Day Pass: The Ultimate Guide to Venice Beach

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on February 24.]
We're constantly trolling Venice Beach for a non-dilapidated pad that fits the budget (and has more than a rabbit den of closet space). But alas, not all of us are fortunate enough to wake up each morning in our Cali Craftsmen to the fresh beach air and artsy scene that permeates the happening 'hood.
To hit the reset button, a relaxing Saturday or wild First Friday spent strolling down Abbot Kinney could certainly suffice. It's a long jaunt down the boho Boulevard, though, and unless you've got serious stamina, you'll never be able to hit up every spot in sight. This is why we've kindly pounded the pavement for you, to take the guesswork and legwork out of your next weekend adventure. Grab the best bloody on the block, do some tipsy shopping at a dope design store, and buy a new bikini to rock on the Boardwalk afterward. And don't forget your pup — this street caters to canines more than any other! So...Westside Rentals, here you come?
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Everything in this slideshow you'll find on Abbot Kinney between Pacific Avenue and Venice Boulevard — the longest stretch of fun and discovery in Los Angeles. So pack your flats, park your car anywhere on the street (there are lots behind many of the boutiques in between the Boulevard and Electric Avenue), and have a field day!

Photography by Christy Kurtz
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We recently found an out-of-print book on the geography of Baja for our surfer sweetheart at Surfing Cowboys, and it caused quite the stir! Stocked with quirky collectibles, iconic posters, and amazing mid-century furniture that won't cost an arm and a leg, we'll admit that it's the first place we stop for weekend inspiration. Owners Wayne and Donna Gunther, former fashion photographers, have an unparalleled eye for off-the-beaten path goods that make great gifts (or purchases for yourself) that will surely be treasured forever.

Surfing Cowboys, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (at Venice Blvd. ); 310-450-4891.

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For super-savvy pooch owners, there’s no place to pamper your little pal properly quite like Abbot Kinney’s canine boutique The Modern Dog. Search for all your pup-related needs in a super chic renovated ’20s-style bungalow — it’s like shopping for man’s best friend without leaving your casa. And every item is categorized, so you’ll know where to wander.

The Modern Dog, 1611 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Cabrillo Ave); 310-450-2275.

Photography by Christy Kurtz
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Pop inside Civilianaire, where you’re sure to score all the utilitarian, Americana gear you could dream of. From trousers and button-downs to outerwear and vests — this shop houses super-stylish casual staples.

Civilianaire, 1522 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (at Venice Blvd.); 310-450-6939.

Photography by Christy Kurtz
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Get your local dose of flower power at Floral Art! Stop in to cruise around the dreamy decor den for a visual tour of art-meets-botany — you won’t be disappointed.

Floral Art, 1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (at Andalusia Ave); 310-392-1633.

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Looking for racks dripping with Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela, and Golden Goose? Well, let Heist be your go-to Euro-centric shopping spot. The lofty, low-key interior, and modern décor will lure you in, but the terrific threads will leave you browsing for hours on end.

Heist, 1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (at Westminster Ave.); 310-450-6531.

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What would a trip to Venice be without a little shade shopping? Hit up A. Kinney Court for stellar eyewear and deep-rooted Venice fashion. The boutique is a marvelous mash-up of Westside surfer style, luxe lenses, and polished picks.

A. Kinney Court, 1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Electric Ave); 310-392-3400.

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3 Square Café + Bakery is the best little nook on the block, for a cozy brunch. You and your mutt can munch on delicious eats together outside of the cornerside spot (they have water bowls near the hostess stand in case you have to wait). Be prepared for some spontaneous doggy play-dates with passers-by, and unlimited people-watching!

3 Square Café + Bakery, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Westminster Ave); 310-399-6504.

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Local celebrity and former WWD editor Rose Apodaca curates each and every piece that hits A + R's roomy space. There's wit and functional charm oozing from every wall. Pick up a bright Pantone chair, or a knee-high Wellington boot vase, and fantasize about someday placing it in your beachside bungalow!

A + R, 1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd.(near Westminster Ave); 310-392-9128.

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Double Vision Gallery is one of the oldest and more intriguing Abbot haunts. Each piece of art you'll find inside ia a serious statement-maker, and the charming owner is always game to have a chat!

Double Vision Gallery, 1223 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (at Cadiz Ct); 310-314-2679.

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You won't find a better Bloody served with a bigger smile on the Westside than at Hal's. We also recommend Liam's Cantaloupe Martini if you're starting out fresh, getting your cocktail on. Oh, and there's live jazz on Sunday and Monday nights.

Hal’s Bar & Grill, 1349 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (near Alhambra Court); 310-396-3105.

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Yes, you will stand in line at Intelligentsia, but no, you won't be disappointed. A cup of joe here is like sipping a vintage Dom Perignon at the Bel Air Hotel. These caffeinated treats will keep you going (and going) on your long jaunt down the block!

Intelligentsia Coffee, 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd.(at Andalusia Ave); 310-399-1233.

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A relatively new eatery to the scene, Local 1205 is quickly becoming a favorite. Organic fruits and hard-to-find products are featured in the open industrial space with skylights, and amazing antique furnishings. The deli counter also boasts sable and cold cuts from Katz's Deli in New York. Grab a mason jar of cold-pressed juice or a smoothie, and hit the road because there's way more fun to be had!

Local 1205, 1203 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Cadiz Ct); 310-396-6663.

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Mona Moore is so appropriately named! Packed with Euro soles from the likes of Marni, Haider Ackermann, and Balenciaga, by the time you leave this shoe heaven (that also has the best sales), you'll be calling it "Mon Amour" for sure.

Mona Moore, 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Westminster Ave); 310-452-4070.

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If you're looking to hit your spiritual stride, Mystic Journey has just about everything you could possibly need. From geodes to books on Buddhism and soothing CDs for sleep, this bookstore just gives good vibes!

Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Cadiz Ct); 310-399-7070.

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Primitivo's back patio is one of those intimate places where you imagine having a sexy date that lasts for hours (it's still super fun in the daylight hours with a bevy of friends, too!). With great plates of tasty tapas and sangria that packs a punch, you'll leave here (although you won't want to) more than satisfied.

Primitivo Wine Bar, 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Electric Ave); 310-396-5353.

Photography by Christy Kurtz
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Set back from the street in a sweet white cottage, you'll find Undrest, filled with the most unique and snug-fitting swimwear in town (and you know how important that is!). The shopgals are always so on top of it, and know which of their wares work for your body type instantly.

Undrest, 1136 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (near Cadiz Ct); 310-314-1180.

Photography by Christy Kurtz

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