This funky section of the Los Angeles coast attracts an eclectic crowd of beachgoers to its boardwalk lined with surf shops, street performers, tattoo parlors, and juice vendors. Venice’s wide sandy beach is large enough to accommodate basketball and volleyball courts, a gym (the famous Muscle Beach), and a bike path that continues for more than 20 miles along the coast.
Stroll a few blocks inland to experience L.A.’s walkable—and irresistible—shopping mecca, Abbot Kinney Boulevard. A diverse collection of cafés, boutiques, and design stores make this vibrant neighborhood one of the best spots to find an only-in-L.A. souvenir. Listen before you buy on the turntables at record store VNYL, sample fragrance oils at Le Labo, or browse the whimsical curated gifts at Burro. If you’re in town on the first Friday of the month, head to Abbot Kinney to sample from a collection of L.A.’s best food trucks and shop with live music in the background.