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GUIDE: 1 DAY IN SANTA MONICA

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MY GUIDE TO SPENDING THE PERFECT DAY

IN SANTA MONICA

I often get asked if you need to spend a few days in Santa Monica area to make the best of it. The truth is, you can just spend the day there and still fit everything in. Here is how I would spend my full day!

Head down to the Santa Monica pier. 

I love the fair, the games and the atmosphere of the arcade. I normally spend hours in here but head there in the morning to avoid the crowd. Cut the lines on the rides and catch a scenic view from the pier. Grab a burger at Pier Burger if you like ( a classic from back in the day) or some dipping dots for a sweet treat! Oh, don't forget to grab your fortune from Zoltar! 

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Ride along the beach to Venice! 

A typical touristy thing to do but its super fun and you get to see more of the area. You can choose from roller skates, skate boards, the bird, a bike or an electric chopper! Theres a lot of deals along the boardwalk but I normally go to the one near the pier as its only $7 an hour. Make sure they give you the lock if you are planning on grabbing lunch after your ride & you can even ask for a basket! 

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Photo op with the Venice sign

No matter what time of day, you will see someone with a camera snapping each other at this famous crossing. Head there for sunset for the perfect photo op but be warned - it gets pretty crowed. 

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Grab a bite to eat at Great White

This cool neighbourhood cafe serves coastal california dishes & everything is delicious! A perfect spot to go for breakfast as well. Bare in mind that it does get a bit busy but the wait usually isn't that long!

 

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

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Drive down to Abbot Kinney

This is favourite area west side. Abbot Kinney is pretty hippy, happy & full of little boutiques and amazing restaurants. Try out the Butchers Daughter, Felix, GTA, Blue Bottle coffee and Neighbour to name a few! If you do have a car with you theres plenty of public valets which is normally about $12 flat fee so you can wonder up and down the boulevard.

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Grab some ice cream from Salt & Straw.

Probably the best ice cream in Abbot Kinney. They have such incredible flavours that I wanted to try everything! I ended up going for the honey lavender with was a dream. Topped off with fairy sprinkles! 

 

1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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Visit Burro

My favourite store along the Abbot Kinney Boulevard. This has everything from books, homeware, beauty products, clothing to gifts! I spent way too much in there but picked up some candles, spicy margarita mix and a few gifts for my family.

 

1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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To finish off your day head back to the beach & watch the sunset! You can grab some fruit bags or snacks from the pier and enjoy the view & people watching. Or if you fancy some dinner along the beach, head to the Ivy which is just at the top of the Pier!