How To Spend A Stella Sunday On The Coast
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At this point, we’re all looking for a change of scenery, and that’s why we’ve planned the perfect day for you to get out of the house and crawl up LA’s coastline. Starting in Venice and heading north to Malibu, this itinerary includes our favorite places to stop for food, the best beaches to relax in, and where to pick up some Stella along the way. So, grab your SPF and let’s go have some fun this Sunday.
There are plenty of great neighborhoods to start your day off on the coast, but for us, you can’t beat the bohemian quirkiness of Venice. Window shop along Abbot Kinney Blvd. with your morning coffee in hand, get lost roaming around the canals and their beautiful homes, and end up at the world-famous boardwalk - home to Muscle Beach, countless t-shirt shops, and some of the best people-watching in the world. You’re probably starting to get hungry at this point, but before heading to lunch, stop by The Whaler for a quick breather and an ice cold Stella.
Few restaurants are more synonymous with Venice (and frankly, all of LA) than Gjusta. The modern deli/sandwich shop on Rose Ave. is certainly a scene - filled with a healthy mix of bloggers, techies, celebs, and complete strangers who’ll happily read your aura color chart - but at the end of the day, you’re here for the food. Whether it’s a tuna conserva, porchetta melt, or a smoked fish plate, these are the kind of sandwiches you’ll be talking about for days. Their tranquil back patio is currently open, but our recommendation is to take it to-go. Your first beach destination awaits.
Will Rogers State Beach
Located just up PCH in Pacific Palisades, Will Rogers is one of our favorite beaches in LA county, because it still feels like a local’s secret - despite its central location. While tourists flock to Santa Monica to the south or Malibu up north, this pristine stretch of sand smack in the middle is left largely alone. And that means all the room in the world for you to spread out, play some beach volleyball, frolic in the surf, and enjoy your Gjusta picnic.
After lying on the beach for a few hours, you’re going to want a change of scenery. Hop back in the car and head north on PCH to Malibu. This famous stretch of coastline is known for celebrity mansions, incredible surf, and very mediocre seafood restaurants. One giant exception to that rule, however, is Broad Street Oyster Co.. Located behind the Malibu Country Mart next to the Malibu Creek, this East Coast-style seafood shack is the ideal pit stop to refuel on some oysters and lobster rolls. They’re currently offering a walk-up counter with an adjacent patio or a drive-thru option where you don’t even have to get out of your car.
Now that your stomach is filled with some of the freshest seafood on the coast, get back on the PCH and continue north. This stretch of Malibu is easily the most scenic, so take your time to soak it all in and remember this is why you live in California. Then, stop off at Malibu Ranch Market to pick up some Stella before arriving at your final destination - Zuma. Hardly some diamond in the rough, this popular Malibu beach gets downright swarmed during the day, which is why we like coming in the evening when the crowds start to thin and you can watch another perfect California sunset in peace.