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Best things to do in Santa Monica

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Recreation Center
“This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. This place is legendary , even in our so called winter this place is busy with people and musicians everywhere. There are beach tours, bike rentals, and electric scooters for cruising (lime and bird). Download the apps.”
750 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
797 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Take a day trip to Santa Monica (10-15 miles away) to enjoy the beach, restaurants, and pier. The pier has games, performers, rides, and beautiful views. ”
304 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“Known for its bohemian spirit, Venice is a buzzing beach town with upscale commercial and residential pockets. Free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is the site of funky shops, street performers and colorful murals. There’s also a skate park and Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars. A picturesque enclave of canals is surrounded by modernist homes.”
300 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Vegan cuisine with dishes with names like "I am humble" and "I am blessed." Waiters provide the word of the day. Get enlightened!”
256 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Great spot to see and be seen. Indoor, outdoor. Be ready for expensive drinks and gorgeous people -- twentysomething and up. Ping pong, pool, twinkling lights above! Check out 800 degree pizza at the end of the night.”
252 locals recommend
Café
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“Amazing breakfast, brunch and lunch food. It can get very busy and a bit pricey but it's absolutely worth it. A sister-restaurant to the ever popular Gjelina, this place is more casual, mainly outside seating and overall delicious. A must visit.”
220 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great organic food, wine and Ale. Indulge on the boardwalk, enjoy the view. ”
195 locals recommend
Seasonal, globally-inspired fare in an iconic, all-day spot
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“Nice cocktails. Check out the bar on a week day or weekend evening for a place to sit and enjoy drinks over conversations with friends.”
177 locals recommend
Café
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“Great breakfast and lunch spot. Delicious baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches.”
153 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“A great spot for coffee, breakfast, brunch, or even happy hour and dinner. It can get busy, but even then the wait isn’t bad since there’s benches outside, newspapers and cookbooks to look at, stores next door, and the line moves fast.”
163 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Wait times can be long. So head down to the area early and put your name down. There is limited outdoor seating but it’s good for people watching. Be wary of their upstairs seating as some of the two tops are crammed into a corner. ”
96 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“Beers, fries, bratwurst, and a bill hall of picnic tables, usually with a DJ playing music. Order at counter.”
138 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Great entertainment for couples and solo travelers. Walk barefoot by the shore to feel the warm California sand. Spend a full day here to see all the extravaganza's it has to offer. ”
65 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The original location, founded by a neighborhood local. Several locations all over LA now. Coffee, tea, breakfast and lunch sandwiches.”
113 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“This wine bar has an amazing selection of wines in a very urban and trendy place. Their food is also delicious. And like every spots on Rose Ave, you can walk or bike there from the bungalow!”
123 locals recommend