Venice is such a fun and colorful place, and while traffic and parking can be a pain – there’s so much to do and see, it’s definitely worth a trip to explore. I’ve complied a quick little travel guide of must-see stops and current favorite recommendations.
Here’s my quick guide to exploring all of what Venice has to offer!
Venice Beach Boardwalk (2108 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291) is a great place to walk thru – it’s weird, it’s urban, it’s what made Venice popular. Plenty of vendors, outdoor workout gym and the sandy beach a few feet away. Parking around the area is a complete nightmare. It’s worth just parking in the beach parking lot. Many lots nearby will try to lure you in with fake signs that boost cheap prices – but only for a certain amount of time – I recommend parking in the lot and exploring.
Venice Sign (80 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291) – As you walk your way through the vendors and overpriced cafes. Be sure to visit the snap some pictures of the Venice sign. From the beach parking lot you can walk down through the vendors and beach walk towards Winward Ave to find the sign.
Venice Canals (Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct Venice, CA 90293) – Many people often miss these hidden canals, but they’re what make Venice special. It’s about a 10minute walk from the beach and can get tricky to find, I would recommend using google maps and typing in “Venice Canals Walkway” and it will guide you – it’s what we did and it was super easy from the boardwalk.
Abbot Kinney – The infamous street known for trendy shops and tasty restaurants. I highly recommend getting there early on weekends to find parking. There are so many fun shops & eateries to explore, some of my faves include:
- Gjelina – The reviews speak for itself honestly. Great food and drinks! It gets pretty loud inside, so I recommend patio seating.
- Salt & Straw – The must-stop dessert spot: Homemade ice cream with a twist. I had their almond brittle with salted ganache and salted malted chocolate chip cookie dough – are these flavors insane or what?
- The Tasting Kitchen – This has great reviews, but I have yet to try it. Definitely on my list to explore!
- Burro – Everything here is so fun and colorful.
- Junk Food Co. – I’m a sucker for fun T-shirts and this place has the best of the best.
- The Piece Collective – The outside is just as alluring as the inside.
Aside from the eateries and the shops, another thing I love about Venice is the fun street art.
Are you familiar with Venice Beach? What are your favorite spots? I’d love to hear!