The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California is one of the most popular upscale shopping centers in Los Angeles. A hub of excitement and entertainment, 3rd Street Promenade is a destination for foodies and shoppers alike. Located just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, 3rd Street Promenade is an open-air retail center and is a great place for people watching, shopping, and dining. Additionally, 3rd Street Promenade also features live events, outdoor movies screenings, and a popular weekly farmer’s market.
From quick snacks to world-class gourmet cuisine there’s something for everyone at the 3rd Street Promenade. With a roaring 20’s theme, The Misfit is a bar that resembles a vintage library with leather seating and sumptuous lighting as well as an extensive cocktail menu. A local icon, Ye Olde King’s Head is a classic English pub that’s known for its fish and chips and selection of beers. Enjoy some distinct Mexican cuisine with a Southern California flair at Border Grill, healthy fare at True Food Kitchen or Tender Greens, Italian cuisine at Fritto Misto, French food at Monsieur Marcel, and many others.
With over 200 shops, 3rd Street Promenade is a shopaholics dream. Boasting everything from big brands like Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Barnes & Noble, The Gap, Sunglass Hut, Sur La Table, Tilly’s, Victoria’s Secret, and Z Gallerie, to name a few. At the southern end of 3rd Street Promenade is Santa Monica Place, which is home to department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, as well as the iconic Fred Segal.
Home to live street performers ranging from hip-hop dancers, singer-songwriters, and circus acts, 3rd Street Promenade offers some of the best people watching in Los Angeles. Twice a week (Wednesday’s and Saturday’s) 3rd Street Promenade hosts the Downtown Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, one of the most popular farmer’s markets in LA. 3rd Street Promenade is also a great place to catch a movie with three major movie theaters nearby, or catch a live comedy show at the M.I. Westside Comedy Theater.
Parking at 3rd Street Promenade isn’t always easy, but there are several parking options available. There are several paid parking structures at the outskirts of the complex, plus there is metered parking throughout. Street parking fills up quickly, especially on the weekends. Tip: Be sure to feed your meter (both coins and credit cards are accepted) because the Santa Monica PD will ticket expired meters.