Abbot Kinney is one of the cooler streets in Los Angeles. The street is dotted with beach bungalows converted into one of kind “Mom and Pop” shops that virtually don’t exist in that many places anymore. Venice takes great pride in being “unchained” and there was a minor uproar followed by a mass petition when Pinkberry moved in. The stores are varied and suit pretty much all basic needs-shopping, eating, fitness, galleries, hair salons, spas, florists, etc.. I was walking down the street Sunday morning and revisited a few favorites and discovered a new store here or there. AK could be considered the street equivalent to the boho chic look I love.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Fiore Designs is a darling new floral and event design boutique. It is tucked in a typical Venice Bungalow with some of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. A definite new contender for favorite florist.
Colcha Home has one of the best selections of Casa Midy and John Robshaw products in LA. It is always fun to see what’s new. I love all the rustic accessories they stock also.
Tortoise General Store has the greatest selection of Japanese Housewares. Spare Lines, modern, and interesting-this store never disappoints. I love all the tengui cloths above.
Steven Alan Annex is by far the coolest clothing store on Abbot Kinney. This particular store carries a few different labels such as Isabel Marant and APC, along with Steven Alan’s own line. My favorite are the vintage Rolexes.
WHERE TO EAT:
I love the French Market Cafe. It is an authentic french marketplace and café. It probably has one of the best (yet underrated) outdoor patios in Los Angeles. It is great people and dog watching, the Cheval sandwich is amazing and they actually have a great selection of French magazines.
Gjelina has gotten its fair share of press recently. I feel as if it has only gotten better and better. I love the decor and the communal table, but the real star is the back patio-where everyone is sandwiched close together. The vegetables are straight from the Farmer’s Market and you can really taste the freshness.
If you hang out at the Brig parking long enough, you will begin to see glorified taco trucks roll in, one is pink, one is green, one is blue, etc.. They all offer different foods-hot dogs, burgers, bbq, sweets, and of course, the unofficial originator of the food truck movement-Kogi The Korean BBQ truck. A defininte must late night or for lunch when the lines aren’t ridiculously long.