Planning a trip can be overwhelming, especially if you only have a short amount of time to spend in one place. A couple weekends ago, my BFF was in town and I wanted to give her a weekend to remember! I am new to California and I haven’t been able to explore much of Venice Beach yet, so I thought that would be the perfect spot for a little girls weekend. We only had a few days so we really had to maximize our time. I made this ultimate 48 hour Venice Beach itinerary, it covers what you need to see, where to stay, and everywhere you need to eat because when my bestie and I get together our itinerary usually revolves around food and drinks!
When you are staying in Venice Beach it is a no-brainer to visit Abbot Kinney. It was recently named “The Coolest Block in America” by GQ. This street is bursting with shops, restaurants, and bars. Start your day with brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter. It is a farmhouse chic restaurant that features a healthy vegetarian and non-dairy menu. I will be honest, as a girl who loves to eat meat I was a bit hesitant but I will tell you, this place knows how to make vegetarian downright delicious.
After you’ve fueled up for the day, take a stroll down Abbot Kinney. Along Abbot Kinney, you’ll find big name brands like Rag & Bone, Show Me Your Mumu, and Vince but you’ll also stumble upon hip little boutiques that you probably have never heard of. One of my personal favorite shops is Burro— here you can find just about anything from stationary, to hats, home goods and so much more. After exploring the shops for a few hours it is time for a sweet treat. You are going to want to make a stop at Salt and Straw. If you’re there on the weekend the line will probably be out the door, but before you stroll past, let me tell you it is worth the wait! This is probably the best ice cream I have ever had– I highly recommend the salted, malted, chocolate chip cookie dough. Get ready for your taste buds to be rocked.
After lots of walking around, we headed back to our hotel, The Kinney. The Kinney is located less than a mile from the boardwalk and a quick 3 minute uber to Abbot Kinney. For dinner, we decided to order a pizza, grab a bottle of rosé and head down to the beach to watch the sunset. I don’t think there is anything better than pizza, wine, and the beach! This was the perfect mellow evening after a busy day.
On your second day in Venice, I suggest renting bikes and taking a ride down the boardwalk. We rented bikes from our hotel and rode to Great White Venice. This little spot is nestled right across from the iconic Venice sign and serves up coastal-Californian cuisine. I take my coffee very seriously, so when I tell you that the Shaken Iced Latte is the best latte I’ve ever had, you better believe it! I ordered the breakfast burrito which was incredible– I mean, it is filled with tater tots and topped with a chipotle aioli!
After you’ve had the most important meal of the day, hop back on your bikes and make your way down to the boardwalk. The boardwalk is bustling with beach-goers, vendors, and skateboarders. It really is one of the most lively spots I’ve ever visited. We rode down to muscle beach where the people watching really is something else! If you have the energy rent a couple paddleboards before the sun goes down. A few paddleboard companies even offer sunset tours which looked spectacular! This was on our original itinerary but we ended up taking a nap instead.. oops. After you’ve done some exploring grab a burger and a few beers form Hinano Café. This California dive bar won’t disappoint.
It is time to get cleaned up and head out for a few drinks. Head over to High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin for a couple cocktails. It may be the best place in Venice to look over the boardwalk. After a few drinks, you may be in the mood for a late night bite. La Cabana is a Mexican restaurant that is open until 3 am. I highly recommend ordering the guacamole! They make it right at your table and it was amazing.
Before checking out of the hotel we slept in and ordered breakfast in bed at The Kinney. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.