Joel Kinnaman’s LA favorites
Since the 1950s and 1960s, when the Beats and bands like the Doors hung out at Venice, it has been home to LA’s eccentrics. Today, it's a great people-watching spot, full of skaters, bodybuilders, buskers and comedians. The pier offers a slightly more sedate spot to catch the morning surf or take a sunset walk.
1600 Harbor Dr S, Los Angeles
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling plains and dramatic peaks. Many people call it the “Yosemite of Southern California” and Kinnaman loves coming here for the beautiful hikes and great climbing. 20th Century Fox Studios used to own the park and many movies were filmed here.
1925 Las Virgenes Road, Cornell
This restaurant serves up seasonal new American cuisine in a rustic-chic dining room. It’s the best and most consistent restaurant on the west side, says Kinnaman. The menu includes a wide variety of veggie options and they serve a great brunch. And if you can get in, you may find yourself sitting next to a star!
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
This is a renowned organic Shabu-Shabu (a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water) restaurant, which Kinnaman says does the best Shabu-Shabu in town. You cook your own food by submerging and swishing the meat or vegetables in boiling water.
2000 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
Menotti’s Coffee Stop
Menotti’s Coffee Stop brews up a truly excellent cup of coffee, which you can enjoy with a prime view of the Venice Beach boardwalk. This place is a popular gathering spot for both regulars and visitors and has vegan and organic coffee options made by award-winning baristas.
56 Windward Ave, Venice
Text: Gunnar Rehlin