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The palm-lined Venice Beach boardwalk — with its sidewalk vendors, street musicians, roller skaters and Muscle Beach bodybuilders — has become synonymous with Los Angeles.

Venice Beach is a city of exploration. Whether it be on foot or beach cruiser, its many coffee shops, art galleries, eateries and boutiques are easily within reach.

To the west, the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk brims with street musicians, vendors and Muscle Beach bodybuilders. The Strand cuts through the sand allows visitors to ride their bikes or walk until Playa Del Rey.

Venice’s small-town, artsy atmosphere continues to Abbott Kinney Boulevard with art galleries, quality eateries and local clothing shops. During the immensely popular First Fridays monthly event, galleries stay open late and food trucks flock to the area.

Topping off the quaint vibe of the neighborhood are the Venice Canals, a scenic place to relax and watch the ducks and boats inspired by the waterways of Venice, Italy.

Just off the main drags are the narrow residential streets of Venice, a mix of lovingly restored bungalows, modest apartments and modernist architectural statements. Grass-lined streets, dog parks, recreational areas and well-tended gardens turn this densely populated neighborhood into a pleasant retreat.

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Townhouse & The Del Monte

52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Established in 1915, Townhouse is the oldest bar in Venice and one of the oldest bars in the Los Angeles area. Townhouse's live entertainment basement, The Del Monte Speakeasy, was a true speakeasy during Prohibition and a night-life nucleus, serving many nefarious and infamous characters of the day, masked cleverly by Menotti's grocery store above.

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Hotel Erwin, A Joie De Vivre Boutique Hotel

1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

Fun. Rebellious. Adventurous. Diverse. Expressive. Home of Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails and HIGH Rooftop Lounge. www.HotelErwin.com

American Restaurants

Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291

All the hipsters who pack Gjelina on Abbot Kinney in LA’s Venice Beach neighborhood may not know it, but the restaurant is of one Los Angeles’ premier farm-to-table restaurants with a menu that gives locally grown vegetables a starring role.

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Boutique Hotel 444

444 South Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

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Venice Admiral Suites

29 Navy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Venice Admiral Suites offers spacious and quiet, fully-furnished apartments just steps from the beach. If you value peace, privacy and great value for money than look no further. Located on a quiet residential street on the border of Stylish Santa Monica

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Kapowui Surf Lessons

One Rose Ave, Venice Beach, CA 90291

Kapowui offers professional surf lessons (private or group), paddle board lessons, surf tours, rentals of kayaks, surf boards, paddle boards, wetsuits and more.

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Hayden Slater of Pressed Juicery Shares Juicing Tips, Venice Hangouts

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Air Venice on the Beach

5 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

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Plant Food and Wine to Open at Former Axe Location in Venice

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The Inn At Venice Beach

327 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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