Venice had been on my list for quite some time.
While I can’t wait to go to the original in Italy, this charming place gave me a hint at what’s to come. From canals to boutique shops and unique restaurants, it’s a high-class area with expansive beachfront that you can use to bike or walk to anywhere. There are plenty of places to go in Venice beach, here I’ll share a few that made the list for this short trip!
Our flight got in pretty late so by the time we had Ubered our way to our Venice hotel we were pretty hungry.
A quick search showed me the closest high-rated place, that was open, was the Libary Alehouse. The pictures looked cute and it was within walking distance so we figured, why not?
The Library Alehouse has a large patio out back and local beer on tap, always a preference for me.
I ordered the Alehouse Fish and Chips while my boyfriend, Michael, chose the Alehouse Burger with onions, gorgonzola, arugula and garlic aioli. Luckily, I’ve convinced him of the benefits of sharing nearly everything food-wise so now I enjoy twice the experience whenever we eat out.
Pricing is mostly between the $13 and $17 mark for dinner. They have various specials you can view on their website as well as their “study break”, offered weekdays from 3-6pm, showcasing various snacks, complimentary chips and salsa, and discounts on alcohol (which I think is brilliant).
The next morning I desperately needed my coffee fix so we set off for the Intelligentsia, which was on my list of places to go in Venice beach and recommended to me by a friend. We were not led astray, as it certainly was a unique location tucked back off the road a bit so we nearly walked past it. We grabbed available cushions, for use on the cement step seating, while people watching and surveying the architecture.
Blue Star Donuts
With spare time to wander around, we happened upon Blue Star Donuts off of Abbott Kinney Blvd.
If you haven’t seen the video surfing around about their new boozy donuts you should definitely take a look!
We snagged a few donuts to have with our coffee and stopped outside for a nibble. They were wonderful!
Pictured are the Blueberry Bourbon Basil and Lemon Poppy Buttermilk. Blue Star Donuts has such unique variety, it was hard to choose just two to sample!
Blue Star Donuts has such unique variety, it was hard to choose just two to sample! If you’re looking for the perfect light breakfast accompaniment for coffee, this should be on your list of places to go in Venice beach.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Our last stop was The Butcher’s Daughter, a cafe and juice bar which also has locations in New York and a food truck in Los Angeles you can book for events. We only needed a quick bite since the donuts held us over quite well and we were preparing to journey.
We chose to share the Vietnamese Bahn Mi ($13) with seared cauliflower, mushroom pâté, pickled veg, harissa mayo, and cilantro on baguette. I have never had anything quite like the mushroom pâté and am seriously craving it while typing!
While ordering we realized that The Butcher’s Daughter is actually a vegetarian, mainly vegan, restaurant. With their incredible food combinations they serve, you wouldn’t even know. Their menu includes an assortment of stone-oven pizzas, bowls, and baked goods. A bonus is the mint infused water served that adds a freshness to the whole experience.
The main street of Abbott Kinney Blvd is adorable, although we found most shops didn’t open up until late morning. Next time we plan to have more time to peruse around!
What are your favorite places we should put on the agenda for the next time we visit Venice?