Zan and I spent the day exploring colorful Venice, California. Itʼs an artsy town with an abundance of chic cafes, diverse shops and quirky architecture. From the historic manmade Canals to the lively circus-like boardwalk, there is no shortage of interesting things to see in Venice.
Comfy and chic in my Boden “Boho” boots, I was ready start the day. We headed to the popular Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It’s a charming street lined with cafes, eclectic shops and coffee houses. One of my favorite stores on Abbot Kinney is the wonderfully stocked Urbanic Paper Boutique. I’m obsessed with this adorable paper and party store that is every party planner’s paradise! My other favorite shop on the boulevard is Bountiful – a shabby chic, home store with milk glass cake stands stacked to the ceiling. It’s a bit of a maze, but worth looking around for good inspiration. For lunch we stopped by the local fave pizza joint, Gjelina for a small pie and it lived up to the reviews!
We then headed to the historic Venice Canals. Iʼve lived in LA for 10 years and this was my first time at the canals! Theyʼre great for a nice walk, with the beautiful backdrop of colorful houses on the water. Before the sunset, we parked near the Erwin Hotel, and took a stroll down the very wild boardwalk. You will most definitely see some “firsts” on the boardwalk! From muscle beach to the outrageous street performers, thereʼs really no place like it!
To end our day, we made our way to the rooftop bar at the Erwin Hotel with stunning views of Venice, Santa Monica and the vast, blue ocean. Zan and I ordered a few fresh cocktails and watched the sun go down. Perfect ending to our day in Venice. My only advice… try going during a week day if you can. Weekends can be a bit crowded.
This post is in collaboration with Martha Stewart Living and Boden USA