The Simple Life: Malibu Farm Cafe

February 02, 2015 2:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Is Helene Henderson the original earth child? She migrated to LA from Sweden, married American actor/director John Stockwell, and wrote a cookbook (The Swedish Table, in which she says “I was the soul tall, awkward African among a sea of blonde, blue-eyed Swedes. But when I tasted the first potato of the summer it didn’t matter what I looked like, I was Swedish.”). After buying a two-acre organic farm in Malibu, she launched a series of farm-to-table dinners, and, finally, opened a cafe at the very tip of the Malibu Pier. 

Above: The blue-and-white exterior has a distinctly Scandi feel.

Above L and R: The whitewashed dining room.

Above: Wines are unpretentiously displayed on open shelves.

Above: Pots of thyme anchor the dining tables.

Above L and R: Tolix chairs add a silvery touch to the interior. (See the new Tolix in our post A French Classic Reimagined.)

Above: Silverware and rolled-up napkins are presented in metal caddies.

Above: Helene at work on the farm.

Above: A long view of the cafe at the end of the Malibu Pier. Malibu Farm Cafe serves breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays and stays open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

Consult our LA City Guide for more of our favorite hangouts, including Joan’s on Third, Gjelina, and A Bike-Powered Ice Cream Parlor. And explore the verdant side of the city on Gardenista.