ABBOT KINNEY - One of my favorite streets full of amazing food, coffee, cocktails and boutique stores.
I like to start my day by grabbing a coffee at Blue bottle and a bite to eat or a juice from Great White. I then head for a walk with my dog along the beach to Santa Monica Pier. My kids love it there. I can’t stomach the rides or the smell of peanuts but it’s definitely a must to see. I then either like to read the paper at Shutters on the beach in their lovely foyer or hire a bike and cycle along the beach to Venice beach. My son loves to stop at the famous Venice beach skate park and watch all the skaters. After we walk back to Abbott Kinney to Gjelina to get a spot in the back courtyard for lunch. Their pizzas and pastas are the best I have ever tasted and the people watching is great. I use their cook book most nights at home too.
After a fun lunch I love to walk the shops while my kids get ice cream from Salt and Straw . Some of my favorite stores are:
Hourglass - Makeup
Avocado - Workout clothes
Le labo - Skin care and home fragrance
Rag and bone - Great clothes for everyday
Jame Perse - Great casual clothes, my husband lives in their tees
Tumbleweed & Dandelion - Homeware
If you want a great view of the beach and experience the epic sunset go to Hotel Erwin and head to the roof top - High lounge. It fills up fast so get there early. I usually head back to wherever I am staying and get freshened up for dinner at The Butcher's Daughter, MTN or Felix
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