The Haute Retail Revolution Of The ‘New’ Malibu

The Haute Retail Revolution Of The ‘New’ Malibu

What this Southern California beachside community always had in mansions and coastlines, it lacked in shops and buzz. That’s all changing now.

Malibu, California has sun, surf, and sand in spades, but—until recently—little to offer as far as a wide variety of destination shopping or restaurants. Now, the openings of hotspots like the ultra-exclusive members-only Malibu Soho House and posh Nobu Ryokan Malibu hotel have drawn luxury-seekers downtown, high-end grocers like Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca are slated to move in, and exclusive apparel brands and hip eateries are constantly popping up. Once you pull yourself off the beach, consider these Malibu newbies—all open within the past year—your next stops.

Victoire

Victoire Malibu

Colorful clothing at Victoire’s first U.S. location at the Malibu Country Mart. Photo courtesy Malibu Country Mart

The French retailer recently chose Malibu for its first-ever U.S.-based location, joining others in dreamy destinations like Paris, Saint-Tropez, Saint Barthélemy, Punta de Este, Biarritz, Megève, Lille, and Lyon. Of-the-moment apparel and accessories are hand-chosen by the owner just for the SoCal boutique, with a worldly, whimsical plethora of up-and-coming designers from Italy, France, Greece and more all artfully displayed. Think French art de vivre with a relaxed, seaside spin…and look for pieces from tough-to-find labels such as Pomandére, Tataborello, and Victoire’s own line of chic staples. Malibu Country Mart, 23410 Civic Center Way

Lauren Moshi

A California-based brand featuring graphic garments with artwork hand-drawn by the namesake co-owner Lauren herself, Lauren Moshi’s line is heavily influenced by fashion and fine art. Newly opened in the upscale Malibu Lumber Yard, the 600-square-foot boutique counts high-end stores such as Alice & Olivia, James Perse, and Intermix as neighbors. Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Road

Encore

Encore Malibu’s new store location at the Malibu Country Mart. Photo courtesy Encore

So it’s not exactly brand-new to MalibuEncore is a 24-year resident, in factbut the beloved women’s boutique recently moved into a new, better-than-ever location at the Malibu Country Mart. Check out the cheerful, bright collection featuring designers like Chan Luu, Anuschka, Johnny Was, Ruby Yaya, Nicole Miller, and more. And of course, there’s plenty of eye-catching swimwear and a selection of covetable beach bags, too (this is Malibu, after all!). Malibu Country Mart, 3900 Cross Creek Road 

Le Café de la Plage

Feel like an ice cream cone after the beach? How about a creamy butter caramel served up in a charcoal vanilla-flavored cone? At Le Café de la Plage, newly nestled in Point Dume Plaza, homemade all-natural ice cream is already winning over Malibu’s denizens with a sophisticated sweets palette. But that’s hardly all that’s on offer. There’s also Intelligentsia coffee (an excellent alternative to the many Starbucks already present in Malibu) plus croissants, baklava, and other baked goods sourced from popular nearby Gjusta and Farmshop. 29169 Heathercliff Road

Paige 

With an outdoor courtyard area inspired by co-founder and creative director Paige Adams-Geller’s Pacific Palisades home, the premium denim and lifestyle brand’s new Malibu outpost is a chic indoor-outdoor shopping experience. Hanging out is as encouraged as seeking out the jeans donned by stars like Olivia Palermo and Nicole Richie: there’s a lounge area, pretty fountain, and casual cabana-style fitting rooms. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road

Hiptique

After a decade in Santa Monica, this lifestyle boutique owned by wardrobe stylist Christine Berardi has expanded to Malibu in the charming, barn-inspired Trancas Country Market. The Malibu location leans even more beachy chic than the popular original, with a wide array of trendy swimwear brands plus home décor, furniture, and more. Trancas Country Market, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway

Ebikezzz

Electric commuters, road, and mountain bikes are the cornerstones of Malibu’s newest bike shop, which joins other well-loved locations in Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and Corona del Mar (the brand is the largest electric bicycle dealer in the U.S.). Drop in to browse Haibikes, Bulls, Vintage Electrics, and more, all of which can help bikers handle the area’s iconic cliffs. 23357 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu Burger Co. 

Laid-back and beachy, with both burgers and healthy alternatives, long-awaited Malibu Burger Co. is the inspiration of  musician and producer Cisco Adler. To chase down the signature burgers, nab a milkshake, craft beer, or wine selected by Adler’s brother (who runs Coachella’s food programs!). But the best thing? The relaxed eatery stays open until midnight on weekends and 11pm on weekdays, making it one of the rare late-night dining options in the area. 3822 Cross Creek Road

Kristy’s Village Cafe

A longtime community staple originally located at Zuma Beach, Kristy’s recently merged with Le Village Café to form the new Kristy’s Village Café—which is serving up the best dishes of both restaurants. For example, Le Village Café’s popular quiche Lorraine remains a brunch option, while Kristy’s fish and chips and ever-popular Hong Kong catch round out lunch. Dinner is a decidedly more upscale affair at the new Kristy’s, with tablecloths, candles, and specialty entrees. Trancas Country Market, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway

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