An hour’s flight from San Francisco, almost a year later and we’re back in LA, yay! Picture perfect palm trees, never-ending blue skies, golden beaches, famous landmarks and endless food options; it’s exciting to be back! This time, we stayed in a very cute AirBnB situated just minutes from Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice. As my boyfriend was mainly here for work; I spent my days exploring, indulging and enjoying being in a slighter warmer part of California. Whilst last year’s post focused more on things to do in LA, here are a few places (totally food related!) I recommend checking out if you’re visiting anytime soon.

Eats in Venice:

Kreation Kafe & Juicery  back once again and actually twice on this one trip! Health-conscious chain with an incredible choice of fresh juices and smoothies – you have to try one!

The Butcher’s Daughter – one of my favourite spots on Abbot Kinney and any vegan’s dream! Describing itself as a ‘vegetable slaughterhouse’, their motto is that they treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices. The decor is designed beautifully and whether you’re a vegetarian or not (I’m definitely not) everything tastes incredible. Their menu changes regularly.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop – lovely garden patio to stop for a salad, wrap or light lunch bite. It’s central, square bar also makes it a cute spot for a cocktail in the evening.

Rose – Rose is amazing. This iconic Venice beach restaurant serves Southern California food in a beautifully designed space that includes an indoor and outdoor dining area, a beer garden, a full market counter, bakery, coffee & cocktail bar. You can literally go here for any occasion! But be prepared for a wait especially for weekend brunch, so I’d recommend booking ahead. Our dinner choices included paella fried rice with scallops, ravioli with braised pork and truffles & the miso marinated hanger steak. So so good.

Gjelina – this is a popular brunch and lunch spot. Expect a wait and don’t expect to get a table easily! So much to choose from – fresh pastries, fresh salads, homemade pizza, quiche – it has a bit of everything. You have to take a ticket and wait in line before you can order; it’s a little hectic but if you don’t mind a high-energy atmosphere it’s worth the wait. Not a quiet spot!

High Rooftop Bar @ Hotel Erwin – after a walk along the Venice boardwalk, this open-air bar is a great place to end up for a drink and watch the sunset over the sea and apparently the only rooftop on Venice beach – madness, they need more!

TOMS Flagship store – a good laptop spot! With a rustic design, this isn’t just a shop but a cute cafe selling coffee, juice & good muffins as well as their shoes and sunglasses. 

West Hollywood:

EP/LP – we did venture out of Venice on a few occasions! Situated on the corner of Melrose Avenue is EP/LP, a stylish spot for rooftop drinks and a Southeast Asian restaurant one floor below. We came here with friends and shared several dishes. Highlights included: the sticky spare ribs, hanger steak,  green vegetable curry and the papaya salad.

Soho House – Although you have to be a member to come here (or a guest of a member who can sign you in), if you get the chance 100% come here. Grab a Soho Mule and sit back and enjoy the incredible views that overlook LA. We came here mid week for a quick lunch so it wasn’t too busy and managed to get a great spot on the terrace outside.

The Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter Entrance

Dinner @ The Butcher’s Daughter

Brunch at Kreation