24 Hours in Venice Beach, California

Van with surfboards parked in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California.
Van with surfboards parked in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California.
Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. Photo by Conner Murphy on Unsplash

Longtime haven to talented street artists, skate rats and surfing lovers, hippies, and New Agers, Venice is Los Angeles’ most soulful, eccentric and eclectic boho beachfront neighborhood. Located in the urban region of western Los Angeles County, Venice is the absolute place to be if you are a huge fan of beaches, canals, and pedestrian promenades. Follow our tips to make the best of your 24-hour stay in Venice, California!

Breakfast Fans’ Favorite
Before you inhale an incense-scented whiff of Venice Beach, head straight to Venice Flake, a cute little restaurant on Rose Avenue, to boost your energy. Start your day with “Super-Crojo” (scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, smoked gouda cheese, greens, tomato, and secret sauce on a toasted croissant) or “Quiche” (delicious spinach, egg, and Gruyere pie served with a fresh fruit cocktail or organic mixed greens). However, if you are a fan of a healthier diet, even while on vacation, you can taste “Sambazon Acai Bowl” (frozen Acai sorbet, nature’s path organic Hemp Granola and sliced bananas). You can also choose among a great variety of specialty sandwiches, served daily with mixed organic field greens or kettle chips, as well as delicious wraps and salads.

Energy Boost Essential
If you happen to feel that you’ll need some extra energy to elevate your body and mind before milling with bodybuilders, tarot readers and snake charmers on the Venice Boardwalk, head to Moon Juice, which is exactly next to Venice Flake. In the tiny little space of Moon Juice, you can wander around an impressive selection of fruits, vegetables, fruits, herbs, petals, seaweeds, nuts and roots in the form of organic pressed juices, milk, and snacks.

Caffeine Non-Free
Visit TOMS flagship store on Abbot Kinney to enjoy a cup of delicious peppermint mocha with almond milk while perusing eyewear and shoes. With every product you purchase, the store will help a person in need! Working so well in Venice with the eclectic crowd, this spot is definitely worth a visit in case you want to have your caffeine fill for the day accompanied by tasty pastries.

Colorful Parade
Your next step is to explore Southern California’s number one tourist attraction, which is no other than the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. You may feel a little bit overwhelmed seeing hundreds of street artists, local and other vendors, skaters, and surfers of impressive skills, as well as hippies and bikers inundating the busy street. Muscle Beach, Skate Park and the Sunday afternoon drum circle are some only of the highlights of Venice Beach Boardwalk. And while being in the area where The Doors lit their fire, you will lose yourself in one of the best views of your life, extending across one and a half miles of pristine sandy beach.

Pulled out of a Magazine
After your stroll around Venice Beach Boardwalk, you can pay a quick visit to The Butcher’s Daughter where you can choose among a wide variety of meals all made up of healthy ingredients that are carefully produced by local and organic farms. You will be impressed with the aesthetics in this cute and picture-worthy spot that serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, coffee, juice, and cocktails.

Like a Local
From clothing to jewelry,  bits, and bobs for the home, as well as paper goods, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, “the coolest block in America” according to GQ, has it all. This neighborhood is the perfect place to walk around and pretend you are a local grabbing a tasty ice-cream in a homemade waffle cone from Salt & Straw.

A Taste of Europe to America
Continue your exploration around the bohemian beach-town of Venice taking a stroll along the Venice Canals. It is a picturesque European-style neighborhood founded by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 in his effort to bring a taste of Venice to America. There are plenty of sidewalks and bridges you can take beautiful pictures wandering around the five canals which are around a quarter mile long each.

Venice Beach canal in the afternoon with boats and ducks.
Venice Canals, Venice, Los Angeles, California.

Super Chill Vibes
If you are looking to relax enjoying a rejuvenating drink, The Otheroom is the ideal place to be. In this intimate, dark, and super chill bar, the music is good, the beer selection unique and hard to find, the wine, champagne, and sake list select and curated, and the staff genuinely friendly.