Abbot Kinney is one of the most acclaimed areas to border the rim of LA County. But with tons of amazing things to do, it's difficult to get the full West Side experience. Since our Venice market takes place on Abbot Kinney every 2nd and 4th Saturday, we often make the journey down to meet our wonderful neighbors – the shops and restaurants who bring every-day flavor to the neighborhood. Check out our top 5 places to hit up on the Abbot Kinney strip!
Salt & Straw
Screaming for ice cream? If so, Salt & Straw is definitely the place to get it. Feast on freshly-made ice cream in flavors including Wild Flower Honey & Lemon Grand Poppy stuffed into a hot, crispy waffle cone. On a hot California day, Salt & Straw is the place to cool down in the most delicious way.
The Butcher's Daughter
Contrary to the name, everything at The Butcher's Daughter is plant-based - the butcher's only slicing and dicing fruits and veggies! This 100% vegetarian cafe is not only a place to eat, it's also a juice bar. Swing by and pick up a fresh, refreshing juice before you roam the boardwalk.
Bags, bikes, watches, jewelry... You name it, they've got it! Shinola Is the definition of a one-stop shop. It's the perfect place to pick up a nice gift (especially with Father's Day coming up), or find great leather goods for any occasion – with accessories to match. You just can't go wrong at this store!
California is infamous for impromptu “wanna grab a coffee?” meetings. But if you haven't been to Intelligentsia, have you really had a true coffee-grabbing experience? Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea House is the perfect example of fresh, organic coffee. Intelligentsia cuts out the middle man by building relationships with the coffee bean famers themselves. Not only is the coffee good, but the overall ambiance is a great environment for a casual meeting.
With the incredible decor and fashions at Huset-Shop, it's impossible for passers by not to stop and check it out. Huset-Shop has that special pin to match that pink dress you just bought, and that doormat to match the new paint you just added onto the door. Bonus: it's a kid friendly place that has toys, games, and clothes for little fashionistas as well. Huset-Shop is a fun and fresh place the whole family will enjoy shopping.