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.
Montana Avenue Restaurants
A creatively curated selection of dishes caters to discerning Angelenos at The Courtyard Kitchen. Start with a customized crostini aperitivo, followed by a pan-seared sea bass or filet mignon alongside some spiced broccolini, and take advantage of the well-balanced wine list.
Father’s Office has won widespread raves for its generously portioned burger made with dry-aged beef and perfectly paired with caramelized onion, gruyere cheese, applewood bacon and fresh arugula. With plenty of sides and 36 craft beers, this local favorite attracts daily crowds.
Serious coffee drinkers appreciate Primo Passo Coffee Co.’s allegiance to quality. Coffees are roasted in small batches for maximum flavor and crafted into double-shot Americanos, lattes and cappuccinos. Not a coffee person? Enjoy the extensive tea menu and selection of tasty baked goods.
Step into Sogno Toscano Cafe & Wine Bar and embark on a journey to Italy within this enchanting restaurant boasting an elegant patio. Renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and genuine Tuscan fare, indulge in a delightful variety of timeless Italian delicacies prepared from the finest, freshest ingredients. Relish wood-fired pizzas, an enticing selection of antipasti, and decadent desserts. Unwind with a glass of fine wine amidst the charm of the intimate outdoor patio setting.
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Montana Avenue Shops
Need something decidedly girly for that special someone (even if that someone is you)? Only Hearts specializes in a lingerie look—from leggings to camisoles—that can be worn anywhere. Romance-leaning celebrities have been known to sport this outlet’s fetchingly feminine looks.
Savannah features of-the-moment luxury and ready-to-wear looks by gifted and envelope-pushing designers. Shop apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories to your heart’s content in this establishment’s strikingly chic and modern setting.
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Montana Avenue Attractions
The Music Castle was created with the belief that anyone can experience the joy of playing music. Stop by their studio for vocal instruction 7 days a week, or to join one of their many classes, including instruction on theater and fine art. Enjoy a bright airy interior, or outdoor studios for your class.
Opened in 1940 and restored by nonprofit, viewer-supported cultural organization American Cinematheque, Aero Theatre presents classic and contemporary independent films in grand fashion: on a 188-foot-high, 38-foot-wide screen, and often as themed double features. Check their website for special events like Q&As.
This 7,500-square-foot neighborhood building, Montana Avenue Library, serves as a community hub, with nine public access Internet stations and free city Wi-Fi; classes, programs and events for children, teens and adults; and, of course, an extensive collection of books, magazines, DVDs and music and books on CD.
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In honor of the people, places and experiences that make Santa Monica the premier beach destination it is, we’ve made a mini video series highlighting a sampling of Santa Monica’s small business community and the stories behind the storefronts. Here, we visit Ten Women Gallery and Art’s Table restaurant on Montana Avenue.
The Fun Begins on Montana Avenue
From shopping to relaxation, there are an endless supply of things to do in Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue Neighborhood. Check out a few more.