Malibu Country Mart 3835 Cross Creek Rd., on mountain side of P.C.H.
|lush patio off shop at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California|
In this town with no center, this informal town square is a bustling hub, with restaurants, a busy playground, and picnic tables. Residents come here to buy the everyday necessities and luxuries in a shopping complex that resembles a spiffed up Third World bazaar. It sprawls on both sides of the road and includes several coffeehouses and a bargain taqueria that offers organic beans and plenty of vegetarian options. The movie theater sometimes books children’s films, and the stars, including Cher and Bob Dylan, have been espied bringing their offspring here for a flick. The whole family will enjoy stopping here for a snack, and one parent can stay with the kids at the playground while the other checks out the shops. The stars are here. Keep your eyes peeled.
●The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 3835 Cross Creek Rd., (310) 456-5771.
|coffee and at The Coffee Bean at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California|
●Habana 3939 Cross Creek Rd., just outside Mart. Try the famous corn and the Cuban sandwich.
●Malibu Kitchen & Gourmet Country Market 3900 Cross Creek Rd., (310) 456-7845. M-F 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. Everyone likes a good deal--even wealthy and famous people. So this spot, which offers fair prices and BIG portions, is usually quite busy. Choice sandwiches include “better than mom’s meatloaf,” roast turkey-brie-cranberry relish, and a slew of classics. Wraps and salads are also options, plus big cookies for a sweet ending. Coffee is from Peet’s, bread from LaBrea Bakery, and bagels from H&H in NYC. Informal seating is available indoors and out, and you never know who or what you might see. While I sat here eating a delish pasta salad, someone drove up in an expensive Aston Martin car with swan-wing doors, and this is also where Jerry and Kramer once had coffee together.
|order line at Malibu Kitchen at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California|
|deli case at Malibu Kitchen at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California|
|porch at Malibu Kitchen at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California|
|Aston Martins parked at Malibu Kitchen at Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California|
●Planet Blue 3835 Cross Creek Rd., (310) 317-9975. M-Sun 10am-7 pm. Very L.A. clothes from many local designers.
●Room at the Beach Malibu 3835 Cross Creek Rd. #23, (310) 456-9777. M-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm. Everything beachy luxurious for the house.
●Taverna Tony 23410 Civic Center Way, (310) 317-9667. L-D daily; $$-$$$. Amazing Greek food served in a lovely outside porch setting. This special spot is patronized by big names that I hear include Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty, and Richard Gere, and I hear it is Courtney Kardashian’s fave restaurant. Keep your eyes open!
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