Montana Avenue’s stretch of over 150 restaurants and boutiques on the city’s northern edge sits just a short walk from Downtown Santa Monica, yet feels removed from the hustle and bustle of the Promenade and Pier. Late night options may be limited, but from sunrise to sunset, a steady stream of shoppers browse the surrounding storefronts amid a relaxed crowd of parents pushing strollers, A-list celebrities and out-of-towners - none of whom seem in a hurry to leave the wealth of juice bars, latte vendors, and outdoor cafés.
Start your day off right with a Sexy Mayan smoothie at Beaming, an organic superfood café known for its plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free offerings and its numerous celebrity fans. On the other end of the spectrum, Father’s Office has been called LA’s original gastropub and serves what many critics and foodies have pegged as the best burger in not only Montana Avenue, but the entire Los Angeles area. Wash it down with one of the 36 rotating craft beers on tap. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar is named after its main ingredient, formaggio, and features pastas served dalla forma, which means dishes are finished in large cheese wheels before being served. Menu highlights include fresh mozzarella knots and risotto with veal osso buco.
Double your fun at Clare V. and Sleepy Jones, two adjacent boutiques. Clare V. is filled with accessory designer Clare Vivier’s signature leather clutches, duffle bags, and totes, while Sleepy Jones is stocked with Andy Spade’s luxury loungewear. Treat your skin to some TLC with a visit to Malin + Goetz, the New York City apothecary with award-winning, unisex products such as vitamin B5 body moisturizer and replenishing face serum. Shop for minimalist outerwear, bags, scarves and more at Canadian luxury leather brand m0851’s first West Coast outpost.
Make time for a hatha yoga or vinyasa flow class at the original YogaWorks, which has maintained a loyal following since 1987 and spawned 39 additional locations. With two in-demand shops already humming in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, chic nail salon Olive & June opened its Montana Avenue branch with a buzz factor dialed to 11. The minimal décor is as refreshing as the hyperpersonalized service. (Did we mention you can add a dreamy 10-minute massage to any treatment for just $12?) Check the calendar to see what’s on tap at the Aero Theatre, an independent movie theater that opened in 1940 and now hosts special screenings and events such as Screwball Comedy Classics and 70 mm favorites. Need a good beach read? Pop into the Montana Avenue Library.
Take in Santa Monica's diverse architecture with a stroll through the neighboring streets of Montana Avenue where you can find anything from early Craftsman homes to more modern beach bungalows.