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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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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

Clothing & Accessories

Gotta Have It

1516 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Vintage consignment shop footsteps from the beach

Bars

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.

Inns / B&Bs

Su Casa At Venice Beach

431 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Su Casa at Venice Beach is a Venice Beach hotel that’s adjacent to the Venice Boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean, and is within two miles of the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Park amusement park.

Attractions

Go Los Angeles Card

606 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

FREE general admission to any of the Los Angeles attractions below.

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American Restaurants

Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Hotels

The Inn At Venice Beach

327 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Hotels

Cadillac Hotel

8 Dudley Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

The Cadillac Hotel in Venice Beach is just a few blocks from Santa Monica's popular shopping destinations, and only a short drive from both Beverly Hills and the LA Airport.

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