In the last few years, Paulo and I went to Los Angeles a few times and if there is one thing that we insist on in all these trips, it is walking through Abbot Kinney. This is one of the main streets in Venice full of amazing shops, cafes and great restaurants!
My advice is to stay there all day or at least an afternoon. For those who are planning a trip to LA I decided to make a mini tour with my stop suggestions ?
I would start the day with a nice breakfast at Gjelina, one of my favorite LA restaurants I’ve done a full post here on the site, but it’s nice to reinforce that the place is very welcoming and perfect for those who are traveling with a group of people and love to share dishes!
Then, it would follow towards Venice Boulevard that is only 2 blocks from the restaurant, but it is a stretch full of cool stores. The first is Aesop, a superfamosa cosmetics store with great quality products. In the little house next door you will find the Made on Earth, a different jewelry store and a great alternative for those who enjoy pieces with colored and rough stones. There you find female and male models ?
On the next block, you will come across one of the cutest stores I have ever entered: Urbanic Paper Boutique. This stationery has an incredible curation and it is impossible not to fall in love with at least 100 pieces, haha!
Right next to you also need to stop at IDV, a wonderful design store! In addition to the furniture, there you will also find some other decorative pieces such as vases, boxes and even accessories such as bags.
At lunchtime, how about a light salad in the Lemonade? This is a great restaurant chain in Los Angeles and success is not for nothing: here you can find the best salads and juices in the region! Everything fresh, perfect for the hottest days in town!
Leaving lunch, he would go to the other side of Abbot, towards Main Street. After walking a bit and passing the Gjelina again, be sure to visit the Happy Socks. Well, for those who have been following the channel for some time, it is not new that Paulo loves printed and colored socks, right? This store specializes in the subject and even those who are not so crazy about socks will love the different prints in the store.
Across the street, a little further on, you will find the butter, a shop that has a little of everything. Stationery and decor items, books, jewelry, bags, hats and even children’s toys. The curation is great and has a very LA vibe, you know?
On the next block, be sure to have an ice cream at Salt and straw! In addition to the wonderful cone, all the flavors we tried were incredible.
Crossing the street and still on the same block, enter the TOMS. Besides being an excellent place for a coffee, the shoes here are really cool! The brand also has many cool initiatives and for every pair of shoes bought here, a child who needs to get a new pair of shoes.
Do you like Scandinavian design and decorative objects? At House you find it all! The store is not cheap, but I’m sure you will find something unusual and incredible here.
Two blocks further you will find my two new discoveries at Abbot: the Industry of all Nations it’s at Bazaar. The first is a very basic clothing store, but with incredible quality. The dyeing of the pieces is natural and the cotton is organic ?
The Bazaar is already a type of antique shop that you can find everything: women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, crockery and even dish towels. Everything there is unique and I think that is why the store caught my attention so much.
These were my directions and suggested itinerary, but feel free to suggest more stops on this amazing street in LA