Where to Eat, Drink and Shop in Venice Beach

Written by
Parachute Team
Jessica Schramm for Parachute

Time flies when you’re selling sheets. We’ve been in the bedding game for over six years now, and much like our product assortment, Venice has evolved since we launched our business here. In 2016, we opened our first store on Rose Avenue – and while we've since expanded to eight other cities, Venice beach will always be home. To keep our community of customers and visitors in the know, we’re adding another installment of what to do and where to go in our hometown. Here’s the new new, care of Ariel Kaye, our Founder and CEO…

Best Shops

Christy Dawn: You know those sun-kissed bohemian beauties with long, tousled hair and flawless skin who just roll out of bed looking perfect? This is the brand they all wear. Vintage-inspired and made in L.A., this line of flowy (and often floral) dresses was established by former model and entrepreneur Christy Dawn.

Bruno’s Dog and Cat Boutique: Our #DogsofParachute are big fans of this local store fully stocked with premium, trusted pet products. They offer toys, medicine, apparel and more. Why wouldn’t you get your pooch a fashionable dog poncho.

Venice Vintage Paradise: Their superbly curated mix of boho chic furniture and decor rivals the best flea markets in town. Wall hangings, mid-century chairs, sheepskins, chandeliers, oh my! Bonus: They have outposts on both Lincoln and Abbot Kinney.

Best Eats

Felix: Using only ingredients from California family farms, this new hot spot on Abbot Kinney is rooted in the culinary traditions of Italy. The heavenly pasta is made in front of your eyes, but don’t lose sight of its stunning decor – including lush wallpaper and a mix of beautiful wood touches.

Gjusta: Despite the mad rush to find a seat, this neighborhood bakery and deli – opened by the famed Gjelina owners – is worth the hustle and bustle. After taking a number at the counter, wait patiently to order a delicious Bialy Egg Sandwich.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Fun fact: Ice cream always tastes better in bed…or at least next to a Bedding business. Jeni’s is our next door neighbor here in Venice and never disappoints with flavors like Brambleberry Crisp and Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt.

Clutch: Dry-rubbed BBQ, tasty margaritas and outdoor dining keeps people coming back to this roadhouse time after time. Stop by during happy hour for the smoked wings.

The Window: Located just a skip from our Rose Avenue store, this fast casual burger window offers only seven menu items – three of which are burgers – and is perfect for a treat-yourself kind of afternoon.

Barrique: Michelin awarded chef Antonio Muré brings authentic and showstopping Italian cuisine to this romantic Venice bungalow. Ask ahead for a rooftop table with a view to wow your date (you’re welcome).

Best Drinks

The Little Friend: This hidden spot, nestled behind Sunny Spot, is the west-side version of its Silver Lake predecessor. With great music, drinks and a retro vibe, this admittedly cozy bar (there's only a single row of seats in the back) has become a favorite among those at Parachute HQ.

Hotel Erwin: For those wanting something stronger, the High Rooftop Lounge serves up cocktails with views of the entire town. It’s my secret go-to for friends in town who are new to the neighborhood because it’s one of the few places where you can get a bird’s eye view of everything around.

The Lincoln: A beautiful drinking den with a nicely edited list of craft spirits, draught beer and wine. This recent addition to the neighborhood offers excellent cocktails.

Best Workouts

Barry’s Bootcamp: Define your muscles with a balance of cardio and strength training (in an atmosphere that feels more nightclub than actual bootcamp).

Paddle Boarding: Living in Southern California, I’ve always preferred outdoor to indoor workouts. Paddle boarding is the best of both worlds – the beautiful waters almost make me forget the intense burn.

Pilates Platinum: Offering group reformer classes for the price of a mat class, Pilates Platinum uses the revolutionary Megaformer machine to give you mega-fast results in 55 minutes.

Best Things to Do

Mosaic Tile House: Take a tour of this bohemian delight adorned with colorful tile, household objects, dolls and tools. The owners welcome curious onlookers in for daily tours.

Venice Skatepark: Drop in on the impressive skate scene right off the Venice Boardwalk. I guarantee you will be in awe of not only the high flying skaters, but the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean only fifty yards away.

Best Hidden Gem

The Parachute Flagship Store: Located on Rose Avenue, this store recently tippled in size to make room for offerings for each area of the home. I wanted to outfitted the new space with everything from a sink to wash and dry your hands with Parachute's plush Turkish cotton towels, to a test-ready Parachute mattress so customers could experience our product first hand. See you soon…

Check out our 2015 and 2016 editions of Where to Eat, Drink and Shop in Venice Beach.