Stretching nearly 16 miles from Downtown Los Angeles to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, Wilshire Boulevard is a kaleidoscope of California culture. You’ll find several chef-driven dining hot spots near mom-and-pop bakeries and generations-old Mexican eateries. A smattering of vintage and designer consignment stores make the whole strip a favorite for deal hunters.
With locations in cosmopolitan neighborhoods on the East and West coasts, Bluestone Lane serves premium coffees and teas, cold-pressed juices and healthful daytime bites. Check out the oh-so-L.A. selection of open-face toasts.
Bakery and café fare is lovingly prepared onsite at Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe. All offerings, from the basil-infused Green Eggs and Ham to the Organic Quinoa with Market Vegetables, feature ingredients procured from local growers and artisans.
Sidecar Doughnuts serves up a wildly creative selection of fresh, lovingly crafted doughnuts and gourmet go-with beverages. Exotic offerings include Saigon cinnamon crumb, eggnog brûlée and maple bacon. Also, Sidecar partners with charities all year long, so you can help others while you treat yourself.
Indulge your designer tastes at Great Labels Luxury Consignment Boutique which features “guilt-free Gucci, priced-to-move Prada and discounted Dior.” Extend your budget further by consigning your own gently worn designer items for up to 50 percent of the sale.
Costume season is year-round at Ursula's Costumes which has been a Santa Monica fixture for decades. Buy or rent costumes and accessories for all ages and sizes, from the classic to the downright bizarre, and don’t forget the fog (or bubble) machine!
Yale Jewelers has served Santa Monica since 1978 has acquired a loyal customer base thanks to its impressive selection of unique items and personal customer service. The store has a resident artist and provides jewelry restoration and redesign.
Cleverly named after the Italian word for “close-knit,” Compatto Yarn Salon not only hosts classes and sells supplies to support your next knitting, crochet or weaving project, but provides a cozy atmosphere complete with couches, snacks and, of course, fellow craftspeople.
Whether you’re looking to expend some energy or just decompress, Douglas Park has you covered with its tennis courts, children’s playground, fly fishing area, lawn bowling green, picnic tables and benches, and soothing reflecting pools. The park’s clubhouse, available via reservation, accommodates 40.
Available in centers throughout North America, the SoulCycle experience has won over a loyal clientele thanks to its “rock star” instructors and the joyous, tribal-like atmosphere of its classes, which typically burn 500-plus calories per 45-minute session.