One of my friends used to live near the Grove. That was how I was first introduced to the farmer’s market. There’s more to do, of course. There are fountain shows, statues, retail establishments from big brands like Nike, Apple, Michael Kors, Sephora, and more. There are restaurants. There are theaters. There are amazing holiday light shows. But if you’re like me, you come for the people. They’re what make places like these interesting.
I’ve always been a people watcher. Anyone who spends time with me knows how often I visit Venice Beach. They know how often I write stories for these individuals — not on paper, but out loud. “Oh look at that guy painted in bronze! He’s making money for to pay for little Johnny’s hospital bill after he broke both legs flying a kite. Adorable.” And “Oh, look at those teenagers skateboarding. You can see the FBI is after their parents for tax evasion.” Stuff like that.
The Grove is a great place for storytelling. Everyone is there for a reason. Trying new food? Finding a new look? Checking out the Grove Christmas Tree in December? It’s a special place to find whatever you’re looking for.
The location is in the Fairfax District and can be reached easily from the LA metro, nestled in between downtown and other famous locations like the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The fountain was designed by WET, which is perhaps best known for devising the fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. My friends and I usually visit the nearby farmer’s market, then use the trolley to catch the fountain show. We walk through a few shops and stop for brunch. The perfect day? It always involves a walk through the Grove and a mimosa.
The area looks a little different because everyone is wearing a mask. But it’s still a place that speaks to me. Even with the masks, I feel free there. Like the rest of life is forgotten. It’s easier to live in the moment.