The Ultimate Malibu Travel Guide

Whether you’re road-tripping highway one, spending the weekend in Southern California, or taking a girls trip to Los Angeles, chances are Malibu is at the top of your travel list. This beachy, hip, laid-back Southern California surf-town staple is one of my favorite places to travel in California, and one of the best places to spend the day in LA


Where to eat in Malibu:

Broad Street Oyster Company – Roll up to Broad St. Oyster Co. and devour the best lobster roll you’ll find outside of New England. EVERYTHING here is so, so good.

Malibu Farm – No trip to Malibu is complete without a brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks at Malibu Farm. They’ve expanded a ton over the years, but their original location cannot be beat. Casual fare, great drinks and some of the best views in all of Malibu!!


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Nobu – Come for the food, stay for the absolutely epic views. There’s nothing better than a sunset cocktail on the patio. Literally nothing.

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Taverna Tony – super iconic Malibu institution, this indoor & outdoor greek restaurant is one of the best restaurants you’ll find in all of LA.

Lily’s – IYKYK. The best most mind-blowing post- surf burritos you’ll find anywhere.

Sun Life Organics – My favorite acai bowls in all of LA county, but don’t sleep on their smoothies or matcha! Grab anything and head to the beach.

The best wine bars in Malibu:

Rosenthal Wines

Malibu Farm

Malibu Wines & Beer Garden

The best places for dessert in Malibu:

Le Cafe De La Plage

The best hotels in Malibu:

Surfrider Malibu

A luxury hideaway located right off the Pacific Coast Highway.  Directly across from legendary Surfrider Beach, there’s nothing better than watching the sunrise with coffee (or soaking in the sunset with a cocktail) on the rooftop deck. *Small boutique hotel, limited to 20 rooms; rooftop access is for guests only

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The best airbnbs in Malibu:





Where to go to the beach in Malibu:

El Matador State Beach – The giant rocks rising from the sand, and the to-die-for sunsets at El Matador make it a favorite for photographers, with many people choosing to do their engagement photos here! 

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