4 L.A. Blocks Where You Can Eat, Shop and Spend the Whole Day
Look, we totally understand your one weekend rule: avoid the freeway. But what if you could just park once and spend the whole day somewhere? Totally worth it, right? Here, four super-walkable destinations where you can hang out all day long.
Malibu: Trancas Country Mart
As close as Malibu gets to having a city block, this collection of barns in a 17-acre natural sanctuary is as visually arresting as its businesses are varied. Have macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup at Kristy’s Village Cafe, browse the upscale housewares and gifts at Malibu Beach House, swoon over the jewelry at Irit Design and pick up a sammie for lunch at the chi-chi market Vintage Grocers. And hey, this is still Malibu—there’s a board stand outside Drill Surf & Skate.
DTLA: One Santa Fe
Sure, this huge mixed-use complex stretching along Santa Fe Avenue has been mocked for looking like the Empire State Building on its side, but we are so into the indie businesses that have taken up residence. Eat an acai bowl at Amazebowls, then shop for minimalist-cool clothing at Voyager, where the ceiling is a mass of live greenery. Peruse a selection of art and architecture books at Hennessey + Ingalls, and pick up a surprise gift for a beloved dude (clothing at Wittmore).
Studio City: 13000 Block of Ventura Blvd.
There’s a lot of yin-yang going on on this block. In the food category, it’s the watermelon-jalapeño lime juice at Pressed Juicery to the coconut-frosting-filled cupcakes at SusieCakes. For apparel, it’s the luxury of Isabel Marant and Rag and Bone at Stacey Todd (and covetable handmade leather accessories at Calleen Cordero) versus the budget-friendly separates at Girl by Dee Rocco. Book your visit around a beauty appointment (blowout at Drybar, mani-pedi at Bellacures) and linger, taking advantage of that Los Angeles unicorn, free valet service.
Venice: Rose and Fifth avenues
Once the shabby younger sibling to Abbot Kinney’s more prestigious stretch, little Rose Avenue has come of age. Shop dreamy linen bedding at Parachute and browse movie-star-suitable bias-cut silk dresses and household gifts at Lily Ashwell before settling in to a healthy dinner of coconut ceviche and an eggplant Parm panini at Café Gratitude. Oh, and don’t leave the ’hood without stocking up on a trendy (and purportedly energizing) adaptogenic blend from Moon Juice to add to your home smoothies.