I had only spent a couple of days in Venice up until my visit to LA this summer, and never really explored the area. Last week of my holiday I stayed in Venice and it might be one of my favourite neighbourhoods in LA: there’s the Venice Beach boardwalk (okay, its very touristy, but is has the best sunsets and its probably the best place for a morning run in LA), obviously lots of sand and palm trees, awesome roads for night time bike rides and probably the best street in Los Angeles, Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Everything here is beautiful, friendly, and laid back. There are so many great coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques to choose from, so to make it a little easier for you, here are the my favourite places to eat and drink your daily cortado while working or just breaking in between shopping in Venice, California!
A block from where I stayed I found Deus, a combined coffee and men clothes shop. It is located just a few minutes walk from Abbot Kinney and a great stop if you are craving that daily cortado on your morning commute. Both inside and outside you’ll find a great long table for working. Try the handmade granola with yogurt and fresh berries for breakfast.
Zinque is another one of my Venice favourites, and definitely one of the prettiest and best places to eat in Venice – although it is not the cheapest meal you’ll find in LA. It’s modern French food, but since it’s LA, there’s a huge selection of salads and gluten-free options (you’ll fit right in, if you order something gluten-free, its definitely the latest LA craze!). My pick, “Le Bowl” for the perfect fresh and healthy lunch, and always sit outside under the green trellis.
Walk down Abbot Kinney and you cannot miss Gjelina Takeaway. It is probably the most famous places to get a quick lunch in Venice, famous for their incredible pizzas and pastas. Its as the name implies takeaway only, there are a few “tables” in the side alley or just grap it along for a picnic lunch on the beach.
Just next door you’ll find another famous place in Abbot Kinney – Intelligentsia Coffee. It is a little bit pretentious, only because it seems like a lot of people only go here to be seen, but then again, it is a good place for people watching. If you are lucky, get yourself a seat by the counter and bring your laptop for some work. The coffee is definitely some of the best in town.
Finally we have Gjusta, the local gem of Venice. Located a few blocks away from Abbot Kinney and the Venice Beach boardwalk, it’s definitely the locals spot. This cafe and bakery is home to amazing food, whether you eat bread or not, but promise me, try the bread, even if the locals look at you like your are an alien. Their semi-roofed patio is so light and a great break away from the blazing sun, I could easily start my morning here every day! If you do decide to eat the bread, you can just cross the road and workout alongside some bodybuilding celebrities, at Golds Gym aka. Mecca, you might even run into Arnold.