The Locals' Guide To Santa Monica

Photo: Courtesy of Shutters.
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.
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Photo: Courtesy of Love Adorned.
Love Adorned
Open for less than two weeks, this jewelry and home shop is Santa Monica's raddest new resident. It's from the same owner of the popular New York Adorned, a three-in-one tattoo/piercing/jewelry shop. Expect a well-curated mix of contemporary and vintage jewelry, as well as accessories and home goods — all with a truly one-of-a-kind feel.

Love Adorned, 2923 Main Street (near Ashland Avenue); 310-450-2227.

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Skin Laundry
Have a spare 10 minutes? Then you have time for some complexion Rx at Skin Laundry. This airy clinic offers ultra-speedy laser and light treatments meant to deep-clean your skin. Regular treatments will help reduce sun damage, redness, acne, and more. Your face will thank you.

Skin Laundry, 1230 Montana Avenue (near 14th Street); 310-319-9400.
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Annenberg Community Beach House
With an impressive beachside pool; rotating art exhibits; author readings; and SUP, yoga, and tai chi classes, there's never a shortage of things to do here.

Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway; 310-458-4904.
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The Chestnut Club
Go to this cocktail bar for top-notch drinks; stay for the cool, laid-back atmosphere. With brick walls, exposed beams, and leather booths, the decor is also on point.

The Chestnut Club, 1348 14th Street (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Avenue); 310-393-1348.
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Lost & Found
Originally a Hollywood boutique, Lost & Found — which stocks brands like Raquel Allegra and Lemlem — opened up a second shop in SaMo just a few months ago. Plus, be on the lookout for a home-goods shop from the same owners set to open in a couple of weeks (just down the block at 2000 Main Street).

Lost & Found, 2230 Main Street (between Pacific and Strand streets); 310-450-9565.
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Suite 700
This rooftop bar atop the Hotel Shangri-La boasts sweeping ocean views. Head there for happy hour for a quintessential Santa Monica experience.

Suite 700, 1301 Ocean Avenue; 310-394-2791.
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Huckleberry
Don't be put off by the line out the door — Huckleberry is truly worth the wait. Try the BLT, along with one of the signature homemade pastries, for a brunch to end all brunches.

Huckleberry, 1014 Wilshire Boulevard (between 10th Court and 10th Street); 310-451-2311.
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Wasteland
Wasteland's well-stocked Santa Monica store sells a mix of new, designer, and vintage clothes and accessories. Bonus: You can bring in items to sell and get paid on the spot.

Wasteland, 1338 4th Street (between 13th and 14th avenues); 310-395-2620.
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Milo and Olive
While Milo and Olive's bakery churns out some of L.A.'s freshest breads and pastries, the restaurant's dinner menu is equally scrumptious.

Milo and Olive, 2723 Wilshire Boulevard (between Harvard and Princeton streets); 310-453-6776.
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Shutters
Situated directly on the beach, Shutters has an ocean view to top all others. Order a drink and post up at the hotel's pool for some quality R&R.

Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Boulevard; 310-587-1717.
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Terrazza
Terrazza has quickly become our new favorite beachside brunch spot since opening last summer. How good does this funghi pizza look?

Terrazza, 1910 Ocean Way; 310-581-5533.
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Mindfulnest
Searching for a unique gift? Look no further than Mindfulnest. The charming boutique stocks locally made art, sculpture, jewelry, gifts, accessories, and more.

Mindfulnest, 2711 Main Street (between Hill Street and Ashland Avenue); 310-452-5409.
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Santa Monica Airport Antique Market
This top-notch flea market at the Santa Monica Airport is open on the first and fourth Sunday of every month. Time to get your biweekly bargain hunting on.

Santa Monica Airport Antique Market, 3050 Airport Avenue; 323-933-2511.
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Tar & Roses
Executive chef and owner Andrew Kirschner's ever-changing dishes at Tar & Roses are guaranteed to keep you coming back again and again. We're loving the wood-roasted summer squash right now.

Tar & Roses, 602 Santa Monica Boulevard (at 6th Street); 310-587-0700.
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Jurlique Skin Care
Take a stroll along quaint, boutique-filled Montana Avenue, and make a pit stop at Jurlique for all the natural cleansers, lotions, and oils you can get your hands on.

Jurlique Skin Care, 1230 Montana Avenue (at Euclid Street); 310-899-1923.
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Photo: Courtesy of Santa Monica Playhouse.
Santa Monica Playhouse Theater
A mix of classical and contemporary, shows at the not-for-profit Santa Monica Playhouse Theater are always a blast.

Santa Monica Playhouse Theater, 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue); 310-394-9779.
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Santa Monica Museum of Art
No need to venture far from the beach to get your museum fix. The Santa Monica Museum of Art gives LACMA a run for its money with its amazing exhibits and events. Right now, be sure to check out the "Robert Swain: The Form of Color" exhibit (pictured here).

Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Avenue; 310-586-6488.

Tacos Por Favor
Our award for best Mexican food in Santa Monica? Tacos Por Favor, hands down.

Tacos Por Favor, 1406 Olympic Boulevard (between 14th and 15th streets); 310-392-5768.
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Unplug Meditation
Ever feel like you can never shut your brain off? Head to Unplug's new SaMo studio for 30- and 45-minute drop-in meditation classes. Your guide will help you get Zen in no time at all.

Unplug Mediation, 12401 Wilshire Boulevard (between South Carmelina and Centinela avenues); 310-826-8899.

Bay Cities Italian Deli
Bay Cities has been a Santa Monica institution since 1925 thanks to its out-of-this-world sandwiches and fresh bread. Try The Godmother — you won't be disappointed.

Bay Cities Italian Deli, 1517 Lincoln Boulevard (between Broadway and Colorado Avenue); 310-395-8279.
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