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24 Hour Santa Monica Itinerary with Gaby Dalkin

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Gaby’s sunny personality and effortless cooking would have you believe she’s been a California girl her whole life, but she moved to the Golden State for college. The creator of What’s Gaby Cooking shows us her perfect 24 hour itinerary for Santa Monica – from spinning to juices and cocktails – proof she is quite at home in her adopted city.

Santa Monica Itinerary

I never thought I’d live in LA – at least not for any long stint; but after being here for over 6 years, I’d have a hard time leaving! I moved to the Santa Monica/Brentwood area right after college and haven’t left. Okay, I’ve moved a few blocks north, south, east and west but I think it’s safe to say we’re staying put on this side of the 405; especially since I recently sold my car and am now biking it around town.

8:30 AM: Workout and Acai Bowl

True to SoCal form, I usually start most days with a workout, be it a pilates class or a SoulCycle session. Let’s be real though, while I love working out, I really only do it so I can eat more! Which means, Immediately after a workout I hit up Juicecrafters for an Acai Bowl and a green juice.

Juice Crafters, 2811 Ocean Park Boulevard

10:00 AM: Santa Monica Farmers Market

Living in Santa Monica means there is a farmers market in full effect almost every day of the week. I’m partial to the Wednesday market down by the beach at Arizona Avenue; it has become a mandatory weekly stop for me!

Santa Monica Farmers Market, Arizona Avenue (between 2nd and 4th Streets)

11:30 AM: Shopping on Montana Avenue

Riding my bike to the market is easy since it’s downhill, but coming home I like to break it up a bit. My favorite handbag designer, Clare Vivier, just opened a store on Montana Ave and it’s been a second home since it opened. And while it’s been amazing to visit, my husband has had it with my handbag collection as Clare V bags are quickly taking over our closet.

Clare Vivier, 1318 Montana Avenue

1:00 PM: Lunch at Gjusta

I don’t qualify as a classic lady-who-lunches, but I still do my best to throw on a cute outfit and head out to lunch on a daily basis. (It’s my favorite way to take a meeting!) Gjusta in Venice is a hop skip and a jump from the farmers market and their sandwiches and flatbreads are to die for.

Gjusta Bakery, 320 Sunset Avenue

2:45 PM: Walk around Abbot Kinney

An afternoon walking and shopping Abbot Kinney Boulevard is not to be missed. There’s an assortment of eclectic people, amazing boutiques and fun coffee shops.

Abbot Kinney

4:00 PM: Coffee at Balconi

I do my best work in the late afternoon and it’s often fueled by a coffee from Balconi. Their mochas are top notch and they have spot-on chocolate streusel muffins that keep me going through the end of the day!

Balconi Coffee Company, 11301 Olympic Boulevard #4

7:00 PM: Dinner at Milo and Olive

It’s hard to pick a place to eat after looking at food all day but Milo and Olive is one of my favorites. I can’t say no to pizza – no matter what time of day – and their wood-fired pizzas are the best in Santa Monica!

Milo and Olive, 2723 Wilshire Boulevard

9:30 PM: Drinks at Cassia

Nightcap at Cassia are becoming my favorite way to wind down from the day. This cute little bar is just a few blocks from our apartment and it’s the perfect place to grab a drink, hang with friends and cap off an epic food filled day.

Cassia, 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Photo Credit: Portrait of Gaby by Matt Armendariz; Gjusta photo by Photo: T Tseng; Shopping photo by  Photo: Lumina; Coffee photo by Andy Nahman; Polenta photo Photo: T Tseng; Cocktail photo by Tru Studio


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