Venice Beach is known for its eclectic crowds and busy boardwalk. Perhaps the less known, yet more desirable destination in Venice Beach is a long stretch a few blocks up from the sand called Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Abbot Kinney is lined with trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and lively bars which the Venice locals flock to, yet other Angelenos have yet to discover.
Abbot Kinney,s shopping caters to everyone from the trendy, classic, to bohemian types. There is a store for everyone on this artsy street. For a day away from the hustle and bustle of the lively inner-city, venture to Venice for some undeniably desirable shopping, dining, and drinking.
To fuel up before a day of spending, go to Gjelina (1429 Abbot Kinney), an Italian eatery offering tasty pizzas and salads. To celebrate your purchases, grab a drink at The Other Room (1201 Abbot Kinney), a hip, dark wine and beer bar which is perfect for relaxing after a long day.
The best boutiques on Abbot Kinney are all within a 2 mile radius from one another, allowing for convenient shopping and dropping. The must-see,s are:
Heist | 1104 Abbot Kinney Blvd | 310 450 6531
Where tomboy meets sophisticate, this two story store is stocked with all your wardrobe essentials and trendy finds.
Pamela Barish | 1327 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd | 310 314 4490
This unique boutique allows you to choose off the rack from Pamela Barish,s readymade designs, or work with the designer to create your own distinct look.
E Cookie | 1639 Abbot Kinney Blvd | 310 391 2135
E Cookie is a one-stop-shop for modern clothing and jewelry. E Cookie features up-and-coming designers and artesian jewelry which capture the Venitian lifestyle.
Milkmade | 1413 Abbot Kinney | 310 581 8890
Milkmade,s tastefully chosen designer collection makes it seem as if the store was made for you. A mixture of casual and simple everyday clothes to elegant and sophisticated statement pieces.
Principessa | 1405 Abbot Kinney Blvd | 310 450 6696
Principessa carries a wide range of well priced-to-overpriced goods. For the Fashionista, Principessa carries famous designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Geren Ford, as well as up-and-coming, moderately priced designer pieces.