Our favorite way to experience a city is through its food. All the better if we can do that while sitting in a swimsuit on a towel at the beach. Here are a few local treats to pick up for your next casual picnic at the beach.
Bread from Milo + Olive
This neighborhood bakery off Wilshire and Harvard serves delectable morning breads, pastries, and artisan coffee. Pick up a classic baguette for your picnic; add a side of garlic knots if you really love yourself. Milo + Olive: 2723 Wilshire Blvd; 310-453-6776
Charcuterie from Belcampo Meat Co.
Belcampo Meat Co. sources meats from their very own, 25,000 acre farm at the base of Northern California’s Mt. Shasta. Pick up some of their organic, grass-fed meats to slip between that yeasty Milo + Olive baguette. Belcampo Meat Co: 1026 Wilshire Blvd; 424-744-8008
Veggies from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
Downtown Santa Monica’s Wednesday Farmer’s Market is widely acknowledged as one of the largest, and most diverse markets in the nation. Grab some farm fresh cukes, tomatoes, and lettuce to add an element of health to your picnic. Santa Monica Farmer’s Market: 155-199 Arizona Ave; 310-458-8712
Doughnuts from Sidecar
We’re all about balance, so after you’ve picked up some goodies at the farmer’s market, swing over to Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee for a couple huckleberry cake donuts and saigon cinnamon crumb cake. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee: 631 Wilshire Blvd; 310-587-0022
Champagne from Esters Wine Shop & Bar
This art-deco style wine shop and bar adjacent to the Santa Monica Public Library is the perfect place to pick up a little bubbly. Why not pop bottles at your picnic? Ester’s Wine Shop & Bar: 1314 7th St; 310-899-6900
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