Venice Beach Jet Lag Journal: Abbot Kinney
GQ named Abbot Kinney Boulevard the coolest block in America (they must be accurate, at least from the hipster perspective – after all, Hannah Horvath works there). Cooler than Frenchman Street? Cooler than Christopher Street? Locals were not pleased – they renamed GQ “Gentrification Quarterly” and led a protest. So Venice.
Well I agree with GQ. It’s totally cool. I spent a week dividing my time between the bike path on the beach and the shops and restaurants on Abbot Kinney. The restaurants were delicious – plentiful kale, tofu, organic this-and-that – and the shops were unique boutiques that forced me to throw my “no shopping in 2014” rule out the window. Some scenes from this gorgeous street:
Linus bikes are perfection in so many ways. And their little yellow cottage that you reach by walking through a narrow alley draped in lime leaves adds to that impression. So does the snap-on leather wine bottle carrier.
The popular takeaway option next door to Gjelina restaurant has an exterior of artwork done by Brooklyn-based artist duo Faile, who were featured at New York City Ballet’s first annual Art Series with an enormous tower of screen-printed blocks that the audience could take home.
Why not get your hair done at the Ohm Salon and hang out on the front porch swings while waiting for the color to set?
“Avocado fries” for breakfast? Sure, why not! (From 3 Square Cafe + Bakery) My nail polish is themed in to my locale – California Coral, natch.
Local 1205 is a hot spot for locavores, and a great little haven for me to journal while eating kale salad and truffled grilled cheese.