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.
See and Do
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.