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While we love a good Abbot Kinney jaunt, a few of the ever-evolving shopping stretch's former inhabitants have reminded us that there's Westside retail therapy beyond the buzzing block. Today, we turn our eye to low-key Rose Avenue, which lies just west of fellow stylish street Lincoln Avenue and north of Abbot Kinney.
Two years ago, the New York Times dubbed this "once-seedy stretch" a blossoming place, so we're revisiting the indie boutique-filled street for this installment of our Perfect Saturday stroll. From where to grab acai bowls for breakfast, where to shop LA-made apparel, and where to find handmade home decor, see your afternoon shopping itinerary ahead.
Start your day with brunch at Flake (513 Rose Ave.), a healthy eatery that describes itself as a "cheap and cheerful neighborhood bacon hut." In addition to serving up pork-happy breakfast dishes (like the Bacon Burrito and the Croque-Pierre), Flake also offers veggie-friendly options, like the Sambazon Acai Bowl and the Veggie Rad with scrambled egg whites.
Next, head a few doors south to DNA Clothing (411 Rose Ave.), which has been described as the outlet version of Fred Segal. Find wallet-friendly merch for both women and men, like denim from Levi's, basics from Bella Dahl, and more.
Head back up the street to LA+Jo (512 B Rose Ave.), another affordable boutiquestocked with Cali-cool clothing. Founded by French designers Laurence and Joseph Aghi, the shop offers its own line of stylish, beach-ready basics alongside trend-driven accessories and more.
Update: The shop has now closed, but they'll be reopening elsewhere in Venice. Stay tuned for more! Your next stop is The Golden State Store (564 Rose Ave.), a lifestyle boutique focusing on (you guessed it) Cali-made merch. Here, pick up women's basics by Stillwater, men's tees by Freedom Artists, adorable home goods and art by Deedee Cheriel, boho-cool vintage jewelry, and the shop's own line of surfer-chic furniture.
Finally, end your stroll at Me & Blue (566 Rose Ave.), the colorful boutique of designer M.E. Ster-Molnar. You'll find her flower child-inspired dresses, boho-cool jumpsuits, gauzy basics, and more made-in-LA women's apparel alongside vintage decor, jewelry, and pieces by other local designers.