Santa Monica, California shopping covers the spectrum with celebrated destinations, from downtown’s Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, to upscale boutiques along Montana Avenue and the eclectic retail mix on Main Street. Each of the city’s eight neighborhoods offers a distinct character all its own.
DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA
Third Street Promenade
The world-famous alfresco Third Street Promenade shopping experience includes national stores, name brand clothing, and boutiques, all in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. All while basking in breezes from the nearby ocean and soaking up a colorful, upbeat scene filled with musicians and entertainers.
Santa Monica Place
The open-air Santa Monica Place offers dozens of specialty stores and a rooftop Dining Deck with ocean views and a variety of both casual and chef-driven restaurants as well as an ArcLight Cinema featuring reserved seating, commercial-free movies and gourmet food.
Just two blocks from the beach, Main Street offers chic clothing and design stores, art galleries and a weekly farmers’ market just two blocks from the ocean, as well as the Santa Monica Walk-In Visitor Information Center, all where many locals can be spotted walking their dogs, sipping coffee or gearing up for a surf session.
Mid-City is a growing art district, with the 18th Street Arts Complex and Bergamot Station Arts Center, that also offers a haven for resale and consignment stores, many featuring top designers.
On the north end of town, Montana Avenue is a tree-lined European boulevard – a luxurious shopping destination known for its unique stores as well as its popular bistros, cafes and bakeries and celebrity clientele.
OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD AND SANTA MONICA AIRPORT AREA
Ocean Park is a friendly, artsy neighborhood with a wide variety of stores, galleries, coffee shops and a culinary arts restaurant. Santa Monica Airport offers aviation history in the form of the Santa Museum of Flying and a monthly Outdoor Antique Market.
On the southern end of Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard features attractions like Santa Monica College’s performing arts venues and planetarium, as well as award-winning restaurants and a huge Saturday farmers’ market. The neighborhood offers a list of below-the-radar shopping finds and unique art galleries.
SANTA MONICA PIER AREA AND OCEAN AVENUE
On Ocean Avenue and the Santa Monica Pier, you’ll find shops and restaurants all set against the ocean. While on the Pier and Oceanfront Walk, you’ll find go-to spots for souvenirs and beach essentials.
Spanning 15.8 square miles from Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue to Grand Avenue in Downtown LA, Wilshire Boulevard offers a unique mix of boutiques and stores along with many renowned restaurants.