LA LA Land | Venice Beach and Beyond
After our stint in 90210, we moved to a home from home in Venice Beach for the next week. If you’re an L.A native, Venice is deemed to barely qualify as L.A but despite the tourists and tackiness of the boardwalk itself, I love this part of the city. As a Brit, you can’t beat being just a few blocks from the beach; I’m not sure the novelty of catching a glimpse of the ocean in an Uber or walking home with sand between your toes ever gets old as a Londoner.
We rented a small cottage just off Speedway through Air B&B which is the only way to go for me if I’m in a city for over a week (if only so you can get takeout occasionally and eat it in your tracksuit bottoms while watching Veep). It came to feel like home from home and a real cosy sanctuary when L.A started bucketing it down… Not that you could tell from these pics thankfully. From misty mornings high-up at The Getty to shopping at American Rag, Vince and Janessa Leone to name a few, we’d venture into town during the day and come back to capture the skaters at sunset and watch the waves turn pink in the afternoon. Venice really is that living, breathing Californication cliche but all the better for it. I walked from Venice to Santa Monica a few times and realised how great I’d feel if I could walk on the beach for miles everyday. I mean, who needs the gym when you have that?
So I promised you a big list of where to eat (seeing as that’s one of the best things to do in L.A)drink and be merry, so that’s exactly what you’re going to get. Hope the below is helpful for any of you heading to Cali sometime soon…
Rose Cafe – One of my favourites in Venice. The sandwiches, pizza, bowls are all great but the cauliflower hummus and naan is what I went back twice for.
Gjelina – Still some of the best food (pizza especially) in Venice. Sit in the garden in the summer or takeaway if you can’t be bothered to eat in.
Gjusta – Ideal brunch or lunch spot in Venice. Try and get a spot in the garden if you can.
Erewhon – Like Wholefoods on steroids. Worth popping in for snacks or takeout food if you’re in need of anything organic, sprouted, alkaline or just plain good for you (and overpriced but you knew that already).
Little Dom’s – The best, cosiest Italian in Loz Feliz. Get the meatballs and thank me later.
Winsome – sweet little brunch spot in Echo Park. A good option when everything else is shut on Mondays.
Croft Alley – lovely little spot just off Melrose. Perfect for a quick bite if you’re shopping (Reformation, Isabel Marant, Vince etc all nearby) and nice change for the massive restaurants round there.
Pace – Pronounced ‘Pache’ (means Peace in Italian) – this Laurel Canyon gem has amazing pasta and super sweet, local feel. One of our absolute favourite dinners.
Chateau Marmont – Definitely worth shelling out for dinner at the Chateau one night (to be honest isn’t not even that bad compared to other places in L.A). The garden is so pretty, the food delicious and the people-watching predictably fun.
Sunset Tower – Go for drinks for old-school, elegant Hollywood vibe. Friday nights are meant to be pretty great here.
Butchers Daughter – I was relunctant to go here because I’ve been to the one in New York so much but the coconut chai latte was ridiculously good and the setting is really nice to hole up in for a coffee or breakfast.
Eggslut – Four different egg options on the menu. Dream hangover food basically.
Nate & Als – Please have a pastrami reuben with coleslaw for me and soak up the mellow vibes. A nice antidote to all the overly-styled Pinterest-esque L.A ‘it’ places too.
Sqirl – Try and go on a weekday to avoid the queues but this super popular spot in Silverlake is definitely worth it.
Cafe Gratitude – Worth the hype and the perfect place if you need a buckwheat-pancake-green-juice fix. Feels super zen in there too.
Night Market – Delicious thai but I hated the West Hollywood setting. Next time I’d go for the sister restaurant Night+Market Song in Silverlake.
Now for some visuals…
My new Away cases that came with me for three weeks and four flights. Sturdy, affordable, roomy and with USB chargers in-built in them… So good.
The red silk-satin dress is by Marina London and not to be too smug or anything, but it’s named after me :) Yep this is the Lucy dress and the sweetest surprise I’ve had in a while – and added bonus is I love it!
Golden silk dress | Vince
Cardigan | Iris von Arnim
Rucksack | Need Supply
Red dress | Marina London
Black trainers | Nike
Black jeans | Redone
Suede bag | Gucci
Oval shades | Oliver Peoples X The Row
Denim jacket | Frame
Pink slides | Senso
Stripe Jumper | Old MiH but similar here
Till next time LALALand….
Spotty shirt | Realisation Par
Black jeans | Redone
Black and gold bag | Prada
Patent bag | Mansur Gavriel
Stripe top | Commes des Garcons
Leather jacket | Maje (similar cheaper one here)
Red boots | Topshop
Patent boots | Acne
Star shirt | Revolve
Necklace | Lucy Williams X Missoma