Santa Monica Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Santa Monica; our list of the best things to see, including Santa Monica Pier, Marina del Rey's Fisherman's Village. and Santa Monica Place.
  • The best place in Santa Monica: Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica Pier

    A bustling boardwalk whose huge Ferris Wheel is the city's icon. The long pier has an old-fashioned amusement park, with reasonable by-the-ride pricing, including a small roller coaster. The Pier has restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and some street performers. At almost all hours you'll find at least a few people fishing as well. The Santa Monica Pier has terrific coastline views of Malibu and the Southbay. The Pier is within easy walking distance to the Promenade.
    food nearby
  • Marina del Rey's Fisherman's Village.

    Marina del Rey's Fisherman's Village.

    Take a trip to New England without ever leaving the Westside! This replica of a New England seaport and fishing town is the place to go to get out on the water. There are several companies to rent boats -- both sail and motor, kayaks, wind-surfboards and more. Charter a harbor cruise or reserve your place on one of the public dinner cruises or Sunday Champagne Brunch cruises. Or join one of the exciting fishing adventures with Marina del Rey Sportfishing's open party trips. Both 1/2 day and 3/4 day trips are available with rod rentals, tackle, bait and fishing licenses available. Enjoy waterfront dining, shop for souvenirs, or stroll along the cobblestone paths to enjoy views of the Marina. On the weekends (weather permitting) there are free outdoor concerts in the Lighthouse Plaza area. [17]
    Playa Vista eat nearby
  • Santa Monica Place

    Santa Monica Place

    395 Santa Monica Place
    An indoor-outdoor mall that was extensively remodeled in 2010. It houses a variety of restaurants, shops, and pavilions. A large parking garage is attached with reasonable hourly rates.
  • Third Street Promenade

    Third Street Promenade

    A very successful Urban mall project: a vibrant, outdoor street full of restaurants, movie theaters, shopping, bookstores, and bars. Those who enjoy street performances will be impressed by the quality of musicians, dancers, and others. The Promenade is located only three blocks from the beach, the Promenade is one of L.A.'s most popular places to "hang out" for people of all ages.
    food nearby
  • Trapeze School New York

    Trapeze School New York

    Santa Monica Pier
    Trapeze School New York at Santa Monica Pier is a school of flying trapeze and aerial arts open to the public and for all skill levels and ages. Also offered are corporate workshops, events and parties, birthday parties and performance workshops.
  • Waterside Marina del Rey Shopping Center

    Waterside Marina del Rey Shopping Center

    4700 Admiralty Way open daily
    Local boutiques and one-of-a-kind treasures; Bank of America (ATM); Ralphs Market (with deli); men, women and children's clothing; gift shops; restaurants, cafes; boating supplies; post office and UPS shipping.
    Playa Del Ray
  • Library Alehouse

    Library Alehouse

    2911 Main St
    29 taps of craft beer. 2 blocks from the beach.
  • Waterloo & City

    Waterloo & City

    12517 W Washington Blvd
    M–Sa 6-10PM, Su 5-9PM (Dinner). Su-Th 5-Midnight, F-Sa 5PM-1AM (Bar). $15-$30 for meals. This upscale pub combines French/British fusion cuisine with an impressive wine and beer list - beer connoisseurs will love the selection while those who prefer Buddweiser might prefer going elsewhere. It is named for the London underground railway line where the co-owner/chef began his youthful world adventures. Staff is attentive, intelligent and friendly, and while portions aren't huge the food is extremely well prepared. Favorites include the sticky toffee pudding. Daily happy hour from 5-7PM.
    Mar Vista
  • The Penthouse Restaurant

    The Penthouse Restaurant

    1111 2nd St
    A rooftop Santa Monica restaurant located on the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel. Offers a bar and lounge and panoramic ocean views. Menu features contemporary American cuisine with global influences from Asia and Brazil. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm. Also available for private events.
  • Melisse


    1104 Wilshire Blvd
    $100 per person at a minimum. Also featuring organic, locally grown produce and two tasting menus (including a vegetarian version), Melisse is Chef Josiah Citrin latest world class restaurant. The food is outstanding and gets the highest marks in Zagat and Michelin.
  • Marina Beach Shopping Center

    Washington Blvd
    - Shop for essentials and local services here. Bagels, pet store, haircuts, quick service cafes and the favorite of locals, Joni's Coffee Roaster Cafe; Wells Fargo Bank (ATM).
  • Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash

    1045 Westwood Blvd.
    Su 11AM-5PM, M-Tu: 11AM-6PM, W-Sa: 11AM-8PM. Mediocre selection of comic books, but unparalleled collection of Kevin Smith memorabilia and lotsa other collectibles.
  • Marina Square

    Lincoln Blvd
    and Mindanao, Open daily. - Restaurants, quick service cafes, coffee bar and sushi; nail salon and tanning salon; bank(ATM).
    Playa Vista
  • UCLA Marina Aquatic Center

    14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
    From windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing and sailing, UCLA Marina Aquatic Center offers both equipment rentals and extensive instructional and recreational boating programs. Open to non-UCLA community affiliates.
    Playa Del Ray eat nearby
  • Angels Attic Museum

    516 Colorado Ave.
    Th-Sa: 12 noon to 4PM; closed on holidays. Adults - $8.00, Children Under 12 - $5.00, Seniors - $7.00. A museum of antique and contemporary dolls, doll houses, and toys. The only parking is at metered street locations.
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  • Pink Taco@Hard Rock Hotel

    Pink Taco@Hard Rock Hotel

    Decoration and staff are half pirate ship, half Suicide Girls, but the Mexican food (and the margaritas) are tasty and served in generous portions.
    Century City
  • Versailles


    10319 Venice Blvd
    La Cienega, 310-289-0392 and other locations. [23]
    Mar Vista
  • Shanghai Red's

    Shanghai Red's

    13813 Fiji Way
    Located along the waterway that all boats use to enter/leave the marina, this restaurant offers seafood, steaks, chicken, and pasta. The weekend buffet is massive and hugely popular and is consistently rated among LA's top buffets. If you aren't hungry but are in the area the entrance to the restaurant features a garden and carp pond that is worth a look.
    Playa Del Ray
  • Typhoon


    3221 Donald Douglas Loop S
    Best known for its exotic fried insects, this pan-asian restaurant also serves dim sum and sushi, Malasian and Thai, in a unique setting with a view of the runway. Window tables have great views of the runway activity. Try the steamed whole fish (bass or catfish). Adventurous eaters can try tasty appetizers of crickets, scorpions, sea worms and ants. MSG used, so be sure to ask for your food without it if it disagrees with you.
    Mar Vista
  • C&O Trattoria

    C&O Trattoria

    31 Washington Blvd.
    M-Th: Lunch served 11:30AM-3:30PM, Dinner served 3:30PM-10PM; F: Lunch served 11:30AM-3:30PM, Dinner served 3:30PM-11PM; Sat: Breakfast served 8AM-1:45PM, Lunch served 12PM-3:30PM, Dinner served 3:30PM-11PM; Sun: Breakfast served 8AM-1:45PM, Lunch served 12PM-3:30PM, Dinner served 3:30PM-10PM. Located right next to the beach and a short walk from the Venice Pier, C&O Trattoria is a popular spot for casual dining as well as large birthday parties. This Northern Italian seafood restaurant features an indoor seating area and a patio, with menu items available in either "individual" or "gargantuan" portions (for family-style meals). The wait staff is friendly, and every night during dinner hours, activity temporarily pauses for a restaurant-wide singalong of Dean Martin's "That's Amore," during which servers roam around and toast with the diners. The atmosphere is comfortable and fun, and their garlic balls are famous. Prices range from $5-10 for "individual" sized dinner antipasti to $15-20 for "gargantuan" sized entrees.
  • Along with Chez Panisse in Berkeley, lead the nouvelle cuisine movement. Using fresh vegetables from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, locally caught fish and excellent meats every dish is sublime. While not cheap, a meal at Michael's does not disappoint.
  • The Firehouse

    The Firehouse

    213 Rose Avenue
    Built in a retired firehouse, this restaurant/bar offers all manner of breakfasts, sandwiches, and other meals from a "healthy" and "less healthy" set of menu selections. Weight lifters from Venice Beach gorge themselves on egg whites, chicken breasts, broccoli and tofu, while the rest of the population has a variety of sandwiches and breakfast items to choose from. The ambiance is fun, the food is decent, and prices are reasonable.
  • Jin Patisserie

    Jin Patisserie

    1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
    Abbot Kinney's exquisite tea garden and pastry shop resides right next to Aragon Ct. Jin offers an exceptional selection of teas and signature truffles, as well as a delectable food menu. The quaint spot is an ideal location for baby showers, bridal showers, and Mother's Day celebrations.
  • Warszawa

    1414 Lincoln Blvd
    Authentic Polish food can be found on Lincoln with a signature dish of roast duck. They have a fantastic outdoor patio in the back where you can get a great vodka martini.
  • Diddy Riese Cookies

    Diddy Riese Cookies

    926 Broxton Ave
    Official Diddy Riese Cookies Page
  • Kogi Korean BBQ

    Kogi Korean BBQ

    Location Varies
    Kogi BBQ - .. Eat Chego -
    Mar Vista
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