There’s nothing more SoCal than the idyllic stretch of oceanfront called Malibu, but you wouldn’t know it from driving there. Though it might appear to be just a few townhouses, beach parking lots and side roads, it’s actually hiding some of the most enjoyable dining, shopping and seaside strolling in the world—you just have to know where to look. Here’s our insider’s guide...if you start now, you can beat the traffic.

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Hello, Organic Smoothie Breakfast: Malibu Farm

Location, location, location: This dreamy spot features both a restaurant at the base of the Malibu Pier and a more casual cafe at the end—either way, you can't go wrong. Add to that locally grown organic ingredients made into delish dishes like shaved Brussels sprout salad and cauliflower crusted pizza and we are so there.

23000 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-456-1112 or

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Malibu Beach Yoga

Get Blissed Out: Malibu Beach Yoga

No, you won’t be taking class outdoors (lots of sand and sunscreen, no thanks). But in this small studio upstairs from a juice bar in Point Dume Village, you can choose between hot yoga, hatha and vinyasa styles. You know, to really get this perfect-day thing going.

29169 Heathercliff Rd., Ste. 217;

Lunch on a Fancy Burger: Malibu Burger Co.

All that fresh-air time in Malibu, whether hiking or doing boot-camp wind sprints, really justifies carbo-loading. Do it in foodie style at Malibu Burger Co., the popular hipster hangout in Malibu Village where same old, same old isn’t good enough. So, hello turkey-jalapeño-bacon sliders with house-made American cheddar and fried shallots.

3874 Cross Creek Rd.; 310-317-0153 or

Buy a Sexy Caftan: Victoire

This new shop in the Malibu Country Mart has locations in Saint-Tropez and St. Barts, so it’s well-learned in the sexy-rich-hippie vibe. Browse Euro designers that you can’t find anywhere else; walk out wearing tasseled sandals and a breezy smock.

23410 Civic Center Way, Ste. B2; 310-317-0020 or

Seaside Drinks: Mastro’s Ocean Club

Ask for a seaside table for dinner or just have drinks at this classic steakhouse. Either way, it’s the view you’ll be eating up.

18412 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-454-4357 or

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Sleep Simply: The M Malibu

A night in Malibu for under $300 a night? It can happen at this motel, rehabbed in 2016. It’s just a five-minute walk across PCH to the beach. Because no one wants to take out a loan just so they can fall asleep to the sound of waves.

22541 Pacific Coast Highway; 310-456-6169 or

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