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Venice California, originally called “Venice of America,” was founded by millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town, 14 miles west of Los Angeles. Over a century later, the street named about the founder boasts some of the trendiest eateries, retail stores, and real estate in the area.
#1 – Abbot Kinney
In 2012, GQ Magazine dubbed Venice’s bustling main street, Abbot Kinney, “The Coolest Block in America.” The Boulevard is packed with great places to eat, drink, shop, and people-watch. Grab a coffee at the Tom’s Flagship Shoe Store and an unforgettable cone at Salt & Straw while you meander in and out of the unique, but high-end stores. Be on the lookout for a handful of striking murals to snap a selfie in front of. Did you know one of the restaurants, Felix Trattoria, was just named one of the top new restaurants in the country from Esquire magazine?
#2 – The Canals
The waterways beautifully intersect the residential neighborhood, as you’ll enjoy the luscious greenery, home architecture, and animals. Spend an hour one morning getting lost through the pathways.
#3 – The Boardwalk
Did I mention people-watching before? Ah yes, it is epic at the boardwalk. Check out the roller disco, the street basketball games, and the locals near the beach. Stay for the sunset.
#4 – Superba and The Rose Cafe
We’ve got you covered here for brunch and dinner, and we certainly will not disappoint your taste buds. Make reservations at The Rose Cafe and sit in one of the outdoor areas. Order the Rose Cup (or two) and a variety of the small plates for an amazing date night experience.
Our Venice Beach vacation was one for the books. We will be back, and when we do we look forward to spending time in another fun and unique VRBO. We did end up renting a car because we knew we would want to visit other places like Malibu. But to get from our abode to downtown we did use Uber quite a bit, and Ashley ended up getting $20 in cash back by using her Ibotta App.
Venice Beach is the home to some of the most amazing street art we have seen, so keep those eyes peeled and be sure to snap a selfie and post to instagram! Feel free to tag us @MartiniWithinReach if you find an Instagramable backdrop!
Enjoy your Travels!