The Other Venice

California’s ultimate beach escape—no passport required.
The Other Venice

We love Venice so much, we couldn’t even get worked up about the insanely long brunch lines we stood in when we were there shooting our summer campaign. There’s just something about the urban beach town’s unique fusion of upscale, laid back and offbeat that instantly transforms a pack of New Yorkers into the high-vibing picture of patience. It’s pure magic. And that’s why we’re naming Venice, CA one of our ultimate escapes.

While the eclectic boardwalk remains a stomping ground for a motley crew of skaters, souvenir vendors, and street performers, our girl Siri can hardly keep up with the new Venice. A flurry of boutique hotels, James Beard nominated restaurants, and chic shops that have transformed the funky beach town into a peak gathering place for linen kaftans and craft cocktails.

Let’s start with the staples. Chef Travis Lett’s pizzeria/bakery/coffeeshop/smokehouse known as Gjusta is a literal can’t-miss. The dress code? A floaty romper with woven slides and an oversized tote. As long as you don’t mind anchovy toast particles accessorizing your #ootd.

You won’t want to sleep on (but you’ll definitely want to sleep in) Parachute Home’s dreamy brick-and-mortar store turned one-room boutique hotel. Part showroom, part #HotelPorn, the minimalist palette, sumputous sheets, and open Chef’s kitchen will have you plotting your next staycation. Come for the store, stay for the snore...

And because the only thing better than beach days are beach nights, cruise by Lincoln—nightlife giant Jeffrey Best's car-themed drinking den modeled after a tricked out 1940s garage. It’s gussied up with a vintage Mercedes roadster and authentic auto shop memorabilia.

Still starving? Us, too. Carbo-load on squash blossoms, fresh pasta, and negronis (oh, a negroni isn’t a carb? Semantics!) at Italian eatery Felix Trattoria, recently hailed as one of Eater LA’s best new restaurants in America.

And if you've got anything left to give (and by give, we mean spend), swing by Australian label Bassike's debut stateside store for a Japanese-inspired, modern surf aesthetic for him, her, and baby too. Somehow still not hit your limit? Pop by the impeccably curated General Store for earthy, thoughtfully-designed home goods and gifts — grab a throw pillow for yourself and a Palo Santo candle for someone back home.

Gjusta / via Local Wanderer
Parachute Home / via SFGirl
The Lincoln / via M.Winter Designs
Felix Trattoria / via Felix Trattoria
Bassike / via The Fashion Futurist
General Store / via General Store