Guide to Venice

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Guide to Venice

Food Scene

These are the trendier foodie restaurants that Venice is well known for.
To order - grab a ticket from the ticket machine on the right-hand side when you walk in, and wait for your number to be called. You can use the lefthand cashier to just get bread, pastries and quick to-go items.
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Gjusta
320 Sunset Avenue
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To order - grab a ticket from the ticket machine on the right-hand side when you walk in, and wait for your number to be called. You can use the lefthand cashier to just get bread, pastries and quick to-go items.
Great for small groups - no reservation, order at the counter and first come first serve for seating. Great for groups of 2... it can be challenging to find seats for larger groups than that.
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Great White
1604 Pacific Ave
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Great for small groups - no reservation, order at the counter and first come first serve for seating. Great for groups of 2... it can be challenging to find seats for larger groups than that.
Incredible Italian food with a great selection of Mezcal. Try to put in a reservation ahead of time.
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Scopa Italian Roots
2905 Washington Blvd
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Incredible Italian food with a great selection of Mezcal. Try to put in a reservation ahead of time.
Great brunch spot with incredible bread and pastries. Also great for lunch and dinner.
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Superba Food + Bread
1900 S Lincoln Blvd
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Great brunch spot with incredible bread and pastries. Also great for lunch and dinner.
Evan Funke's take on Italian food... definitely a Foodie spot.
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Felix
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Evan Funke's take on Italian food... definitely a Foodie spot.
From the Gjusta/Gjellina restaurant family - Travis Lett's take on Japanese Gastropub food.
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MTN
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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From the Gjusta/Gjellina restaurant family - Travis Lett's take on Japanese Gastropub food.
Classic Venice food institution... note you cannot make substitutions or changes to the menu. If you want to get bread, sandwiches or pizza to go you can do the Gjelina Take Away (GTA) to the left.
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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Classic Venice food institution... note you cannot make substitutions or changes to the menu. If you want to get bread, sandwiches or pizza to go you can do the Gjelina Take Away (GTA) to the left.
Great wine bar and tapas, walking distance from the house.
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The Tasting Kitchen
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Great wine bar and tapas, walking distance from the house.

Local Recommendations

These are the more casual local favorite spots.
Great local breakfast joint
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Flake
513 Rose Avenue
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Great local breakfast joint
Delicious Tacos... what more needs to be said?
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Tacos Por Favor
826 Hampton Drive
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Delicious Tacos... what more needs to be said?
Great local family joint for Mexican food
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La Fiesta Brava
259B Hampton Dr
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Great local family joint for Mexican food
Great burgers from the takeaway window.
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American Beauty
425 Rose Ave
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Great burgers from the takeaway window.
Famous dive bar known for their amazing burgers! They also have pool tables, pitchers of beer, and often live music on the weekends.
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Hinano Cafe
15 Washington Boulevard
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Famous dive bar known for their amazing burgers! They also have pool tables, pitchers of beer, and often live music on the weekends.
Famous egg sandwich spot, originally started DTLA by Alvin Cailan.
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Eggslut
1611 Pacific Ave
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Famous egg sandwich spot, originally started DTLA by Alvin Cailan.
Order the brown rice (it's more like the purple Forbidden Rice). They deliver!
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Ekkamai Thai Restaurant
13223 West Washington Boulevard
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Order the brown rice (it's more like the purple Forbidden Rice). They deliver!
Breakfast in Bread and Mr. Electric sandwiches are local favorites. Also get a bag of the fresh mini donuts made right in front of you, and then walk and eat it on the beach!
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Zelda's Corner
9 Westminster Avenue
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Breakfast in Bread and Mr. Electric sandwiches are local favorites. Also get a bag of the fresh mini donuts made right in front of you, and then walk and eat it on the beach!
This truck is famous for its Ceviche... get the ceviche tostada with avocado on top.
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La Isla Bonita
400 Rose Ave
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This truck is famous for its Ceviche... get the ceviche tostada with avocado on top.
A modern take on Pho/Vietnamese food.
Camp Pho
715 Lincoln Blvd
A modern take on Pho/Vietnamese food.
A little bit of a drive from Venice, but oh soo worth it!! DO NOT MISS OUT on the Havla Cinnamon Date Shake. Very easy to look over and think you don't need it, or that it might be excessive... but it is VERY necessary. ;) I dream about this shake...
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Mizlala West Adams
5400 W Adams Blvd
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A little bit of a drive from Venice, but oh soo worth it!! DO NOT MISS OUT on the Havla Cinnamon Date Shake. Very easy to look over and think you don't need it, or that it might be excessive... but it is VERY necessary. ;) I dream about this shake...
Vegan/Vegetarian based
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Cafe Gratitude
512 Rose Ave
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Vegan/Vegetarian based
EXCELLENT VEGAN/VEGETARIAN-friendly Thai spot... you don't even have to be plant-based to enjoy. Highly recommend the beet dyed noodles and faux mushroom octopus.
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Satdha
2218 Lincoln Boulevard
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EXCELLENT VEGAN/VEGETARIAN-friendly Thai spot... you don't even have to be plant-based to enjoy. Highly recommend the beet dyed noodles and faux mushroom octopus.
Vegetarian and mostly vegan restaurant.
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The Butcher's Daughter
1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Vegetarian and mostly vegan restaurant.
Walkable - Vegan/Vegetarian friendly spot with KILLER vegan breakfast sandwiches (if you miss a classic egg/meat sandwich). They also have some health-conscious groceries and goods that can be picked up from there as well.
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Locali Healthy Convenience
701 Lincoln Boulevard
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Walkable - Vegan/Vegetarian friendly spot with KILLER vegan breakfast sandwiches (if you miss a classic egg/meat sandwich). They also have some health-conscious groceries and goods that can be picked up from there as well.
Classic Venice spot with some vegan options.
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Mao's Kitchen
1512 Pacific Avenue
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Classic Venice spot with some vegan options.
Lavender lattes and flowers (cute gift shop too) -a quick bike ride.
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Flowerboy Project
824 Lincoln Blvd
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Lavender lattes and flowers (cute gift shop too) -a quick bike ride.
This is THE coffee place to go... bike over, grab a coffee, and walk on the beach. If you want coffee that's closer, you can go to Blue Bottle, Intelligensia, or TOM's which are all on Abbot Kinney
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Menotti's Coffee Stop
56 Windward Ave
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This is THE coffee place to go... bike over, grab a coffee, and walk on the beach. If you want coffee that's closer, you can go to Blue Bottle, Intelligensia, or TOM's which are all on Abbot Kinney
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
540 Rose Ave
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Wild gourmet flavors
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Ginger's Divine Ice Creams
12550 W Washington Blvd
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Wild gourmet flavors
Great ice cream within walking distance, but often a long line... There's also a Van Leeuwen ice cream truck down the street that has great Earl Grey Ice Cream and often no line...
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Salt & Straw
1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Great ice cream within walking distance, but often a long line... There's also a Van Leeuwen ice cream truck down the street that has great Earl Grey Ice Cream and often no line...
Famous motorcycle/outdoor shop with a coffee bar and some coworking tables (has wifi).
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Deus Ex Machina - Emporium Of Post Modern Activities
1001 Venice Boulevard
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Famous motorcycle/outdoor shop with a coffee bar and some coworking tables (has wifi).
Natural food market with great $ smoothies & juices, vegan/vegetarian food options
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Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 W Washington Blvd
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Natural food market with great $ smoothies & juices, vegan/vegetarian food options
Great spot for Poke and within walking distance
Sweetfin
1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Great spot for Poke and within walking distance
If you're interested in trying meditation, they have free Buddhist meditations Monday and Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm. 30 min guided meditation and an hour-long dharma talk.
Against The Stream Meditation Center
2516 Lincoln Boulevard
If you're interested in trying meditation, they have free Buddhist meditations Monday and Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm. 30 min guided meditation and an hour-long dharma talk.
The closest yoga studio... also available via Classpass.
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Love Yoga Venice
835 Lincoln Blvd
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The closest yoga studio... also available via Classpass.
Famous Fish tacos along the PCH in Malibu. Add this to your Malibu hike/Getty Villa itinerary
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Reel Inn Malibu
18661 Pacific Coast Highway
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Famous Fish tacos along the PCH in Malibu. Add this to your Malibu hike/Getty Villa itinerary
A California-inspired New American bistro with seasonal fare & a breezy back patio. Popular with locals and dog friendly!
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Neighbor
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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A California-inspired New American bistro with seasonal fare & a breezy back patio. Popular with locals and dog friendly!

Shopping

Go-to spot for birthday/thank you gifts that features local artists.
AMIGA WILD
2124 Lincoln Boulevard
Go-to spot for birthday/thank you gifts that features local artists.
Boho-chic
Principessa
1323 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Boho-chic
Modern outdoor shopping plaza
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Platform
8850 Washington Blvd
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Modern outdoor shopping plaza
Touristy/big brand shopping area...
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Downtown Santa Monica
1351 3rd Street Promenade
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Touristy/big brand shopping area...
$$$ - trendy, health-conscious grocery store.
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Erewhon Market
585 Venice Blvd
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$$$ - trendy, health-conscious grocery store.
*BEST AL PASTOR TACOS - taco stand on the far right side in front of Whole Foods on the street, usually sets up by 5 pm. $$ - the quintessential Whole Foods
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Whole Foods Market
225 Lincoln Boulevard
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*BEST AL PASTOR TACOS - taco stand on the far right side in front of Whole Foods on the street, usually sets up by 5 pm. $$ - the quintessential Whole Foods
$ - Natural Foods Market - great to-go food, killer juices and smoothies, and of course healthy groceries. Great and knowledgable staff for homeopathic remedies.
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Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 W Washington Blvd
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$ - Natural Foods Market - great to-go food, killer juices and smoothies, and of course healthy groceries. Great and knowledgable staff for homeopathic remedies.
The "downtown" of Venice, famous for shopping and people watching.
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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The "downtown" of Venice, famous for shopping and people watching.
Large outdoor mall
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The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
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Large outdoor mall
Trendy lifestyle shop with its roots in surf/skate culture.
General Admission
52 Brooks Ave
Trendy lifestyle shop with its roots in surf/skate culture.
CLOSEST LIQUOR STORE - walking distance.
Lucky Stop No 2 Liquor
1360 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
CLOSEST LIQUOR STORE - walking distance.
$ - The closest grocery store - SELLS BEER & LIQUOR.
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Ralphs
910 Lincoln Boulevard
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$ - The closest grocery store - SELLS BEER & LIQUOR.
Closest Hardware store... should you need anything
Lincoln Hardware
1609 Lincoln Boulevard
Closest Hardware store... should you need anything

Sightseeing

Great hike - you can hike to the falls, and then up the hill to get breathtaking (literally) views of the ocean and hike back down to the parking lot. Bring water and sunscreen.
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Solstice Canyon Hiking Trail Parking
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Great hike - you can hike to the falls, and then up the hill to get breathtaking (literally) views of the ocean and hike back down to the parking lot. Bring water and sunscreen.
Buy tickets to hike and do wine tours at: http://www.malibuwinehikes.com/about
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Malibu Wine Hikes
32111 Mulholland Hwy
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Buy tickets to hike and do wine tours at: http://www.malibuwinehikes.com/about
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Venice Beach Boardwalk
1800 Ocean Front Walk
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A free contemporary art museum in the Arts District
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Hauser & Wirth
901 E 3rd St
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A free contemporary art museum in the Arts District
Contemporary art museum DTLA - small and can be done in a few hours
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The Broad
221 South Grand Avenue
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Contemporary art museum DTLA - small and can be done in a few hours
Off the PCH... could be done on a nice day with a drive up towards Malibu, Pacific Palisades
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The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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Off the PCH... could be done on a nice day with a drive up towards Malibu, Pacific Palisades
Plan on a few hours here - it's a large museum with plenty of outdoor space to sit and enjoy
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Центр Гетті
1200 Getty Center Drive
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Plan on a few hours here - it's a large museum with plenty of outdoor space to sit and enjoy
A bit of a trek, but worth it. You could spend a full day here exploring the different gardens.
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Гантінгтонська бібліотека
1151 Oxford Road
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A bit of a trek, but worth it. You could spend a full day here exploring the different gardens.
Currently, under construction - double check to see what's open.
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Музей мистецтв округу Лос-Анджелес
5905 Wilshire Blvd
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Currently, under construction - double check to see what's open.
Often on Wednesday nights in the summer, there are free concerts on the Pier (Twilight at the Pier).
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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Often on Wednesday nights in the summer, there are free concerts on the Pier (Twilight at the Pier).
Wander the canals of Venice for views of stunning homes
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Venice Canals
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Wander the canals of Venice for views of stunning homes
One of Venice's "Walk Streets" - take a stroll through a charming part of the Venice neighborhood. The walk streets are mostly covered in trees- perfect for summer strolls, and feature elaborate gardens and gates. The other "walk streets" are Nowita Place, Marco Place, Amoroso Place and Crescent Place.
Nowita Place
One of Venice's "Walk Streets" - take a stroll through a charming part of the Venice neighborhood. The walk streets are mostly covered in trees- perfect for summer strolls, and feature elaborate gardens and gates. The other "walk streets" are Nowita Place, Marco Place, Amoroso Place and Crescent Place.
One of Venice's "Walk Streets" - take a stroll through a charming part of the Venice neighborhood. The walk streets are mostly covered in trees- perfect for summer strolls and feature elaborate gardens and gates. The other "walk streets" are Nowita Place, Marco Place, Amoroso Place, and Crescent Place.
Marco Place
One of Venice's "Walk Streets" - take a stroll through a charming part of the Venice neighborhood. The walk streets are mostly covered in trees- perfect for summer strolls and feature elaborate gardens and gates. The other "walk streets" are Nowita Place, Marco Place, Amoroso Place, and Crescent Place.
One of Venice's "Walk Streets" - take a stroll through a charming part of the Venice neighborhood. The walk streets are mostly covered in trees- perfect for summer strolls, and feature elaborate gardens and gates. The "walk streets" are Nowita Place, Marco Place, Amoroso Place and Crescent Place.
Amoroso Place
Amoroso Place
One of Venice's "Walk Streets" - take a stroll through a charming part of the Venice neighborhood. The walk streets are mostly covered in trees- perfect for summer strolls, and feature elaborate gardens and gates. The "walk streets" are Nowita Place, Marco Place, Amoroso Place and Crescent Place.