City Guide – Los Angeles part I

venice beach LA

Today, I would like to start a new series where I feature some places I liked the most while traveling. I start this “City Guide” with my favorite city.
I was born in a city, Catania, on the slopes of a volcano and surrounded by the sea. When I was 18 yo, I moved to the largest metropolitan city in Italy: Milan. Well, Los Angeles has everything in one city only. The ocean, museums, restaurants, hills, shops, desert, live music, outdoor activities. All in one. This “one” is a bit huge, this is why I’m going to break this city guide up into different posts.
Enjoy Los Angeles and its coast.

paradise cove malibu LA
malibu LA
malibu LA_
Since I was a kid I always dreamt about living in a ocean front house. Malibu is the place where this dream could come true!
Have lunch at Paradise Cove. The view and their guacamole are breathtaking!
Driving south on Pacific Coast Hwy on your left you have the Getty Villa.
santa monica pier LA
Even if the Pier has its own charm and the sunset from here is magic, Santa Monica has much more to offer.
If you want to have some shopping but to avoid the crowded and tourist 3rd Street, Montana Avenue is the right choice. Here you can find some lovely shops [including the Splendid flagship store] and cafe.

venice beach skate park LA
venice canals LA
Venice Beach is the quintessential of Los Angeles.
The Ocean Front Walk is mandatory! Enjoy it from sunrise to sunset. If you don’t want to walk, you can rent a bike and ride up to Marina del Rey.
I could spend hours at the Skate Park looking at very good [and not so good] skaters of any age and getting lost in the Venice Canals.
Have coffee and cappuccino at Menotti’s. Lunch or dinner at Gjelina. You probably should remember my amazement in front of their pizza!
We rented an apartment in Venice via airbnb and we shop food and drinks at the local Whole Foods Market.

vista del mar LA
Vista del Mar will drive you to Manhattan Beach and there will become Hermosa Avenue till Redondo Beach.

manhattan beach pier LA
manhattan beach LA
Manhattan Beach is quite famous worldwide thanks to the talented photographer Pete Halvorsen.
This stretch of coast is gorgeous. Well worth a visit and even more than one. Next time will definitely come back!

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