Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

I know most of you might think:"how can they spend three weeks in a crazy and not so beautiful place like Venice Beach"? And you are right. When I first visited Venice in 2004 I was amazed by all the craziness around and on the famous boardwalk. Later when I spent more time in Venice with my husband during our honeymoon I fell in love with that place. Not exactly with the boardwalk, but with the facet behind. There are plenty of cool spots on Abbot Kinney Blvd, on Rose Ave and around. I want to share with you a few of my favourite food and juice spots. And I will surely devote my next post to my favourite coffee spots in Venice. 

It should actually not be too difficult finding an airbnb in Venice. Since Venice people even airbnb their driveway. We were lucky and found a very good deal. A tiny guesthouse in our landlords backyard. It was very cute and we liked it a lot. 

Dune, Venice Beach
"Mediterranean flavors filtered through a thoroughly Californian sensibility"

We ate here twice within a week. They just opened their venue in Venice and I already wanted to try their first location a while ago. 
Everything was wonderful, super tasty and fresh! One of the best hummus plates we ever had. 

Destroyer, Culver City
loved it to the last bite. 
especially the skyr with berries and the raw oatmeal. ah and the almond milk cappuccino. looking at the menu I actually had no clue what we'll be getting. glad our friend ordered for us. we shared and it was super delicious. 

Tocaya Organica, Venice Beach
yum yum yum. we came here during their happy hour. I was hungry when ordering and since everything was pretty inexpensive we ended up having a food overload on our table ;) I did take half of my salad bowl back home. 

Café Gratitude, Venice Beach
That place was on my list since 2013. So finally, for my 29. birthday celebration, I made it :) we came for brunch with a couple of friends. My husband got the french toast and a pretty thick shake. I had the granola and a pretty red juice (beetroot). I loved it a lot, the portions were pretty small though. at least we did not overeat and had my favourite freeze from Pressed Juicery later on. 

Gjusta, Venice Beach
As the LA weekly ones wrote:"It won't be easy making a decision". Gusto is the sister restaurant of Gjelina (right on Abbot Kinney, also renown through their cookbook). 
My decision was made quickly: Granola, yoghurt and fresh fruit (as almost always) & black coffee. My husband was torn between the breakfast pizza and the quiche. The pizza won and he did not regret. Next time we would probably come back during the week and not on the weekend. 

Juice Places: 
- Moon Juice, Rose Avenue
- Pressed Juicery, Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice or on Main St in Santa Monica
- Juice Served Here, Lincoln Blvd