the roof, so we're not telling you that part! 550 S Flower St. [Short walk, right on Figueroa, left on 5th, right on Flower]
Perch. Drinks on the rooftop deck, incredible views. Happy hour (call to check). Dinner available inside but pricy. Very much a scene but sophisticated and comfortable. 448 S Hill St, 16th Floor (213) 802-1770 [A short walk down 5th St]
Maria's Italian Kitchen. Delicious, reasonably priced; we love the mushroom risotto at this family-owned Italian restaurant. 615 S. Flower St, (213) 623-4777 [Walk: Left on Figueroa, left on 5th, right on Flower, 1.5 blocks]
Pitfire Pizza. Delicious, wood-fired pizza and salads that isn't expensive. 108 W 2nd St.[Walk: Left on Figueroa, right on 4th, left on Grand, right on 2nd to Harlem]
Who will win the French Dip Wars?
Cole’s French Dip. Downtown Los Angeles, alcohol served, good place for lunch, dinner & even late night. Wonderfully old-school. 118 E 6th St. [A short walk from hotel]
Philippe's (Original French Dip). Cafeteria old school for decades, budget minded but extraordinarily tasty. 1001 N Alameda St (213) 628-3781 [#96 Bus at Olive & 5th heading east to Ord/Broadway]
For Deli Lovers Far from Home: The 10 Best Delis in LA. Dreaming of a piled-high Ruben or some crispy latkes? Explore some of these picks and you'll have to admit LA can do deli!!
Musso & Frank Grill. Old-world steak house, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood! 90 years after they opened in 1919, Musso and Frank is still going strong. 6667 Hollywood Blvd, (323) 467-7788 [•Metro Red Line #802 @ 7th St to Hollywood/Highland]
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen. Very authentic Japanese ramen. "We take everyone who visits us here." 132 S. Central Ave, Little Tokyo [Walk to 5th & Olive, take •Metro Purple Line to Spring St, walk SE down 1st to Central, right for 1/2 block]
Hard Rock Cafe. Stop by for a bite to eat at the haven of good food and music. Whether you are down for a Legendary Burger, live music, a Classic Tee, or the latest collectible pin, there’s something for the whole family.
In-n-Out Burger. Founded in Southern California in 1948, this is a cult favorite. Explore their (not so secret) Secret Menu.
Olvera St. World-renowned Mexican marketplace for more than 75 years, lined with authentic Mexican restaurants and vendor stalls. 125 Paseo De La Plaza [Near Union Station; #770 Bus @ Olive & 5th toward South Arcadia to Spring / Cesar E Chavez]
Bottega Louie. A palatial restaurant/gourmet market/patisserie in a grand setting with fresh flowers, high ceilings & white marble, & a "smart" New York sensibility. 700 S Grand Ave, (213) 802-1470 [Short walk from hotel: Right on Figueroa, left on 6th, right on Grand]
Bamaash. Bad ass Indian food; wine and beer. GET THE PICKLES. 108 W 2nd St. [Walk: Left on Figueroa, right on 4th, left on Grand, right on 2nd to Harlem, 1/2 block more]
Dairy / Parve / Fish
Afshan Restaurant, 112 West 9th St, 213.622.1010 [Rapid 10 @ Flower & 5Th to
Grand & 9th; or walk: Right on Figueroa, left on 5th, right on Broadway, left on W 9th]
Bar-B-Kosher, 113 East 9th St, 213.623.4955 [Rapid 10 @ Flower & 5Th to Grand & 9th;
or walk: Right on Figueroa, left on 5th, right on Broadway, left on W 9th]
Cohen Restaurant, 316 E Pico Blvd, 213.742.8888 [Metro Local Line @ Flower & 4th to Main/Pico]
Falafel Express, 433 S. Spring St, 213.489.2999 [Metro Local Line @ 6th & Hope to 6th/Spring; or walk: turn left on Figueroa, right on 4th, left toward W 4th, bear right onto W 4th, right onto Spring]
Saba Sushi, 7160 Melrose Ave, 323.936.7222 [Metro Local Line @ Hill & 4th toCafe of Paris 6399 Wilshire Blvd, 323.653.0513 [Metro Local Line 20 from Wilshire/Figueroa to Wilshire/La Jolla]
Nathan’s Kosherland, 1636 Westwood Blvd,
Real Food Daily, Two locations: 414 N La Cienega Blvd, 310.289.9910; 514 Santa Monica Blvd, 310.451.7544
Click here for a fuller list of kosher restaurants in the downtown area
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Starline Tours. The original sightseeing bus tours of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Movie stars' homes, Universal Studios, theme parks & more. Tours depart from the Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland]
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally famous Hollywood icon. With about 24 induction ceremonies, the Walk of Fame is a visitor favorite. On Hollywood & Vine, more than 2,300 stars have been emblazoned with the names of famous personalities from radio, television, motion pictures, recording, & live performance. 7018 Hollywood Blvd [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland]
Take a guided tour of the Performing Arts Center, which includes all four buildings of the PACLA complex. 135 N Grand Ave [walk from hotel: Left on Figueroa, right on W 3rd St, left on Flower, straight onto Hope, right on 1st, left on Grand; or take DASH Route A, #60 Bus to Figueroa/Diamond, ••Metro Red/Purple Line]
Los Angeles Central Library. Books, computers, photos, posters, maps, etc., available for public viewing. Free docent tours given daily (Mon-Fri 12:30, Sat 11:00, Sun 2:00, no reservations needed). Also see the Self-Guided Tour PDF. Open Tues-Sat 10-5:30 (8 pm Tues & Thurs. 630 W 5th St [Walk from hotel: Right on Figueroa, right on 5th; or take DASH A&B, #16/316 Bus @ 5th & Flower to St. Paul, ••Metro Rail Red/Purple @ 5th & Flower]
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument [Paseo de la Plaza] Historic buildings, artifacts, museums & exhibits. The most famous parts of the Monument are Olvera Street and the Chinese American Museum. See the Old Plaza Firehouse Museum (open Tues-Fri, 10-3), Avila Adobe (open Wed-Sun, 10-3) and the Sepulveda House (open daily, 9-4). There are ongoing exhibits at the Pico House, El Pueblo Gallery, and the Hellman/Quon building. Most of the exhibits are free! 845 North Alameda St [•Metro Purple Line to Union Station]
Olvera Street. Known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” this Mexican Marketplace was created in 1930 “to preserve the customs of early California." It recreates a romantic Old Los Angeles, with a tree-shaded market lined with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants & gift shops. Part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, it contains 27 historic buildings, including Avila Adobe, where you can view displays of Hispanic culture and settings from the early era of Los Angeles. Olvera Street itself is full of stands where you can shop for souvenirs and handcrafted Mexican wares, and eat lunch at one of the many restaurants or food stands. 845 North Alameda St [DASH Bus Route B, ••Metro Rail Red/Purple]
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Home of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The plaza area is open to the public, and it's an interesting place to take a few pictures. The building that looks like it is encircled by a spiral ramp that you can see from here is Los Angeles Central Public High School. There are free tours of the Cathedral during the day. 555 W Temple St, (213) 680-5200 [#60 Bus @ Figueroa & 5th to Figueroa/Temple] NOTE: Catholic Mass is open to all. See Mass schedule on website.
Old Chinatown Central Plaza, dating back to 1938, features ethnic shops & restaurants. Beautiful Chinese arches beckon the visitor to step into a traditional Chinese environment. Browse craft items of porcelain, wood & jade; books, paintings, art & art supplies; herbs, teas & pastries. [•Metro Gold Line, DASH Route B]
The NoHo Arts District is an urban cocktail of bohemian & yuppie with a twist of edginess, an enclave of all things artistic—painting, ceramics, theatre, television. At its heart, NoHo is an artist’s community, drawing visitors with art in their blood. [•Metro Red to North Hollywood; Orange Bus to Lankershim & Chandler]
Observation Deck at City Hall. Open to the public Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, it offers an outstanding view of the downtown LA skyline. Admission is free, check in at the security desk at the Main Street entrance. The Observation level is on the 27th floor; the view is great, and there are signs to let you know what's where. Unobstructed views of Union Station & Disney Concert Hall. 200 N Spring St [#77 Bus @ Olive & 5th to Spring/ W 1st, City Hall]
Join Regina Lark, NAPO-LA President, for a fun hike Behind the Hollywood Sign! You've seen the famous letters on television and online, right? Well here's your chance to almost touch them! This moderate hike will take you up to the sign. Picture walking up the hill overlooking beautiful Los Angeles, when all of a sudden you turn the corner and there's ... the D! We'll meet in the Lobby of the Bonaventure on Sunday, April 19, at 8 am. RSVP: regina@AClearPath.net, 818.400.9592
Grand Park spans the Music Center on Grand Avenue and City Hall on Spring Street, forming a long pedestrian pathway filled with benches, a large fountain, a Starbucks, exhibits, and of course, plenty of grass to sit on and enjoy the view. 200 Grand Ave, Civic Center. [Walk from hotel: Right on Figueroa, right on 4th, left on Flower, slight right on Gen Thad Kosciuszko, left on Hope, right on 2nd]
Runyon Canyon Park - Hiking trails within walking distance from Hollywood Boulevard. You can get there by walking west on Hollywood Boulevard to Fuller Avenue, then walk up the hill to Runyon Canyon Park. There are hiking trails to Inspiration Point for a nice view of Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign, & Griffith Park Observatory. While you won't find solitude, you can take advantage of the nice view and get a workout at the same time.
The La Brea Tarpits features one of LA's most famous attractions. They've found mammoths, dire wolves, short-faced bears, ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats. Only one human has been found, a partial skeleton of the La Brea Woman dated to approximately 10,000 years who was found with the remains of a domestic dog. 5801 Wilshire Blvd [#20 Bus to Wilshire/ Curson]
The art deco Pantages Theatre features musicals, dance performances & concerts. A favorite location for tv, movies & music videos. 6233 Hollywood Blvd. [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland]
The Performing Arts Center (PACLA) is one of the most highly regarded performing arts centers in the US. It is host to countless concerts, operas & plays. Includes the LA Philharmonic (Seoul Phil and LA Phil (Brahms 4th) is showing), Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson Forum (Cinderella is showing), the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Master Chorale (sadly, no shows), the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Alvin Ailey showing), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 245 S Grand Ave [Walk from hotel: Left on Figueroa, right on 4th, left on Hope, right on 3rd, left on Grand Ave]
LA Live. Indoor/outdoor entertainment complex featuring over 20 restaurants and clubs, an entertainment museum, a movie theatre & the Lucky Strike bowling alley. A great place for a nice dinner & entertainment after an event at Staples Center or the Convention Center. 777 Chick Hearn Court [Walk from hotel or take #460 Bus to Flower & 11th]
Hollywood Wax Museum. The only wax museum in the country devoted entirely to celebrity figures. 6767 Hollywood Blvd
Madame Tussaud's. Meet Hollywood’s biggest stars, located next to the famous TCL Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame. Over 125 figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports & politics. 6933 Hollywood Blvd [•Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland]
MOCA Grand Avenue (the Museum of Contemporary Art) with underground galleries, a cafe, and the MOCA Store. An admission ticket for MOCA is valid at both Geffen (see below) and Grand Avenue on the same day, with a shuttle between the two downtown locations. 250 S Grand Ave [Walk from hotel:
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. A 40,000 square feet extension of MOCA featuring contemporary abstract art exhibits. There are guided tours throughout the day. 152 North Central Ave [Walk from hotel: Left on Figueroa, right on 3rd, left on Flower, straight onto Hope, right on 1st, left on Central Ave]
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art, including Asian, Latin American, and Islamic art. Mon, Tues, Thurs: 11–5; Fri: 11–8 Sat/Sun: 10–7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd [#720 Bus @ 5th & Grand toward Santa Monica to Wilshire/Fairfax]
Wells Fargo History Museum. Paintings, artifacts and other exhibits related to California stagecoach and mining history. Admission is free. 333 South Grand Ave
USC Fisher Museum of Art. USC's art museum for over sixty years provides a lively offering of contemporary & old master exhibitions, accompanied by tours, lectures, music & other events. Admission is free. 823 Exposition Blvd [Metro Expo Line (806) @ 7th Street/ Metro toward Culver City Station to Expo/ Vermont Station, walk south then west to Exposition Blvd]
The Hollywood Museum. There's a bit of everything here: one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections & personal artifacts, posters & vintage memorabilia from favorite films & TV shows. The museum also showcases the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1660 N Highland Ave [•Metro Red Line @ 7th Street/Metro (802) to Hollywood/ Highland]
The Grammy Museum contains over two dozen exhibits that feature music that has been honored by the prestigious Grammy Awards, spanning many genres and generations. 800 W Olympic Blvd [Walk from hotel: Left on Figueroa St, right on Olympic, destination will be on the left]
Natural History Museum. Special exhibitions are featured quarterly and permanent collections include Birds, chaparral and marine life; Dinosaurs, fossils & other extinct animals; Gems & minerals; Native American & Pre-Columbian cultures; North American, African & exotic mammal halls; California, Southwest & American history. There is a Butterfly Pavilion and an Insect Zoo featuring 30 terrariums & aquariums that are frequently updated with new specimens. 900 Exposition Park Dr
Petersen Automotive Museum's purpose is "to collect and preserve historic vehicles and acquiring a great number of significant vehicles of all shapes, sizes, makes, models, & purposes." 6060 Wilshire Blvd [#20 Bus @ Wilshire & Figueroa toward Westwood to Wilshire/Fairfax]
Guinness World Records Museum. From the largest work of art to the lowest limbo … record-breaking facts and feats documented by the best selling copyrighted book in the world come to life! A fun, up-close look at pop culture, sports, space, technology, animals, natural phenomena and, of course, the limits of human potential. 6764 Hollywood Boulevard [•Metro Red Line (802) @ 7th Street/Metro to Hollywood/Highland]
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Hundreds of interesting and unusual exhibits collected from around the world for Ripley's Odditoriums (combo pass to Ripley's, Guinness & the Hollywood Wax Museum available). 6780 Hollywood Boulevard [•Metro Red Line (802) @ 7th Street/Metro to Hollywood/Highland]
At the Chinese American Museum, exhibits feature the history, rich cultural legacy & continuing contributions of Chinese Americans. The museum occupies 7200 square feet and is located on the southern side of El Pueblo Monument. 425 North Los Angeles St [•••Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station. Walk across Alameda St to El Pueblo Historical Monument]
The goal of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience through exhibitions of artifacts, documents, paintings & pictures. 369 East 1st St [Left on Figueroa, right on 3rd, left on Flower, straight onto Hope, right on 1st]
The African American Museum mission statement reads: "To research, collect, preserve, and interpret for pubic enrichment the history, art, and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the Western United States." 600 State St, Exposition Park [•Metro Silver Line (910) @ 5th & Flower toward Harbor Gateway Transit Center via Downtown to Harbor Transitway/ 37th St/USC]
California Science Center features hands-on interactive science exhibits, the Air & Space Gallery, & an IMAX theater. Free admission to all exhibits except IMAX Theater. 700 Exposition Park Dr [•Metro Silver Line (910) @ 5th & Flower toward Harbor Gateway Transit Center via Downtown to Harbor Transitway/ 37th St/USC]