I have a not-so-secret obsession with LA, and Malibu specifically (I may or may not have flown across the country once for lunch at Malibu Farm). My desire to live there is especially strong during the cold, gray days of NYC winter, which is pretty much every day from November to April. Lyndie Benson, the owner of the super chic and totally Cali-vibing clothing company, Bleusalt, gets to live there year-round, and while I kind of hate her for that, I'm also obsessed with her and everything she does. So I asked her to share her 7 Secret Malibu Spots so that when the day comes that I get to call it home, I'll be prepared. Now you will be, too.
1. Ranch at the Pier
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
+1 310 456 8031
This is my favorite place in Malibu to buy gifts. They also sell fresh floral leis once a week — they're my go-to to put in a bowl in my powder room.
2. Nobu Ryokan
22752 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
This Japanese-style inn in Malibu is amazing for overflow guests. It's pricey, starting at $2000 a nigh,t but it's worth it for the ultimate staycation. Nobu room service et al.
3. SunLife Organics
The best smoothies in town. My favorite is The Billion Dollar Meal (a meal replacement). It's $28, but it makes you glow like you just had a facial.
4. Becker Surfboards
23755 Malibu Rd, Malibu
+1 310 4567 155
Tried-and-true since the 70's. My go-to for all my surf needs.
5. Cafe Habana
Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
+1 310 317 0300
The most amazing Cuban food on the West Coast, or the East Coast. Myfavorite dishes are the Habana Chop Salad and the Fish Tacos Malibu Style. Soooo good.
6. Malibu Market & Design
25001 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu,
Such a cool selection of indoor and outdoor designs. I love the African artisan products. The owner, Eytan, has a great eye.
7. Malibu Playhouse
29243 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
+1 323 960 7711
I have seen some of the best work I have ever seen at the Malibu Playhouse. My favorite play was Rabbit Hole - one of the best performances I’ve ever seen that was also turned into a film, right from our local Malibu theatre.
more about lyndie
A native Angeleno born and raised, Lyndie moved to Malibu 25 years ago with her husband at the time, Kenny G, to raise her two boys on their bluff top home. Lyndie and Kenny met in 1983 when he wrote “Songbird” for her after their first meeting. A whirlwind overnight success accompanied its release, and once the world heard that song their lives were swept up. The union lasted 20 years and Songbird made Kenny a household name.
After a life on the road, Lyndie picked up a camera to fulfill her creativity. Aside from photographing Kenny’s album covers, Lyndie held several shows and solo photography exhibitions. Although being the other half of a busy team and raising her children consumed most of her time, she began to document her Malibu lifestyle.
BLEUSALT came to Lyndie from a friend who asked her to design a few pieces for her company. Not a designer by trade and only designing what she wants to wear herself in her life in Malibu, a collection started to take shape. As a single mother having successfully raised her children, it was finally time to put her energy into her work and use her talent and passion to the fullest. BLEUSALT is this first attempt and we think it is music to our eyes.