Like New York City, Paris and Rome, Santa Monica has also turned shopping into an art form. Whether you’re hunting for unique boutique finds, high-end luxury brands or eclectic artwork, Santa Monica has everything from expansive malls, trendy boutiques, to beach-side mom and pop shops. Looking for rustic accent pieces? Check out one of the many eclectic shops along the boardwalks, or the artisan vendors of Venice Beach. The city offers an array of shopping options from the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place in Downtown Santa Monica to unique boutiques along Main Street and Montana Avenue.
Third Street Promenade is more of an experience than a shopping trip. Stroll to the sounds of talented street musicians as you check out everything from farmer’s market style fare to upscale fashions. Check out the work of contemporary artists, courtesy of ROAM, Downtown Santa Monica’s rotating public art program. And the food? Traditional handmade pasta prepared fresh daily in a specially built kitchen in Bologna, then shipped overnight to the chefs at UOVO. It doesn’t get much more authentic than that!
If you like trendy without trying to be trendy, you’ll love Montana Avenue, which bustles with unique storefronts, outdoor cafés, juice bars and coffee shops. Where do the celebrities shop? Glad you asked! Pink Chicken dresses kids in vintage-style, bohemian pieces, or grab some artwork from Ten Women Gallery, a co-op art gallery and gift shop featuring works from 24 local artists.
After a $1-billion makeover, the Westfield Century City mall boasts more than 200 mostly new shops and restaurants as well as a VIP service offering private lounges and elevators to stores. Shoppers can even sign up online for a reserved parking place near the main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Residents of the ultra luxury Santa Monica apartment residences at 1221 Ocean Avenue enjoy walkabilty to popular shopping hubs. With an impressive walk score of 92, 1221 Ocean Avenue offers its residents the best of Los Angeles and coastal living at their doorsteps with the iconic Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade—world-renowned shopping, dining, entertainment and the beach—just a stroll away. Learn more about this exceptionally exclusive, community which boasts upscale amenities, personalized service, privacy, security and luxury living. Follow 1221 Ocean Avenue on Facebook and Instagram.