Strolling through Venice, CA

The town of Venice, renown as the birth place of skate boarding, still retains a surfer dude vibe with the draw of the Pacific at its feet. Abbot Kinney, the main drag in Venice, is punctuated by trendy restaurants, cafes, galleries, and little boutiques. It is a good reason to venture to the west side of Los Angeles for a stroll.

Salt, 1138 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., is a little boutique with a definite sensibility, spare and elegant with sharply edited clothing from designers like Sonya Speciale, Trelisse Cooper, and Hache. The owner used to work at Noodle Stories on 3rd Street, but has her own strong sense of style.

Heist, 1104 Abbot Kinney Blvd., is a boutique for the hipster and the fashionista, with trendy but tasteful clothing from brands such as Nicholas K, Generra, Rag and Bone, and Isabel Marant.

Waraku, 1225 Abbot Kinney Blvd, is a sneaker store with many styles from Japan, including sneakers that sport traditional Japanese prints. They also carry tee shirts and some clothing and accessories from Japan.

Tortoise, 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd, is a tiny gem of a housewares and gift store that feels like a gallery, with descriptive placards placed before unique functional pieces that exhibit a marriage of craft and beautiful design.

Jin Patisserie, 1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, is the perfect place to stop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Sit in the quiet outdoor garden after choosing your treats inside a quaint converted beach cottage.

Minnie T’s, 1355 Abbot Kinney Blvd. is a boutique carrying higher end lines like Girbaud and Costume National that are for the fashion forward looking for a bit of edginess.

With its restaurants and boutiques, Venice is the perfect destination to while away an afternoon.