Abbot Kinney Boulevard Shopping: Boutique Stores, Bookshops and Galleries

Photo by Gary Leonard for LA Tourism

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of LA's hippest areas for unique shopping, featuring home-grown artists and designers in a mix of modern chic and old-school vintage. The shops lining the street — many of which eat, sleep and breathe the Abbot Kinney vibe — sell top-of-the-line artwork, furniture, jewelry and clothing. If you're looking for the top stores to shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, search no more. Here are a few stores that you won't want to miss.

Ananda

This little store taps into Abbot Kinney's hippie roots with what might be called “international funk.” Featuring odds and ends, such as books on Buddhism and scented candles, Ananda puts forth an eclectic selection of goods. But the real highlight is the clothing, which, unlike at many boutiques, is reasonably priced. Some lines hail from American designers, while others are culled from Indian and Asian fashions.

What to Get: If you’re in the market for gifts, pick one of the statues from Ananda’s collection. Miniature Buddhas are always popular.

1354 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.399.4186

Altered Space

This hip gallery is what Abbot Kinney is all about. The staff has a nonchalant way of introducing its products — one-of-a-kind jewelry, edgy paintings, off-kilter sculptures — without coming across as snooty. In addition, many of LA’s hottest artists have been represented here. Richard Patterson, Thomas Mann and Graceann Warn are just a few examples.

What to Get: Watchcraft’s timepieces, which are made with distressed and oxidized silver, brass and other metals.

1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.8121

Evolution Salon and Gallery

Evolution Salon and Gallery is the inspiration of Nicole Vann, she had suffered severe health problems from exposure to toxic chemicals and realized that there had to be an alternative. She began researching straighteners, shampoos, conditioners and different beauty products and realized that there was a demand for higher-quality health standards. The lines she carries are all vegan, compostable and/or cruelty-free.

What to Get: For organic clients, Mastey is the one of the cleanest options.

1354 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.4466

Surfing Cowboys

It wouldn’t be Venice without some quirks, and this hip shop gladly obliges. A mix of furniture, surfboards, surfing tees, books and paintings make up the majority of the store, which was inspired by the free spirit of both the ocean and the open range (hence their name). It’s all about lifestyle here, and it’s never difficult to find something to add to an already decorated home: a Navajo rug here, a vintage longboard there. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little more LA in your life.

What to Get: The folk art homemade 1960s skateboard. Its vintage cool will turn heads on the Venice boardwalk.

1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.4891