Gaby’s sunny personality and effortless cooking would have you believe she’s been a California girl her whole life, but she wasn’t always sure she wanted to live here. The creator of What’s Gaby Cooking shows us her One Perfect Day in Santa Monica – from spinning to juices and cocktails – proof she is quite at home in her adopted city.
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.
Portrait of Gaby by Matt Armendariz
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.
2811 Ocean Park Boulevard
10:00 AM: Stop by Santa Monica Farmers Market
Living in Santa Monica means there is a farmers markets 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.
1318 Montana Avenue
Photo: Good Vibrations
1:00 PM: Lunch at Gjusta
I don’t qualfy 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.
320 Sunset Avenue
Photo: T Tseng
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 (check out our favorite places on Abbot Kinney here).
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
Photo: Andy Nahman
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
Photo: T Tseng
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.
1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Photo: Tru Studio