Welcome to Abbot Kinney. The most stylish block in Venice.

Here you can leave the bright lights of Hollywood (and chaos of LA traffic) behind you for a true taste of laid-back Californian style.

Named in honour of the property developer responsible for creating the famous Venice canals in 1905, Abbot Kinney is home to chic boutiques, bars, restaurants and art galleries.

Mr Kinney had a bold plan to recreate Venice Italy right here, near the beach. You can read more about his fascinating ideas for the area here. His plans didn’t exactly turn out as intended and in 1929 the majority of the canals were built in for roads. Today only about one-third of the original canals remain. They are really pretty though!

The area has still become a cultural mecca, if a slightly different one to the original plan, and is a big draw card for Southern Californians and visitors alike.

There’s some great shopping to be done here, especially for unique and handcrafted items. You can check out the full list of shops and form your retail attack plan here.

Abbot Kinney is also the US home of one of our all-time-favourite Aussie fashion boutiques, Flannel. Such dreamy goodness awaits inside! Think minimalist cami dresses and silk playsuits. What’s not to love?


If art is your thing, some of the better known galleries include The G2 Gallery with a focus on wildlife and nature photography and C.A.V.E. Gallery.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all that shopping and gallery hopping, it’s time to find a cool drink and consider your dining options.

The Tasting Kitchen is a popular locals choice.

It doesn’t give too much away from the outside, but once inside you’re greeted by beautiful mature olive trees and an earthy and industrial interior style.


In keeping with the Venice vibe, there are some organic options. I believe you can even get bio-dynamic wines by the glass.

There’s a real buzz to The Tasting Kitchen, especially at night.

You’ll find lots of locals celebrating over drinks and dinners that go late into the evening. For such a popular spot, there’s no feeling of being rushed through, which is nice.

The food is prepared beautifully, with a focus on quality produce and servings a little on the small side (certainly for the States!).

Our group shared a few pasta dishes, the lentils side dish and a delicious whole-baked fish, the salt roasted branzino.  There are quite a few fish options on the menu, it seems to be a bit of a specialty here.

Image credit - Niles Harrison

Image credit – Niles Harrison

The Tasting Kitchen is a great place for a night out in LA.

If you’re looking for the authentic California away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, you’ll find a lot to love all along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Trip Notes:

  • The Tasting Kitchen is located at 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA.
  • For a Friday or Saturday night booking and especially a group booking a reservation is essential.  They will require credit card details to secure a booking.
  • Corkage is $30 for 2 bottles.
  • Valet is available.















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