Los Angeles may be home to Hollywood, but it also holds a healthy amount of conventions each year. It’s one of the more sprawling cities that your boss could ship you to, but the upside is obvious: the weather’s hardly ever bad, and you can access a mean chicken ‘n waffles plate at any hour of the day. In an effort to get you outside of the boardroom and into the wilds of LA, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.
Los Angeles can be a hugely daunting place, even for those who frequent it a few times per year. Ask someone on the edge of Long Beach what to do in Grenada Hills, and you may get some pretty blank stares. The Los Angeles Convention Center is actually one of the more ideally located conference venues. It’s smack dab in the middle of downtown, right beside the famed Staples Center. That makes parking a nightmare, but it also makes side trips entirely more practical.
If you’re in the mood for breakfast (regardless of what time it is), there’s a spot you seriously shouldn’t miss. It’s within walking distance for those with good soles, and it’s one of the only places in the world that serves up custom, homemade pop tarts. The Nickel Diner will require that you bring more than pocket change, but you’ll be glad you did. For those who aren’t much for pastries, the pulled pork and vast array of desserts are solid bets as well.