This wide blvd is the laid-back epicenter of cool when it comes to dining, retail and people watching. Aside from the luxe hippie vibe, it’s one of the few LA streets where you can spend the whole day walking up and down, going from crystal store to latte spot to furniture workshop to yours truly. Below is our list of go-tos:
Salt and Straw
Originally from Portland, the unique flavors make this sweet spot a “farm to cone” experience. With a monthly-changing menu featuring flavors like Meyer Lemon Buttermilk with Blueberries, as well as classics like Chocolate Gooey Brownie, this artisanal creamery is front-and-center for all 4pm sugar cravings.
This gift spot has been an Abbot Kinney mainstay since the 90’s. We are stationery nerds and love their selection of greeting cards, but it’s also the best spot if you’re an out-of-towner looking for an LA-centric gift that doesn’t feel like an afterthought you picked up as you dashed through the airport.
Probably the most bustling food spot on the boulevard, you’ll need a rez but it’s worth it for the sharing plates of seasonal veggies and pizza. If you can’t squeeze in, this foodie heaven also opened a to-go spot next door, GTA, where we order the blackened fish sandwich and sit on the sidewalk (very Venice).
Tortoise General Store
You can’t leave this Japanese housewares store without picking up a little something, whether it’s a piece of minimalist stationery, a printed tea towel or a book on the wabi sabi lifestyle. There’s also a beautiful courtyard and gallery space in the back, which feels like a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle.
Ilan Dei Studio
These guys are the epitome of the California indoor/outdoor lifestyle, designing and manufacturing some seriously cool garden furniture and accessories. The store front feels like you’ve just entered into your stylish friend’s backyard and a true inspiration for design nerds.
The Cook’s Garden by HGEL
This spot feels like the ultimate farmer’s market and is truly an organic oasis in the middle of Venice. With an edible nursery and shop, this gardener’s delight can help you create and design your own at-home garden, as well as offering lessons on mastering a green thumb.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Start the day with one of their custom made juices (the Rubies in the Dust is totally sublime) and loop back when you need a latte, healthy snack or a glass of wine. Not only is this plant-based cafe gorgeous to look at, but the people watching is equally great.
Full disclosure: we can eat a burrito for breakfast, a burrito for lunch and tacos for dinner, no problem. This AK classic feels as authentic as they come and should be your end-of-day stop when you settle in with some chips, guacamole and one of their signature margaritas that contain everything from strawberry infused to tequila to muddled jalapeños.