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It's easy to be envious of Santa Monica denizens, what with their coastal paradise, stellar shopping haunts, and world-class restaurants. But, don't get too jealous. Despite what you may have been told, you don't need a beachside zip code to reap all of this town’s incredible benefits.
As proof, we're giving you the skinny on what to do, where to shop, and what to eat. From a brand-new, buzz-worthy bar to a favorite local brunch restaurant, these 18 must-visit spots will have you livin' like a Westsider in no time. So, hop on the 10 and get ready to explore SaMo — the local way.