July 10, 2019

The perfect LA itinerary for out of town guests or a staycation for YOU — Part 2, Westside

If you’d like a little background on this trip or you are interested in the Eastside of Los Angeles itinerary, head here first!

To Stay

When I was searching for the perfect Airbnb in Venice Beach, I knew I wanted us to be walking distance from the beach and the canals. I found a place with a perfect location, bright boho cozy interior, and an outside area. We were less than a minute walk from the canals and about a 5 – 10 minute walk from the beach (depending on the route you take). This place also provides 2 bikes which made it even more convenient to get around!

Note: The 2 photos from the Airbnb are from their listing because I surprisingly didn’t snap any!

We decided to cook the majority of our dinners at the place we were staying and enjoy the beautiful Summer nights. There were great grocery store options within walking distance or a short car ride: Erewhon, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods

Day 1

Gjusta is a Westside must and was a short bike ride away!

Our order: Huevos Rancheros, Mediterranean Breakfast, Apricot Crumble, Baklava Croissant

The Venice Canals are obviously a must. We wandered through them daily, pointing out our favorites and imaging living there.

We took the bikes out for a ride towards Santa Monica on the path along the beach, locked them up and walked around SM for a bit. It happened to be one of the days they have their Farmer’s Market, so we got some cherries and apricots to take to the beach later. We rode our bikes back, changed, then headed to Venice Beach the rest of the afternoon for some vitamin sea! 😉

Day 2 — Malibu

We started out this day with a hearty meal (since we had a hike planned), my favorite breakfast burrito of all-time — the Rico Suave from The Rooster, which now has a brick and mortar location on Pico, but the truck we went to pops up near Blue Bottle on Abbot Kinney! Check the schedule on their website!

We drove up towards Malibu for the day. First up, hike! The one I chose was SUPER overgrown. I’ve since found out that’s probably because they’re still dealing with the aftermath of the huge fire. We made the best of the situation and made it to the end — taking in the gorgeous views along the way.

Parking pro tip: Bring CASH!

One of Walter’s requests was that we go to Neptune’s Net, I agreed because it’s a classic, so we headed there for a well-deserved reward.

Our order: Fish and Chips, Dr. Pepper, Golden Road Wolf Pup

We spent the rest of the afternoon at El Matador Beach. This is definitely my favorite in the area — pretty secluded, beautiful rocks, protection from too much wind. The weather was literal perfection this day!

Parking pro tip: There is free parking on the highway, but please be careful crossing to the beach side. If you want to park in the lot bring CASH!

Our only night out on the Westside was at Makani. Their patio is perfect for a summer night, but I also loved their moody yet beachy interior. The craft cocktails were refreshing and all of the food was comforting yet still very “California”. You can’t go wrong with the menu, except if you don’t order the chocolate lava cake!

Our order: Salmon Belly Crudo, Eggplant, Squash Gratin, Prime Rib, Housemade Strawberry Ice Cream, Housemade Chocolate Lava Cake (I repeat, MUST ORDER)

Day 3

We grabbed coffee and pastries from the Groundwork Coffee down by Venice Beach, then headed to the Skate Park to watch a bit before heading down to the sand.

I posted a story on Instagram along with that photo of me on the left next to Walter’s phone, captioned “The only thing I’ve found wrong with him so far is that he uses a Samsung” and a lot of you got a kick out of it, so it’s definitely necessary to share that here too 😛 Boy was it hard to pack up and leave that perfect beach day.

We walked over to Rose Ave. for a mid-day grub sesh from The Window at American Beauty. This spot is stupid affordable and delicious.

Our order: Cheeseburger, Fried Chicken Sandwich = our total was $10 (told you, stupid affordable)

I couldn’t let Walter go back to Italy without trying my favorite ice cream shop in LA. We walked over to Abbot Kinney and stopped by Salt and Straw (which btw had no line, meant-to-be? I think so!) and were lucky that they started scooping their July Berry series a couple of days early!

My order: (split scoop) in a waffle cone of Mr. Holmes’ Cornflake Cookies w/ Boysenberry Jam & Salted Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

His Order: (split scoop) in a waffle cone of Dandelion Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies & Cream (and I think the same berry one as me)

Pro tip: split scoop is great if you want to have 2 flavors but still be able to eat it all! They’re basically just half scoops!

We spent our last night together watching the sunset at the beach, cooking another meal in, sipping on wine, playing card games and reminiscing about the 2 weeks that had just flown by.

Don’t worry, I’ll be visiting him in Italy in a few months! 🙂

If you’d like to see the Eastside itinerary, click here!

Happy Travels,

Corey, Miss Foodie Problems


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