This emerging neighborhood - defined by two major thoroughfares, Wilshire and Olympic Boulevards - gets plenty of attention for its arts and entertainment offerings, particularly Bergamot Station’s galleries and The Broad Stage’s shows, as well as top-notch eateries. No wonder it’s home to a growing crop of interesting new restaurants and shops.


At the popular Sweetfin Poké, signature bowls include the mango albacore with ponzu-lime sauce, macadamia nuts, and ginger. Housed inside an old Quonset hut, Pono Burger uses local, organic ingredients in its juicy burgers and taps into its chef’s Hawaiian heritage with sauces featuring guava and Kona coffee. The Buffalo Club’s owner Anthony Yerkovich created Miami Vice, and he brings the same glamorous allure to his speakeasy/supper club, where caviar, oysters, other seafood, and steaks dominate the menu.


Organic Modernism, one of two California outlets of the New York store, showcases vintage-inspired couches, coffee tables, bar carts, lighting, and artwork. For more than 20 years, Zone 3 Multisport has been the go-to spot for Santa Monica triathletes - no surprise, given its selection of bikes, wetsuits and GPS watches. Luxurious yarns from silk to wool line the walls at Wildfiber Studio, where advanced knitters can get project ideas and beginners can take a Knitting 101 class.


Wine aficionados make the trip to Wine Expo when they want to find interesting new bottles; the wine bar pours 20 different wines for $20 on Mondays and Thursdays and offers flights (three 2 oz pours) every other night of the week. In 1994, a building that used to be a stop for the Red Line trolley became Bergamot Station, a collection of more than 40 art galleries; now it’s one of the best places in the region to see a wide array of art. (Did we mention it’s free to visit?) Arts and culture lovers must also visit The Broad Stage, which houses two theaters that host a range of programs, from theater, jazz, classical music, and opera to National Geographic Live, dance, and family programs.

Local’s Tips

Who says you shouldn't work out while on vacation?! Grab a game of tennis at one of Memorial Park's four lighted courts open daily 8am to 10pm.

Browse the vast comics selection at Hi De Ho Comics, the oldest comic book store in Los Angeles County, with an array of comics, books, cards and collectibles.

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