My favorite spot in West L.A is Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice Beach. It’s stylish, trendy, close to the beach, and near the beautiful Venice Canals. The shops and restaurants are an eclectic mix and the design and architecture of buildings and stores showcase individualistic style.
Last weekend, the annual Abbot Kinney Festival took place and of course, I dragged my man and Audrey there, even though the parking was $30 (no, we did not pay this, we parked further away, got some healthy exercise walking to the event, and free parking). It was quite crowded, shoulder-to-shoulder sometimes, but I really enjoyed browsing the vendor booths. the sample sales, and handmade goods.
It’s also a great place for people watching. There were bands, food booths, and food trucks available. If you’re interested in attending, check their website early September each year for the exact date of the festival.