We didn’t know what to expect from Los Angeles but we followed the rumour of the city of angels, becoming a hub of the creative community. And Los Angeles didn’t disappoint us; it inspired calm, self-awareness and endless possibilities. While strolling on the streets of Venice Beach, you easily feel a part of the community, while a little voice is whispering in your head “It’s a good time to be in LA right now”. Among many other spectacular spots, this is a selection of “slow places” in Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney area that will help you catch the creative vibe of the neighbourhood.
Not so many hotels are to be found in the area so AirBnB is an excellent option. We literally fell in love with our authentic Venice Beach Craftsman Home, decorated with perfect taste by Emily and Yohan, our lovely hosts. Pinterest effect guaranteed. Not only the house is located on probably one of the most charming street you will ever see in the neighbourhood but as a bonus, they also have a small animal farm with cute bunnies and chickens. The perfect blend between farm and urban life!
Start your day at The Butcher’s Daughter with a fresh juice and yummy breakfast made of seasonal, local products. The acai bowls and avocado toasts are amazing.
Gjelina is a foodie institution and will always bring you pleasure. Weather you go there for brunch, like we did, or dinner for one of their famous pizzas, the experience is top-notch. Scoop: if you are a Netflix’s Flaked fan, you should know that some of the scenes, were shoot in this location.
Enjoy a glass of wine and the sunset lights at Zinqué, a French-influenced, artsy bistro & wine bar. The owner is French so don’t hesitate to say “bonjour”.
The Tasting Kitchen is a full service restaurant and bar, 7 nights a week. You can basically go at any moment of the day: for brunch (the tomato braised egg – polenta cake is delicious!), dinner or drinks. The most important thing to remember is their stupendous cocktail menu: they can offer you, most probably any type or brand of alcohol. We tested the bartender with a special Chartreuse request – niche French digestive drink – and he promptly meet our demand. A fun night-out guaranteed.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard has a large variety of stores but the one that attracted our attention is the Detroit- based brand Shinola. Known for its American-manufactured watches, leather goods and bicycles, the brand and store show a true commitment to the “made in America” goods. As a plus, the shop staff is great not only at helping you with your shopping choices but also in recommending the best art galleries and restaurants you should have on your list to experience the neighbourhood like a local. We couldn’t ask for more.
AirBnB cottage: from $400 CAD for a minimum of 2 nights stay for 2 people.
Photo credits: Livia , Shinola Detroit.