1. Joules & Watts and Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu
No matter what time we head up the coast, we’re always partial to coffee. Fortunately there’s an excellent new espresso bar and micro-roastery in Malibu to fuel you for the drive: Joules & Watts pours single-origin drip and espresso in a corner of Malibu Village using organic and fair-trade beans, plus serves iced matchas, scoops of gelato from James Beard Award-winning chef Nancy Silverton, and bags of coffee beans to go.
Around the corner, L.A.’s best lobster rolls can be found at Broad Street Oyster Company, where massive, meaty lobster claws and tails rest in buttered brioche buns and can get topped with uni, caviar or both. Order a few along with some oysters and whatever they’ve got on special before you jump back on PCH.