I love living in Topanga Canyon – where I’ve called home for over 20 years. I was raised here and couldn’t imagine a better place to bring up my own littles. It’s got the small-town vibe, but it’s just a breezy drive down the mountains to LA. I live for days in the California sunshine, hiking the canyon trails, having a kale salad for lunch at Topanga Living Café and making it down to the beach in time for a sunset moment and a fish taco at The Reel Inn, a salty little seafood shack and a Malibu institution that’s been around longer than I have!
Topanga is legendary for its role as a long time artist and celebrity oasis – a refuge from the crazy city to enjoy the privacy and peace and quiet. It has been referred to as a “Bohemian Brigadoon” and “Malibu’s hippie cousin”. I personally love it because I’m a city girl who doesn’t want to live in one – making Topanga ideal. If you ever make it up, try The Topanga Table for a hearty breakfast or Cafe Mimosa for a pastry/coffee. I also love Topanga Living Cafe or Waterlily for a yummy sandwich on a crusty baguette to take on a hike. For dinner, The Canyon Bistro has a killer vegetarian French Onion Soup and for the ultimate romantic date spot try to snag a table at Inn of the Seventh Ray. Hidden Treasures is a must if you’re looking for a cool vintage find (not cheap but they have great stuff).
The hiking trails really depend on if you have dogs – if you do, try Red Rock (to explore some Chumash caves) or Tuna Canyon (for a stunning city and ocean view). They’re allowed on leash in both of those places. If you don’t have dogs – start at the Trippet Ranch entrance to the Topanga State Park and go from there. This time of year is excellent for wildflowers – purple lupins and yellow mustard are everywhere!
Stunning Photos by Ashley Stern, @seaoflovela