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  Shopping in Venice is a unique experience, while major shopping centers are only a couple of miles away, Venice is best known for it's eclectic specialty shops, art galleries and boutiques. Many visitors liken it to SoHo in New York. There are four shopping districts in Venice ... each with it's own personality. Most interesting are Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and Main Street.  
         
 

ABBOT KINNEY BOULEVARD ... Abbot Kinney Boulevard, named after Venice's visionary founder, is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon. The street is both casual and cosmopolitan.

Located four blocks east of the beach, between Venice Boulevard and Brooks Avenue, Abbot Kinney is home to an eclectic array of trendy designer shops, art galleries, furniture stores and restaurants ... there are over 100 establishments on the mile long block ... plus some new artist-in-residence studios.

For the latest list of businesses along the boulevard go to http://www.abbotkinneyonline.com.

 

Shopping along Abbot Kinney Blve in Venice CA

 
         
 

Shop Rose Ave Venice CA 90291

 

ROSE AVENUE ... The transformation of the stretch of Rose Avenue between the beach and Lincoln Boulevard into a blossoming began a few years ago when a handful of small businesses set up shop along the street. Now new condo buildings, upmarket restaurants and boutiques dot the avenue; Whole Foods anchors the Lincoln Boulevard end. And the worker bees at Google, who recently moved into the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building near Rose, now have a wide variety of spots to hit during lunch hour or after work.

 

 
         
 

THE BOARDWALK ... On the beach, the Venice boardwalk is packed with retail establishments, restaurants and coffeehouses.

There are also merchants and artists selling their wares along the beach side of the boardwalk. And there are some great finds for the locals who can separate themselves from those stores that cater to visitors. Just take your bike or a leisurely stroll and enjoy a day at the beach. Only a few blocks north in Santa Monica there are 4 and 5 star hotels that have beach bars, lunch and light dinners ... plus their own shops. Both Venice and Santa Monica are spending millions this year to enhance their beach frontage.

 

Shopping along the boardwalk in Venice Beach CA

 
         
  LINCOLN BOULEVARD ... the major commercial street that bisects Venice, is possibly the next "hot spot" as rents elsewhere are soaring. Lincoln offers a number of service businesses ... primarily for locals. There are also some very unique furniture stores as well as other retail establishments. Recently new off-beat restaurants and shops are popping up.

Adjacent to Venice in Marina del Rey, Culver City and Santa Monica are major malls, home improvement centers and exclusive shops. For serious shoppers, Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive is only 20 minutes away.

 
         
 

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