If you are looking for places to eat or fun things to do in Santa Monica or Venice, there are six major areas that I recommend where you can be easily entertained by yourself, on a date, or with your entire family. All of these places host numerous events throughout the year from street fairs to rock concerts, so be sure to check the local calendar or this web site to make the best of your visit.
Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade – Three blocks of upscale retail shopping and restaurants just a short walk from Santa Monica Beach. For those who like street performers, musicians, and people watching this place offers an eclectic mix of eye candy day and night.
Santa Monica Pier - Starting with one of the best seafood restaurants in Santa Monica, The Lobster or Rusty’s for Burgers, Beer and Music, an arcade for the kids in all of us, and an amusement park complete with the iconic Ferris wheel, the pier offers something for everyone.
Main Street - The hustle and bustle of a boutique retail center teaming with local patrons, a couple dozen restaurants, and a half-dozen bars, Main Street is where commerce and history meet a laid-back beach community.
Santa Monica Place – Recently renovated and reopened featuring an open-air mall and some of the finest fashion/high-end retailers you would normally find on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the new Santa Monica Place boasts three floors of shopping and dining. The “Dining Deck” on the fourth floor features six renowned restaurants where no expense was spared in creating a stunning atmosphere complete with 360 cityscapes of Santa Monica, choose your restaurant by food or your preferred view of the city, promenade, or ocean.
Abbot Kinney, Venice – Where ultra-fashion meets Williamsburg, Brooklyn-boutique hipsters, Abbot Kinney is the West Side’s mecca for fine food, art, fashion, music and nightlife. With a score of excellent restaurants, retail shops, wine bars, music venues, and drive-up food truck vendors galore, Abbot Kinney is a must visit destination for every visitor to Los Angeles and the West Side.
Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk or “the boardwalk” - Perhaps the most well-known beachfront walk in the world. Rich with culture, grunge, alternative art, bazar-like pop-up vendors, street performers, pickup basketball courts, public weight lifting at muscle beach, international fare, and more, Venice Beach offers a two-mile strip of pure amusement; another must-visit destination for any traveler to Los Angeles.