12 Amazing Things to Do in Ventura

This funky California town features cool boutiques, healthy food and craft beer among its copious offerings.

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10 Places Not to Miss When Traveling to Ventura

An hour north of Los Angeles lies a hidden gem called Ventura. Full of restaurants and shopping as well as plenty of scenic outdoor activities Travel Channel has rounded up a few can't-miss spots.

Tiki Girl

Tiki Girl Boutique is a fabulous curated mix of California lifestyle goods including beauty goods, new and vintage clothing as well as home decor all chosen with style and utility in mind.

Palm and Boy Coffee + Acai

No need to explore Ventura running on fumes. Fuel up on a cup of Handlebar coffee at Palm and Boy. This Instagram-worthy establishment also serves fresh acai bowls made with a focus on locally-sourced organics.

Brooklyn Charm

Feeling crafty? Stop by one of Ventura’s newest downtown shops, Brooklyn Charm. This interactive jewelry shop let’s you be the designer and helps you create your own one-of-a-kind piece on the spot.

Spencer MaKenzie's

No trip to the California coast is complete without a fish taco. Family owned Spencer MaKenzie’s uses sushi-grade fish for all of its seafood dishes including their infamous fish tacos. In true California fashion they also use all biodegradable/compostable plates, cups and utensils.

Findings Market

Findings Market is a pop-up experience that supports local creatives. This market highlighting collections from emerging artists in the Ventura area is worth scheduling a trip around.

Harvest Cafe

In the westside neighborhood of Ventura is a gem of a farm to table restaurant called Harvest Cafe. Whether you want buckwheat waffles or vegan grilled cheese you can bet this locally sourced organic cafe will deliver.

Fluid State Beer Garden

Fluid State Beer Garden makes a delicious sourdough pizza and has craft beers galore. This casual and fun establishment also makes a mean charcuterie board and homemade pickled goods best enjoyed on their deck.

Passport Habits

As the name implies Ventura’s Passport Habits is a collection of eclectic goods gathered from around the world inspired by and for travel, including teak wooden bowls from Bali, bells from the Sudan and even passport cases handmade in Morocco.

Pacific By NoRu

Pacific by NoRu is a coastal-inspired culinary experience in historic downtown Ventura. Serving New American cuisine in an upscale/casual atmosphere the restaurant combines beautifully all that Ventura county has to offer from fertile farm lands to fish.

Iron and Resin

Iron and Resin is crushing the idea of fast fashion one sustainable garment at a time. Primarily a men’s store there is everything from T-shirts to grooming goods with a heavy emphasis on a moto/surfing lifestyle.

Ex Voto Chocolates

Artisanal chocolates that almost look too beautiful to eat are on offer at ExVoto Chocolates and Confections. Stop in not just for chocolates but also for homemade ice cream and fresh-baked goods made everyday.

Folke Home

Folke Home is combination of new custom built furniture and vintage pieces all with a nod to mid-century and Scandinavian styles. The store owner's passion for eclectic beauty and expert craftsmanship shines through in their home decor selection.

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