Main Street

Like the tides of the Pacific just a few blocks away, Main Street is characterized by a slow shift in personalities: By day, it’s a favorite of up-at-dawn locals, who come for breakfast or coffee after a sunrise surf session or to patronize the eclectic collection of businesses with their dogs and children in tow. Laid-back patio-lined cafés and indie boutiques can easily fill an afternoon for almost any visitor. In the evening, trendy restaurants and watering holes glow with a lively mix of options for nightlife lovers.

Eat

At Aussie Pie Kitchen, Chopped champion chef Joe Youkhan has reimagined the classic Australian meat pie as part of an elevated stack of savory sides. Inside the flaky crusted pie may be Classic Aussie ground beef, Thai curry chicken, or barbecued pulled pork, each marinated for 24 to 48 hours. Stackable sides include Minty Mushy Peas, Edamame and Sweetcorn, and Creamy Thyme Gravy. Dig in with a fork through the layers to experience comfort food with a gourmet twist.

Savor daily catches at Enterprise Fish Co., a 37-year-old Santa Monica institution housed in a renovated 1917 building. Opt for the atmosphere-rich dining room or dine under a starlit summer sky on the spacious heated bar patio. Either way, you’ll relish the fresh seafood offerings.

Locals are hooked on Stella Barra Pizzeria's artisanal pizza. Maybe it’s the handcrafted dough that ferments for 18 hours or the fresh mozzarella in the classic red margherita, or the candied bacon on the butternut squash white
pie. You decide.

Boasting the widest selection of organic ice cream in the country, Three Twins Ice Cream sweetens your palate and enriches the environment: A portion of all proceeds is donated to save rain forest land and other sensitive habitats.

Shop

This mecca of collectibles, Angel City Books & Records, is a handy antidote to the generic superstore, featuring a carefully curated selection of classic literature and vintage music. Come to buy, sell, or both, and don’t forget to visit the in-store gallery of local artists’ work.

Vintage, one-of-a-kind looks can be had for shockingly low prices at this popular store featuring racks of expertly curated fashions. Buy, sell, trade, or do all three, but be quick about it: Buffalo Exchange is known for its fast inventory turnover.

From harem pants to humidifiers, everything a baby, toddler, tyke—or parent—could want can be discovered at Caro Bambino, a child-focused emporium. Pamper your own precious cargo with a purchase or select a gift via the store’s baby registry.

Play

Edgemar Center for the Arts, a performing arts center and acting school is a creative, educational, and experiential hub for the community, housing two state-of-the-art theaters plus rehearsal and performance space. Check out the place where a number of celebrities were trained and future stars are being made, and peruse the art gallery complex. Plan ahead to get tickets to a theatrical performance or a film screening.

At the main Santa Monica Visitor Information Center, knowledgeable staffers are ready and waiting to provide you with information, tips, maps, and guides to help you organize and ensure a great visit. While you’re there, peruse the center’s unique selection of Santa Monica clothing and gifts.

Experience the ambience and quality service of a spa without the high prices at this bohemian-chic locale, The Now, dedicated to providing a muscle-melting, soul-restoring massage. Bond with other relaxation-seekers at one of The Now's educational and healing events.

The Victorian, a historic, 19th-century Victorian home is located in Heritage Square, site of the California Heritage Museum featuring art and culture from the 31st state and a farmers market every Sunday.

Local's Tip

Want to feel like you've taken a step back in time? Then, step into Santa Monica's historic City Hall (1685 Main Street) where the art deco interiors are all original.

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