Having just returned from a 2.5 week trip to the USA, we thought you might like to see what we (the creative team)
got up to as well as get some tips on things to do if you're considering visiting the USA. During the next week or so,
we'll be bringing you some guides on where to shop, eat, stay and things to do in Los Angeles, New York as well as
Brimfield. We'll also be showing you some behind the scenes action on our New York photoshoot.
To start things off, here is a guide of the things we liked most on our visit to LA, we'll be focusing on the area
around Venice Beach.
Bike ride along the beach
Hire a bike at the end of Rose Avenue, Venice Beach and ride around the 22 mile long beach side bikepath. Take
the opportunity to do some great people watching, get inspired by the interesting style of houses that line the path and
hop off your bike every now and then to look inside the shops. The path runs from Sunset Blvd and runs south along the beach through Santa Monica, Ocean Park and Venice. This is a great thing to do for jet lag, especially on a beautiful day like we experienced.
Draw inspiration from the beautiful gardens
If you're planning a bit of landscaping ( and if you're not, you will be by the time you see the amazing array of plants) then take a stroll around the streets from Abbot Kinney boulevard to Rose Avenue, there seems to be a focus on large succulents and colourful Bougainvilleas.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Start at the beginning of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and make your way up to the wide variety of clothing and homewares boutiques. Its quite a long street so you may need to stop for lunch along the way. We recommend an amazing place called Gjelina, they do great strong coffees and salads on the takeaway side of the restaurant, and if you step inside, you can take a seat and select from their amazing pizza menu for under $20 (may we recommend the goats cheese, wild mushroom and truffle oil pizza, the ultimate in deliciousness)
Venice Beach High School Flea Market
On the second saturday of every month, head to this flea market for a great selection of antiques and collectables at negotiable prices. Starts at 8am and is held in the parking lot of the high school. Money from the vendors fees goes to support students of this high school.
One of the best things about LA, in particular Venice beach, is that there is such a wide array of fresh, healthy food at really reasonable prices. You can easily find something delicious just about anywhere.
Here are some of our highlights;
The Rose Cafe: Come here for a good coffee and a lovely fresh mixture of delicious salads!
Cafe Gratitude: An amazing Vegan restaurant, amazing breakfasts (cashew crepe with coconut yogurt pictured above) and really nourishing and healthy meals such as: I AM WHOLE (Macrobiotic bowl with sea vegetables, stewed adzuki beans, raw kale, butternut squash, house-made red cabbage kim chee and sea whip and black sesame seed gomasio with your choice of quinoa or local brown rice, tahini-garlic sauce and teriyaki almonds) All for under $15
Father's Office: Located about a ten minute drive from Venice Beach, you'll find this aclaimed Los Angeles gastropub. Come here for the most delicious Sweet Potato fries with Blue Cheese aioli sauce. Also famous for their "Office Burger" and large selection of craft beers. Close to some lovely furniture and homewares stores so definitely worth the short drive.
Anywhere around the Venice Beach area, in particular on the side streets of Rose Avenue if you can or near Abbot Kinney are great, central, handy and safe areas. We booked our accomodation through AirBnb which is a great way to experience a new place and feel like a local.