Third Street Promenade

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Third Street Promenade The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA's most popular outdoor malls. Los Angeles United States 34.015535 -118.496057
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Party Earth Review The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA’s most popular outdoor malls. Dedicated to pedestrian traffic only... ... read full review

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The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA's most popular outdoor malls.

The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA’s most popular outdoor malls.

Dedicated to pedestrian traffic only, the Promenade sees a diverse mix of people during the day, from camera-toting tourists to suited professionals and bikini-clad teens, who spend a few hours strolling up and down the sun-bathed boulevard, popping into the many mainstream stores like American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch, or perusing the wares at the sleeker and more offbeat bookstores and art galleries.

Cool ocean breezes, sea views, and the nearby Santa Monica Pier make the al fresco cafés and restaurants a prime destination year round, but the Promenade itself is especially packed during summer heat waves when LA residents of all stripes retreat to the air conditioned darkness of the movie theaters, nibble on popcorn and cotton candy from street vendors, or take in the sidewalk performers transplanted from nearby Venice.

As the sun drops behind the Pacific breakers, night owls turn their attention to the area’s plethora of lounges and dive bars, which run the gamut from the swanky nearby Bar Chloe on Second Street to the down and dirty Renee's Courtyard Café just around the corner.

Whether for shopping, dining, or dancing into the wee hours, the bustling Third Street Promenade’s cornucopia of entertainments offers a round-the-clock, high-energy vibe with something to suit any taste or budget.

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t miss Santa Monica’s big Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm. You’ll find it on Arizona Avenue between Second and Third Streets and it might just be the best market in all of LA.

  • Crowd

    All types of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Remarkably good street performers including musicians, singers, magicians, dancers, and acrobats. Live music at Harvelle’s Blues Club (1432 4th Street) and Rusty’s Surf Ranch (256 Santa Monica Pier). Three movie theaters.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Myriad restaurants and bars. Upscale shopping at Santa Monica Place includes stores like Barneys Co-op, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. H&M, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Apple Store on the Promenade. Garage and street parking.

  • Prices

    Wide range of shopping and dining options for all budgets. Garage parking two hours free before 6pm and $1 for every thirty minutes after. $5 flat fee after 6pm.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Shorts, t-shirts, sandals, anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any afternoon, though crowds are heaviest on Friday and Saturday nights and weekend days.

  • Close By

    The iconic Santa Monica Pier (where Colorado Avenue hits the beach) offers carnival rides and games, an arcade, an aquarium, and several restaurants. On Thursday evenings in the summer, the Pier hosts the Twilight Dance Series, free concerts to which a hip crowd brings picnic baskets and blankets and watches from the beach.

Third Street Promenade User Reviews

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Perfect for so many occasions!
Sanam S. Oct 29, 2013
Third Street Promenade offers something for everyone! There are the usual chain stores of course, but if you walk a block east, just off of Third, you'll find many smaller stores selling cute, kitschy items. Quite a few are geared towards tourists, but if you look around, you might find something you like! If shopping isn't your thing, no worries! There are plenty of restaurants around, with cuisines from around the world, as well as a movie theater. Don't feel like spending money? No problem! The enjoyable street artists and performers scattered around the promenade make for a pleasant stroll. The beach is also just a few steps away. It can get a little crowded on weekends, but it's not too bad, with a lot of open space to walk around in. The atmosphere is very relaxed, making the promenade perfect for a date, for hanging out with your friends, or being with family. Parking is really cheap too! Most of the structures are free for the first 90 minutes, and are only a dollar per hour after that! There's also plenty of metered parking on the street. PROTIP: Farmer's market every Wednesday and Saturday (I forgot the timings though, but mostly in the morning), and social salsa and Argentine tango on Sunday evenings starting around 5 until 9pm!
The Perfect Day
Emma H. Sep 6, 2013
A day spent at the Third Street Promenade is always a perfect day. There is so much to do, and so much beauty all around. You can go from the beach, to the best stores that the act of shopping has to off, then finish off your day with some live music and dinner at a marvelous restaurant. My favorite restaurant on Third Street is Crepe Cafe, which is right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. It seems like every store you can imagine shopping at, can be found at the promenade. I have intentionally and unintentionally seen some of my favorite musical artists playing on Third Street while going for a casual day of shopping. There are always talented and interesting performers to stop and watch as you are walking the streets of The Promenade. This is probably my favorite hang out spot and shopping destination in all of Southern California.
West Coast Gem
Stella S. Jun 4, 2013
Having lived in Los Angeles my whole life, I always took this place for granted. When I lived abroad, this place was surely missed. You have the beach down the street, Nordstrom for shoe shopping extravaganza, Anthropologie for your dinner party dinnerware, Whole Foods around the corner from there. Whatever you might need, the Third Street Promenade is at your disposal. The atmosphere is perfect for a semi romantic date. Plus if you're broke as a joke (like most of us on this planet), take your lovely date on a stroll, get a cup of joe at Le Pain Quotidien, and don't worry about spending any more money.
Some shopping after goingto the beach, anyone?
Gor G. May 22, 2013
This place is great because it has food, clothes and a movie theater. What else do you really need? You can stop by here, buy some clothes you really like from your favorite stores. Then check out all the amazing eateries and maybe catch a movie at the end. If you do not make it to the movie part, you can always just enjoy entertainment along the street while shopping, because there are always some street performers here. My favorite the friendly staff that helps you find what you need. The vibe is amazing and this streets gets a lot of foot traffic since its so close to the beach. This is the place to be on a nice summer afternoon.
The Third is the Word
Gerard Nash G. May 20, 2013
This place is absolutely amazing. It's a nice hang-out spot for LA locals and tourists, alike, and it's also good for anyone who wants to take anyone out on a good date. There's a bunch of great shops out there like: Urban Outfitters, H&M, and Louis Vuitton. The plethora of restaurants also provide great options and the Santa Monica Pier is right next door for anyone who wants to enjoy the beach. There's also many singers and performers who hang around the Promenade, with the only downside being that you have to pay for parking after 6pm. Definitely a great place to come-by and view if you are just visiting L.A. or if you've been living here for many years.
Heard of Third?
Julia M. May 20, 2013
A hot spot for both tourists and L.A. locals, Third Street has everything to offer. From trendy upscale shops such as Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton to more-affordable favorites such as Gap and Urban Outfitters, Third Street has everything a shopoholic could want. However, there's more to the Promenade than shopping. With restaurants like Barney's Beanery and Monsoon Cafe, the options at Third Street Promenade are endless. Many locals look forward to the Farmer's Market located on Arizona and Third every Wednesday and Saturday. With kiosks and musicians lining the street, you're bound to come upon free entertainment on your shopping spree. Many times, up-and-coming artists will draw a crowd with their perfect pitch, sick dance moves, or awesome magic tricks. But the party doesn't stop there. There's always a crowd gathered in Yankee Doodles, cheering and drinking along to the latest sports game. Only two blocks east of the Santa Monica Pier, many venture off afterwards for a day at the beach or a visit to the pier. You'll find families, couples, and friends of all ages roaming Third Street, bags in hand. With Christmas lights on the trees and an array of cafes and restaurants, Third Street also provides the perfect date night. Boasting beautiful beach views and ocean breezes, Third Street is the year-round place to be. It doesn't matter if you're window shopping, dining, or free-loading on entertainment--Third Street's got something for everyone.
Food, Shopping, Fun!
Kristen D. May 15, 2013
This is one of my absolute favorite get away places. 3rd street is a short bus right for me and every time I go, it is always so much fun. If I am looking for something specific, I always find it with all of the amazing stores. There are just so many options to choose from. I could not ask for a better place to shop. The store literally have everything. Furthermore, dinning is great as well. No matter what you are in the mood for, I am sure 3rd street has it. From coffee shops to bars to italian restaurants to even a crepe place, you can find whatever you desire. Also it is just a great family friendly place to walk around and explore. Often times there are also street performs performing for donations. These are often very entertaining and can be a fun bonding experience.
Pretty Cool Outdoor Mall
Samuel S. May 12, 2013
The Third Street Promenade is the place to be if you're on this side of town. My favorite stores there are Urban Outfitters, Cotton On, H&M,etc. I personally enjoy the outdoor quality of Third Street Promenade which makes it really accessible to bus travelers. Busses that lead you to this direction that I know of are the Metro 720 and the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 1, though the one will lead you straight into the Promenade, the 720 will lead you to Ocean Ave and you can walk up from there. The outdoor performers also make the Promenade a cool place to hang out and many of my favorite artists perform there.
Best Mall in LA
Tricia M. May 11, 2013
I could spend all day here. It has all the stores that you'll probably find at any other mall, but the stores seem bigger and not cramped, and you get to walk around in the fresh air on the open streets. Also, there's so many more restaurants and stores (that aren't chain stores) that you could explore surrounding Third Street. Don't spend too much time/money at one store because its more than likely you'll regret it once you find out how many other stores there are. Some of my favorite stores to stop at here is Nike, J. Crew, Barnes and Nobles, Urban Outfitters, and Puzzle Zoo. Some other popular stores are Forever21, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, Steve Madden, American Apparel, Brandy Melville, Anthropologie, the Apple Store, and.... that's all I can think of on the top of my head right now. But yeah, lots of stores, and Santa Monica Place is right there too for your luxury needs. The most convenient place with reasonable prices and quantity/quality of food is Barney's Beanery, I think. The other restaurants along Third Street could be a hit or miss.. meaning really expensive food that's just eh. Yelp around and you'll probably find something a couple blocks away! The End.
The Place to Be
Aldrin S. May 7, 2013
Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is the place to be. It will surely fill your shopping appetite with a various amount of stores. I love the feel of this place because of how it is so beautifully laid out. Walking down the promenade provides so many things to do. There are performers that anyone can enjoy. Food choices are abundant from cafes to sports bars. The promenade is beautiful because of its trees that go all the way to the end and look amazing at night with lights attached to them. It is a great date idea since it is only a few blocks from the beach. I love the style and fashion of the people there. You also get that beach vibe or lifestyle and everyone is laid back and just enjoying life.
Everything you want from a LA experience in one place
Aliya W. Apr 21, 2013
As a Los Angeles native, this is far one of my favorite place to be. Every time I come home I make sure to stop by the Third Street Promenade. This place has everything and is walking distance from everything else you may want. It has some of the greatest shopping stores and a three story mall at the end of the promenade. Everything from Zara's to Betsy Johnson's to H&M to Forever 21. They have cheap clothing stores and they have expensive stores like Gucci. It has some of the greatest restaurants and varied types of food from Japanese, French, American, and Korean. If you have an obsession with yogurt like I do, then they have a couple of great yogurt places to go to, order yogurt, and people watch. It has great entertainment. Many people come to do street performances. One time I saw a friend from high school singing and playing the guitar on the promenade. It was his summer job! I have seen a break dancing crew, a magic show, and a drumming session among others. If you still want to get the beach experience in LA, guess what? The promenade is three blocks away from the beach. The walking distance is an estimated less than ten minutes. Personally, I just enjoy the atmosphere, I enjoy people watching, and the breeze in my hair from the beach. This would make a great date for couples if you can't decide what to do. But this place is for everyone whether you are a mom, a teenager, single, or in a relationship. It doesn't matter. You can find something that fits your personality or what you are looking for. I really do encourage people to visit here.
Shopping, Street Performers, Dancing
Rachel S. Mar 30, 2013
Having lived in California my entire life and toured most of state, I can honestly say Third Street Promenade is one of my favorite locations. While parking and shopping are admittedly a bit more expensive than some other places in California, it is well worth it. Having gone to Santa Monica many times as a student, I was able to spend the day without spending too much money. It’s a blast simply watching the extremely talented street performers sing, dance, and put on shows. Third Street is also relatively close to the beach, so on a sunny day it is a blast to do some window shopping, and cool off in the water. For any dancers out there, Sunday evenings from 6-9 there is free outdoor salsa all along the Promenade. It’s a blast and always full of people from all over the world. Even if you don’t know how, everyone is welcome. People dance all levels and styles, and if you just want to watch, that’s okay too!
More Than Just Shopping
david p. Mar 27, 2013
If you are looking for a unique shopping experience that is only found in LA, then you are looking into the right place. 3rd Street Promenade has everything you're looking for whether its entertaining street dancers, excellent restaurants, live shows, or just shopping. Street performers range from musical acts to dance crews to activist. You never know what you're going to find on any given night. The most action can be found on weekends when the sun goes down. There is plenty of parking in one of the many parking structures around the Promenade so you don't have to worry about that. All in all 3rd Street Promenade is a great FREE place to visit if your looking for shopping, entertainment, or both.
The Best Mall in LA
Anthony James B. Mar 26, 2013
3rd Street is probably one of the best all-around shopping destinations in LA. They recently just added additional high-end stores at the very end of the strip/closest to the pier and I think this new addition now makes it the best. Everything you could ask for you will find. There are high-end stores, average shopping mall stores, a huge variety of eating, free parking, movie theaters, and the beach is a 2 minute walk. Literally everything is here. You can spend an entire day here going from shopping, to watching a movie, to tanning on the beach, and then end it with a ride on the ferris wheel. A for sure must-see for anyone visiting in LA or looking for a fun day outdoors!
Amazing Shopping Places
Jasmit N. Mar 26, 2013
Third Street Promenade has so much to do. There are so many shops here. Whenever I want to go buy something I really need I usually come here. It is such a beautiful place. I have bought multiple things from the different stores such as vests, hats and clothes. They also have a theater, which I thought wasn’t too bad. I watched Ted here and loved my experience in the theater. There is also random people doing acts outside and it is always entertaining to watch them perform. It is also close to the beach so you can just walk over to go for a walk on the beach.
every store you could want and it's outside!
Annamarie P. Mar 26, 2013
Third Street Promenade has almost every store you could want, as well as several places to eat. Most of the shopping is pretty standard mall and LA stores, but the outdoor venue and street closed off to cars makes it enjoyable to be at. It’s easy to spend a whole day here, but also easy to spend a lot of money. Some of the street performers are actually really good, especially some of the singers. Third Street is a fun place to walk around and hang out and also an all-in-one stop to take care of shopping needs. There’s a lot of parking, but you do have to pay for it. I recommend parking in the big structure down by the Bloomingdale’s which is easier then a small lot and not too expensive.
Worth Your Time!
Amandeep K. Mar 26, 2013
Third Street Promenade is a place that I can never get tired of at all! There is always something to do and somewhere to go when you are there. I actually go to school near by so I’m at the promenade on a weekly basis. I don’t seem to get tired of it. So many options for food you wouldn’t believe it. The performers actually make you want to stop and see what they are doing. The whole vibe of this place is Amazing! You have so many options for shopping if that’s what you like doing. This place is hands down the most activity filled place I have been to.
Big name stores for all your needs
John I. Mar 22, 2013
3rd Street is fun in moderation. Think of any big brand name store and it is most likely on the promenade. It is a very convenient street. There’s more to it than these stores though! There are always street performers who are usually quite good (and they do not pester you for money, but you’ll probably want to give anyways!). There are also some off-the-wall type stores, such as one dedicated to puzzles. Plenty of food options too! It has everything from small snacks to fine dining, and pretty much any type of food you can think of. The crepe restaurant is my personal favorite. To summarize, this street is CONVENIENT. It has all your shopping needs, food, entertainment, and just three blocks from the water. Worth a trip now and then, and I enjoy it! But if you go all the time you can easily get sick of it.
Great Ambience, Very Entertaining
Lauren K. Mar 7, 2013
Although a large part of Santa Monica is the shopping, the stores are pretty standard and can be found anywhere. My favorite part about third street promenade are the street performers. There is usually dancing, music, and other cool talents to behold (I once saw a father-son acrobatic combo), and it's interesting to walk along the promenade and see the lineup. It's very lively and exciting. The drawback is that it can get pretty crowded, especially during the weekend, and parking can be difficult to find. That being said, there's a reason that everyone wants to come here, and I think it's a perfect summer/spring night outing.
Nice shopping area with some good food too
Duane L. Mar 5, 2013
Third Street Promenade is a nice little shopping area with pretty good stores and some excellent food options. For the most part I can’t afford much of what they have there but some stuff is within everyone’s price range I think. The last time I splurged there was on Free Runs at the Nike Factory Store (great investment, by the way). Some of the food options are great too but usually when I am down there I just go to a cheaper place like McDonalds to save money for shopping. The Misfit (which technically isn’t on the Promenade but it’s right next to it!) is an amazing place to eat though. Overall Third Street is a fun place to shop and dine, plus it’s right next to the beach!
Beautiful.
Valerie Y. Mar 5, 2013
Third Street Promenade is gorgeous. It has a lovely atmosphere, and so many things to do! Whether you want to shop, watch the street vendors, eat, dance, socialize, watch a movie, Third Street has it all! Just find a place to park, and everything is within walking distance- even the pier isn't too far a walk away, maybe 10-15 minutes. Definitely a great place for dates, groups, or even a girl's night out! The street performers are often very talented/funny. And the promenade often has holiday lights, which makes it look even prettier! I have always had a great experience there.
All of my favorite stores in one convenient location.
Ariana A. Feb 22, 2013
I have been shopping at Third Street Promenade ever since I can remember, and I'd never pick a different shopping location over this one. It really has everything: movie theaters, restaurants, clothing stores for every age, and even ample parking! I find stores like Steve Madden, Brandy Melville, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters to be among the most popular, so make sure you have a good amount of time on your hands (especially if you're venturing there on a weekend). And honestly, if you're not a fan of waiting in line, you can forget about Brandy Melville. On a Friday night, you can wait at least ten minutes to try on clothes and over another twenty to pay for them. On the bright side, their prices are great, so you won't be forking over too much of your hard-earned money. The recently built Santa Monica mall is perfect for the more high-end shopper, with stores like BCBG, Burberry, Coach, and Nordstrom. Once you work up an appetite (which is almost inevitable) you can easily get a quick snack at Wetzel's Pretzels or Starbucks, or sit down at one of the many delicious restaurants either right on the Promenade or in the mall.
a feast for the senses
Brian L. Feb 21, 2013
taking full advantage of the warm southern california climate and its proximity to the pacific ocean, the third street promenade proudly displays its wares as a tourist and shopping mecca. bookended by barnes & noble on wilshire blvd. and extending into the sparkling santa monica place beginning on broadway, this three-block pedestrian-only corridor in the heart of santa monica, CA offers a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and movie theaters to delight the masses. whether perusing retro tees at urban outfitters, treating yourself to froyo at pinkberry, servicing your iPad at the new apple store location, or even splurging on a new electric car at tesla, the promenade is typically teeming with both young and old from all walks of life. families are also in for a treat, as an eclectic group of street performers abound, alongside topiary dinosaur fountains that provide a welcome respite for children. transportation to and from the promenade is plentiful, in addition to the 10 freeway and public parking lots sprinkled throughout, the big blue bus is a convenient option for those traveling by public transportation. the newly opened bike center provides secure parking for your road or fixie, and the year 2015 will finally bring the much ballyhooed light rail to santa monica. for the active and healthy crowd, the promenade is also a stone's throw from palisades park, a postcard come to life and magnet for runners, yoga practitioners and even boot camp groups. the bustling santa monica pier is but a short jaunt towards the beach, where an amusement park, a ferris wheel and funnel cake await. as a bonus, the farmers market comes to town every wednesday and saturday morning at 8:30am, home to the largest grower-only certified farmers market in southern california, and a favorite destination for local chefs.
Anything Goes!
Morgan P. Feb 21, 2013
Third Street Promenade is the ideal hot spot for anything you may need; everything is at your fingertips! Stroll down the beautiful walkway and you will see retail stores, dining areas, street performers and a beach in the distance. It wouldn’t be LA without the sun, but if it becomes too much, you can always grab a frozen treat or indulge yourself with a viewing of the newest flick at the movie theater. When you hit the Promenade, anything goes!
A Good Time for Everyone
Brittany K. Feb 21, 2013
I love 3rd Street Promenade; it has a lot going on at all times. There are musicians serenading you outside, sometimes monks will wander down the street, and the shopping is great. There is everything you could want on 3rd Street - Brandy Melville, Forever 21, Nordstroms, Steve Madden, and even places where your guy friends can amuse themselves (the Apple Store always seems to be a hit with them). Honestly 3rd Street just has a really great vibe going on. It's packed with different eateries, and is also just a short walk away from the beach which is always a plus.
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