Venice Travel Guide

Housed in a converted Craftsman bungalow, the flagship store of casual-cool clothier Alternative Apparel fits perfectly with the Venice lifestyle.

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.

Developer Abbot Kinney modeled the canals and bridges in this historic district on those in Venice, Italy.

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.

Shop owner Holly Boies opened her Venice Beach clothing store Salt just as Abbott Kinney Boulevard was beginning to flourish into a shopping mecca. Boies stocks her shop with clothing from local as well as European designers, such as Italy's Hache and France's A.P.C.

Practiced beach combers head to MTA Bikini for all of their beachwear needs.

Pop culture stylists Andy “A” Griffith and Rose “R” Apodaca source functional design objects from around the world at their glass-front Abbot Kinney shop. Whimsical design can be found in everything from carved wooden boxes resembling whales and llamas to gadgets like self-watering planters.

This gussied-up former dive bar is a community watering hole within a pretty exceptional (star-studded!) community.

Jeanie Reynolds owns this quirky vintage curiosity shop, keeping it chockablock with charming jewelry, artsy knickknacks, and beautiful accessories. Hit an ATM before stopping in, as you can often barter a cash-only price.

Owner Chris Weiss brought his New York- and Miami-based beer and wine bar to Abbot Kinney in 2005. The candle-lit room has high-ceilings buttressed by iron posts, and cushioned couches fill a more private room in the back.