TRAVEL SERIES || A Walk Down Abbot Kinney in LA
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Our vision is to take you on trips to cities around the world. Featuring the best local hangouts so you can experience life like a local on your adventures. Join us for a walk down the hip, colourful streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.


Before I arrived in Los Angeles, I had heard that Venice Beach was a hip spot that one must visit to see a different side of LA. So when I found out that my friend had booked our hotel in the area, I was excited to do some wandering by myself prior to her arrival. This is what I saw in the 5 hours I spent on my leisurely stroll discovering all the wonderful nooks and hangouts along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

  Perfectly spaced palm trees along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Perfectly spaced palm trees along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Pendulum Magazine Abbot Kinney Boulevard
  Exteriors that are full of character.

Exteriors that are full of character.

From my hotel, The Kinney, to the heart of Abbot Kinney Boulevard is about a 10-minute walk, and I got to see many captivating home exteriors. Some homes really stand out from the rest with their designed doorways, and others with their sharp, modern architectural lines. 

  Two long, narrow homes side by side in this modern building.

Two long, narrow homes side by side in this modern building.

LIVE, LAUGH, LAYER || Gorjana Jewelry

I visited 2 days in a row to buy bracelets and necklaces from this beautiful jewelry shop. The tasteful interiors make you want to stay and wander.

Pendulum Magazine Gorjana Jewelry

BEAUTIFUL STATIONARY || Urbanic Paper Boutique

A dedicated stationary lover, when I came across this beautiful shop I almost walked into oncoming traffic to get across the street to get inside. I easily spent half-an-hour browsing the various designed greeting cards, designer pens, and unique notebooks. 

Pendulum Magazine Urbanic Paper Shop
Pendulum Magazine Urbanic Paper Shop

MAKE ME UP || SMASHBOX

This is the first standalone store for Smashbox in North America and is an exciting endeavour for the brand. Here, you can gain first access to select new items, and I may have left with more than a few exclusive items. 

Pendulum Magazine Smashbox Venice Beach Store
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ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATIONS || Design Details

From the exposed red brick exteriors to standout restaurant exteriors, floral trolleys and hipster bikes, design details are found everywhere to inspire you.

  Down this path you can find cozy shops beyond the greenery lining the walls.

Down this path you can find cozy shops beyond the greenery lining the walls.

Pendulum Magazine Abbot Kinney Boulevard Perfumery

STREET MURALS || Everywhere

At every street corner there was a unique artistic mural to captivate my attention and my camera lens. One of the many reasons why it took me 5 hours to cover the span of a few city blocks.

  The side wall of a furniture shop.

The side wall of a furniture shop.

On a backyard fence.

Pendulum Magazine Abbot Kinney Boulevard Street Mural
  The perfect moment.

The perfect moment.

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  Brightly painted side wall of a retail shop.

Brightly painted side wall of a retail shop.

  A different vibe.

A different vibe.

  Bright and bold illustrations cover the street alleys.

Bright and bold illustrations cover the street alleys.

I would visit Abbot Kinney Boulevard again and again, even if only to savour the various different wonderful restaurants and cafes they have along the street. Read our review on The Tasting Kitchen, one of the bustling, lively neighbourhood restaurants frequented by the community.