Check out DTLA staff favorites while attending NACW 2019!

January 15, 2019

The Climate Action Reserve is excited to welcome NACW 2019 delegates to our hometown of Los Angeles, California. NACW 2019 takes place at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an iconic LEED Gold-certified skyscraper in the heart of LA’s revitalized downtown. Standing at 934 ft. tall with a 295-foot spire, the tower is the tallest building west of Chicago.

The conference venue is within easy walking distance to many of LA’s best and favorite restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, and attractions. To help you get excited about joining us in Los Angeles, we’re happy to highlight some of the great culture, activities, and eateries in the city! Check out the recommendations below! (Additional recs to be added through April)

Jeff Goldblum’s jazz show at Rockwell Table and Stage

Leave climate denialism to the dinosaurs and join Jeff Goldblum at his Wednesday night jazz show at the Rockwell – a must-see when visiting LA! While this isn’t technically in DTLA, Los Feliz is only a few metro stops away. Tickets sell out fast, so make your plans early! Be prepared for minimal singing with maximum entertainment.


DTLA eateries

* Karl Strauss Brewery (casual place for good food and pretty good beer, easy with groups)
* Pitchoun! (excellent French bakery. Good breakfast, good lunch, good coffee)
* BS Taqueria (Excellent tacos and Mexican food)
* Little Sister (Delicious and interesting Vietnamese)
* Grand Central Market (Interesting space, excellent food options, really good coffee bar)
* KazuNori (The sushi is fantastic, the experience is fun, and the prices are very reasonable)
* Sugarfish (Great sushi, convenient location, well-priced prix fixe option)


LA-vate your networking

Broken Shaker, the rooftop bar at the Freehand, offers great views, good food, and a good mix of people.


Avid readers and lovers of architecture alike should check out the downtown Central Library and Last Bookstore.

The Central Library in downtown Los Angeles is an incredible public library and a major architectural landmark in historic downtown. The library has been designated a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Last Bookstore is one of the largest remaining independent bookstores in the world. It is home to a massive inventory of new, used and rare books, vinyl records and graphic novels, and one can literally get lost perusing the shelves. It’s a treat to visit and you can support an independent bookseller while you get a jump start on your summer reading list. Located in the historic core, a walk to the Last Bookstore provides a built-in architectural walking tour!


Downtown Los Angeles is home to great museums and galleries, including The Broad museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), FIDM gallery and Hauser & Wirth gallery. The Broad and MOCA both have fantastic, iconic contemporary pieces in their permanent collections from Basquiat, Rauschenberg, Twombly, Lichtenstein and more – and the museums are conveniently located across the street from one another. Be sure to reserve your ticket to the Broad in advance to avoid the standby line – and get there early to sign up for a timed ticket to the Infinity Mirrored Room!


Grand Central Market: delicious food
The Broad: awesome art
Hollywood Bowl: great music
In and Out: best Cali burgers
Perch: stunning DTLA views
Tsujita: RAMEN (does one need more reason than that?!)


Seasalt – Close to the conference, it offers fresh seafood choices with gluten-free items marked clearly on the menu.

La Tostaderia @ Grand Central Market – Delicious ceviche (the best in downtown, in my opinion) served with crispy tostadas. Cool location too, if you have never been to Grand Central Market.

Pour Haus Wine Bar – Really great wine options, intimate bar space, and board games! If you’re undecided, the bartenders know their stuff and can recommend a wine to try. I’d also recommend their roasted zucchini salad, simple salad, and their oxtail tacos.


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