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Food Scene
great food, but make sure to get a reservation
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Gjelina
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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great food, but make sure to get a reservation
Local popular restaurant, easy walk from the Bungalow.
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Cafe Gratitude
512 Rose Ave
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Local popular restaurant, easy walk from the Bungalow.
With terrific beach grub, tables located so you can put feet in the sand, and room for play, Back on the Beach at Annenberg Community Beach House is an ideal spot to take the kids.
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Back on the Beach Cafe
445 Pacific Coast Highway
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With terrific beach grub, tables located so you can put feet in the sand, and room for play, Back on the Beach at Annenberg Community Beach House is an ideal spot to take the kids.
Head off the sand and into Coast at Shutters on the Beach for a casual and family-friendly dining experience with views of the ocean.
Coast
1 Pico Boulevard
Head off the sand and into Coast at Shutters on the Beach for a casual and family-friendly dining experience with views of the ocean.
Dine al fresco at The Buffalo Club, where you can enjoy a meal in their Garden Courtyard - a beautiful candle-lit courtyard with night blooming jasmine, red trumpet vines and English Privet hedges.
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The Buffalo Club
1520 Olympic Boulevard
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Dine al fresco at The Buffalo Club, where you can enjoy a meal in their Garden Courtyard - a beautiful candle-lit courtyard with night blooming jasmine, red trumpet vines and English Privet hedges.
Another celebrity favorite, BOA Steakhouse, is popular with both locals and tourists. While BOA is known for its steaks and oysters, the table-side Classic Caesar salad presentation always is a crowd- pleaser. Also, seasonal cocktails are a nice accompaniment, such as the Boa 405, a unique cocktail featuring 42 Below Vodka, fresh strawberries, simple syrup, fresh lemon sour, balsamic vinegar, and cracked black pepper. Be sure to make a reservation, as the place is usually packed.
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BOA Steakhouse Santa Monica
101 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Another celebrity favorite, BOA Steakhouse, is popular with both locals and tourists. While BOA is known for its steaks and oysters, the table-side Classic Caesar salad presentation always is a crowd- pleaser. Also, seasonal cocktails are a nice accompaniment, such as the Boa 405, a unique cocktail featuring 42 Below Vodka, fresh strawberries, simple syrup, fresh lemon sour, balsamic vinegar, and cracked black pepper. Be sure to make a reservation, as the place is usually packed.
The Penthouse, the rooftop restaurant at the Huntley hotel, is worth the visit, too. From here, 18 stories above the street, you can take in 360-degree views of Santa Monica. For something on the lighter side, the Black Truffle Grilled Cheese is a favorite among locals. Dinner ranges from seafood, such as crispy salmon, to vegan options, such as the vegan house-made pasta with vegetables from the local farmers’ market.
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The Penthouse
1111 2nd St
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The Penthouse, the rooftop restaurant at the Huntley hotel, is worth the visit, too. From here, 18 stories above the street, you can take in 360-degree views of Santa Monica. For something on the lighter side, the Black Truffle Grilled Cheese is a favorite among locals. Dinner ranges from seafood, such as crispy salmon, to vegan options, such as the vegan house-made pasta with vegetables from the local farmers’ market.
For sunset dining right on the Santa Monica Pier, there’s The Lobster, which has no shortage of lobster entrees, including steamed, grilled and poached lobster, as well as lobster-infused dishes, like the Lobster & Shrimp Sausage Bolognese. For the real adventurous eater, there are a couple caviar options, one from Russia and another from France.
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The Lobster
1602 Ocean Avenue
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For sunset dining right on the Santa Monica Pier, there’s The Lobster, which has no shortage of lobster entrees, including steamed, grilled and poached lobster, as well as lobster-infused dishes, like the Lobster & Shrimp Sausage Bolognese. For the real adventurous eater, there are a couple caviar options, one from Russia and another from France.
That welcoming vibe, value and quality has made James’ Beach a favorite Venice neighborhood restaurant. Visitors come to Venice to be part of the artistic, eclectic scene and there is no better place to have a drink and people watch than at James’ Beach.
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James' Beach
60 North Venice Boulevard
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That welcoming vibe, value and quality has made James’ Beach a favorite Venice neighborhood restaurant. Visitors come to Venice to be part of the artistic, eclectic scene and there is no better place to have a drink and people watch than at James’ Beach.
For 18 years, Canal Club has been a popular restaurant for locals and visitors seeking innovative raw bar offerings, sushi and wood grilled dishes inspired by Asian and Latino cuisines. Dishes created by chefs including the famed Michael Roberts, Shari Lynn Robins and others have been adorned by a new generation of local culinary talent. Canal Club is a block away from the famous Venice canals, and across the street from its sister restaurant, James' Beach, also created by restauranteurs James Evans and Daniel Samakow.
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Canal Club
2025 Pacific Avenue
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For 18 years, Canal Club has been a popular restaurant for locals and visitors seeking innovative raw bar offerings, sushi and wood grilled dishes inspired by Asian and Latino cuisines. Dishes created by chefs including the famed Michael Roberts, Shari Lynn Robins and others have been adorned by a new generation of local culinary talent. Canal Club is a block away from the famous Venice canals, and across the street from its sister restaurant, James' Beach, also created by restauranteurs James Evans and Daniel Samakow.
Little dive bar with saw dust on the floor, but the best burgers in town! Cash only!!
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Hinano Cafe
15 Washington Boulevard
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Little dive bar with saw dust on the floor, but the best burgers in town! Cash only!!
Dine and drink at Hama Sushi! Located on the former Grand Canal in historic Venice Beach, California Hama was founded in 1979 and was one of the first authentic Japanese sushi restaurants in the United States. Hama also serves as an art showcase for local artists and shows surf movies during the evening. Visit the Hama-Wood patio bar “Shot-In-Venice” Film Posters, and their “Venice History” Dining Room and Sushi Bar.
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Hama Sushi
213 Windward Avenue
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Dine and drink at Hama Sushi! Located on the former Grand Canal in historic Venice Beach, California Hama was founded in 1979 and was one of the first authentic Japanese sushi restaurants in the United States. Hama also serves as an art showcase for local artists and shows surf movies during the evening. Visit the Hama-Wood patio bar “Shot-In-Venice” Film Posters, and their “Venice History” Dining Room and Sushi Bar.
Popular Italian restaurant on Main Street.
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Barrique
796 Main Street
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Popular Italian restaurant on Main Street.
They make flour tortillas in front of you!! Not too pricey, very close in proximity. They have started a tourist wall in which they hang locks on the gate.. I believe you autograph it with a sharpie first.
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Casablanca
220 Lincoln Boulevard
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They make flour tortillas in front of you!! Not too pricey, very close in proximity. They have started a tourist wall in which they hang locks on the gate.. I believe you autograph it with a sharpie first.
Drinks & Nightlife
fun place to go dancing!
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Circle Bar
2926 Main Street
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fun place to go dancing!
CAST Lounge at Viceroy Santa Monica is a glamorous Santa Monica bar and lounge that plays host not only to the trendsetting travelers staying at the hotel, but also to some of Santa Monica’s finest locals, where it’s not hard to kick back thanks to poolside cabanas and weekend deejays. Drinks here are nicely balanced, such as the Library Libation, featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Drambuie, fresh squeezed lemonade and ginger beer, making it light and appealing even to non-bourbon drinkers.
Cast Restaurant & Lounge
CAST Lounge at Viceroy Santa Monica is a glamorous Santa Monica bar and lounge that plays host not only to the trendsetting travelers staying at the hotel, but also to some of Santa Monica’s finest locals, where it’s not hard to kick back thanks to poolside cabanas and weekend deejays. Drinks here are nicely balanced, such as the Library Libation, featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Drambuie, fresh squeezed lemonade and ginger beer, making it light and appealing even to non-bourbon drinkers.
Stepping into The Bungalow at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is like stepping into the coolest California house party you’ve ever seen. From the cozy décor to the ping pong tables and readily available board games, it’s easy to feel comfortable here. Stop in early to avoid a long line (before 8pm), grab a Bungalow Margarita or Lychee Gimlet and let the night unfold in front of you. The crowd here is young and very trendy.
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The Bungalow
101 Wilshire Boulevard
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Stepping into The Bungalow at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is like stepping into the coolest California house party you’ve ever seen. From the cozy décor to the ping pong tables and readily available board games, it’s easy to feel comfortable here. Stop in early to avoid a long line (before 8pm), grab a Bungalow Margarita or Lychee Gimlet and let the night unfold in front of you. The crowd here is young and very trendy.
Harvelle’s Blues Club, the oldest live music venue on the West Side, is a small, dimly-lit venue hosting live music and dancing nightly. Check the club’s calendar online before you go; with blues, jazz, rock, funk, and burlesque on the agenda, there’s something different every night.
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Harvelle's
1432 4th Street
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Harvelle’s Blues Club, the oldest live music venue on the West Side, is a small, dimly-lit venue hosting live music and dancing nightly. Check the club’s calendar online before you go; with blues, jazz, rock, funk, and burlesque on the agenda, there’s something different every night.
It’s evident that Santa Monica is a city for live music when you step into The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen. The house band, The Old Fashioned, takes the stage every Friday night, and on Monday through Thursday nights you can expect to find an array of other local acts. As a bonus, they have one of the longest happy hours in town, running from 4-8pm every day.
The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
119 Broadway
It’s evident that Santa Monica is a city for live music when you step into The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen. The house band, The Old Fashioned, takes the stage every Friday night, and on Monday through Thursday nights you can expect to find an array of other local acts. As a bonus, they have one of the longest happy hours in town, running from 4-8pm every day.
For a unique Santa Monica nightlife experience, check out the Basement Tavern, literally a basement, located at the bottom of an 1800's-era mansion, the Victorian on Main Street. It has the feeling of a prohibition-era speakeasy, craft cocktails and all, and one of the most extensive whiskey menus in the area. Most nights include live music from local musicians, featuring everything from deejays to bluegrass bands to reggae nights.
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Basement Tavern
2640 Main Street
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For a unique Santa Monica nightlife experience, check out the Basement Tavern, literally a basement, located at the bottom of an 1800's-era mansion, the Victorian on Main Street. It has the feeling of a prohibition-era speakeasy, craft cocktails and all, and one of the most extensive whiskey menus in the area. Most nights include live music from local musicians, featuring everything from deejays to bluegrass bands to reggae nights.
Trendy local bar on Abbot Kinney.
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The Brig
1515 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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Trendy local bar on Abbot Kinney.
Sightseeing
Iconic Muscle Beach
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Venice Muscle Beach
1800 Ocean Front Walk
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Iconic Muscle Beach
Gorgeous houses on the beautiful canals. Abbot Kinney first came to Venice and built these canals. Take a stroll along the canals and experience what makes Venice such a unique and beautiful place to visit. Many of the streets in Venice were once canals. What is left is just a fraction of once abundant waterways, which were laid out by the City’s founder Abbot Kinney to be a miniature version of Venice, Italy.
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Venice Canals
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Gorgeous houses on the beautiful canals. Abbot Kinney first came to Venice and built these canals. Take a stroll along the canals and experience what makes Venice such a unique and beautiful place to visit. Many of the streets in Venice were once canals. What is left is just a fraction of once abundant waterways, which were laid out by the City’s founder Abbot Kinney to be a miniature version of Venice, Italy.
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is located at beach level under the historic Carousel. Featuring hands-on presentations and interactive exhibits, the Aquarium is a part of Santa Monica’s own “Heal the Bay” program, an initiative to educate, inspire and empower its visitors to be stewards of the environment.
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Heal the Bay Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
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The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is located at beach level under the historic Carousel. Featuring hands-on presentations and interactive exhibits, the Aquarium is a part of Santa Monica’s own “Heal the Bay” program, an initiative to educate, inspire and empower its visitors to be stewards of the environment.
The Venice Beach Freakshow is the last true Freakshow left in the world! As seen in the Guinness Book of World Records, they have the largest collection of living two-headed animals in history, including two-headed turtles, snakes and lizard. You can also meet Rocky the five-legged dog and Freddie the five-legged frog! Their show combines a small oddities museum, with a live circus sideshow of amazing people and performers. Included are the smallest man in America, the Wolf Boy from Mexico, the Bearded Lady, Sword Swallowers, Fire Eaters, the Bubble Boy and the he Living Half Girl. As well, the Freakshow even has its own TV show “Freakshow,” that can be seen on Netflix.
Venice Beach Freakshow
909 Ocean Front Walk
The Venice Beach Freakshow is the last true Freakshow left in the world! As seen in the Guinness Book of World Records, they have the largest collection of living two-headed animals in history, including two-headed turtles, snakes and lizard. You can also meet Rocky the five-legged dog and Freddie the five-legged frog! Their show combines a small oddities museum, with a live circus sideshow of amazing people and performers. Included are the smallest man in America, the Wolf Boy from Mexico, the Bearded Lady, Sword Swallowers, Fire Eaters, the Bubble Boy and the he Living Half Girl. As well, the Freakshow even has its own TV show “Freakshow,” that can be seen on Netflix.
Historical Windward Ave. is home to great dining, bars and nightlife as well a local fashion and souvenir stores. Windward Ave. runs into the Venice Beach Boardwalk. WINDWARD AVE. ATTRACTIONS: Home of the Venice Sign Robert Gramhams’s Venice torso Venice famous colonnade Street Murals: “Hobnobbing in Venice”, Touch of Evil, and “Kinesis”.
Windward Avenue
Historical Windward Ave. is home to great dining, bars and nightlife as well a local fashion and souvenir stores. Windward Ave. runs into the Venice Beach Boardwalk. WINDWARD AVE. ATTRACTIONS: Home of the Venice Sign Robert Gramhams’s Venice torso Venice famous colonnade Street Murals: “Hobnobbing in Venice”, Touch of Evil, and “Kinesis”.
Visit High Rooftop Lounge! Full bar atop Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Venice! High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air rooftop lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event. 1967 Pacific Ave. (By the Venice Sign)
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Hotel Erwin
1697 Pacific Avenue
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Visit High Rooftop Lounge! Full bar atop Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Venice! High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air rooftop lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event. 1967 Pacific Ave. (By the Venice Sign)
The southern end of Venice is home to the 1,300 foot Venice Pier. and an upscale area known to locals as Washington Square. The crowds are good looking and the party is steady. Great restaurants, bars, surf and skate shops, and people watching are the main activities in this neighborhood. The Venice Pier, beach, and parking is located at the south end of Washington Blvd.
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Venice Fishing Pier
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The southern end of Venice is home to the 1,300 foot Venice Pier. and an upscale area known to locals as Washington Square. The crowds are good looking and the party is steady. Great restaurants, bars, surf and skate shops, and people watching are the main activities in this neighborhood. The Venice Pier, beach, and parking is located at the south end of Washington Blvd.
This is where you will find a GIANT size pair of binoculars. This is now the campus for Google.
Public Art "Giant Binoculars"
340 Main St
This is where you will find a GIANT size pair of binoculars. This is now the campus for Google.
Ballerina clown with 5 o'clock shadow, sculpture created in 1988 by Jonathan Borofsky.
Public Art "Ballerina Clown"
255 Rose Avenue
Ballerina clown with 5 o'clock shadow, sculpture created in 1988 by Jonathan Borofsky.
Rose Ave. has gone through a boom of development over that last several years. It is now home to a dozen or so unique restaurants, cutting edge fashion boutiques, yoga studios, salons, coffee houses and more! SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES: Try the lambwich at Venice Beach Wines. Drink a brew and eat fried pickles at Cerveteca. Have some Vegan food at Cafe Gratitude. Get your hair done by a hot chick at a little trim. Eat Mexican food at 3:00 a.m. at La Cabana. Go to the bar inside Whole Foods and catch a buzz before you go food shopping. Have a locally roasted, fair trade coffee at Groundworks. Get some cool clothes at DNA. Get a non toxic, cruelty free makeover at Wicked Salon.
Rose Avenue
Rose Ave. has gone through a boom of development over that last several years. It is now home to a dozen or so unique restaurants, cutting edge fashion boutiques, yoga studios, salons, coffee houses and more! SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES: Try the lambwich at Venice Beach Wines. Drink a brew and eat fried pickles at Cerveteca. Have some Vegan food at Cafe Gratitude. Get your hair done by a hot chick at a little trim. Eat Mexican food at 3:00 a.m. at La Cabana. Go to the bar inside Whole Foods and catch a buzz before you go food shopping. Have a locally roasted, fair trade coffee at Groundworks. Get some cool clothes at DNA. Get a non toxic, cruelty free makeover at Wicked Salon.
The iconic Venice sign is located here.
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Venice Sign
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The iconic Venice sign is located here.
Mural of Abbot Kinney, founder of Venice Beach.
Public Art "Portrait of Abbot Kinney"
67 N Venice Blvd
Mural of Abbot Kinney, founder of Venice Beach.
This trendy boulevard, named for the city’s founder, is full of hip boutiques, amazing restaurants and bars, coffee shops, art galleries, and beautiful people. Suggested Activities: First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Food trucks on Abbot Kinney Blvd every first Friday Dine and drink at Salt Air, Sunny Spot, Hal’s, or Casa Linda! Grab a slice of pizza at Abbot’s Pizza Need a caffeine fix? Go To Abbot’s Habit, Tom’s, Blue Coffee or Intelligentsia Coffee! Keep you eye out for Venice murals by Jonas Never, Isabelle Alford Lago and more!
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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This trendy boulevard, named for the city’s founder, is full of hip boutiques, amazing restaurants and bars, coffee shops, art galleries, and beautiful people. Suggested Activities: First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Food trucks on Abbot Kinney Blvd every first Friday Dine and drink at Salt Air, Sunny Spot, Hal’s, or Casa Linda! Grab a slice of pizza at Abbot’s Pizza Need a caffeine fix? Go To Abbot’s Habit, Tom’s, Blue Coffee or Intelligentsia Coffee! Keep you eye out for Venice murals by Jonas Never, Isabelle Alford Lago and more!
Located west of Pacific Ave. on N.Venice Blvd. is a vibrant enclave of art and food. There are three dedicated art galleries as well as several restaurants that pull double duty as art galleries. As well, there are tattoo studios, artisan delis and more.
North Venice Boulevard
Located west of Pacific Ave. on N.Venice Blvd. is a vibrant enclave of art and food. There are three dedicated art galleries as well as several restaurants that pull double duty as art galleries. As well, there are tattoo studios, artisan delis and more.
Marina del Rey’s the Marina is the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas. It has the capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The marina houses a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, bars, boats and a beach. In addition to great entertainment options, one can find fishing and whale watching tours, parasailing, stand up paddle boarding and more.
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Marina del Rey
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Marina del Rey’s the Marina is the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas. It has the capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The marina houses a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, bars, boats and a beach. In addition to great entertainment options, one can find fishing and whale watching tours, parasailing, stand up paddle boarding and more.
Everything Else
Iconic Gold's Gym
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Gold's Gym
360 Hampton Drive
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Iconic Gold's Gym
If you are in Venice on a weekend day, stick around after the sun goes down and hit up the drum circle! At the end of Brooks Ave. on the beach, hundreds of people gather with their drums, shakers, congas and various percussion instruments, as well as their dancing feet, and have a jam. If you can’t find Brooks Ave, just listen and you will hear their beats. This gathering of different types of people from different parts of the world drumming, dancing, getting into the zone and feeding off other people’s energies is a must thing to do while in Venice. Drum and dance at the Venice drum circle.
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Venice Beach Drum Circle
998 Ocean Front Walk
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If you are in Venice on a weekend day, stick around after the sun goes down and hit up the drum circle! At the end of Brooks Ave. on the beach, hundreds of people gather with their drums, shakers, congas and various percussion instruments, as well as their dancing feet, and have a jam. If you can’t find Brooks Ave, just listen and you will hear their beats. This gathering of different types of people from different parts of the world drumming, dancing, getting into the zone and feeding off other people’s energies is a must thing to do while in Venice. Drum and dance at the Venice drum circle.
Shopping
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.
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3rd Street Promenade
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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.
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.
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The Curious Palate
395 Santa Monica Pl
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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.
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Main Street
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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.
Mid-City
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.
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Montana Avenue
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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 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.
Ocean Park Boulevard
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.
Pico Boulevard
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.
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.
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Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Boulevard
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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.
Entertainment & Activities
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.
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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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.
The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is distinguished from other Southern California shorelines by the sheer extent of activities one can enjoy. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful, making for some grade-A beachcombing, swimming, and surfing. But that’s not all. Bike down The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, with the wind at your back and the crash of the waves in your ears, indulge in some seaside chess, try your hand at a game of beach volleyball, or stop to enjoy the outdoor activities offered at the Annenberg Community Beach House. After a day out, stick around for the finest Santa Monica attraction of all—a fiery beachside sunset.
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Santa Monica Beach
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The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is distinguished from other Southern California shorelines by the sheer extent of activities one can enjoy. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful, making for some grade-A beachcombing, swimming, and surfing. But that’s not all. Bike down The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, with the wind at your back and the crash of the waves in your ears, indulge in some seaside chess, try your hand at a game of beach volleyball, or stop to enjoy the outdoor activities offered at the Annenberg Community Beach House. After a day out, stick around for the finest Santa Monica attraction of all—a fiery beachside sunset.
Skate Park
The Cove Skatepark
1401 Olympic Boulevard
Skate Park
Play a game of beach volleyball! Beach volley ball is a great sport. It is co-ed, the chicks wear bikinis and it is free. Bring your own balls and line. VOLLEYBALL COURT LOCATIONS: 4 courts on the beach between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd. Parking: 2100 Ocean Front Walk. or at 3100 Ocean Front Walk Venice, Ca 90291 One court on the beach by Breeze Ave. 4-6 courts on the beach between Ozone Ave and Rose Ave. Parking: 300 Rose Ave. Venice, Ca 90291. 6 courts south of the Santa Monica Pier
2100 Ocean Front Walk
2100 Ocean Front Walk
Play a game of beach volleyball! Beach volley ball is a great sport. It is co-ed, the chicks wear bikinis and it is free. Bring your own balls and line. VOLLEYBALL COURT LOCATIONS: 4 courts on the beach between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd. Parking: 2100 Ocean Front Walk. or at 3100 Ocean Front Walk Venice, Ca 90291 One court on the beach by Breeze Ave. 4-6 courts on the beach between Ozone Ave and Rose Ave. Parking: 300 Rose Ave. Venice, Ca 90291. 6 courts south of the Santa Monica Pier
Getting Around
Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share program is a citywide, public bike share program that boasts 500 bikes available at 75 locations around town. Along with a bright- green paint job, each ride is equipped with a load of cushy features like chainless transmission. a “smart bike” system lets users use GPS software to locate the nearest set of wheels and download a mobile app to pay fares. Miles of bike lanes around town add to the ease of pedal-powered travel. https://santamonicabikeshare.com/
Bike Share Connect
1610 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share program is a citywide, public bike share program that boasts 500 bikes available at 75 locations around town. Along with a bright- green paint job, each ride is equipped with a load of cushy features like chainless transmission. a “smart bike” system lets users use GPS software to locate the nearest set of wheels and download a mobile app to pay fares. Miles of bike lanes around town add to the ease of pedal-powered travel. https://santamonicabikeshare.com/
The Metro Expo Line (323-466-3876) makes travel even easier, connecting Santa Monica by light rail to Downtown Los Angeles in under 50 minutes. With three stations located throughout Santa Monica - from the downtown neighborhood to Mid-City - the Metro Expo Line is a great way to travel within the destination. Additionally, with the ability to connect to Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between, visitors can travel to and from Santa Monica easily. www.metro.net/riding/paid_parking/expo-line/
Metro Division 14
1955 S Centinela Ave
The Metro Expo Line (323-466-3876) makes travel even easier, connecting Santa Monica by light rail to Downtown Los Angeles in under 50 minutes. With three stations located throughout Santa Monica - from the downtown neighborhood to Mid-City - the Metro Expo Line is a great way to travel within the destination. Additionally, with the ability to connect to Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between, visitors can travel to and from Santa Monica easily. www.metro.net/riding/paid_parking/expo-line/
Pedestrians can also hail the Santa Monica Free Ride (646-504-FREE), golf cart–style cabs that offer a complimentary lift anywhere in their service area between Wilshire Boulevard and Marine Street, and from the ocean to Fifth Street. (Carts operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with later hours on weekends.)
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
1234 6th St
Pedestrians can also hail the Santa Monica Free Ride (646-504-FREE), golf cart–style cabs that offer a complimentary lift anywhere in their service area between Wilshire Boulevard and Marine Street, and from the ocean to Fifth Street. (Carts operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with later hours on weekends.)