The Perfect Day… on the Beach
With a stunning shoreline that stretches for more than 70 miles, it’s no surprise that sun, sand and surf are everyday aspects of the Angeleno lifestyle. With the days warming up, there’s no better time to dress down, hop in your convertible and cruise along the coast. Here are two fabulous ways to spend an easy-breezy day on the beach.
Head north up the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Monica – where you can stop for a much-needed morning caffeine hit at wave-muralled Dogtown Coffee – before you roll up to Malibu. Take a quick totter along the pier for postcard views of the mountains meeting the ocean and buff boardriders meeting the breaks below. Stop for a feed at sea-ney, fam-run Malibu Farms Pier Cafe, or hop back in the car the drive on to oceanfront brunch institution Geoffrey’s for a lobster salad, crab cakes and mimosas. Now, zip over to pristine, crowd-free and fido-friendly Leo Carillo Beach for some serious tan time, and finish with a glam Nikkei fusion feast on the deck of celeb-favoured Nobu.
If you’re after some sun time in town, rev your engine to surfer n’ stylista enclave Venice. Start on hip strip Abbot Kinney Boulevard, where you can squeeze in some serious seaside shopportunity, then nab a spot on the adorable deck of laidback, Cal-Italian eatery Gjelina. Lunch settled, don your wetsuit and burn off those carb cals at Learn to Surf LA, with hunky instructors who’ll have you wriggling atop a board in no time. Or if breaking waves with your face repeatedly is not your idea of fun, take a stroll past Muscle Beach and up to Santa Monica pier and lounge all afternoon on that lovely yellow sand. When the sun starts to dip, nip inland for a mod-Med dinner at The Tasting Kitchen. Sun-sational!
Dogtown Coffee / 2003 Main St / Santa Monica / +1 310 310 3665 / 5.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 6.30am-5pm Sat-Sun / facebook.com
Malibu Farms Pier Cafe / 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy / +1 310 456 1112 / 9am-4pm Mon-Thu, 9am-8pm Fri-Sun / malibu-farm.com
Geoffrey’s / 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy / +1 310 457 1519 / 11.30am-8.30pm Mon-Thu, 11.30am-9pm Fri, 10am-10pm Sat-Sun / geoffreysmalibu.com
Nobu / 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy / +1 310 317 9140 / noon-10pm Sun-Thu, noon-11pm Fri-Sat / noburestaurants.com
Gjelina / 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd / +1 310 450 1429 / 8am-midnight daily / gjelina.com
Learn to Surf LA / Navy St Lifeguard Tower / +1 310 663 2479 / learntosurfla.com
The Tasting Kitchen / 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd / +1 310 392 6644 / 10.30am-2.30pm Sat-Sun, 5.30pm-midnight daily / thetastingkitchen.com