Aside from its iconic beach, Venice has a whole lot offer when it comes to health and wellness. While Venice still maintains its quirky and eccentric reputation, it is simultaneously emerging as a hub for all things health and wellness. You name any famous LA healthy hotspot you have heard of and we bet there’s one in Venice. From housing the most incredible eateries to the best workout studios, to crystals and gemstones shops on the beach front, locals are trading in late nights for early morning workouts, traditional lattes for superfood-infused tonics and prescriptions for acupuncture. Needless to say, it didn’t take us long to make ourselves feel very much at home. Not to mention this is where you’ll find our idea of heaven- Abbott Kinney, a long stretch of nothing but the most eclectic, beautiful shops and spaces. For anyone lucky enough be heading there, be sure to add these gems to your bucket list.
FOR THE SWEAT SISTERS
In short – THIS CLASS IS EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING A CLASS SHOULD BE, SHOULD MEAN AND SHOULD FEEL. Situated right in the heart of Abbott Kinney’s main street, The Class by TT lived up to Instagram expectations + beyond. The studio is chic, minimalistic and full of all the whole self vibes. The Class is described as a cathartic fitness experience and an experience it was. Think hissing, chanting, yelling, sweat like you have never sweat, swearing and a whole lot of release. The Class Method sees you move through simple, repetitive calisthenics and plyo moves. Simple, but maybe not when your squatting straight for four minutes. The guided instruction and carefully curated music holds the key to the class. You are spoken to throughout the class, being invited to witness your resistance to discomfort.The result is an expansive, heart-opening, body-strengthening release. This Class will challenge and enlighten you all while building an incredibly strong, lean, resilient body. You will find that you are much stronger than you ever thought you could be.
If you are in need of a chic studio, some breathing, stretching and alignment back into your body post travels, then this is your space. Love Yoga is spreading its modern esoteric and vinyasa hybrid concept across Venice Beach. Expect to be given perspective shifting dialogue throughout your practice, combined with dynamic and spherical sequencing. We left feeling completely in control of our mental, physical and emotional health – truly aligned and ready to take on the day.
THE DAILEY METHOD
Situated in the pretty streets of Abbot Kinney, Venice – The Dailey Method is your girl-next-door pilates hybrid class. Founded by fitness pioneer, Jill Dailey in 2000, The Dailey Method combines body toning exercises from a wide group of disciplines such as dance, yoga, kinesiology, and pilates for an ab crunching, teeth gritting, sweat flowing + effective full-body workout. We were burning, real burning.
FOR THE FOODIES:
Kreation Kafe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the concept cafe extension of the juice bars situated all over LA. Think an extensive brunch, lunch and all-things-in-between menu. This healthy haven was so much more than the juice bars LA is famous for. We had the protein packed omelette with turmeric spiced quinoa and kale with a beet almond milk latte. The stuff dreams are made of right?
Plant Food + Wine is one of culinary king Matthew Kenney’s fleet of infamous plant based hot spots. You’ll find Plant Food + Wine in the heart of LA’s wellness scene, Abbott Kinney. This wonderful place is nothing but well, wonderful. The simplistic, chic decor makes for the perfect Instagram snap and its cacti full garden area is equally as picturesque, and perfect for a communal gathering. The locally sourced, seasonally crafted menu features plant based wonders from mushroom burgers and kumquat jam to cultured cashew cheese and tempeh sausages. And that is without mentioning the to-die-for selection of NF GF DF V desserts and the extensive wine list of biodynamic varieties. We have to say, one of the best meals we have tasted in LA and one that will certainly not disappoint.
We love Urth Caffe’s mission to source nothing but the best quality, sustainable + seasonal produce. And it’s a good thing there are SIX of them dotted all over Cali, because the menu is SOMETHING ELSE, meaning you might need to take multiple trips. There truly is something for everyone- vegans, veggies, pescatarians, and everything in-between. The fact that you can sub your omelettes and scrambles for tofu and egg whites is EVERYTHING. Plus their grilled sandwiches + paninis (gluten free available of course) hit all our favourite combo spots- think grilled chicken + pesto- there’s a vegan pesto available too!!- a roasted veggie number, and so much more. Stay hydrated with their endless combo of simple fresh juices, smoothies and matcha of course. And leave room for pudding because their selection of vegan desserts is off the wall- vegan pumpkin pie, vegan chocolate chunk pecan cookies… have we won you over yet?
FOR THE VIBES
Two words, SHROOM ROOM. Yes, you heard correctly – Shroom Room. Situated in a little alleyway off Abbot Kinney Boulevard, purveyors of the best adaptogenic mushroom blends around, Four Sigmatic, have opened the first mushroom coffee shop. To break it down for you, adaptogens- e.g. reishi, lion’s mane + cordyceps to name but a few- help the body adapt to external stresses in different shapes and forms. Boasting properties from energising, to anti-inflammatory + calming, shrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. We cooled down in the piping LA heat with a delicious reishi lemonade, but there were heaps of mushroom tonics to choose from- cordyceps latte anyone? And to top things off, the Shroom Room has been designed to look like a giant whimsical birch tree house (Finland’s national tree, where the founders of Four Sigmatic originate from)- which makes this gem worth a trip alone.