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LA’s Coolest Street: 24 Hours on Abbot Kinney

June 23, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin
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Abbot Kinney Blvd – named after the developer and conservationist who founded Venice – is perhaps one of the liveliest, trendiest streets in all of Los Angeles. It’s the epicenter of that laid back California beach vibe, with a more upscale twist than its slightly grittier cousin, Venice Beach Boardwalk just a few blocks down. With bars, boutiques, restaurants and recreation lining every inch of the boulevard, there’s enough to keep you entertained from sun up to sun down. Because there’s so much to choose from, we’ve broken down your perfect day on Abbot Kinney, from morning to night.

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9:00 am
Start your day off like a local by jumping on the yoga bandwagon. Hustle & Flow offers creative classes like Calm the Flow Down and Hands Down Heels Up, which sound more like moves you’d do at the club. Sign us up!

10:30 am
Once you’ve had your downward facing dog fix, get your caffeine fix at TOMS (yes, like the shoes) Roasting Co. Not only does their coffee taste delicious, but for every cup you buy, they give access to clean water to someone in need around the world.

11:30 am
Now that you’re fully awake and have done good for the world (all before lunchtime!) you’re ready to see the strip. In Venice, the best way to do this is on a beach cruiser, and the best place to get one is Linus, where stylish, vintage bikes can be rented for the day.

Cruise around shops like Milkmade and Jack Spade, which stock great gear for urbanites and beach bums alike.

1:00 pm
If all this retail therapy has made your stomach growl, Lemonade is the perfect antidote. Choose from an insane assortment of healthy salads (kale and avocado, anyone?), soups, hot food and of course lemonade, which comes in every color of the rainbow.

While you’re digesting, check out Tortoise General Store, founded by a Japanese husband and wife team who were inspired by the general stores they saw around the Hawaiian Islands. Designer scissors, sake cups, and cool camping gear can all be found here.

5:00 pm
If you thought happy hour couldn’t come soon enough, you’re in for a treat at Sunny Spot, with early evening drink specials served with a Caribbean flair.

8:00 pm
For dinner, head over to Beyonce and Jay Z’s favorite spot, Gjelina. With oysters, lamb sausage pizza, wood roasted prawns, and plenty of veggie options on the menu, there’s a lot to drool over. Plus, the tables are communal, so you never know who you’ll be rubbing elbows with.

11:00 pm
A night cap never hurt anyone, especially at the fashionable The Other Room. Stop in for one of their many craft beers and their great service before hopping in a cab back to The Redbury Hollywood for a good night’s sleep after a long day cruising.