Hey, LA! Thank you so much for the positive response on our very first Mend City Guide for LA (Eastside edition). Today, we're shining the spotlight on our home turf: West Los Angeles!
It was hard to narrow the list down given we spend all of our time here, so we may have to do Part 2. From fun beach hangs to relaxing massages to blooming gardens, here are our go to things to do when you're on the mend. Next up: Midcity LA!
Bike, Bakery, Beach
Hop on your beach cruiser (or rent one from Breeze - those green Hulu bikes you see all over the westside) and plan a beach picnic with a friend or two. Start by grabbing lunch to go at Gjusta Bakery in Venice. Allow ample time for people watching. We recommend their savory sandwiches, cookies and iced teas. Then bike your way to the boardwalk and post up for a beach picnic. Pro tip: Don't forget your SPF.
Support Your Local Artists (And Fleas)
Ready to do some post-breakup redecorating? Whether you lived with your ex or you're just wanting to spruce up your place, swing by Artists and Fleas in Venice to get inspired. This event takes place every Saturday at Abbot Kinney from 11AM to 6PM and features a variety of handmade and vintage goods from local vendors. From clothes to art to thrift shop finds, Artists and Fleas is the destination for the ethically conscious shopper. Pro tip: Say hi to Sheeva at Local + Lejos - you can read her Mend story here.
Go To The Moon
Moon Juice is a gem of a juice shop. Well worth the trip to Venice, Moon Juice in Santa Monica offers an extensive menu of organic pressed juices, Moon Milks, and Cosmic provisions to nourish and elevate the post-breakup body. All items are made with raw vegetables, fruits, petals, herbs, roots, nuts and seaweeds - let them know you're looking for a mood-boosting mix and they'll help you choose. Bonus: While on Rose Ave, check out the beautiful plants at Big Red Sun and swing by Rose Cafe if you want a post-juice snack.
Basically Take A Trip To Italy
Bring a book and plan a solo trip to the Getty Villa for a free museum tour. This beautiful villa, overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway, was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architecture and features a tranquil garden, stunning views, a 500-seat outdoor classical theater, and so many nooks to enjoy. Whether you go alone or with a friend, the Getty Villa is the perfect place to escape without booking a flight.
Be In The Now
Indulge in a little self care at The Now Massage, a bright and brand new Santa Monica oasis that offers affordable massages while still maintaining an air of luxury. The Now's minimal aesthetic aligns with nature, allowing guests to unwind in a tranquil and soothing environment. You can book sessions online and you can also choose between the communal room for seated massages or private room for full table. Pro Tip: Use discount code MENDCITY10 to get 10% off your massage!
A Malibu Morning
Wake up early one weekend morning to beat PCH traffic and hike Solstice Canyon with a friend. As you wind through the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, you may stumble upon the remains of the Keller House or the brick ruins of The Roberts Ranch House. On your way back into Los Angeles, stop at Malibu Pier Cafe (perched at the very end of the pier) for a delicious brunch overlooking the surfer dudettes and dudes of Malibu.
Need to satisfy that sweet tooth without the guilt (or stomach ache)? Head over to Kippy's in Venice for a scoop (or two) of delicious non-dairy ice cream. Kippy's combines raw and organic coconut cream, organic fresh fruit, and raw unheated organic honey to create a variety of flavors that you can enjoy whether or not you are vegan. Get it to go so that you can walk the few blocks to the beach and watch the sunset with your toes in the sand.
Unplug And Find Your Center
Carve out a break from your busy schedule to meditate at Unplug Meditation. This meditation studio offers guided classes in a modern and relaxing atmosphere. Classes are 30-45 minutes long and aim to help you relax, be aware of your thoughts and feelings, and connect with your inner self. Inspirational guides, including Megan Monahan (who is featured in our app!) seamlessly move you through meditations so you can sit back and let the stress fade away.
Next up in Mend City Guides: Midcity Los Angeles, Nor Cal (SF/Oakland/Sacramento) and NYC! Which cities should we do next? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.