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Venice Beach.
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What to see and do along the CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice route

Restaurants, bars, shops and other landmarks along the 6-mile CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice route

By Michael Juliano

CicLAvia pedals its way back onto the Westside with a 6-mile route between Culver City and Venice. The last time the bike-friendly fest made its way to the beach, it started all the way over in Downtown LA. You'll find a much more manageable route this time around, and though a decent chunk is residential, there's still plenty to see and do in historic Downtown Culver City, through easygoing Mar Vista, near posh Abbot Kinney and along eclectic Venice Beach.

The CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice route

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Pssst. Hang out with us at the Mar Vista hub and pick up one of our spoke cards with discounts at places like A-Frame, Lemonade and the Anchor.

Things to see and do

We'll be starting from Culver City and ending in Venice—because why wouldn't you want to wrap up along the ocean?—so follow along as we move westward.

Helms Bakery

Shopping Markets and fairs Palms

Built in 1931 and operated as a bakery (naturally) for over four decades, the cherished historic landmark has since been repurposed as a group of restaurants, shops and public spaces for locals to enjoy.


Downtown Culver City Hub

Take a bike safety class, listen to live music and explore the walkable neighborhood. Accessible by Metro Expo Line.

The Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation

Theater Performing arts space Palms

This century-old, former streetcar substation is now home to the Actors' Gang's 99-seat theater. Tim Robbins, who co-founded the company in 1981, remains in charge of its hard-edged material. Stop by during CicLAvia for a free, kid-friendly staging of a Harry Potter-themed Hamlet.


Museum of Jurassic Technology

Museums History Palms

Don't be fooled by the name: this is not some kind of Spielbergian dinosaurland. Fact is mixed with the fantastical through the elaborate and beautiful treatment accorded to everything from the history of trailer parks to 17th-century Renaissance man Athanasius Kircher. Which exhibits, if any, are bona fide? Which, if any, are satirical? And, most crucially of all, does it matter?

Culver Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Culver City

This historic hotel played part-time residence to Old Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Buster Keaton. Charlie Chaplin supposedly sold the hotel to John Wayne for a buck, while tales of apparitions surround the Neo-Renaissance–designed hotel; locals and tourists alike can drop in for a nightcap at the hotel's lobby bar.

Kirk Douglas Theatre
Photograph: Craig Schwartz

Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Culver City

Formerly the Culver Theatre—its original neon sign still lights up—this Streamline Moderne movie palace is now the Westside home of the Center Theatre Group's most adventurous, intimate stage productions. Stop in for an open house during CicLAvia.

Sony Pictures Studios.
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Sony Pictures Studios

Things to do Walks and tours Culver City

Though its footprint is much smaller than its days as the iconic MGM Studios, you can still tour the Sony lot's soundstages and Art Deco facades during weekday walking tours. It won't be open for tours during CicLAvia, but you'll still be able to spot the studio's 94-foot-tall rainbow, an homage to the filming of The Wizard of Oz.


Tellefson Park Hub

You'll find the CicLAvia Old School Merchandise booth in this pint-sized park.
Photograph: Sahra Sulaiman, Courtesy Bikerowave


Things to do Schools and universities Mar Vista

Bikerowave provides space, tools and equipment in order to effectively teach folks how to build, repair and maintain their bikes.

Ramen Santouka
Photograph: Wayne Parsons

Mitsuwa Marketplace

Restaurants Mar Vista

These supermarket shelves are stocked with enough pork, panko and Pocky for shoppers to stage their own Japanese blowouts. Be sure to check out the food court, too, which is wedged between an anime toy store and the grocery store's own cash registers.

Mar Vista Time Travel Mart
Photograph: Courtesy 826LA

Mar Vista Time Travel Mart

Things to do Cultural centers Mar Vista

Stock up on “time travel” curiosities—Robot Toupees, Barbarian Repellent, Primordial Soup In a Can—at this quirky storefront from 826LA, a nonprofit organization which tutors kids ages 6 to 18. Unlike the Echo Park location's convenience store theme, the Mar Vista outpost has more of a nautical flair.

Beyond Baroque
Photograph: Courtesy Beyond Baroque

Beyond Baroque

Things to do Literary events Venice

Before Venice became part of Los Angeles, this was its city hall. Now, it's home to poetry readings, storytelling shows and offbeat events like typewriter workshops thanks to creative haven Beyond Baroque.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Abbot Kinney

Attractions Sightseeing Venice

Love it or hate it, this swanky street is certainly Venice's most stylish 'hood. Within a few blocks of the CicLAvia route you'll find casual hangouts like Intelligentsia alongside upscale favorites like Gjelina and the Tasting Kitchen—all great spots for people watching. And since this is a bike-friendly event, make sure to stop into the Linus and Timbuk2 shops.

Venice Hub

Cool off with a paleta from Artesana Pops before making your way over to the beach.

Venice Beach

Attractions Beaches Venice

People-watching is the raison d'être at Venice Beach, which effectively continues from the southern end of Santa Monica Beach without a break. Jump into the flow of the winding Venice Boardwalk, where you can skate or cycle, watch or play volleyball or basketball, and check out the pumped-up gym obsessives who work out at Muscle Beach. For a completely different side of Venice, take a stroll through the idyllic Venice Canals (centered around Venice Boulevard and Dell Avenue).

Where to eat and drink

Check out some of our favorite spots to eat and drink in the area, both on and off the CicLAvia route. Bring a Time Out spoke card with you (available at the Mar Vista hub) for a few discounts.
Burger at Father's Office
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Father's Office

Restaurants Hamburgers Culver City

It's all about the beer and burgers at this iconic LA gastropub, which offers a rotating selection of 36 craft brews on tap; the bar's eponymous caramelized onion-topped burger is worth a try, too.

Kay 'n Daves
Photograph: Courtesy Kay 'n Daves

Kay 'n Dave's

Restaurants Mexican Culver City

This neighborhood spot, with locations in the Pacific Palisades and Brentwood as well, serves up Mexican comfort food and killer happy hour specials.

Complimentary dessert and agua fresca samples with spoke card.

East Borough

Restaurants Vietnamese Culver City

This modern Vietnamese eatery cooks up fresh food with a kick. The cozy colorful spot serves up greens, rice and noodles along with well-balanced drinks.

The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea and Cocoa is in downtown Culver City.
Photograph: Sara Fay

The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa

Restaurants Tea rooms Culver City

This Culver City café is a haven for coffee tea, and cocoa lovers. Ask any one of their friendly staff members to help you decide which of their hundreds of teas to order, and you'll get an education that isn't intimidating or brusque.

Oldfields Liquor Room

Bars Cocktail bars Palms

Oldfield’s offers a subdued, neighborhood bar experience with an homage to a particular brand of hideaways—blinds drawn, French bistro barstools and white tiles.

One free drink (value up to $12) with spoke card.

Copenhagen Pastry
Photograph: Courtesy Copenhagen Pastry

Copenhagen Pastry

Restaurants Bakeries Culver City

The light, flaky pastries at this bakery taste like the've come straight from Denmark—or at least straight out of the oven. The kringle, filled with almond paste and custard, is a must-try, though you really can't go wrong with anything here.

Photograph: Courtesy FIN


Restaurants Japanese Culver City

You'll find Asian tapas and specialty craft cocktails here, all served in a candlelit dining room, lounge and bar with upbeat music.

10% off total bill with spoke card.



Bars Cocktail bars Culver City

Housed behind Fin, you'll need to walk through an "Employees Only" sign to enter this "secret" bar. Once you’re through the door, an ornate painting of a peacock lets you know you’ve either arrived at the right place or stumbled into the most lavish break room imaginable.

One free bartender's choice cocktail with spoke card.

The Corner Door

Restaurants American Culver City

A cozy culinary and libation retreat, this spot feels like a neighborhood place where everybody knows your name. Exposed red brick meets dark wood paneling under Edison-approved lighting, along with drinks and bites that are reliable and flavorful.

$10 off a purchase of $25 or more with spoke card.

Roy Choi at his new Hawaiian-themed A-Frame
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Restaurants Hawaiian Culver City

Roy Choi has revamped his popular restaurant into a Hawaiian-centric eatery, now sporting poke and baby octopus and macaroni salad. Cocktails, too, have a tropical flair, with names like Hibiscus Habit, Lei Me Down and Zombie Isle—umbrellas included, of course.

15% off total bill with spoke card.

Superba Food + Bread

Restaurants American Venice

There's little distinction between indoor and outdoor seating here; a glass-paneled bakery lines one wall and a beautiful coffee bar sits in the corner. The menu is pleasantly straightforward and the bread is excellent.


Sunny Spot

Restaurants Caribbean Venice

Roy Choi's ode to the sunny Caribbean has a tropical theme throughout, from the brightly colored, floral-patterned stools to an Island-themed menu.

15% off total bill with spoke card.

Photograph: Courtesy Lemonade


Restaurants American Venice

The lengthy menu here covers cafeteria-style dishes, including well-dressed salads, stews, pastas, sandwiches and side dishes. To drink, of course, there are a half dozen or so types of lemonade.

Free lemonade with any $10 purchase with spoke card.


Salt Air

Restaurants Seafood Venice

Peruse an upscale, seafood-centric menu of oysters, lobster rolls and the like in an airy, stark white space. It's at once refined and beach-y enough to feel right at home on Abbot Kinney.

Photograph: Courtesy Menotti's

Menotti's Coffee Stop

Restaurants Coffee shops Venice

Menotti's Coffee Stop—emphasis on the "stop"—feels like a friendly refuge from the neighboring Venice Boardwalk. The interior is welcoming but spartan, with most of the attention focused on the bean selection and, behind it, a stack of vinyl and a taxidermy armadillo.

Del Monte Speakeasy
Photograph: Courtesy Del Monte Speakeasy

Townhouse & the Del Monte Speakeasy

Bars Cocktail bars Venice

The Del Monte Speakeasy, Townhouse's basement bar, has been a hidden hideout since 1915. Today, the hooch is done, replaced instead with fancy-pants handcrafted cocktails, as well as live entertainment including local bands, comedy, jazz and vaudeville acts.

10% off total bill with spoke card.


The Anchor

Restaurants Seafood Venice

This tiny seafood restaurant is a place where you can sit down at the bar solo, order a glass of wine and a lobster roll, and feel completely at ease.

15% off total bill with spoke card (not to be combined with other promotions).


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