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Venice Neighborhood Guide

some of our favorite spots for food, drinks, groceries and activities in venice beach

 
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Restaurants

Felix | 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This is the newest hot spot in Venice. Felix chefs have been seen picking citrus leaves for their Spaghetti Al Limone from our citrus trees on 4th and Brooks, so it’s about as local as it gets. You’ll want to book a reservation up to a month in advance.

American Beauty | 425 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291 

Much awaited new restaurant for Steak and Cocktails. For lunch, we highly recommend their walk up window for a burger and fries, or the kale salad. Reservation

Great White | 1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 

Australian inspired. Breakfast, lunch and coffee. Weekend brunch is consistently packed.

Gjelina | 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Consistently good food. One of our favorite spots. Lunch & Dinner. Recommended to get a reservation!

Butchers Daughter | 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Plant-based. Restauranteur Heather Tierney has brought her popular chain from NYC to Venice Beach. Try the Paid Thai :) Walk ins are welcome, but for busier times, book a reservation.

Barrique | 796 Main St, Venice, CA 90291

Small, candlelit restaurant. Feels more like a house than a restaurant. One of our favorite date-night spots. Great pasta. Reservation

Double Zero | 1700 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Plant-based pizza has never tasted so good. Great wine list and friendly staff. Book a reservation, they are a newer restaurant and often packed.

Irori Sushi | 4371 Glencoe Ave Suite B4, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Don’t let the strip mall fool you, Irori is serious about sushi. Take your shoes off, enjoy the traditional Japanese interior design and some cold sake, and make sure to make a reservation.

* Some other local spots we recommend include Chulita, Gran Blanco, Bluestone Lane, Flake, Cafe Gratitude, Plant Food & Wine, Tasting Kitchen, Scopa, Zinqué, Clutch and Casablanca.

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Take Out

Gjusta | 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The local to-go spot for great bread, food and coffee, served deli-style. Dine on the back patio, or pick up and take to the beach for a picnic. On weekends be prepared to pick a number and wait for 20-30 minutes.

Tocaya Organica | 1715 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Casual fresh and healthy Mexican. Many great vegan options as well. Order at the counter and dine-in with a margarita or beer or take out to go. Happy hour from 3-6 PM daily.

California Chicken Cafe | 424 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Not the highest end atmosphere to dine in, but the food is consistently good for takeout.

Wirin | 2308 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

The fastest delivery around for when you want a Thai fix on the couch.

Rize Thai | 2906 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

A good selection of Sushi and Thai. Best for takeout.

Sweetfin | 1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Poke bowls worth ordering.

Pitfire Pizza | 12924 W. Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Our favorite pizza delivery spot! Order delivery here.

Blue Star Donuts | 1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Mable-Bacon donut, anyone?


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Coffee Shops 

Intelligentsia | 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

There is a lot of argument about the best cup of coffee in Venice, and a lot of people think it’s Intelligentsia. Try the cold brew on a hot Venice day.

Blue Bottle | 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

A lot of people will also tell you that Blue Bottle is better. Try them both and decide for yourself.

Groundwork Coffee Co. | 3 Westminster Ave, Venice, CA 90291 or 671 Rose Ave, Venice CA 90291

The local spot. Friendly staff, and the food is also great.

Bulletproof Coffee | 3110 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

If you’re not familiar with Dave Asprey’s work, look him up and then check out Bulletproof for a coffee with grass-fed butter. Also, try the Cauliflower Breakfast Burrito made with a coconut wrap.

Shuhari Matcha Cafe | 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

The original Matcha Cafe of Venice. We much prefer it to the trendy one that will go nameless.


Grocery / Bodegas / Hardware etc..

Erewhon | 585 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

It might be the highest end grocery store you ever step foot into. The hot food bar is popular day and night. Try the crispy cauliflower or keto pork stir fry.

Trader Joes | 4675 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Brand new store. The best price for the highest quality.

Whole Foods Market225 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

No longer “whole paycheck.” The prices have come down, and we highly recommend it to Ralphs.

Vin on Rose511 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Our go-to spot for wine. Give one of the orange wines a chance from here.

Lincoln Hardware | 1609 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Small hardware store. If you need something fixed though, hit us up, that’s what we’re here for!


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Shopping 

Aust | 1219 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Australian Boutique Clothing store. Abbot Kinney can be pricey, but this place is pretty reasonable for good quality.  

Warby Parker | 1422 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

A great pair of sun glasses for less than $150.

Alternative | 1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Simple and soft T-shirts for men and women.

Vince | 1353 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Great, consistent quality.  

The Piece Collective | 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Clothing

Buck Mason | 1638 Abott Kinney Blvd, Venice CA 90291

Men’s clothing

General Store | 1801 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Clothing

HD Buttercup | 3225 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Furniture 


Fitness & Wellness

Barry's Bootcamp | 1500 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Hour-long classes at high intensity.  

Gold’s Gym | 360 Hampton Dr, Venice CA 90291

Venice Beach’s classic gym, made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Equinox | 201 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or 13455 Maxwell Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Day passes are expensive. If you have a friend with a membership, they get a few free guest passes a year.

The Yoga Collective | 512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Our go-to Yoga spot in Venice

SoulCycle | 120 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Spinning. We love Dacoda’s class!

Pilatesmith | 2110 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90401

Best athletic pilates workout on the westside. New to pilates? Book a private session!

Swenson Boxing | 2723 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

Book a class or 1 on 1 private training with Aaron.

Stretch Lab | 512 Rose Ave, Venice CA 90291

Treat yourself to a private stretch.

Inside Out Mobile Spa

Prefer to not leave home? Schedule an in-home massage with Amanda and her team! 818-450-6778.

Buddha Thai Massage | 12138 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90025

Great, inexpensive Thai Massage place. Highly recommend.

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Free Things to Do

  • Stroll through the Venice Canals.

  • Check out the original “Muscle Beach” swings at Santa Monica Pier.

  • People watch on the boardwalk.

  • See the action at the Venice Skate Park.

  • Visit Abbot Kinney Blvd on the first Friday of every month for LA’s premiere food truck scene.

  • Check out the Venice Drum Circle every weekend around sunset at the end of Brooks. If you can’t find Brooks just listen for the beats!

  • Venice Farmers’ Market on Friday’s from 7-11 AM. Located at Venice Blvd & Venice Way.

  • Santa Monica Twilight Summer Concert Series.

  • Interested in checking out real estate in the area? Schedule a viewing of properties for sale in the area with our sister company, Open Air Real Estate. Viewings by bicycle or Bronco Convertible optional as well.

Take a Hike

  • Runyon Canyon

  • Hollywood Sign

  • Tree People

  • Will Rogers or Escondido Falls

LA has many great hiking options depending on what you’re looking for. Check out these links below for some other great hiking options!

Listen to our playlist while you drive up the coastline to Malibu on California 1 PCH. Make sure to stop in at the Malibu Pier Cafe for a bite and watch the surfers. We also have a convertible 1970 Ford Bronco for rent.


 

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