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Guidebook for Santa Monica

Scott A.

Guidebook for Santa Monica

Shopping
Upscale Shops and a beautiful food court overlooking the ocean!
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The Curious Palate
395 Santa Monica Pl
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Upscale Shops and a beautiful food court overlooking the ocean!
3 blocks of open air shopping and eating.
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3rd Street Promenade
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3 blocks of open air shopping and eating.
Simply...THE BEST FARMERS MARKET IN LOS ANGELES! People and purveyors come from near and far to peruse and pick from the most succulent produce around. Opens at 8AM and GO EARLY before the best stuff runs out!
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Santa Monica Wednesday Downtown Farmers Market
155-199 Arizona Ave
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Simply...THE BEST FARMERS MARKET IN LOS ANGELES! People and purveyors come from near and far to peruse and pick from the most succulent produce around. Opens at 8AM and GO EARLY before the best stuff runs out!
Abbot Kinney was Venice's 1st developer. He was so famous they named a street after him....and a very cool one at that. Lot's of local shops and places to eat. Named the coolest street in America!
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Abbot Kinney BLVD Shopping
Navarre Court
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Abbot Kinney was Venice's 1st developer. He was so famous they named a street after him....and a very cool one at that. Lot's of local shops and places to eat. Named the coolest street in America!
If you miss the Wednesday Farmers Market - don't fret! Every Sunday on Main and Ocean Park is another!
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Santa Monica Sunday Main Street Farmers Markets
2640 Main Street
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If you miss the Wednesday Farmers Market - don't fret! Every Sunday on Main and Ocean Park is another!
Many eateries & shops dot chic Montana Avenue.
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Montana Avenue
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Many eateries & shops dot chic Montana Avenue.
Essentials
Large Grocery Store for everything.
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Vons
710 Broadway
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Large Grocery Store for everything.
Eric is the owner. He will pick up and deliver either dry cleaning and/or laundry. He is a lovely local service.
Plaza Dry Cleaners
1011 Wilshire Boulevard
Eric is the owner. He will pick up and deliver either dry cleaning and/or laundry. He is a lovely local service.
Whole Foods - Grocery & Organic Food
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Whole Foods Market
2201 Wilshire Boulevard
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Whole Foods - Grocery & Organic Food
Pharmacy & conveniences
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CVS
1411 Lincoln Boulevard
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Pharmacy & conveniences
Tailoring
Elias Custom Tailoring
1212 11th St
Tailoring
Manicure & Pedicure
Lynn Nails & Spa
1527 Wilshire Blvd
Manicure & Pedicure
Local family owned store (Sammy is the owner). His wine prices were better than Costco last time I checked!
Santa Monica Liquor
1001 Wilshire Boulevard
Local family owned store (Sammy is the owner). His wine prices were better than Costco last time I checked!
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Trader Joe's
3212 Pico Boulevard
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Santa Monica Urgent Care
524 Colorado Avenue
Post Office
United States Postal Service
1217 Wilshire Boulevard
Post Office
Pet supplies
Unleashed by Petco
1402 Wilshire Blvd
Pet supplies
The best shoe craftsman in the west!
Angelo Shoe Repair
724 Montana Ave
The best shoe craftsman in the west!
Food Scene
Simply the best donuts on the planet. The coffee is pretty good too!
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Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
631 Wilshire Blvd
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Simply the best donuts on the planet. The coffee is pretty good too!
Famous from it's origin with the techies in San Francisco, Philz has become the go to coffee place for the true coffee lover!
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Philz Coffee
525 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Famous from it's origin with the techies in San Francisco, Philz has become the go to coffee place for the true coffee lover!
It is 1 block north on Wilshire and 9th and it opens EARLY!
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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
829 Wilshire Boulevard
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It is 1 block north on Wilshire and 9th and it opens EARLY!
Great breakfast/brunch/lunch and close!
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Huckleberry Cafe
1014 Wilshire Boulevard
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Great breakfast/brunch/lunch and close!
Best food in America!
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Gjusta
320 Sunset Avenue
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Best food in America!
Around the corner - the largest distributor of seafood in the west. Provider of seafood for all the restaurants here.
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Santa Monica Seafood Market & Café
1000 Wilshire Boulevard
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Around the corner - the largest distributor of seafood in the west. Provider of seafood for all the restaurants here.
Great Fun & Food on the beach. Sit down and be served or get it to go - this is the best informal food to eat to take to the sand.
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Back on the Beach Cafe
445 Pacific Coast Highway
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Great Fun & Food on the beach. Sit down and be served or get it to go - this is the best informal food to eat to take to the sand.
GREAT sandwiches, soups and all top quality fresh. There is usually a line (it goes quickly) so you may want to call your order in for pickup.
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Mendocino Farms
631 Wilshire Blvd
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GREAT sandwiches, soups and all top quality fresh. There is usually a line (it goes quickly) so you may want to call your order in for pickup.
Italian Deli. Famous for their Godmother and hot Parmesan sandwiches. There is usually a wait but you can order online and pick up which is quicker.
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Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Boulevard
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Italian Deli. Famous for their Godmother and hot Parmesan sandwiches. There is usually a wait but you can order online and pick up which is quicker.
The BEST PIZZA (and side dishes) in the country. This is a new place, in Brentwood (so you have to drive) and it made the top 100 restaurant list of the LA Times. It is that good!
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Pizzana Brentwood
11712 San Vicente Blvd
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The BEST PIZZA (and side dishes) in the country. This is a new place, in Brentwood (so you have to drive) and it made the top 100 restaurant list of the LA Times. It is that good!
The best NY Style thin crust Pizza in Los Angeles.
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Joe's Pizza
111 Broadway
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The best NY Style thin crust Pizza in Los Angeles.
Great locals only place for breakfast fare. Closes at 2PM.
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Flake
513 Rose Avenue
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Great locals only place for breakfast fare. Closes at 2PM.
Authentic home cooked Mexican made fresh to order. Get some guacomole and any type of fajitas which come on a rising steamed plate!
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La Fiesta Brava
259B Hampton Dr
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Authentic home cooked Mexican made fresh to order. Get some guacomole and any type of fajitas which come on a rising steamed plate!
This is both a restaurant and market and LA's most famous "artisan" farm to table butcher.
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Belcampo Meat Co. (Santa Monica)
1026 Wilshire Boulevard
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This is both a restaurant and market and LA's most famous "artisan" farm to table butcher.
A Santa Monica mainstay for a reason. Again, Michaels, almost a LA institution, made it on the top 100 LA restaurant list.
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Michael's
1147 3rd Street
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A Santa Monica mainstay for a reason. Again, Michaels, almost a LA institution, made it on the top 100 LA restaurant list.
The oldest restaurant in Santa Monica - Seafood and Steak - eat indoors in the Tiki style decor or outside on the patio. Ron, the owner is sure to come by with an almost true story!
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The Galley
2442 Main Street
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The oldest restaurant in Santa Monica - Seafood and Steak - eat indoors in the Tiki style decor or outside on the patio. Ron, the owner is sure to come by with an almost true story!
1st Fridays! Every 1st Friday of the month Abbot Kinney Boulevard is lined with famous food trucks from all over the city. It's a big street party, but it's only once a month so don't miss it!
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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1st Fridays! Every 1st Friday of the month Abbot Kinney Boulevard is lined with famous food trucks from all over the city. It's a big street party, but it's only once a month so don't miss it!
The best Fish & Chips in the city!
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The Wee Chippy
1301 Ocean Front Walk
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The best Fish & Chips in the city!
One of the original game changing quintessential California restaurants. A short walk away and a memory of a meal
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Rustic Canyon
1119 Wilshire Blvd
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One of the original game changing quintessential California restaurants. A short walk away and a memory of a meal
Drinks & Nightlife
Great outdoor scene on the ocean with the appropriate breezes and fun!
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The Bungalow
101 Wilshire Boulevard
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Great outdoor scene on the ocean with the appropriate breezes and fun!
Great Food, Great Drink & always fun!
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The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
225 Santa Monica Blvd
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Great Food, Great Drink & always fun!
Great Rooftop eats and bar.
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The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica Beach
1111 2nd Street
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Great Rooftop eats and bar.
Parks & Nature
Closest & most beautiful hiking trail. Parking can be expensive, but you can save $ by parking on the street too!
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Temescal Gateway Park, Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
15601 Sunset Boulevard
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Closest & most beautiful hiking trail. Parking can be expensive, but you can save $ by parking on the street too!
It is very quiet here. Even on busy weekends, there is a place on the beach of solitude here.
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Will Rogers State Beach
17000 Pacific Coast Highway
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It is very quiet here. Even on busy weekends, there is a place on the beach of solitude here.
You can walk straight down Arizona Avenue, go to the end, down the stairs and your are HERE!
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Santa Monica State Beach
1550 Pacific Coast Hwy
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You can walk straight down Arizona Avenue, go to the end, down the stairs and your are HERE!
These are the famouns STEPS - two sets of them, go down one, up the other and then.... repeat above!!!
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Santa Monica Stairs
699 Adelaide Dr
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These are the famouns STEPS - two sets of them, go down one, up the other and then.... repeat above!!!
Local city park with Children's playground, basketball, tennis courts and a workout circuit on the perimeter.
Christine Emerson Reed Park
1133 7th Street
Local city park with Children's playground, basketball, tennis courts and a workout circuit on the perimeter.
Sightseeing
Gorgeous bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Best every night at Sunset!
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Palisades Park
Ocean Avenue
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Gorgeous bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Best every night at Sunset!
Designed to mimic Venice, these man made canals are worth the walk!
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Venice Canals
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Designed to mimic Venice, these man made canals are worth the walk!
The famous Muscle Beach is near the end of the Venice Boardwalk now (it used to be in Santa Monica just south of the pier - there is still a sign there marking it's origin)
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Venice Muscle Beach
1800 Ocean Front Walk
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The famous Muscle Beach is near the end of the Venice Boardwalk now (it used to be in Santa Monica just south of the pier - there is still a sign there marking it's origin)
Getting Around
WE HAVE A TRAIN! Please check out everywhere it can take you!
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Metro Los Angeles Expo Line Extention
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WE HAVE A TRAIN! Please check out everywhere it can take you!
Breeze Bike Share - get the app called SOBI - pick up/drop off a bike anywhere!
Bike Share Connect
1610 Colorado Ave
Breeze Bike Share - get the app called SOBI - pick up/drop off a bike anywhere!
These are the METRO bikes, available in Venice, different from the HULU bikes in Santa Monica.
Metro Bike Share
1202 7th Ave
These are the METRO bikes, available in Venice, different from the HULU bikes in Santa Monica.