I’ve said it before, I LOVE Abbot Kinney—there is a place in my heart held especially for the gems sprinkled along Venice’s main street. On my most recent jaunt to LA (for our cover shoot with Christina Applegate) I ended up heading out to AK to meet some friends for dinner and drinks as soon as I had checked into my hotel.
Ranking high among the reasons I love the nabe is the diversity among shops, restaurants and bars; all peddling must have/must eat/must drink … NOW items. Secondly, each time I go back, I find a new little spot that just opened, or that I had never noticed before. This most recent venture was no exception.
Here, a few highlights:
The cheery store stocks the most charming and funny (and occasionally a bit racy!) card lines from the likes of Rifle Paper Company, Blue Barnhouse and Kate Spade. The store even offers custom design work and calligraphy classes.
1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Will Leather Goods
Find high quality, handmade leather goods, including the swoon-worthy updated mason bags and Mexican blanket inlaid weekenders.
1360 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Famed jewelry designer Bittar stocked the Venice bungalow with hundreds upon hundreds of his signature Lucite baubles.
1612 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
The bar’s slogan “Come in for a few rounds” says it all, this Venice watering hole is unassuming. The Brig stocks decent beer and offers relaxed, broken-in furniture to sit on while you throw a few back. While the bar doesn't offer food itself, food trucks regularly set up shop in its parking lot.
1513 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Abbot’s Pizza Company
The Bronx born brought their a-game to Los Angeles more than 16 years ago and haven’t looked back. The signature “Bagel Crust” is incomparable and to put it simply, here you’ll find The. Best. Pizza. In. Los. Angeles. Period.
1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
GTA (Gjelina Take Away)
From the owners of Gjelina comes GTA. Walk straight up to the counter and order gourmet pizzas, organic roast chicken and your pick of what looks like 50 amazing sides and salads. All the same Gjelina goodness as the resto next door without the 45-minute wait to get a table.
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd.