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Los Angeles Tour: Venice

From people-watching to shopping, this colorful neighborhood has more to offer than its bridges and famous beach boardwa
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 11.3 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview:  Venice began in 1905 as a beach resort modeled after Venice, Italy, but today there's nothing “copycat” about it. Its mash-up of... more »

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Points of Interest

Jaded types insist that there’s nothing all that special about this ever-bohemian boardwalk, with its collection of eccentrics hawking their wares and letting their freak flags fly. But the gentrification of the surrounding community has given many a renewed sense of fondness for this decades-old promenade. Some very respectable artists sell their... More

You'll typically find chef Travis Lett at the farmer's market when he's not behind the stoves at his restaurant, the bright new light on ever-trendy Abbot Kinney. His surfer-boy looks—perhaps you caught him in Vogue—belie his talent for the earthy, assertive, locavore cooking that makes even vegetarian dishes (wood-roasted Tahitian squash with... More

3. Strange Invisible

At home amidst the boho-chic atmosphere of Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, this perfume boutique combines the romance of old-world fragrances with a modernist design featuring sleek white counters, mirrored walls, and simple, vibrant displays. On the counters, miniature marble busts sit beside small wooden trays lined with scents, while dark wood... More

At Kristy Choo's Jin Patisserie, Asian ingredients are used in unexpected ways–it was the first shop to make a green tea cake with red bean paste filling. Choo also displays her hand-painted chocolates, macarons, and cookies in a curved glass case just inside the front door of the cottage. Savory choices include salads and sandwiches, such as duck... More

5. Venice Canal Historic District

Developer Abbot Kinney modeled the canals and bridges in this historic district on those in Venice, Italy. Though they were a sensation when they were built in 1905 (gondolas and all), the canals fell out of fashion and into disrepair by 1940—many of the original ones were paved over—but a major spruce-up in the early 1990’s restored the remaining... More

This atmospheric bar at the edge of the Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of the city’s oldest—it began as Menotti’s saloon in 1915 and wound up decades later as a dive bar catering to the likes of Jim Morrison. Today, under new ownership, Townhouse is reviving its vintage Prohibition-era allure. Low lights, pin-tucked leather booths, and classic... More

7. Alternative

Housed in a converted Craftsman bungalow, the flagship store of casual-cool clothier Alternative Apparel fits perfectly with the Venice lifestyle. The eco-conscious store stocks the ultra-soft cotton tees and hooded sweatshirts that are the label’s signature along with beachy-chic fashions and accessories for both men and women. If you need a... More

8. Beyond Baroque

This literary arts center housed in Venice’s Old Town Hall has played a strong role in shaping the literary culture of Los Angeles since 1968. Its famed reading series has brought authors such as Allen Ginsburg, Raymond Carver, and Amiri Baraka over the years, and it continues to be a place to discover established and emerging authors, poets, and ... More