They say Westside is the best side, and I would have to agree. Venice Beach is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles, mainly because it’s the quintessential California beach city with amazing food, surf, and sand. However, while tourists will make a beeline for the beach, you will find the locals eating and shopping in the beautifully quaint little boulevard of Abbott Kinney.
Great White: If you’re in the area and have a hankering for brunch, you must pay a visit to my favorite brunch spot, Great White. I love their algae bowls (pictured below) and their corn fritters with Halloumi cheese which is their star dish in my book. The interior is gorgeous and the staff so friendly and kind. Honestly, everything leaves a lasting and delicious impression as they were just named “Hottest New Restaurant” on The Venue Report.
Banh Mi Venice: If you’re hungry for lunch and in the mood for Vietnamese Sandwiches, please make your way to visit Heidi who owns Banh Mi Venice. Her little space in a tiny unassuming lot on Lincoln may fool you if you wiz by, but honestly she’s done a beautiful job decorating from the ceiling to floor, little tables, gorgeous tile, and fresh flowers. Her personality and friendliness is infectious and she pours every ounce of that into her pork belly and fresh baguettes that are made daily in house. And to this day, I still think about her wickedly good Vietnamese iced coffee, it’s incredibly refreshing on such a warm afternoon.
Donuts x Coffee: Don’t bother with Bluebottle at the end of Abbott Kinney, head to BlueStar for their brew and some serious donuts. If you’ve been to Portland, you know all about BlueStar. Thankfully, I don’t have to go all the way to the PNW for my favorite treats. My particular favorite is the Lemon Poppy and their Matcha. Nothing is overly sweet, and they do have vegan options which is amazing because you wouldn’t be able to tell.
Other Venice Hotspots:
- The Butcher’s Daughter– Vegan/Vegetarian Brunch *Order the Gluten Free Matcha Pancakes
- Gjelina– Brunch & Dinner *Order their pizzas and baked eggs
- Salt & Straw– Ice Cream, but not your basic ice cream with flavors such as *Maple Peanut Butter Brioche French Toast” and “Caramel Potato Chip”
- Komodo– Korean x Mexican Fusion *Order the Kimchi Nachos, MP3 Steak tacos (trust me) and the Brutus Tots.
Outfit Photos Shot by Michelle Jun Kim