Article Written By Liza Utter for the SOULCYCLE
Sure, you’ve been to Malibu. But have you been to Malibu lately? Just a hop, skip and a jump up the coast, you’ll find sand, surf, sun and plenty of SOUL…
8:30 AM: SOULCYCLE
Now that there’s a SoulCycle in Malibu, this town can’t get enough. The breezy, bright 52-bike studio is steps from the beach and the classes are packed with insane energy, positive spirit and rockin’ music. The instructors are so motivating that you almost don’t notice how hard they’re kicking your butt! Almost.
10:00 AM: BREAKFAST
Another bonus of tapping it back at SOUL? You can swing into Sun Life Organics afterward for the Brazilian Bowl blended with vegetable protein, light granola and extra berries – it’s so delicious it’s like eating dessert for breakfast. Yummmmm! (sunlifeorganics.com).
11:00 AM: BEACH
Worked out, fueled up, what’s next? Some fun in the sun. Head over to Surfrider Beach (as in Gidget, Laird Hamilton and Kelly Slater). Home to perennial surf contests, this is the perfect spot to watch shredding surfers battle for epic waves. If it’s not too windy, you might want to join in on the action and hop on a stand up paddle board (you can rent them right on the beach) and take in the view of Malibu’s spectacular homes and coastline from water.
1:00 PM: LUNCH
Conveniently located next to Surfrider at the start of the Malibu Pier, Malibu Farm Pier Cafe (3000 Pacific Coast Highway) has organic, locally grown farm-to-table food that’s as clean as it is tasty. And watching the waves roll in as you eat? Can’t beat it. Oh, and yes, that was Emma Stone sitting next to you. If you’re angling for some fish, make your move to Malibu Seafood (25653 Pacific Coast Highway) and order the ahi tuna burger. Bring along a chilled bottle of rose and kick back on the picnic benches overlooking the ocean.
2:30 PM: SHOPPING
The best way to digest? Walk and shop the Malibu Country Mart (3835 Cross Creek Rd) and Malibu Lumber Yard. Swing into Planet Blue for beachy separates from Acacia to Zoe Karssen, and pop into Madison Malibu (3835 Cross Creek Rd) for one-of-a-kind accessories, dresses and jeans. Looking for surf-culture T-shirts and trucker hats? Visit Le Tarte Swimwear or Aviator Nation (22967 Pacific Coast Highway), where the store decor is worth a visit: check out the wall of record albums and teepee.
4:30 PM: HIKE
You’ve covered the shore, why not head to the mountains? Solstice Canyon has scenery that is worth the trip. Whether you want an easy hike or a 6-mile circuit, this is your spot, but parking at the base is limited so carpool with your friends. Or if you’re seeking shade, go to Escondido Falls to see the natural fern grotto, sourced from a spring.
6:00 PM: COCKTAILS
The Sunset (6800 Westward Beach Road) might be hidden away on the road along Zuma Beach, but it’s become a destination for watching the sun dip behind the horizon as well as the never-ending cocktail hour, which kicks off at 3:00 PM and lasts ’til closing – especially fun when the music and dancing starts
7:00 PM: DINNER
No matter what you’re craving, Malibu is packed with choices:
* Everyone knows Nobu, but the Malibu spot (22706 Pacific Coast Highway) has something special: An outside terrace right on the ocean. Is there anything better than enjoying miso cod while watching the sunset? We’re sold.
* Craving Mexican? Cafe Habana (3939 Cross Creek Rd) has the best margaritas, tofu tacos and grilled corn — plus all the veggies and meat they use are USDA certified organic – thank you.
* Snag a seat at the bar at Mr. Chow (3835 Cross Creek Rd) and order my favorite: the scrambled egg whites and jumbo lump crab served in a crab shell. (It’s the only Mr. Chow where you can eat at the bar) Other must-gets: The Robert De Niro steamed broccoli and the tofu salad tossed with red chilies. You will find a whole new reason to love Mr. Chow.
9:00 PM: DESSERT
For the world’s best gelato ever, go to Grom. This Italian based gelato store makes frozen treats the old fashioned way: no preservatives, no chemicals, nothing artificial, 100 percent organic, seasonal produce and they even get their water from a fresh spring.
IF YOU’RE STAYING OVER…
Book a room at the Malibu Beach Inn (22878 Pacific Coast Highway) at Carbon Beach. This understated boutique hotel, owned by entertainment industry mogul David Geffen, is one of Malibu’s best-kept secrets. Just steps to the sand, dining on the intimate outdoor patio… well, life doesn’t get much better. Another bonus? When you wake up, you’re in for the best brunch in town at The Carbon Beach Club restaurant, which is located inside the hotel.
BEFORE YOU GO?
Clip in for another class at SOUL, then stroll the Malibu Farmer’s Market (Civic Center Way), which is open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You’ll find olive oil, honey, farm eggs, seasonal produce, fresh fish and more from Malibu’s abundant small farms such as One Gun Ranch and Thorne Family Farms.
Hope you try some of my suggestions and get to see Malibu in a whole new light – a healthy, fun, wholesome lifestyle that values quality of life and long days outside.