Chic City Guide: Malibu

Just north of the bustle of Los Angeles, Malibu is a world unto itself. We got to know it when we shot our April Guide to Style there. Quiet and quietly glamorous, Malibu offers everything from sun and sand, to illuminating art, to excellent wine. We’ve got your whole weekend covered, including what to pack.


Where to Stay

Visit the Malibu Beach Inn website here. 

Malibu Beach Inn

This is the place to stay in Malibu directly on the beach—Billionaires’ Beach to be exact. Recently renovated (thanks to local, David Geffen,) the Inn is directly on the water, just off the Pacific Coast Highway. Besides the breathtaking sunset views, it has a lovely spa, kind service, comfortable rooms and great food to boot.

Where to Sip & Dine

Malibu Farm Restaurant: offering locally sourced American cuisine and Pacific views. Visit the website

The Malibu Farm Restaurant and Cafe

You may already know that we are huge fans of Helene Henderson, the owner and chef of Malibu Farm. One of the many reasons is that her amazingly located restaurant, and it’s more casual sister, the cafe, have wonderful, simple, delicious food. You can’t go wrong for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Maison Giraud: classic French restaurant and bakery in Pacific Palisades. Visit the website

Maison Giraud

Stop by in the morning for a croissant that will transport you to Paris—it was voted the best in LA for a reason. Or go for classic French dinner that’s the opposite of fussy.


Nobu Malibu: fine Japanese dining with ocean views available from almost every seat. Visit the website

Nobu Malibu

For a taste of the Hollywood side of Malibu, nothing can beat Nobu. The epitome of casual chic, if you think the person at the next table is familiar—they most likely are. The food and the views are equally spectacular.

What to See

There’s no shortage of things to do or see in Malibu. Here are a few highlights. But if you choose to sit on the beach with a book and watch the waves, we’d understand. 

The Getty Villa: located in the Pacific Palisades is one of two locations of The J. Paul Getty Museum. Visit the website

The Getty Villa

A passion project for John Paul Getty, this villa, built in the 1970’s and updated in the late ’90s, is a re-creation of an Ancient Roman Villa, Villa dei Papiri, which was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius. Now open to the public, it contains beautiful gardens, also based on Roman designs, and features art from the Ancient world.


Point Dume: a promontory on the coast of Malibu. The long bluff forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. Visit the website

Point Dume Beach

For drama, we can’t think of a more magnificent place than Point Dume, with its rolling surf, rocky outcrops, and jaw-dropping views. Bring a blanket, a bottle of wine, and spend the afternoon gazing out to sea.


Adamson House: historic house and estate on the coast, within Malibu Lagoon State Beach park. Visit the website

Adamson House

Built in 1929 by Rhoda Rindge Adamson, whose father literally owned all of Malibu, this gorgeous home contains many of its original fixtures and furnishings, offering a glimpse at what the good life must have been like in the early years of the 20th Century. Located on one of the most picturesque spots in Malibu, there’s also a small museum on site dedicated to the history of the area.

Malibu Wines: their expansive vineyards are comprised of nearly 60,000 vines. The property plays host to many events during the summer months. Visit the website

Malibu Wines

For the cost of a bottle of (grown on site) wine, this is the perfect spot for enjoying a picnic (which you can bring from Maison Giraud or Malibu Farm.) Keep an eye on the calendar—movie nights under the stars are not to be missed.

What to pack for cool weather

The weather in Malibu can be many things—often in one day. Mornings, when the marine layer settles in, are usually cool and grey, with an explosion of sunshine in the afternoon. Check out our recommendations on what to pack.

Click to buy: Linen Wide-Leg Pant, Ikat Jacquard JacketAndi Slub Tank, Renee Chandelier Earrings, Macy Long Necklace.
Click to buy: Shine Linen Utility Jacket, Revi Roll-Tab TeeSequin Patched Cuffed Jeans, Renee Bangles, Aria Stud Earrings.


What to pack for warm weather

Click to buy: Aria Chandelier Earrings, Blue Diamond Tie-Dye Maxi DressAbigail Bangles.
Click to buy: Lora Hoop Earrings, Cold-Shoulder Knit TopBi-Color Scrolls Maxi Skirt, Messina Sunglasses, and Lora Bracelets.

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    one of our favorite spots is Paradise Cove. you can spend the day or afternoon on the beach and then enjoy a late lunch/early dinner at the restaurant. You can actually sit in the sand or inside. Great tropical drinks and Seafood.
    We always opt to dine outside. I have enjoyed many of my Chico separates on those occasions. Smart to bring a wrap can get cool when the sun goes down. ~~~Carolyn Beaton, a happy customer of Chicos.

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