Eclectic, diverse, funky, happening - Ocean Park is all of the above, and more. Set at the southeastern edge of the city, and linked directly to the beach, Ocean Park Boulevard boasts an authentic local vibe, a crop of talked-about restaurants, and “where did you get that?!” boutiques and shops. Accentuated by spacious Clover Park, the neighborhood is also home to the Santa Monica Airport and its dynamic aviation museum, the Museum of Flying. The airport’s observation decks, restaurants, eco-friendly gardens, and twice-monthly antiques market are also a big draw.
Adjacent to the airport runway, the patio at Spitfire Grill is the ideal place to watch planes come and go while enjoying a plate of pancakes, fish tacos, or specialty meatloaf. Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, seasonal small plates and small-batch cocktails have made newcomer Local Kitchen & Wine Bar an instant hit for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. At farmers market-driven deli Carvery Kitchen, house specialties like prime dippers and open-face crisps, draw repeat visitors. Get your sugar fix at Treats, a family-owned frozen yogurt, dessert, and espresso bar focused on healthy, artisan-crafted flavors.
Interior designer Kimba Hills, who transforms spaces in a matter of days with her Speed Design process, offers vintage furniture and contemporary art in her boutique Rumba. Spotlighted by Elle magazine, Sundance designer Brooke Rodd’s shop is a den of boho chic with local ties: many garments are made a few miles away in L.A. If the idea of a picnic strikes your fancy, don’t miss a trip to neighborhood gem Bob’s Market for loads of local and organic produce, a deep selection of wine, and a full-service deli-counter. Adjacent to Thyme Café & Market is owner Maire Byrne’s whimsy-rich new toy store, Quinnie & B, which features books, art supplies, and yes, toys, from Seedling, Eco-Kids, and more.
Clover Park’s 18-plus acres contain lighted baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic areas, plus a sand volleyball court, fitness course, walking path, and tower for kids to climb. At the Museum of Flying, flight fanatics and next-gen pilots can educate themselves on aviation and aerospace industry history in Southern California. Santa Monica Yoga is located in the center of Ocean Park’s commercial district and offers a range of yoga, prenatal, and Pilates mat classes. With three separate studio spaces, it’s able to offer as many as 15 classes per day, and drop-ins are always welcome.
Pull up a blanket at Santa Monica Airport Park on the weekends where you can watch sporting games from soccer to rugby or enjoy a picnic at the park-provided grills.
Visit the DC-3 monument just outside the Museum of Flying that commemorates the legendary aircraft built in Santa Monica's Clover Field in the 1930s-40s.