Montana Avenue

Montana Avenue, which sits at the city’s northern edge, is home to a stretch of more than 150 restaurants and retailers. Though it’s just a short walk from Downtown Santa Monica, it 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 A-list celebrities, out-of-towners, and parents pushing strollers, none of whom seem in a hurry to leave the wealth of juice bars, latte vendors, and outdoor cafés.

Eat

Named for a beloved local educator and historian who was revered for his sense of hospitality and love of life, Art’s Table dishes out New American cuisine.

Founded by chef Sang Yoon of TV’s Top Chef Masters fame, this 21-and-over gastropub, Father's Office, serves up tapas, salads, desserts, a mind-boggling variety of malty, hoppy, and yeasty potables, and one of the most famous burgers in all of Los Angeles.

Sophisticated, fresh cuisine meets California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle at R+D Kitchen, a local favorite where there’s rarely a lull. Regulars swear by the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, but full-on entrees are in ample supply as well.

Indulge your wildest dessert fantasies at Sweet Lady Jane, a café and bakery that made the 2015 and 2016 “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list for its creative use of the finest baking ingredients available anywhere.

Shop

When a review describes an edible as “exquisite,” you know the chocolate must be special. Artisan chocolatiers John and Kelly opened, John Kelly Chocolates, a small factory in 2004, and today, the pair run this award-winning boutique that’s sure to give you sweet dreams.

In Italian, a limonaia is a warm, sunny room where lemon trees are kept in winter. For Limonaia’s well-traveled owner, it was the inspiration for her bright and cozy boutique filled with handcrafted home goods, jewelry, and more from around the world.

Pregnant and chic? No problem, says Rosie Pope, mother of four and founder of this eponymous store, Rosie Pop Maternity and Baby, that offers esteem-bolstering maternity fashions and irresistible baby wear.

When a style-conscious Angeleno doesn’t have the budget to fit her fabulous taste, she can always go to Shopaholic Sample Sales, whose ultimate purpose is to carry on-trend designer clothing for women—at discounts of 50 percent to 80 percent. Score!

Play

The independent movie theater, Aero Theatre, opened in 1940 and is still going strong, playing classic films and 70mm favorites. Film buffs, be sure to check Aero’s list of special screenings and events.

Benefit Cosmetics Boutique and Brow Bar, a flagship location for the Benefit Cosmetics brand specializes in personal attention. Book online for a signature facial, waxing or tanning service, or makeup application, then shop the retail department to take the look home with you.

Whether you practice advanced Pilates or are just learning how to pronounce the word, Mighty Pilates, a beautiful state-of-the-art studio will lure you in with its dynamic instructors and top-of-the-line equipment. Choose from more than 75 classes offered weekly.

Take an Iyengar yoga or vinyasa flow class at this popular studio, Yogaworks —the location where YogaWorks was founded in 1987—that has been home to some of the most influential yoga teachers in America.

Local’s Tip

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.

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