Venice Boardwalk on 0529 2008

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When most people think of Venice, nowadays, it’s Ocean Front Walk — the boardwalk — they picture. A couple of miles of insanity, vanity and humanity with souvenir shops and tattoo parlors galore, street vendors and palm readers, more crazies than can shake sticks at you, sleaze, ocean breeze, street performers, nut jobs, tourists, posers…it’s all here, particularly on beautiful weekend days. Come prepared for a full immersion in life’s rich pageant. If you’re bringing a pygmy anaconda, please bring its sunblock. Actually, best to leave the pets at home unless you want to traumatize them for life.

Sidewalk Cafe on 011 2008

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his longtime boardwalk staple is colorfully situated with an outdoor patio right on Ocean Front Walk. Be prepared for a show — or lots of shows — while you eat. There’s a bar inside, but eating al fresco is the attraction of this place. The food is unremarkable but familiar. Be sure to go to Small World Books in the back corner of the restaurant, it’s a Venice jewel.
Open daily: 8am – 11pm
Happy hour: 4pm – 7pm weekdays