Want the lowdown on Venice, Los Angeles, from an Australian expat in the know? LA resident for almost a decade Jodie Fried, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Armadillo & Co, will send you in the right direction.
I was born in Adelaide and then studied and worked in Sydney for 15 years.
Venice in Los Angeles.
Having the beach on our doorstep, living in a community of like-minded creative friends from all over the globe and the availability of sensational and obscenely healthy food.
Definitely visit the Eames House in Santa Monica, you have to make a reservation weeks ahead but it is well worth it.
Gjusta Bakery in Venice, although I prefer to get an almond milk chai! The atmosphere and food is incredible.
Both local Venice haunts; I love Wallflower, incredible Indonesian street food with unforgettable cocktails. The architecture and design of the restaurant is also very impressive and it has a great happening vibe; the best thing on the menu is the nasi goreng with a Siam Sunset cocktail. Just a few blocks down is Cerveteca, which I love for its Mexican baja fish tacos and five-spiced pulled pork sandwich.
For fresh produce, the local growers’ markets in Venice and Santa Monica are always a great experience. I love supporting local Californian and Venice artists and designers, so some faves are The General Store, Parachute, Stahl + Band and Aviator Nation just to name a few. For really special items I hit Melrose Place to have an exceptional retail experience.
I love the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It is an amazing way to get a great perspective of the city as well as seeing world class exhibitions. The garden and architecture is breathtaking and every time I go, with the change of each season, it looks and feels different.
I love Downtown for the happening arts scene as well as urban cafes and restaurants. Exploring the westside coast by bike is always a favourite, as well as heading up to Malibu for the beaches and hikes through the canyons.
Brunch at Gjelin followed by spending the day at Leo Carillo State Park Beach swimming, surfing or exploring the beach caves until the sun sets. It’s a magical place with lots of dolphins!
My life is so rich living here because of all the incredible people we have met and the cultures we have been exposed to. LA is a real melting pot of creatives and cultures from all around the globe.
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