My Trip to Santa Monica, California... A Guide

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On May first I along with my sister and Mom packed our bags and headed to the southern coast of California- Santa Monica. For 10 days we enjoyed the Southern Californian hospitality, the beautiful sunsets, and of course, the abundant plant-based cuisine.


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On the first day of arriving to Santa Monica, we were greeted by the beautiful beach on which we stayed at Hotel Casa Del Mar, if you’re not familiar with them, you might have heard of their sister hotel Shutters on the Beach. It’s within walking distance to Venice Beach, Third Street Promenade, and the Santa Monica Pier.


Eat- Probably one of my favourite things to do on vacation… well definitely. This ones a bit longer, as I added in my favourite matcha places, grocery stores, etc. Let’s just say I tried to consume as much matcha as possible so I could give you my best report on the scene.

Cha Cha Matcha: If you know me, you know I love matcha, so of course I had to hit up Cha Cha… the only thing they serve is high quality matcha! I had the matcha whip, iced matcha, and a classic matcha latte with Good Mylk Co. Definitely on my top list. Go if you love matcha, you will be in heaven.

The Hive: Perfect place for smoothies, avo toast, and quick bites. Get the mint matcha smoothie… you won’t regret it.

True Food Kitchen: My whole family lived for this place. Lots of options to satisfy every kind of eater.


Erewhon Market: An L.A institution, it’s definitely expensive and a bit over the top, but you definitely will not regret it. Hot bar must-have; buffalo cauliflower.

Malibu Farms: Located on the pier of Malibu, they have both a cafe and restaurant. Not too many vegan options, but they have something for everyone. Beautiful view and farm fresh food.

Farm Shop: Located in Brentwood Market. Not a ton of options for plant-based eaters, but everything is locally sourced and delicious.

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Dogtown Coffee: Local coffee, good matcha, avo toast, and bowls. Definitely a local favourite.

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Double Zero: Just opened in Venice. Matthew Kinney unique all vegan pizzas, delicious desserts, and fancier atmosphere. I went here with my friend Carina from Kale me Maybe. Definitely worth a trip.

Cafe Gratitude: I think everyone knows about this one. Delicious plant-based minimal ingredient dishes. I had the “I am Whole” bowl and we ended the night with their pecan cookie skillet. Face plant city is all I can say.

Salt + Straw: A must have. Dandelion chocolate vegan ice cream. YES.

Seriously good bread, hygge buns, + cookies.

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Oat Bakery: Not in Santa Monica but located in Santa Barbara. Healthy minimal ingredient bread baked fresh daily with organic flours. Get the date almond bread, hygge buns, and truffle cashew cream cheese.

Alo Yoga Santa Monica: Definitely not a restaurant, but they do have a cute tonic bar located in the middle of the store. AMAZING matcha and super friendly staff.


I usually don’t source out where to workout when I’m on vacation, but seeing how I was surrounded by so many studios, I just had to book into classes. I usually end up just walking everywhere and that is my preferred method of movement on vacation.

SoulCycle: I think everyone know about this one, but I’m just going to pop Soul on here anyways. Dark room, loud music, spin, I think you get it.

BoxUnion: Local to Santa Monica and other location in West Hollywood. Dark room, boxing bags, and a killer workout with nice facilities.


Bentwood Country Mart: Super cute quant shopping market. Goop’s very own boutique, Farm Shop, + cute ice cream shop.

Abbott Kinney Blvd: Cute shops like Aviator Nation, Alternative Apparel, boutiques, the Four Sigmatic Mushroom, Cha Cha, along with the infamous Gjelina.

Third Street Promenade: Lots of chain stores, True Food Kitchen, and there’s pretty much nothing you can’t find in the area.


Emma Hyslop