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If you're a boob tube buff, chances are you know Marina Del Rey's charming Fisherman's Village as Oceanside Wharf or as a pier-side hangout in Montauk, New York. This technicolor waterfront stretch on Fiji Way has starred in shows like Arrested Development, Revenge, and The OC, and it's the main attraction in today's installment of our Perfect Saturday series.
Let's be real for a sec: this is no desto for designer names and big-name retail therapy; the Waterside shopping center is where that's all at. Although Fisherman's Village has seen buzzier days in its '70s and '80s prime (LA Times calls out its once-fashionable "kitschy nautical and Polynesian themes"), this tourist-happy spot is still home to a handful of indie boutiques that are worthy of an afternoon adventure.
Below, join us as we ride through the marina via bicycle, shop for Japanese giftables, pick up eco-friendly toys, and more. Note that there's no street parking, but the on-site lot offers two hours of parking for free with validation (otherwise, it's $2 per 20 minutes).
Start your day at Daniel's Bike Rentals (13737 Fiji Way), which offers hourly or all-day bicycle rentals. Borrow a beach cruiser ($7 hourly or $23 full day) if you're riding solo or hop on a tandem ($12 hourly or $38 full day) if you're shopping with a pal. Bonus: Full-day renters also score a free scoop of ice cream from Daniel's dessert counter.
Next, pedal over to adorable soft goods shop Indy Plush (13763 Fiji Way, Unit E10/11); we dare you to suppress any squeals of delight as you walk through the door. Here, find hand-sewn creatures made from eco-friendly, recycled materials, like the bestselling Luke's Dog or the adorable blue tiger shark (your unofficial ode to everyone's favorite Katy Perry dancer, maybe?). Your retail therapy comes with brownie points: a portion of proceeds benefit good causes.
Your next stop is adorable gift shop Momo (13767 Fiji Way, Unit E6C). Expect to find vintage decor, stationery, home goods, and handmade apparel and patches from store owner and designer Tetsuzo Okubo's line, ALM Project.
Before heading back for that free ice cream, grab some grub at Lighthouse Fountain & Grill (13735 Fiji Way), a greasy-fare staple on this charming dock. Don't expect five-star dining at this low-key eatery, which serves up crowd-pleasing hot dogs, burgers, and grilled sandwiches. It's all part of the experience, remember?