Parachute’s Ariel Kaye Shares Her Favourite Spots In Venice, California

Ariel Kaye, founder and CEO of the Venice Beach-based luxury bedding line Parachute, has created a community committed to sleep and wellness. Here, the designer lets us in on her favourite locales to dine, shop and stay in Venice.


Strolling the Venice canals—over the quaint bridges and through the tiny streets—is like being transported to another place and time. The neighbourhood’s quiet beauty always inspires me to take a moment (which can be difficult when running a new business) to be mindful of my surroundings. The Californian coast is obviously picturesque, but the canals are special because they reflect the area’s history, as well as the care and pride of its residents.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the main thoroughfare in Venice Beach—the people-watching here is second to none. International visitors, old-school bohemians and tech-industry entrepreneurs make for an eclectic mix of people that keep the energy here unique and distinctly Venice.

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The General Store is an independently owned shop brimming with impeccably curated curiosities and crafts including ceramics, wall hangings, jewellery, vintage clothing and stationery. I always find something special here—for others or for myself.

A+R is a funky, modern furniture and home accessories boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The owners have a great eye for clever design and the shop is an excellent window into goods being produced around the world.

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Venice has a casual kind of beauty about it. From its sublime beach landscape to its laid-back vibe and delicious eateries that specialize in fresh, clean ingredients, the neighbourhood’s relaxed feel definitely influences my approach to design. Parachute’s bedding colours are natural, earthy tones and our signature bedding set, aptly called The Venice, includes the essentials for ease and convenience: a fitted sheet, duvet cover and two pillowcases. It’s important to me that Parachute provides a product that enhances the sleep experience.Cali Du Monde 4


Tasting Kitchen is a delicious restaurant with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. I always order the salt-roasted branzino. The restaurant’s mixologists turn out the best cocktails in Venice, hands down, so a sip is essential. The vibe here is great for a romantic date night or an evening with friends—it’s my go-to in the neighbourhood.

If you’re in the mood for pizza, Gjelina is a rustic-chic restaurant that will satisfy your craving, but really, the entire menu is spot on. I love arriving hungry with a group of four or more and sharing a variety of dishes, or popping in mid-afternoon for a bottle of wine and oysters. Gjelina is always packed, even for weekday lunches, so making a reservation is a must.

Superba Snack Bar is a buzzy bistro serving creative American small plates at communal tables. The unique dishes are creative and flavourful; the crispy Brussels sprouts with a poached egg on top and the uni pasta are my favourites.

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