I wasn’t expecting much from Los Angeles during my time there. For my second time in California, after visiting San Francisco last year, I decided to go south. I had been told that Los Angeles was huge and not the favorite place for most people who visited California. With no or very low expectations, I could not be disappointed and I kinda fell in love with the place! I stayed in the Marina Bay area and decided to walk as much as possible so I mostly wandered around Venice and Santa Monica for this time. I was only there for a few days and thought that I’d rather deeply explore one area and come back to explore the rest another time!
Most of my days revolved around walks, beach, food and shop exploration. What I like the most when going to a new place is walking without having a real goal -except from getting to the beach at some point! I always end up discovering real gems I would have missed with an itinerary.
I’ve probably eaten in more places but these are my favourites in the Venice area!
When travelling, I mostly look for hippie and spiritual boutiques. I’m not a big fan of shopping and the only souvenirs I want are crystals, books, incense..! Those little boutique stores are beautiful and have some great souvenirs.
Santa Monica Pier
A classic! The view on the ocean is beautiful and on the other side you can see down to Venice Beach and up to Malibu. Often crowded but the colours and music make it such a nice spot.
Downtown Santa Monica
Mainly for shopping as the main street is filled with shops and mostly big names. Still, the vibe is really nice and the area beautiful for a walk or a break after the beach.
I loved walking on Venice Beach at sunset and see the colors reflecting on the colorful shops on the sidewalk. Skaters, runners, families, everyone is doing their thing in an organized and beautiful mess and it was my favorite place to hang out.
Just for fun, sit there for a while and watch people training on the beach in front of the crowd. Very cliché but still great fun to see this famous spot.
Beautiful boutique shops and fancy restaurants, I loved wandering on Abbot Kinney to find souvenirs or just to stop for coffee or food. The smell of incense on the sidewalk and the hippie chic vibe made me love this street.
Another classic in Venice. Daydreaming in front of the wonderful houses and walking along the canals is beautiful. Definitely a must see!
I hope you enjoy your time in LA if you go there! ◊