CITY GIRL GUIDE: GrlSwirl's Venice Beach

The ladies of GRLSWIRL give us their ultimate guide of where to surf, skate, eat, shop, and how to hang out in LA's Venice Beach when you're not in the water. 


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Where to Caffeinate: Hit up Groundwork's Venice location for the organic, Portland-bred good stuff. Satisfy a craving for the latest coffee trend or just stick with a pour-over...we don't care as long as it's caffeinated.


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Lodge Bread

Where to Eat: Get something that will stick to your ribs before a day on the water. Lodge Bread makes mouthwatering whole-grain sourdough loaves that keep you going through the day, whether it's a toast with local jam in the morning, a seasonal Sammie to take with you, or a wood-fired pizza to share with friends after hitting the surf. Find them in Culver City or at select farmer's markets around LA.


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Tocaya Organica

Where to Drink: Swing by Tocaya for fresh Mexican food and even fresher margaritas. If you close your eyes and imagine the rush of traffic as waves you'll almost feel like your south of the border, surfing the coast alone.


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Venice Skate Park

Where to Skate:  The local hangout of GRLSWIRL, Venice Skate Park isn't only a great set up, it's also an open place where women can feel free to take on skateboarding without that usual judgment or attitude. Try out a Group Skate with the GIRLSWIRL ladies and see how your moves translate on land.



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General Store 

Where to Shop: Support California's local artisans while restocking your life. Jewelry and clothing that fit right but make a statement, handcrafted ceramics, and homewares, and a whole lot of power beige – Venice's General Store knows how to pick 'em.


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Animal House

Where to Shop: If you roll with GRLSWIRL, than vintage threads are your go-to. Check out Animal House for the best selection of perfectly-worn band tees, cut-offs, and Vans to keep you riding in style.



Image of the GRLSWRL ladies wearing La Bamba NYC.


Where to Surf: Staircases and Sunset.
Where to Avoid:  Venice Pier and Breakwater.