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Key Info

1351 Third Street Promenade

Price & Hours

Free
24/7

Details

Free, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Third Street Promenade, which stretches from Broadway (by Santa Monica Place) to Wilshire Boulevard, is a popular shopping destination that has an eclectic vibe similar to its Santa Monica locale. This open-air shopping mall is filled with major chain stores like Urban Outfitters and H&M, as well as more unique boutiques like Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller Inc., a rare, by-appointment bookshop, and the toys-focused Puzzle Zoo. You'll also find that outdoor dining options – many of which use local ingredients – are plentiful. And if you're in the mood to cook your own meal, you can find fresh produce at the farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Despite all of the tempting spending options, the promenade's atmosphere is the main draw for many recent travelers. Unexpected extras like the sculptured shrubs and talented street performers are particularly popular with visitors. Many said the pedestrian-friendly layout made it easy to navigate, though others wished there were fewer homeless residents in the area.

Open 24 hours a day and free to visit, the promenade sits a few blocks north of Tongva Park and the Santa Monica Pier. You'll find it within walking distance of several Big Blue Bus stops and the LA Metro's Downtown Santa Monica Station. There are plenty of parking garages, but finding a spot can be a challenge on nights and weekends, so plan accordingly. Restaurant and store hours vary by location. Check out Downtown Santa Monica's website for more information.

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