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Venice

Establishment neighborhood
Royal Heritage Tattoo
1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
goop staffers average about three to four piercings per ear. And odds are at least half of those were pierced by Stephanie Anders. In addition to a steady hand and excellent aim, Anders has a soothing bedside manner that makes you almost forget she’s about to force a giant needle through cartilage. Find her at her Abbot Kinney Boulevard shop, Royal Heritage Tattoo, or make an appointment with any one of the tattoo artists on staff for something more permanent.
Gran Blanco
80 Windward Ave., Venice
The spot for late-night snacks like house-made flatbread and beetroot hummus, garlicky mushrooms and lamb kofta—Gran Blanco is the trendier (and aptly named) nighttime counterpart to owners Sam Trude and Sam Cooper’s Aussie-chic café Great White Australian for Gran Blanco) located directly across the street. Huddled under the Venice sign, the super vibe-y open-air space has a decidedly beach-lounge feel, with mood lighting, couches and wooden stumps for kicking back, an extensive vinyl collection curated by the owners, and the kind of stiff tiki-bar cocktails that’ll instantly tip you into vacation mode…if only for a night.
Chulita
533 Rose Ave., Venice
The best part about Chulita isn’t the charming rattan chairs or the vibrant greenery cascading down the walls. Although the color-happy Californian-meets-Oaxacan décor is very easy on the eyes. Nor is it the Mexico City–style tacos done on hand-pressed purple corn tortillas. Though those are pretty epic, too. It’s the fact that it’s one of the few places tucked away on Rose Avenue—and in the greater Venice area, for that matter—where you can walk in, grab a couple stools at the bar, and order from an extensive list of top-shelf, artisanal tequilas. It’s a taco spot that moonlights as a damn good mezcal bar. And in Venice—the land of beer and wine—those liquor licenses are essentially a luxury currency. Our best advice: Snag a seat on the patio, order the serrano-infused mezcal, and don’t skip the coliflor fundido.
Yours Truly
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
With its whitewashed brick walls, wooden tables, rustic stone floor, and clapboard ceiling, Yours Truly has a decidedly beach-house vibe. Dotted with skylights, every square foot is drenched in sunlight. The menu reads like an ode to modern LA with avocado hummus, za’atar-dusted flatbread, Nashville hot shrimp, and bucatini carbonara sliding to the top of our order. Located on Abbott Kinney in Venice, Yours Truly has a laid-back atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu that make it an ideal Westside spot for a cozy dinner with friends.
Pigsty Studio
Venice
If you’re going to open a flower company, you might call it something sweet and whimsical. If you’re going to open a flower company with wit and irreverence, you might call it Pigsty. Which is exactly what Hope Sword did. Sword’s wild and free-flowing florals have accented many of goop's haunts in California, including Little Prince and Jenni Kayne. When this Venice-based doyenne’s not tucking in a Malibu/Santa Barbara/Palm Springs wedding tent, she’s sprinkling her zero-waste bouquets in the windows, tables, and rafters of local eateries and boutiques. (You can also stock up on Pigsty’s sleeves of blooms at the Butcher’s Daughter, the Waterfront Café, Rainbow Acres, and more—weekly.) And when she’s doing none of the above, she’s usually foraging the California hills for grasses, poppies, passionfruit vines—anything green, wild, and beautiful. Sword's arrangements are nontraditional—imagine mashups of dahlias, garden roses, protea, ranunculus. And they're so rich with shape and quirky personality, you may catch yourself waving back at one of the hand-shaped leaves in her bouquets. She's hyperattentive to detail but also flexible when working with clients. After all, it takes a certain level of vision…
Rejuvenate with Nousha
726 Superba Ave., Venice
In a small white-washed bungalow on a leafy stretch of Venice, Noucha Salimi, a registered nurse, specializes in what she refers to as facial rejuvenation. While she’s able to administer Botox and Juvederm, it’s her wholly transformative reiki facials that keep us coming back. Here’s how it works: an hourlong session begins with a short facial massage and dermaplaning (to exfoliate dead skin cells) and then applies a concentrated face mask. While the mask is on, she’ll do a reiki meditation applying a gentle touch and doing light energy work to identify and help release tension. By appointment only.
Spell & the Gypsy Collective (Closed)
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
If there was anywhere for this Byron Bay, Australia-based label to land for its first US outpost, it’s Venice Beach. From now through November 25, 2018, sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather of Spell & the Gypsy Collective bring their breezy bohemian dresses, kaftans, and swimsuits to the West Coast. The line itself is a one-stop shop for your next holiday: the space oozes with floral kimonos, light-as-air maxi dresses, and 1970s-style swimsuits. In other words, they’re the kind of clothes that make you want to pack your bags—now. One of the most unique things about Spell is their unfailing commitment to the environment—they design with organic cotton and use ECONYL®, an Italian fabric made from seventy-eight percent recycled nylon for their swim collection and Little Gypsies swim). There’s an entire section of the site called “People + Planet” dedicated to celebrating the work of their network of artisans and their ongoing commitment to supply chain transparency, too.
Superba Food + Bread
1900 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
You’d never guess it with its beautifully light and airy atmosphere, but Superba Food + Bread was once an auto body shop. It’s now one of Venice’s most popular spots for healthy-ish breakfasts and brunches, with five varieties of toasts that go way beyond the ubiquitous avocado version. We love the kale toast—a slab of the house made grilled bread topped with sunny side eggs, avocado, braised kale and chili oil—and pair it with a side of heirloom tomato gazpacho with cucumber and garlic croutons. Superba is also rightly famous for its crispy brussels sprouts in dashi broth, and no visit is complete without a bowl of them.
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