St. Frank Palisades
15259 Palisades Village Ln., Pacific Palisades
An ethical home brand that seeks to empower artisans economically while preserving their traditional craft, St. Frank works with artisan organizations from Free Trade to sustainably source colorful, beautifully crafted home goods from around the globe.
Sweet Rose Creamery
970 Monument St., Pacific Palisades
As far as we’re concerned, Josh and Zoe Loeb can do no wrong—their adorable ice cream shop, which is a partnership with Shiho Yoshikawa (she used to work with Zoe at Tartine), only strengthens their case. Shiho picks up ingredients for her inventive flavors at the Santa Monica farmers market, and her milk and eggs are from local purveyors as well. Favorites include matcha, fig, and goat cheese, and the old-fashioned strawberry, which tastes fresh off the vine. This is LA, so there are also some dairy-free options: If that’s your vibe, definitely try the horchata. The original is at the Brentwood Country Mart, but now they have locations all over the city: Studio City, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and the Palisades.
548 Palisades Dr., Pacific Palisades
This organic take-away spot on the main drag in the Palisades offers delicious sliders (turkey, grass-fed, hormone-free beef, etc.) and loads of well turned-out veggie sides. It's the perfect fix for a hearty take-away when you feel like something warm and a little more substantial for lunch. There's also a location in Brentwood.
Inspiration Point Hike
1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd., Pacific Palisades
If you’ve got little ones in tow or only an hour or so to stretch your legs, this hike is your ticket: It’s under two and a half miles, and it starts and ends in the stunning Will Rogers State Park (which is also perfect for a picnic).
15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades
Though its Pacific Palisades location feels a little far-flung, this mini-department store justifies the trip: At 2,000 square feet, it’s expansive but manageable, and the racks are filled with everyone from Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone, to Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. Don’t miss the shoe and bag selection, which includes the greatest hits from Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, and Lanvin.
Will Rogers State Park
1501 Will Rogers Park Rd., Pacific Palisades
Nestled at the base of the Santa Monica mountains, this 186-acre state park boasts horse stables, a polo field, and a riding ring, along with a host of trails that feed into other state park systems. Whether you come for a riding lesson or a trail ride, or just want to throw down a blanket and have a picnic while a polo game unfolds, it’s a pretty idyllic place to spend the day. Tours of Will Rogers’ homestead are also available.
There’s a seasonal waterfall on this 2.5 to 4.6 mile trail (we like to do the Skullrock extension to get in a bigger workout)—and there’s also stunning water views. It’s a dog-free trail, great for kids, and parking is simple (there’s a lot at the bottom that costs $10). Photos: Hikespeak
This five-mile round-trip hike offers epic views of the ocean—the trailhead is at Paseo Miramar just off Sunset, making it easy to get to, as well (just park on the street). Then end your trip with gluten-free pancakes at Café Vida.
The Eames House
203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades
While it will cost you (a lot) to take a tour of the inside of Charles and Ray Eames’ house/studio, it’s pretty incredible to see how warmly this husband and wife team lived, as well as their iconic, modern furniture in situ. While indoor tours range from $275-$400 (depending on group size), it’s only $10 to walk the grounds and see its iconic, Mondrian-esque exterior. Reservations for both are required.
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades
Modeled after a first-century Roman country house, J. Paul Getty originally built the Getty Villa to house an art collection that was quickly outgrowing his house. Now, beyond touring the exquisite home and gardens, you can see his collection of 44,000 antiquities, with treasures that range from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400.
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