Guidebook for Los Angeles

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Guidebook for Los Angeles

Drinks & Nightlife

Probably the best restaurant right on the Boardwalk - it gets packed during the day and for sunset sessions so plan ahead and give your name to the hostess early! Loud music and a medium sized patio for people watching. Go for the sunset and eat if you are hungry!
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Venice Ale House
2 Rose Avenue
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Probably the best restaurant right on the Boardwalk - it gets packed during the day and for sunset sessions so plan ahead and give your name to the hostess early! Loud music and a medium sized patio for people watching. Go for the sunset and eat if you are hungry!
Speakeasy themed with great cocktails. One of the only spots that you can guarantee a dance party if there is dancing to be had. Check out the upstairs first and then head downstairs if you want to kick it up a notch! Live bands and DJs are often playing.
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Townhouse Venice
52 Windward Ave
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Speakeasy themed with great cocktails. One of the only spots that you can guarantee a dance party if there is dancing to be had. Check out the upstairs first and then head downstairs if you want to kick it up a notch! Live bands and DJs are often playing.
This is a pretty restaurant that gets a younger crowd on the weekends (post-college dance party). Yummy margaritas & famous fish tacos but it isn't my cup of tea at all ;)
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James' Beach
60 North Venice Boulevard
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This is a pretty restaurant that gets a younger crowd on the weekends (post-college dance party). Yummy margaritas & famous fish tacos but it isn't my cup of tea at all ;)

Food Scene

1/2 priced breakfast until 9am. Great ocean views. Not the most "local" or "cool" spot but worth a visit if you find yourself strolling the boardwalk in the early AM.
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Figtree's Cafe
429 Ocean Front Walk
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1/2 priced breakfast until 9am. Great ocean views. Not the most "local" or "cool" spot but worth a visit if you find yourself strolling the boardwalk in the early AM.
Local, understated coffee spot reminsent of Venice before the word "hipster" existed
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Groundwork Coffee Co.
3 Westminster Ave
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Local, understated coffee spot reminsent of Venice before the word "hipster" existed
Delicious/healthy smoothies and hot drinks/tonics. Food is pretty good. A great outdoor patio. Quick takeaway snacks, meals, drinks.
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Kreation Organic Kafe & Juicery
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Delicious/healthy smoothies and hot drinks/tonics. Food is pretty good. A great outdoor patio. Quick takeaway snacks, meals, drinks.
My favorite spot for a low-key breakfast and people watching. Try the Veggie Rad breakfast sandwich, Breakfast Burrito or the Acai Bowl! Great coffee too! Their lunch is great as well and they are open until 3pm. They have wifi!
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Flake
513 Rose Avenue
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My favorite spot for a low-key breakfast and people watching. Try the Veggie Rad breakfast sandwich, Breakfast Burrito or the Acai Bowl! Great coffee too! Their lunch is great as well and they are open until 3pm. They have wifi!
Newly opened - food is alright but the ambience is very hip, very "Venice". Good people watching, bakery, dinner, full bar (a rare thing in Venice!), gorgeous patio and inside seating. Macrame planters. Worth a visit for to-go food or a sit down meal. Brunch is very crowded but mid-week is good for laptop lunches - they have wifi!
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The Rose Cafe & Restaurant
220 Rose Ave
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Newly opened - food is alright but the ambience is very hip, very "Venice". Good people watching, bakery, dinner, full bar (a rare thing in Venice!), gorgeous patio and inside seating. Macrame planters. Worth a visit for to-go food or a sit down meal. Brunch is very crowded but mid-week is good for laptop lunches - they have wifi!
One of the newest trendy spots on the West Side. Same owners as Gjelina. Very busy, good people watching. Take away or cute patio benches. Try the: granola bowl, Banh Mi sandwich, Grain Bowl, Roast Chicken Plate, Smoked fish! No wifi here.
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Gjusta
320 Sunset Avenue
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One of the newest trendy spots on the West Side. Same owners as Gjelina. Very busy, good people watching. Take away or cute patio benches. Try the: granola bowl, Banh Mi sandwich, Grain Bowl, Roast Chicken Plate, Smoked fish! No wifi here.
One of the most trendy, blogged about restaurants in LA. Fantastic food. The best!! Impossible to get reservations and the wait is often 45min-1.5h so plan ahead! Put your name on the waitlist and go for a stroll down AK. Good for brunch and dinner. Keep your eyes peeled for incognito celebs. Head next door (GTA) for takeaway.
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Gjelina
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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One of the most trendy, blogged about restaurants in LA. Fantastic food. The best!! Impossible to get reservations and the wait is often 45min-1.5h so plan ahead! Put your name on the waitlist and go for a stroll down AK. Good for brunch and dinner. Keep your eyes peeled for incognito celebs. Head next door (GTA) for takeaway.
Wine Bar with a simple, yummy menu that has great music and people watching. During the days (M-F) it is like "adult study hall" with everyone working on laptops. Think Silicon Beach ;)
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Zinqué
600 Venice Boulevard
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Wine Bar with a simple, yummy menu that has great music and people watching. During the days (M-F) it is like "adult study hall" with everyone working on laptops. Think Silicon Beach ;)
Coffee and wifi in the nice back patio.
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TOMS Flagship
1344 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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Coffee and wifi in the nice back patio.
One of my favorite local spots!!! Good people/music, fantastic Californian-Mexican food. Salmon or Barbacoa Tacos, Bacon to die for (add it to their burger!), Kale Quinoa side, potato bravos, Salads..
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Oscar's Cerveteca
523 Rose Ave
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One of my favorite local spots!!! Good people/music, fantastic Californian-Mexican food. Salmon or Barbacoa Tacos, Bacon to die for (add it to their burger!), Kale Quinoa side, potato bravos, Salads..
Yummy, great scene, a bit on the pricey side. Worth a visit while strolling the up and coming, gritty Lincoln Blvd. Lots of boutiques nearby. They have wifi so could be a good work spot!
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Superba Food + Bread
1900 S Lincoln Blvd
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Yummy, great scene, a bit on the pricey side. Worth a visit while strolling the up and coming, gritty Lincoln Blvd. Lots of boutiques nearby. They have wifi so could be a good work spot!
Cool covered/indoor patio that projects surf movies on the walls and has a good crowd. Probably the most popular sushi in the area. Very Venice!
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Hama Restaurant
213 Windward Avenue
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Cool covered/indoor patio that projects surf movies on the walls and has a good crowd. Probably the most popular sushi in the area. Very Venice!
Good for takeaway coffee - if you haven't heard of it, google Bulletproof coffee! It is the original spot for this new health craze.
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Bulletproof Cafe Santa Monica
3110 Main Street
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Good for takeaway coffee - if you haven't heard of it, google Bulletproof coffee! It is the original spot for this new health craze.
Nice festive decorations with a big patio overlooking the picturesque Ocean Blvd. Margaritas and delicious Mexican food. Good crowd!
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Blue Plate Taco
1515 Ocean Avenue
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Nice festive decorations with a big patio overlooking the picturesque Ocean Blvd. Margaritas and delicious Mexican food. Good crowd!
Cozy seafood restaurant that reminds me of Maryland or the Hamptons in terms of decor/menu. Fantastic views on the small patio. Great if you are shopping nearby!
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Blue Plate Oysterette
1355 Ocean Avenue
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Cozy seafood restaurant that reminds me of Maryland or the Hamptons in terms of decor/menu. Fantastic views on the small patio. Great if you are shopping nearby!
Blue Bottle. Need I say more?
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Blue Bottle Coffee
1103 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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Blue Bottle. Need I say more?
Yummy, $$$ juices/smoothies. Mainly cold-pressed.
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Moon Juice
507 Rose Ave
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Yummy, $$$ juices/smoothies. Mainly cold-pressed.
Delicious raw, vegan, healthy food! But they serve cocktails and cooked stuff too, so don't be scared! Sort of an LA staple among the nouveau hippie crowd. ;)
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Cafe Gratitude
512 Rose Ave
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Delicious raw, vegan, healthy food! But they serve cocktails and cooked stuff too, so don't be scared! Sort of an LA staple among the nouveau hippie crowd. ;)
RAMEN! yum. Nice outdoor patio. A must for comfort food nights.
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JINYA Ramen Bar
2400 Main Street
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RAMEN! yum. Nice outdoor patio. A must for comfort food nights.
Beautiful upscale nautical/beachy super chic restaurant with a delicious seafood based menu and craft cocktails perfect for a special dinner date.
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Salt Air
1616 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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Beautiful upscale nautical/beachy super chic restaurant with a delicious seafood based menu and craft cocktails perfect for a special dinner date.
Fancy menu, great cocktails & beautiful rich hipsters. One of the only spots that serves liquor so there tends to be a small but good crowd in the bar area at night (this is rare in Venice!).
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The Tasting Kitchen
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Fancy menu, great cocktails & beautiful rich hipsters. One of the only spots that serves liquor so there tends to be a small but good crowd in the bar area at night (this is rare in Venice!).
Healthy, yummy smoothies. NOT a corporate, Jamba Juice style spot - my fave place to grab a healthy snack to go! Very neighborhoody.
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Main Squeeze
2727 Main Street
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Healthy, yummy smoothies. NOT a corporate, Jamba Juice style spot - my fave place to grab a healthy snack to go! Very neighborhoody.
Sultry, dark, fusion high-end cuisine with great music, yummy cocktails and a full bar (rare in the area!). Relatively new and is pretty popular for those in the know ;)
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Wallflower
609 Rose Ave
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Sultry, dark, fusion high-end cuisine with great music, yummy cocktails and a full bar (rare in the area!). Relatively new and is pretty popular for those in the know ;)
Best spot to enjoy gourmet tacos and a beer during the day! The sunny patio overlooks the boardwalk, where there is often a live jam band playing. Ask when The Doors cover band is playing inside!
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The Venice Beach Bar & Kitchen
323 Ocean Front Walk
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Best spot to enjoy gourmet tacos and a beer during the day! The sunny patio overlooks the boardwalk, where there is often a live jam band playing. Ask when The Doors cover band is playing inside!
Newest foodie spot to hit Abbot Kinney!
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Felix
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Newest foodie spot to hit Abbot Kinney!
Healthy California style cuisine with a back patio. Can drink healthy juices or wine!
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Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails
1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Healthy California style cuisine with a back patio. Can drink healthy juices or wine!

Shopping

Great Californian boutique for ladies. On the pricier side because it is nice trendy labels. Dresses, bikinis, jeans, home goods, jewelry. Very "SoCal Boho" fashion-wise!
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Planet Blue
2940 Main Street
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Great Californian boutique for ladies. On the pricier side because it is nice trendy labels. Dresses, bikinis, jeans, home goods, jewelry. Very "SoCal Boho" fashion-wise!
Abbot Kinney is becoming more commercial (which the locals don't like) but I am flagging this store to give you a taste of some of the great shopping found on AK.
rag & bone
1118 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Abbot Kinney is becoming more commercial (which the locals don't like) but I am flagging this store to give you a taste of some of the great shopping found on AK.
This long standing local boutique has hit-or miss items but is definitely worth a visit for anyone from a pre-teen to a hip mom. Dresses, bohemian garb, hats, jewelry. Look for local brand "Flynn Skye".
Principessa
1323 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
This long standing local boutique has hit-or miss items but is definitely worth a visit for anyone from a pre-teen to a hip mom. Dresses, bohemian garb, hats, jewelry. Look for local brand "Flynn Skye".
Lincoln Blvd is worth a stroll in this area. It is the edgy/city like part of town. A handful of boutiques such as this home goods store. Super boho/hip/mid century!
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General Store
1801 Lincoln Boulevard
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Lincoln Blvd is worth a stroll in this area. It is the edgy/city like part of town. A handful of boutiques such as this home goods store. Super boho/hip/mid century!
Super hip, cute store for guys. I would buy everything in here! It's a mix of the typical Californian vibe, outdoorsy, hip, surfer, stylish, Deus Ex Machina ish.
Tradesmen Los Angeles
1807 Lincoln Boulevard
Super hip, cute store for guys. I would buy everything in here! It's a mix of the typical Californian vibe, outdoorsy, hip, surfer, stylish, Deus Ex Machina ish.
This is "General Admission" - a great store for guys. Similar to Tradesmen (flagged on Lincoln Blvd). Surfer/Artsy. Has an art gallery and fun parties - check their social media!
52 Brooks Ave
52 Brooks Ave
This is "General Admission" - a great store for guys. Similar to Tradesmen (flagged on Lincoln Blvd). Surfer/Artsy. Has an art gallery and fun parties - check their social media!
Large outdoor mall adjacent to the 3rd Street Promenade. Good stores and restaurants such as True Foods Kitchen or Sonoma Wine Garden. Worth a visit if you want to shop or see a movie!
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Santa Monica Place
1453 Santa Monica Pier
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Large outdoor mall adjacent to the 3rd Street Promenade. Good stores and restaurants such as True Foods Kitchen or Sonoma Wine Garden. Worth a visit if you want to shop or see a movie!
There are often Flea Markets held here over the weekends - check Arts & Flea for details. Lots of home items, local goods and vintage clothes. There are food trucks too!
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd
There are often Flea Markets held here over the weekends - check Arts & Flea for details. Lots of home items, local goods and vintage clothes. There are food trucks too!

Entertainment & Activities

Well known motorcycle store with locations only in Bali, Milan, etc. They have great coffee, wifi, shopping for guys and parties in their parking lot on Sundays! Details on their social media.
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Deus Ex Machina - Emporium Of Post Modern Activities
1001 Venice Boulevard
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Well known motorcycle store with locations only in Bali, Milan, etc. They have great coffee, wifi, shopping for guys and parties in their parking lot on Sundays! Details on their social media.
Brand new movie theater at the mall! Haven't been yet.
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ArcLight Cinemas - Santa Monica
395 3rd Street Promenade
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Brand new movie theater at the mall! Haven't been yet.
One long pedestrian street with every name-brand store imaginable and lots of street performers and (average) restaurants. Worth a visit! I would also suggest The Misfit, Cabo Cantina or Sushi Roku.
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3rd Street Promenade
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One long pedestrian street with every name-brand store imaginable and lots of street performers and (average) restaurants. Worth a visit! I would also suggest The Misfit, Cabo Cantina or Sushi Roku.
Dine in theater with reclining ottoman chairs, full bar and good food that you can order and eat during the movie. One of the best spots to watch a movie! Just make sure to plan ahead, as they often sell out.
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AMC DINE-IN Marina 6
13455 Maxella Avenue
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Dine in theater with reclining ottoman chairs, full bar and good food that you can order and eat during the movie. One of the best spots to watch a movie! Just make sure to plan ahead, as they often sell out.
This Pier is a fun sightseeing activity but I am including it to give a head's up about my favorite summertime activity - Thursday concerts at the pier! You will see tons of people rushing to the pier on Thursday late afternoons. Crowds pack the beach adjacent to the pier to picnic and party while the sun is setting. Just make sure to hide the alcohol containers because they do have police patrols ;) The bands play on the pier so you can check it out there if you don't have a friend to picnic with. There is a beer garden and food stalls at the actual pier as well.
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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This Pier is a fun sightseeing activity but I am including it to give a head's up about my favorite summertime activity - Thursday concerts at the pier! You will see tons of people rushing to the pier on Thursday late afternoons. Crowds pack the beach adjacent to the pier to picnic and party while the sun is setting. Just make sure to hide the alcohol containers because they do have police patrols ;) The bands play on the pier so you can check it out there if you don't have a friend to picnic with. There is a beer garden and food stalls at the actual pier as well.

Essentials

Very popular yoga studio. It's legit! Teachers like Vinnie, Calvin & Vytus have a huge following so show up early! (30 min for Vinnie's classes). Also love Cayley and all the others!
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YogaWorks Main St
2215 Main Street
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Very popular yoga studio. It's legit! Teachers like Vinnie, Calvin & Vytus have a huge following so show up early! (30 min for Vinnie's classes). Also love Cayley and all the others!
Great for drop in, easy to medium level yoga! Very nice community vibe.
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The Yoga Collective Venice
512 Rose Avenue
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Great for drop in, easy to medium level yoga! Very nice community vibe.
Super cute boutique and hair salon (cuts and color for the hip Venice crowd) - they recently relocated so do your research to get in touch with the owner.
Cabin West
564 Rose Ave
Super cute boutique and hair salon (cuts and color for the hip Venice crowd) - they recently relocated so do your research to get in touch with the owner.
My favorite nail salon!
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Main Attraction Nail & Spa
2654 Main Street
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My favorite nail salon!
Yes, that Gold's Gym! Popular with the weightlifting crowd.
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Gold's Gym
360 Hampton Drive
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Yes, that Gold's Gym! Popular with the weightlifting crowd.
I am pretty sure this is a good spot for guys to get their hair cut while sipping on a beer. Girls too!
Trim on Rose
512D Rose Avenue
I am pretty sure this is a good spot for guys to get their hair cut while sipping on a beer. Girls too!
Venice's newest health food store with a great selection of natural health/wellness/beauty items, ready made food, coffee & tonics. Worth a visit! If you return the glass bottles, you get a $1.50 recycling credit!
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Erewhon Market
585 Venice Blvd
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Venice's newest health food store with a great selection of natural health/wellness/beauty items, ready made food, coffee & tonics. Worth a visit! If you return the glass bottles, you get a $1.50 recycling credit!
Cheap, great, no-frills massages. Open late at night! Deep Tissue for like $40-ish/hour!
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The Massage Place
245 Main Street
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Cheap, great, no-frills massages. Open late at night! Deep Tissue for like $40-ish/hour!
Women-only Korean spa with a nice little restaurant. If you don't know what happens at a Korean spa - google it! I love the scrubs and could spend hours soaking and rotating to the various treatment rooms/saunas. I prefer the massages booked in the private room (after a scrub) but the easiest/cheapest option is the scrub/massage combo. A must try for those with an open mind and need for some pampering! Warning - full nude!
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Olympic Spa
3915 West Olympic Boulevard
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Women-only Korean spa with a nice little restaurant. If you don't know what happens at a Korean spa - google it! I love the scrubs and could spend hours soaking and rotating to the various treatment rooms/saunas. I prefer the massages booked in the private room (after a scrub) but the easiest/cheapest option is the scrub/massage combo. A must try for those with an open mind and need for some pampering! Warning - full nude!
Coed Korean Spa - this is a great activity for anyone up for adventure and willing to try something new! Google it for details. I recc for a night of pampering, people watching and a yummy Korean dinner! Bring a friend, family member or a significant other =)
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Wi Spa
2700 Wilshire Boulevard
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Coed Korean Spa - this is a great activity for anyone up for adventure and willing to try something new! Google it for details. I recc for a night of pampering, people watching and a yummy Korean dinner! Bring a friend, family member or a significant other =)

Sightseeing

Have you heard of the local cult? Google it ;) It's actually a gorgeous building owned by a celeb that hosts yoga, meditation, sound bath, dance, etc. community events. Think Burning Man hippies!
Full Circle
305 Rose Ave
Have you heard of the local cult? Google it ;) It's actually a gorgeous building owned by a celeb that hosts yoga, meditation, sound bath, dance, etc. community events. Think Burning Man hippies!

Arts & Culture

Great gallery nestled among the amazing boutiques on Abbot Kinney. The whole area is worth a stroll (or few!).
C.A.V.E. Gallery
55 North Venice Boulevard
Great gallery nestled among the amazing boutiques on Abbot Kinney. The whole area is worth a stroll (or few!).
This street is worth a visit after eating at Gjusta - cute galleries and eclectic stores are popping up. Open to the public during the Venice Art Walk!
Curio by Anne Faith Nicholls
324 Sunset Ave
This street is worth a visit after eating at Gjusta - cute galleries and eclectic stores are popping up. Open to the public during the Venice Art Walk!