malibu city guide
Are you ready to live your best robe-life? Us too!
Welcome to Malibu, friends! Where robe-life is lived to the fullest, the sun shines the brightest and the food is literally grown in your backyard.
Just thirty minutes (or an hour with traffic) outside of Los Angeles, Malibu is the quiet home to a very tight knit community of surfers, ride-or-die Californian's and celebrities. It has 20 iconic beaches, of which surfers have been flocking to since the 1920s, and miles of hiking in the Santa Monica mountains. Ranches and retreats you can’t see from the Pacific Coast Highway are tucked away as peaceful escapes for both locals and travelers alike.
There is an influx of new boutique hotels popping up, and a plethora of delicious restaurants and amazing shopping. That is, of course, if you can leave the comfy robe-life to enjoy everything Malibu has to offer.
The Native Hotel - Folklor LA, a design firm is Los Angeles, revamped this 1947 dilapidated motel into what is now The Native Hotel. This boutique hotel has a desert-meets-the-ocean vibe, with cactuses and hints of bohemian decor in the lobby. It’s minimal, steps away from Zuma Beach and boasts outdoor patios with every room so you can sleep with your windows open to feel the cool breeze of the West Coast.
The Surfrider Malibu - Surfer unite. You have a trendy new home to rest your head after long mornings riding some of the best surf in the country. The Surfrider Malibu recently opened thanks to power couple Emma & Matthew Goodwin, both of which grew up by the ocean. Emma has the design eye that turned the Surfrider into a stunning extension to a Southern California home, and Matthew being a Malibu-native knew how to attract a chic surf vibe by offering surf safaris, outdoor showers and free surfboards for guests. Hands down our favorite hotel in Malibu!
Nobu Ryokan - Set on Carbon Beach, the sceny Nobu Malibu is now home to Malibu’s newest luxurious hotel, Nobu Ryokan. Just a few minutes up the street, this 16-room hotel boasts wraparound terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and kimono robes (for that robe-life, duh!).
Calamigos Ranch - Arguably the most serene ranch in all of Malibu, Calamigos Ranch offers private bungalows and cottages set across 200 acres. Built in the 40s, the ranch features three pools, five restaurants, a vineyard and a five acre beach club via complimentary guest shuttle from the ranch.
Malibu Farm - You’ve probably seen it on Instagram. Malibu Farm is a popular stop along the Pacific Coast Highway, and sits at the beginning of Malibu’s pier with Surfrider beach to your left and 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Their brussel sprout salad, pizzas and sangria are the way to go.
Nobu Malibu - Everyone who is someone dines at Nobu Malibu. Situated on the coast with stunning views, it quite literally is the most perfect place to watch sunset with a cocktail in hand. The sushi is phenomenal, but the people watching is even better. Post up on the edge of their outdoor deck, brag about it on Instagram, and take a few bites of fresh sushi… and you just might start to consider yourself one with the celebrities.
Little Beach House Malibu - An incredible hangout brought to you by Soho House. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces make it easy to relax anywhere while the DJ is spinning beats. They have an iconic gallery wall, and inspirational interior.
Other delicious spots in Malibu…
Ollo - Quintessential farm to table restaurant.
Tra di noi - For traditional Italian dining or quick takeout.
Malibu Burger Company - bomb burgers.
There is so much to do in Malibu, from hiking and biking trails, surfing, paddle boarding, shopping or quick trips to LA or Santa Barbara. But Malibu is the best home base for relaxation while living that robe-life. It's tranquility will make it difficult to leave, but when you do you will feel healthier than ever. Although maybe not if you spend all day at Malibu Wines, a beautiful and popular winery perched on the hills in Malibu. Wine drinkers come from all over the greater Los Angeles area, Malibu Wines ends up being more of a party than a peaceful winery.
Malibu Country Mart - The best place to shop in Malibu. Everything from Wildfox, Ted Baker, San Lorenzo Bikinis to boutiques like Sunroom that carry brands like Mara Hoffman and Kalita. Stop by Sunlife organics for a smoothie or froyo if you get tired of shopping, or go see my girl Heather at Cie Sparks Salon for some 'Malibu hair.'
El Matador State Beach
Los Leones Trail
Solstice Canyon Hike