Abbot Kinney – Venice
Fashion/Art/Home Start mid-morning and inhale some sea air on this breezy walking itin, about half an hour’s drive from Hollywood. Kick off at quintessential Venice hotspot Gjelina at 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd (A.K.) (see Rest/Relaxed) for delish Cali eats; you’ll likely have to wait, so put your name down and take a detour. The Steven
Alan Annex is at #1601 / 310 452 3413 / stevenalan.com / for m/w basics; The Modern Dog at #1611 / 310 450 2275 / come-sit-stay. com / to outfit Fido; and #1625 The Stronghold / 310 399 7200 / to ogle jeans galore. Note The Tasting Kitchen at #1633 (see Rest/Smart), then trace back to Gjelina and beyond, tackling the east side of A.K. first. Finger the trinkets at lifestyle emporium #1413 Milkmade / 310 581 8890 / milkmade.us / then skip down the walkway to #1413½ Linus / 310 857 7777 / linusbike.com / with crayon-coloured snazzy retro bikes. Burro at #1409 / 310 450 6288 / burrostyle.com / is a haven of style books, art prints, candles, jewellery and gifts, plus toys for tots. Cross California and on the corner is ice cream dream #1357 Salt + Straw (see Coffee, Cake and Sweets), then keep going to #1323 Principessa / 310 450 6696 / principessavenice.com / for girly, globetrotter inspired w/wear. Onwards, and spy the connoisseur’s java shrine Intelligentsia (see Coffee) at #1311, as well as hip
The Otheroom (see Bars) at #1201, handy for a crafty gargle later. A+R at #1121 / 800 913 0071 / aplusrstore.com / stocks witty, contemporary houseware, and a few shops up at #1103 is the painfully cool Blue Bottle Coffee / bluebottlecoffee.com / try their signature New Orleans chicory iced blend. Otherwise, u-turn at Westminster for the other side of the street. Ladies sashay into Heist at #1100 / 310 450 6531 / shopheist.com / to exchange some bucks for some Euro-centric bang, then pop a few doors down to #1114 Salt / 310 452 1154 / for ace, understated femme-wear. Sniff unique Strange Invisible Perfumes at #1138 (see Advanced Shopping), sharing an address with the equally redolent Le Labo / 310 581 2233 / lelabofragrances. com / then canter on to Perfect Piece at #1216 / 310 581 1002 / perfectpiece.com / crammed with old film set-worthy decor and bric-à-brac. A few stops up, Tortoise and TGS at #1208 / 310 314 8448 / tortoiselife.com / both carry covetable ceramics and other zen wares. Gain inner peace by sipping an organic, cold-pressed elixir from #1202 Kreation Juicery / 310 314 7778. At #1316½ Huset / 424 268 4213 / huset-shop.com / has Scandi designer goods, and at #1342 Chariots on Fire / 310 450 3088 / chariotsonfire.com / shelves curated homeware. Local shoe-niformer TOMS is at #1334 / tomsshoes.com / and #1360
Will Leather Goods / 310 399 8700 / willleathergoods.com / does a nice line of rustic made-in-America bags and belts. Now, who needs a pamper? Caudalie at #1416 / 310 450 3560 / is the leader in vinotherapy (as in vine, not vin). Or, if you’re seeking revitalisation of a swimmier sort, park at sushi spot #1432 Shima / 310 314 0882. The geek-chic Warby Parker is at #1422 / 310 280 2055 / warbyparker.com / with fab face furny. Nearing the end now, but power on for biodynamic cacao lair #1629 Zenbunni (see Standout Stores), #1644 Urbanic / 310 401 0427 / urbanic paper.com / charming stationers, and #1650 Ilan Dei / 310 729 2713 / ilandeivenice.com / outdoor lifestyle den. And the trophy for Best Shopper goes to you, superstar... Now zip back to The Otheroom quicksticks for a sunset sip.