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

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.

A favorite among the carb-free crowd, Kye's “KyeRitos” are essentially sandwiches without the bread made with your chosen combination of delectable, high-nutrient ingredients such as lean proteins, leafy greens, nori, avocado, quinoa, nuts and seeds, and more.

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.

Eat dessert first at Sweet Lady Jane where the day’s tantalizing options might include sea salt caramel brownies, cappuccino cheesecake, peach-boysenberry pie and chocolate cherry cookies. Pair a treat with a tea or coffee drink. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus showcase fresh breads, including soudough and walnut wheat, in dishes such as avocado toast and sandwiches with fillings like curried chicken salad or turkey meatloaf.

Shop

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.

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic perfectly showcases the charm of timeless style in interior décor. Items like a dusty-rose settee, a distressed-wood storage trunk and vintage lace handkerchiefs make up the shabby chic inventory.

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.

Play

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.

Offering technologically advanced, non-surgical skincare and beauty treatments, Beauty Park Medical Spa vows to turn back the years on clients’ faces and bodies through the magic of science coupled with the skills of their highly trained staff. Just need a simple facial or wax? They can do that, too.

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.

Small Businesses

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, Brenda Himmel Stationery and Art's Table restaurant on Montana Avenue.

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