This summer I was traveling from San Francisco to San Diego, but had a day to kill by myself. I'd never been to LA before, and decided Venice Beach would be manageable on my own. I think I stopped in a different restaurant every hour just because there were so many I wanted to try. Venice is every bit as magic as I'd imagined!
I had my uber from the airport drop me off on Abbot Kinney. You could honestly spend all day wandering up and down this street, most of the main restaurants and shops are here. I had breakfast at the Butcher's Daughter. I'd been to their Soho location in New York, but this one is twice as big and open. I did a juice flight and the surfer's breakfast... so. good.
I knew that I wanted to make it to the beach at some point... the walk from Abbot Kinney was a little farther than I'd realized but doable. I also stopped to take photos multiple times along the way, everything is so photogenic. The vibe along the beach was like Jersey meets California, grungy and touristy, but great people watching!
There are bright and fun murals around almost every corner!
I needed to get a little bit of work done, so stopped by the Rose Cafe, grabbed a drink and sat at the bar with my laptop. Didn't try the food, but the art and atmosphere alone are worth visiting.
At the beginning of the day, I'd been excited to have a day to myself, but after exploring alone for 10+ hours was in need of conversation. A couple of younger girls I knew from Arkansas, Claire, Caroline and Gianina happened to be having dinner in Venice that night... spontaneously met up with them, got to hear about their summers, and grabbed ice cream at Salt and Straw. I equal parts loved the anonymity of exploring a new place on my own and felt the weight of loneliness being completely without my people.
Would love to go back with friends!