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Top Choice Museum in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Getty Villa

Stunningly perched on an ocean-view hillside, this museum in a replica 1st-century Roman villa is an exquisite, 64-acre showcase for Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. Dating back 7000 years, they were amassed b…
Top Choice Organic in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Inn of the Seventh Ray

If you lived through the 1960s, you might experience flashbacks at this new-agey hideaway in an impossibly idyllic creekside setting in Topanga Canyon. It grills hanger steaks and roast lamb belly, but it also bubbl…
Top Choice American in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Saddle Peak Lodge

Rustic as a Colorado mountain lodge, and tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains with a creek running beneath, Saddle Peak Lodge serves up elk, venison, buffalo and other game in a setting watched over by mounted ver…
Top Choice Beach in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

El Matador State Beach

Arguably Malibu’s most stunning beach, where you park on the bluffs and stroll down a trail to sandstone rock towers that rise from emerald coves. Topless sunbathers stroll through the tides, and dolphins breech the…
Top Choice Japanese in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Nobu Malibu

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's empire of luxe Japanese restaurants began in LA, and the Malibu outpost is consistently one of LA's hot spots. East of the pier, it's a cavernous, modern wood chalet with long sushi bar and a d…
Top Choice Vintage in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Hidden Treasures

This one-of-a-kind store pops from the Topanga Canyon roadside, thanks to skeletons and mannequins dressed like Egyptian eunuchs and Viking warriors, standing sentry among the old wagons and totem poles out front. I…
Monument in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Will Rogers State Historic Park

This park sprawls across ranch land once owned by Will Rogers (1875–1935), an Oklahoma-born cowboy turned humorist, radio-show host and movie star (in the early 1930s he was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood). In …
Theater in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

Actor Will Geer (TV’s Grandpa Walton) founded this beloved open-air theater as a refuge for blacklisted actors like himself during the McCarthy years. The woodsy setting is a perfect backdrop for such classic crowd …
American in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

CBC

The restaurant at the top-notch Malibu Beach Inn could get by on its ocean-view deck, but fortunately it doesn't. Chefs bypass the farmers markets and go directly to the farmers and fishermen to make their seasonal …
Landmark in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Malibu Pier

The pier marks the beginning of Malibu’s commercial heart. It’s open for strolling and license-free fishing (note the brackets for your rod and reel) and delivers fine views of surfers riding waves off Surfrider Bea…