Neighborhood Bru (Closed)
52 Brooks Ave., Venice
This fully modernized airstream—parked on a lot where Pacific meets Brooks—brews some of the best coffee in Venice, with beans from Michigan's renowned Mad Cap roasters, served with smoothies and acai bowls boosted with hemp protein to keep you full. There's a pretty quick order turnaround, but they always have a few tables set up nearby if you want to hang around or meet someone here.
585 Venice Blvd., Venice
From organic produce to the juice bar, prepared foods, wheat, gluten and dairy-free treats, a salad bar, sushi and so much more, this market is a wonderful place for groceries or to have a healthy lunch or dinner. Seating consists of wooden tables outside, so go on a nice day if you’re eating in. (There’s a new location in Santa Monica, plus outposts in West Hollywood and Calabasas.)
540 Rose Ave., Venice
Not new to LA, but new to the West Side, Jeni’s new outpost on Rose is conviently adjacent to some of our favorite things: StretchLab, Moon Juice, and Café Gratitude, to name a few. If you haven’t already been, know that this ice cream shop excels at decadent and out-of-the-ordinary flavors: brambleberry crisp, churro, ylang ylang and fennel, Riesling poached pear sorbet, etc. Jeni’s started in Ohio, founded by Jeni Britton Bauer—James Beard award-winning author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, and has since expanded to other cities. Photo: Caroline Juen
1611 Pacific Ave., Venice
Anyone who has ever found themselves in the enormous line at Eggslut's original Downtown outpost will surely appreciate the addition of a second location, this one across town in Venice. Every element of their take on the hangover breakfast staple is carefully considered: the brioche bun is perfectly browned, the bacon is just the right thickness, and the eggs, of course, are exactly the right fluffy consistency (they offer them over-medium, but scrambled is definitely the order of choice). The famous Fairfax sandwich comes with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo.
Shuhari Matcha Café
1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Before heading out for the rest of your day, grab a matcha at just-opened Shuhari, just down the street from the Butcher’s Daughter on Abbot Kinney. The matcha lattes are some of the best in town, and there’s also matcha, ginger, and black sesame ice cream if you’ve already been caffeinated for the day. Either is perfect for nursing during a stroll down to the beach.
Juice Served Here (Closed)
609 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in Studio City, Downtown, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
Salt & Straw
1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
The small-batch ice cream business, which cousins Kim and Tyler Malek launched out of a single neighborhood ice cream parlor in Portland, has grown into a family of shops, including two in L.A.—the original is in Hancock Park and a second just opened on Abbot Kinney. The focus at S&S is on inventive flavors: salted caramel cupcake, pear & blue cheese, avocado & strawberry sherbet. On the flip side, the single origin vanilla is some of the best we’ve ever had. For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live near a shop, the seasonal Pints Club, which sets you up with five unique pints every month and delivers them right to your door, is an excellent option.
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Though the menu is extensive, the offerings lean heavily on bratwurst—more specifically, bratwurst made using only the finest meats, with veggie-friendly and exotic options thrown in for good measure (pheasant with herbs de Provence, for example). Fittingly, everything comes tricked out with your choice of gourmet toppings—sweet peppers, sauerkraut, and fancy mustard for days—plus, the option to tack on a side of truffle fries. The communal tables are set up beer garden-style and outfitted with paper tablecloths and crayons for the littles, though it gets more and more jovial (i.e. boozy and loud) the later it gets so consider planning a lunch if eating with the whole brood in tow. The sprawling space is really great for large groups—each person orders at the walk-up counter so everyone ends up paying for themselves, and the draft and bottled beer assortment is one of the best in the city.There's a second location Downtown in the Arts District.
Blue Bottle Coffee
1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Blue Bottle is a top-notch coffee roaster and café with a sustainable ethos, in multiple locations throughout LA, the Bay Area, NYC, (and Tokyo). This Venice outpost is tiny, so not made for lingering over your coffee but perfect for grabbing a coffee while strolling Abbot Kinney. Our picks: The siphon filter and the New Orleans iced coffee.
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Adjacent to Gjelina on Abbot Kinney, lines snake out the door here for fresh salads, sandwiches, and inventive pizzas—if you don't want to take it to go, there are a handful of standing tables, plus some milk crates on which to perch and eat.
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