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Streets, Beats & Eats – Venice Beach Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

Take a tour of Venice Beach!

Take a tour of Venice Beach!

Take a tour of Venice Beach, Grateful Gypsies style! Hit the boardwalk, catch some amazing street performers, munch on Cali cuisine, join a massive drum circle, and wind down with craft cocktails in an old speakeasy.

“For a vacation in LA, look no further than Venice Beach. Cruise around on a bike or even a Segway. Hit the famous boardwalk, where you can shop for t-shirts and original art, check out a head shop, or pick up a new board – both skateboarding and surfboarding are huge out here.

Start your day off right by heading to Fruit Gallery for a tasty and healthy smoothie. Packed with fresh fruit, one of these is sure to put a smile on your face.

Venice Beach is all about being active. There’s a skate park where you can try to drop in or just hang to the side and watch. If you’d rather have skates than a board, join in a group dance session. There are plenty of unique ways to exercise here.

The area is also full of street performers, so stop to check them out. Just remember that these guys work for tips, so don’t be a cheap ass – throw some money in the box if you enjoyed the show. Now it’s time for lunch…

A Venice Beach staple, Danny’s is a great place for California cuisine and comfort food. Check out the stunning murals that cover the restaurant’s walls. You just might see some familiar faces…

Feast on the salmon and spinach benedict, or try a Venice Beach club – grilled salmon, avocado, and bacon.

At Venice Ball, you can join in a pickup game or just watch from the sidelines. The famous Muscle Beach attracts bodybuilders looking to pump some iron. It’s not all about lifting weights here, though.

Graffiti art is also a big part of the culture here, and you’ll see artists at work all around. You You might even get a private saxophone show down by the beach. Hop on your bike and go for a ride to see more.

The action just doesn’t stop in Venice Beach, as people are out and about all day. Watch people perform amazing feats of acrobatics, strength, and balance, and you’ll probably feel like a lazy slob because you can’t do any of it… but it sure is fun watching those who can.

Keep walking along the boardwalk, because there’s still a lot to see. There are plenty of musicians out in the streets, so take in some tunes and support local artists. If you feel like joining in the jam, head to the drum circle on the beach, which goes down every Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t have a drum, you can just boogie down in the sand.

With the sun down, it’s time to check out the nightlife. Choose from one of their craft cocktails and grab a seat at this historic bar that was an actual speakeasy during prohibition. Catch a little buzz and get ready for the epic burlesque show here. Photos are not allowed, but take our word that it’s well worth it.

Soak up all that booze with some amazing chicken stuffed chillies, cheese covered corn, and Mexican rice. Wrap it all up and wash it down with a delicious margarita to end a great day in Venice Beach.”

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Nicky morgan:

    Fruit Gallery, skate park, street performers… etc just fixed my mind!
    Next vacation, I’ll be going to Venice!

    Thanks for the great description of the place!

    • sasha:

      @Nicky morgan It’s a great place for a vacation, Nicky!