I’ve been to beautiful California no less than ten times, so it easily made it on to my list of favorite destinations.
I’m not too found of the stress of big cities, so downtown LA is not a favorite of mine, but the free, fun, and funky area in Venice is right more down my alley, so that’s where I’ll stay if I go to LA.
My favorite city in California is San Diego. SD is not too big, beautiful, and with a nice and friendly atmosphere, great food and pretty good surf. Several summers me and my friends used to rent a beach hose in Mission Beach and just hang out on the beach and surf all summer.
If your a spirit junkie like me, both San Francisco and Venice (LA) are must visits. These areas are filled with great yoga and spiritual happenings all year around. I made a piece on the latter for my monthly update once, so you can read more about my Venice faves below!
Where to stay:
Hotel Erwin – Be sure to check out the amazing roof top bar!
Cruising down the Mission Beach boardwalk with your long board as the sun sets. Also be sure to check out the beautiful harbor in downtown San Diego.
If your into shopping 3rd street promenade is your go to place!
Abbot Kinney Blvd – Tons of healthy, delicious places to eat and plenty of cool independent shops.
If you go downtown LA be sure to check out Gracias Madre who has amazing vegetarian Mexican cuisine!
Yoga: YES! California has amazing yoga. It’s yoga everywhere. Be sure to check out Yogis Anonymus if you are in the Santa Monica Area, Ceremony Meditation on Rose Avenue (Venice) or Wanderlust Hollywood downtown LA
Kitesurfing: Long Beach, right south of LA. Check out SoCal Kitesurfing for more info.
Wave Surfing: YES! So nice. Lots of great spots along the whole California coast, long beaches and usually not too crowded. Beach-break.
Good for non yogis/surfers: No Doubt! In CA you have everything from chill beach life to nice shopping, wining and dining and clubbing. There’s also plenty of amusement parks to choose from if you feel the need to bring out your inner child. Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags are all just a short car ride away.
Festival & Events: If you’re a lover of music, be sure to not miss out on the annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival in the Indio Valley, right outside LA. The vibe is nothing but magical!
When to visit: You can visit California all year around, and it’s always pretty dry and sunny, but May-September will be the warmest months.
Healthy, yummy, organic restaurants are all over Venice – it’s literally a foodies heaven! Beneath I’ve listed my top 10 places to eat in this free, fun, and funky area!
Top 10 places to eat
Abbot Kinney Blvd
Butchers Daughter – breakfast/lunch/dinner
Pressed Juicery – juices & smooties
Gjelina – breakfast/lunch/dinner
Toms – cozy atmosphere! Coffee & backed goods
Salt & Straw – homemade ice cream
Plant food and wine – lunch/dinner
Café Gratitude – breakfast/lunch/dinner
Rose Café & Restaurant – breakfast/lunch/dinner
Gjusta – breakfast/lunch
Hama Sushi Venice – Sushi
High Rooftop Lounge @ Hotel Erwin – drinks with an amazing view!
Egg Slut – quick and simple breakfast to go. This place is popular, so be there at 08.00 am sharp!
Main Street and Abbot Kinney Blvd are the two main areas for shopping. Especially Abbot Kinney Blvd has many unique niche boutiques, where most of the time wanted to shop their whole inventory. You find my top 10 favorite stores listed beneath.
Top 10 favorite shops
Planet Blue – women’s clothing store
Free People – women’s clothing store
Abbot Kinney Blvd
Grow – interior & miscellaneous
Mystic Journey Bookstore – crystals, books. readings etc
Burro – books, cards, clothing, miscellaneous
Ananda – women’s clothing, books, crystals, miscellaneous
Skylark – women’s clothing store
Toms – Toms shoes + a cozy café
Moon Juice – raw/super-food supplements
Ceremony Meditation – yoga/spiritual shop
Ceremony Meditation, 417 Rose Avenue
Yoga Nest, 38 W Washington Blvd
Yoga Salt, 11955 Washington Blvd
Love Yoga Venice, 835 Lincoln Blvd