Venice Beach is one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This beach city is home to some of the best restaurants, bohemian shopping, fitness studios and views in all of Southern California. A lot of big name businesses have caught onto it's charm in the last few years, but it's still home to dozens of "locals only" boutique gems. In the video below, our editor @samnegrin is taking you on a bike tour of the city, stopping at her favorite spots along the way. Take a look:
Great White is fairly new to the neighborhood but they immediately fit right in. Sitting right at the iconic Venice sign on Windward Ave, they're open for breakfast and lunch with a healthy "California-inspired" menu. Get the breakfast burrito and blue smoothie bowl! @greatwhitevenice
Bike along the Venice Beach Bike Path all the way from the Venice Beach Pier on Washington Ave to the Santa Monica Pier, passing iconic Muscle Beach and lots of sun-loving locals. And don't forget to visit the Venice Canal Historic District for inspiration on your dream home!
Abbot Kinney has loads of gorgeous shops, but one of the best areas right now is the corner of Lincoln & Superba. Small businesses like Christy Dawn's sustainable, vintage-inspired dresses and Late Sunday Afternoon's handmade scarves, book selection and accessories make for one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
We couldn't do a Venice Beach Bike Tour without ice cream, riiight?!! Wanderlust Creamery recently popped up on Lincoln Ave and the incredible menu had to make this list. The flavors are inspired by cities all across the world, think Tonka Bean inspired by South America and Ube Malted Crunch inspired by an American Filipino upbringing. @eatwanderlust
Matthew Kenney is perhaps the most well-respected, genius plant-based chef of our time. He creates gorgeous, fresh vegan dishes that even the most die hard meat eater will devour. Plant Food & Wine is nestled right on Abbot Kinney with a gorgeous court yard underneath Kenney's PlantLab Culinary School. Get the heirloom tomato & zucchini lasagna with the strawberry panna cotta shortcake to finish! @plantfoodandwine
Happy Hour Dinner
Hama Sushi is a locals favorite. Classic surf movies are projected onto the wall across from the bar, with classic Hollywood movie posters lining the ceiling. Go with friends or go alone, you're bound to meet a friendly local to chat with over saki and sushi. Don't forget to introduce yourself to the manager, Tony, one of the nicest people you'll ever meet! @hamasushivb
Early drinks on Abbot Kinney's Other Room is the perfect way to end the day as the sun sets. Focusing on exclusively wine and craft beer, it's a chic-yet-laid-back California bar that sets the mood for the night ahead. ;)
What's your favorite Venice spot?!