The once sleepy neighborhood you used to pass by on your way to Venice has become a bona fide hot spot. The little stretch of Venice Boulevard between Grand View Boulevard and Moore Street has become a singular shopping and dining destination all its own.
Where to Shop
» The beloved purveyor of Japanese goods Tortoise General Store moved in 2018 from Abbot Kinney Boulevard to Mar Vista and expanded to three times its former size. Its new digs are crammed with handcrafted pottery and cookware—from teapots to tableware made using traditional Japanese methods but with a modern spin. Also on sale is a wide selection of soaps, apparel, and tenugui towels. 12701 Venice Blvd.
» From the outside the Mar Vista Time Travel Mart looks like a Victorian curiosity shop. Inside are interactive “portals” that transport you through time. Like its Echo Park sister outpost, the store is part of the 826LA nonprofit, which aims to inspire students and help develop their writing skills. All proceeds from the store go to the organization. The shelves hold cheeky giftables like cans of “Campbell’s” primordial soup and apothecary bottles claiming to contain dead languages. 12515 Venice Blvd.
» There’s a reason the racks at Whimsy + Row seem very tightly edited—the brand’s eco-friendly pieces, made locally and with deadstock fabric—are created in limited-run batches. The chic dresses and jumpsuits will make you look good and feel even better. 12801 Venice Blvd.
» Inland is a tiny boutique that features a trove of trendy L.A. brands for men (Elwood) and women (For Love and Lemon) as well as curated items from independent designers from around the world. Accessories such as shoes by Australia’s Jaggar and Spain’s Mint & Rose and jewelry from New York’s Bow & Arrow make this shop a can’t-miss, one-stop
destination. 12228½ Venice Blvd.
» In addition to vinyl, quirky Timewarp Records also trades in nonvinyl formats: cassette tapes, DVDs, and CDs. And it offers a repair service for the machines that played them. 12204 Venice Blvd.
Where to Eat
» Take a short detour off the main drag for some Taiwanese soul food at Little Fatty. 3809 Grand View Blvd.
» Bright and airy, the Mar Vista serves “progressive Los Angeles” cuisine (think fusion). 12249 Venice Blvd.
» Grab a drink or light bite at local jewel Accomplice Bar. 3811 Grand View Blvd.