Author: Kate Betts
Source: Travel + Leisure
Great Value Casa Malibu Inn on the Beach Prime views of area real estate from Carbon Beach. 22752 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 800/831-0858; casamalibu.com; doubles from $169.
Malibu Beach Inn David Geffen’s property still looks and feels like a motel. Surfrider Beach is right next door. 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/456-8004; malibubeachinn.com; doubles from $485.
Café Habana Malibu George Clooney is a fan of the bougainvillea-covered patio, where diners order fish tacos and tequila on the rocks. 3939 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/317-0300; dinner for two $75.
Country Kitchen The burgers and breakfast burritos are some of the best on the West Coast. 21239 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/456-8708; lunch for two $25.
John’s Garden Fresh Health Store This family-run sandwich shop has been making its famous avocado clubs for more than 30 years. 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/456-8377; lunch for two $20.
Malibu Seafood Clam chowder and battered cod are staples at this popular fish shack. 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/456-3430; lunch for two $40.
Nobu Chef Gregorio Stephenson serves up lobster and shiitake salad, sashimi, and ceviche. 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/317-9140; dinner for two $150.
Savory Locals order chef Paul Shoemaker’s duck-liver pâté to go and serve it at their canyon cocktail parties. 29169 Heathercliff Rd.; 310/589-8997; dinner for two $75.
Taverna Tony Guests come for the celeb sightings and grilled vegetables and stay for the live music and belly dancers. 23410 Civic Center Way; 310/317-9667; dinner for two $45.
Tra Di Noi Try the tonnarelli or pasta primavera on the patio; don’t miss the elaborate seasonal white-truffle menu. 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/456-0169; dinner for two $105.
Aviator Nation Founder Paige Mycoskie’s new Malibu branch sells faded and overdyed sweatshirts with retro logos. 22967 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/456-1532.
Chrome Hearts Local fashion stars Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark sell signature silver jewelry and leather jackets at this tiny jewel of a store. 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/456-5533.
Drill Surf & Skate In addition to surfboards, wet suits, and shorts, this new surf and skate shop has a great selection of burn-out cotton T-shirts. 30765 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/457-7715.
Planet Blue Specializes in T-shirts that look like they’ve been baked in the sun and flowing, floral-print dresses. 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/317-9975.
Ron Herman The place to buy crinkly button-down shirts by Frank & Eileen, L’Agence long flowing dresses, and Ron Herman’s beaded canvas tote. 3900 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/317-6705.
Vince Linen sweaters and long, fur-trimmed cardigans—yes, fur in Malibu—are favorites at this spot. 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310/456-8237.
Zuma Canyon Orchids Family-owned farm selling orchids of every size and color. 5949 Bonsall Dr.; 310/457-9771.
Adamson House Built in 1930, Rhoda Rindge Adamson’s private home showcases original Malibu Potteries ceramic tiles and is just a short walk from Surfrider Beach. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310/456-8432; adamsonhouse.org.
Zuma Beach The best place to see dolphins and enjoy a day at the beach; limited free parking along Westward Beach Road. 30050 Pacific Coast Hwy.
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From music festivals to your favorite shops to the backs of some of the biggest celebs, Aviator Nation is doing something right.
If you care about where your clothes come from, you're probably already familiar with the made-in-California brand. But it's time you also got to know its founder and CEO, Paige Mycoskie (who's responsible for creating some of the softest T-shirts and sweats we've ever felt).
The unisex tees run true to size for women and a bit small for guys, so guys order a size up if you are unsure.
Sweatpants are gender specific. It's not uncommon for women to get men's sweatpants as they have pockets and offer a looser fit.