Venice, LA Weekend Guide


Justin & I spent 4 days in Venice, Los Angeles back in early May. It was an easy flight from Vancouver (about 2 hours) and the weather was fantastic! It did get blazing hot at times, but I love sunny weather and couldn't complain at all. Venice is a really cute and quirky area. We liked that it was near the beach and that it felt really chill and relaxed. 

Stay: We decided to try staying at an Airbnb for the first time, and had an awesome experience! Being close to the ocean was our main priority, and our Airbnb was just a few steps to Venice Beach which was perfect. We were really happy with our first experience, and are now totally into staying at an Airbnb over a hotel if we had that option. I find that you get more of a homey vibe and I really liked the experience of living like a local.

Things to Do: Venice Boardwalk Bike Ride

We spent a lot of time outdoors and my favourite thing was biking along the boardwalk. It's one of the top things to do in Venice and it's such a fun experience getting to bike along the ocean and check out the beautiful views. It's the best way to explore the area!

The boardwalk itself is a happening place to be and totally buzzing with energy. For our bike ride, we started from the Venice Beach Boardwalk and biked all the way to Santa Monica Pier. It was so hot and I was wearing all black (it was my only comfortable biking outfit!) so I actually ended getting pretty sunburnt despite wearing sunscreen. I'd definitely suggest loading up on SPF and H2O when you're out and about to stay sun safe and cool!

 Strolling along the Santa Monica Pier was amazing! The ocean views were breathtaking. The beach was super packed too. Worthwhile to check out but just be prepared for crowds.

Strolling along the Santa Monica Pier was amazing! The ocean views were breathtaking. The beach was super packed too. Worthwhile to check out but just be prepared for crowds.

We went to check out the Venice Canals on our last morning and spent some time there strolling along the beautiful landscaped walkways and admiring the amazing homes. It's such a charming and idyllic area! So peaceful and calm. I wouldn't mind living here at all! 

We also checked out the shops and boutiques on Rodeo Drive. It was my first time there and I had that shopping scene from the Pretty Woman movie playing in my head when I walked around. There was also a pretty flower wall installation that was a hot spot for snapping photos. 

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Where to Eat: Justin & I are totally food motivated when on vacation. We pretty much plan our itinerary around good eats. LA is a foodie heaven with so much variety. We enjoyed a good balance of both casual food and more fancy fine dining restaurants. 

First and foremost, we always have to hit up Shake Shack when in LA! It is our absolute favourite burger joint and simply the best cheeseburgers I've ever tasted. 

Another place we discovered was the trendy Alfred Tea Room. After I saw super cute posts of matcha and pink drinks on my Instagram feed, I knew I had to go check it out for myself. I had the matcha iced tea and Justin had the classic milk tea. They were tasty and refreshing! 

We went to Rose Cafe Restaurant in Venice on our first night in town for dinner. We sat in the outdoor patio space which was super romantic and relaxing. The food was delicious and the service was excellent! It's a good date night kind of restaurant.

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Our favourite and most memorable dining experience overall was BestiaWe learned about it while doing some online research. It's a trendy hot spot in an industrial space that serves delicious Italian food. At first, we weren't able to get a reservation with such short notice which was kind of a bummer. However, Justin was super persistent with following up to see if there were any reservations available. We ended up getting super lucky with a Sunday night reservation! It was so worth it and one of the most unique and impressive dining experiences we've had together. Highly recommend this place! 

   Smoked Chicken Liver Pate

Smoked Chicken Liver Pate

   Farro Salad.  crème fraîche. snap peas. pistachio. basil. mint. pickled green almonds.

Farro Salad. crème fraîche. snap peas. pistachio. basil. mint. pickled green almonds.

   Tagliatelle al Sugo Di Maiale.  pork ragu. housemade speck. cabbage. caraway seeds.

Tagliatelle al Sugo Di Maiale. pork ragu. housemade speck. cabbage. caraway seeds.

   Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta.  viva elisa strawberries. blood orange honey syrup. meyer lemon butter cookies.

Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta. viva elisa strawberries. blood orange honey syrup. meyer lemon butter cookies.

   Strawberry Feels.  strawberry brandy. gentian aperitif. cacao. strawberry-rasberry puree. lemon. aleppo. served over crushed ice.

Strawberry Feels. strawberry brandy. gentian aperitif. cacao. strawberry-rasberry puree. lemon. aleppo. served over crushed ice.

   Grilled Spiced Pork Porterhouse.  spicy pineapple frutta. arugula. opal basil. lemon chili vinaigrette.

Grilled Spiced Pork Porterhouse. spicy pineapple frutta. arugula. opal basil. lemon chili vinaigrette.

On our last day, we got breakfast to go at General Admission's Neighborhood Bru on Brooks and Pacific in Venice Beach. The converted airstream concept was pretty cool. They make good coffee, croissants, acai bowls and yummy smoothies!

We had an amazing time in Venice, LA and can't wait to come back again!