Shopping in Santa Monica: The Best Places to Shop

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Voted as one of the top ten beach cities in the world, it’s clear that Santa Monica has it all. And we’re sure that the 8.4 million visitors the city attracts each year would agree.

But, as if the stunning beaches, great food, celebrity sightings and sunny weather weren’t enough, Santa Monica also boasts an incredible shopping scene.

Whether you’re looking for new gadgets, the latest fashions or some original artwork, here we reveal the best place to go shopping in Santa Monica.

Third Street Promenade

No Santa Monica trip would be complete without a visit to Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica.

This top shopping destination offers a variety of options for some serious retail therapy. Here you’ll find well-known stores such as Apple and Victoria’s Secret, as well as brand-name clothing, outlets, specialty shops and boutiques.

And while you shop for the perfect items to dress like a Santa Monica local, you can also enjoy the unique experience of live singers and street performers lining the promenade.

Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica Place is an open-air mall at the south end of the Third Street Promenade, and just a short walk from the famous Santa Monica Pier.

The Santa Monica mall is home to high-end retailers such as Nordstrom and Barneys New York.

It also features an innovative Bloomingdale’s concept store as well as a variety of designer boutiques, such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

Some other Santa Monica mall stores include Uniqlo, Nike, and Disney, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Main Street

Just two blocks from the ocean, Main Street offers a range of design stores, chic clothing boutiques, and art galleries. A weekly farmers’ market is also held here.

Montana Avenue

This luxurious shopping destination on the north end of town features many boutiques selling high-scale fashion, furniture, and gifts.

This European-style boulevard lined with trees is also known for its famous clientele, so don’t be surprised if you bump into a celebrity while you browse the area’s unique stores.

Pico Boulevard

To the south of Santa Monica, as well as attractions such as the planetarium, Pico Boulevard is a great shopping spot for some under-the-radar finds. As well as a huge Saturday farmers’ market, the neighborhood is home to many unique shops and art galleries.

Wilshire Boulevard

Stretching 15.8 square miles from Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica to Downtown LA’s Grand Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard offers a great mix of stores and boutiques.

Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue

By the Santa Monica Pier and along Ocean Avenue, you’ll find a variety of shops facing the ocean. Here you can pick up some souvenirs, or stock up on beach essentials before you hit the sand.

Your Guide to Shopping in Santa Monica

After all that shopping in Santa Monica, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. So why not stop by and try some of our delicious food or a cool glass of beer? We’d love to see what you’ve bought!

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