*Spotted: heart shaped foam flying around Santa Monica*
When talking about Santa Monica I believe that most people who are not so familiar with LA might think of the famous Santa Monica Pier or the 3rd street. On the 3rd street you will find a lot of high street brands like J Crew and Victoria's Secret, please don't get me wrong I love shopping in those stores, but this time I decided to look at the more "local" side of Santa Monica.
Your food will not get any fresher than this! Farmers Market in downtown Santa Monica is well worth a visit on Saturday or Wednesday mornings.
This is one very charming avenue where you are sure to come across some unique shops, bakeries and specialty stores. From the renowned Shabby Chic boutique of Rachel Ashwell to the very italian inspired breakfast at Caffe Luxxe.
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T MISS OUT IN SANTA MONICA
Celebrity Chef Wolgang Puck's Chinois on Main: The best Asian fusion in town
Late night drinks:
The Viceroy hotel: Sip your Mojito in one of the poolside cabana's
Urth Cafe: The organic place to be
Malibu is a vast part of the L.A coastline and there are so many things to do; here are some of my must see places:
Malibu Country Mart: for brands like Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, Intermix, Planet Blue and there is also Nobu if you have a sushi crave during your shopping session;)
Marmalade Cafe: Arnold Schwarzenegger's favorite! this is where you want to go for a proper american breakfast
Paradise Cove: one of my favorite beach cafe's around and ideal for an afternoon at the beach
Geoffrey's: It is very different from Paradise Cove but well worth a stop. Whilst at paradise cove you lunch on delicious burgers with your feet in the sand, at Geoffrey's you brunch on lobster cake benedict and champagne with a spectacular view.
...and by this I mean that whilst you are driving on the PCH (pacific coast highway) you should adventure your self in the canyons to admire beautiful houses and spectacular views
Late night drinks:
Moonshadows: this has to be one of the most scenic places to have an aperitivo :)
*Fresh Japanese turnips at Santa Monica's Farmers Market*
*Paradise Cove - Malibu*
*Pacific Coast Highway*
*Malibu - Our friends cute husky Shiku, only 4 months old*
*Sunset in Malibu*