Shopping in Venice Beach: 12 Stores You have to Visit

Shopping in Venice Beach: 12 Stores You have to Visit

Here are 12 stores that everyone needs to visit during their Venice Beach trip.

Venice Beach is known for bringing the bohemian vibe to the Los Angeles area. The area is an interesting place to not only go shopping, but it also has some of the more community based stores in the greater Los Angeles area. Here is a list of the best 12 stores that you have to visit in the very interesting Venice Beach.

1. Tortoise General Store

The Tortoise General Store brings Japanese culture stateside with this community based store owned by two Tokyo natives. The items range from kitchen supplies to books and each of these items are either Japanese inspired or imported from Japan. This store is great for people who love Japanese culture and who want to bring a little bit of it home with them.

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“I could have spent hours (and way too much money!) in this store. #madeinjapan >> #foundinla”

2. Optical Shop of Venice

Sunglasses are always important to wear on a sunny, especially a sunny day at the beach; the Optical Shop of Venice is the go to store for sunglasses while visiting Venice Beach. The store has a huge selection of sunglasses in which most are not too expensive. The super friendly staff will help you find a perfect pair of sunglasses while you visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

3. TOMS Flagship Store

If you want a retail store that is near a coffee shop, the TOMS Flagship Store is a unique hybrid of a coffee house and retail store. The relaxed vibe of the hybrid store is perfect as you buy coffee or any TOMS products like a pair of the band's famous shoes. By buying products from this store, you help support any one of the charities that the TOMS brand supports.

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4. Mollusk Surf Shop

Venice Beach is a decent place to go surfing in the Los Angeles area. The Mollusk Surf Shop is the perfect place to go if you need new surfing gear, and the store even has surfing gear you can rent. It is great place to get your gear whether you’re a novice surfer learning how to surf or a long time surfer who needs new gear since the staff is so helpful and friendly.

5. Junk Food Clothing

The flagship store for Junk Food Clothing is a fun place to shop for vintage inspired clothes. People can buy the brand's famous vintage inspired graphic t-shirts along with other clothing items such as jeans and sweaters. This store is perfect for both fans of Junk Food Clothing and those curious about the brand due to its unique name.

6. The Golden State

The Golden State is the hippest store in Venice Beach. All the items sold are not only homemade but they were made in California; hence the store's name. This store is perfect for anyone who wants to buy Californian made items in California.

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7. Titanic Boutique

Hats are a staple for both sunny days and beachwear; the Titanic Boutique has a huge selection of hats. Although the costs of the hats might be a bit pricey, it is one of the best hat stores in the Los Angeles area. The quality and selection of these hats are worth the cost.

8. Animal House

Animal House is one of the best clothing stores in Venice Beach. The selection at Animal House is a mixture of vintage and contemporary wear. While some of the clothes might have a steep cost, you can find anything at this store—no matter the cost.

9. Small World Books

Small World Books is located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. This bookstore carries books from both major and independent publishers, so they have a very wide selection. Due to its location, the bookstore is a perfect spot for anyone who wants to relax on the beach by reading a good book.

10. Alternative Apparel

Alternative Apparel is the most laid back casual clothing store in Venice Beach. The clothes in this store are made from eco-friendly and organic fabrics, so the clothes might be a little more pricey than one sold at another store. Despite the costs, the clothes are soft and great for anyone who likes their clothing made ecologically.

11. Angel City Bookstore & Records

The unique Angel City Bookstore & Records is different from all the other bookstores and record stores in the Venice Beach area. The store is different from others because people can read their books in the bookstore—something that very few bookstores allow. With its wide of selection of books and records, the Angel City Bookstore & Records has almost any books or records you want.

12. Planet Blue

The Planet Blue is the best women's clothing stores in Venice Beach. The store carries a selection of expensive brands, and the selections include casual, beach, and semi-formal wear. Although it is a bit upscale, the huge selection of bohemian and vintage inspired clothes is wonderful for anyone who wants to splurge on clothes either for themselves or as a gift.

Out of the many stores in Venice Beach, very few have that bohemian and hip vibe of the city. These stores are the more interesting than most stores in the area because they have the same unique vibe as Venice Beach itself. The fact that they are so special as in some of the stores are specialty stores and many are community based is why everyone should visit them.

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