Third Street

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Third Street Bookended by the Beverly Center to the west and the Grove to the east – two of LA's most popular malls – Third Street offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite from the typical corporate... Los Angeles United States 34.072623 -118.369848
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Party Earth Review Bookended by the Beverly Center to the west and The Grove to the east – two of LA’s most popular malls – Third Street offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite... ... read full review

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  • Address:

    West Third Street (between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue)
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  • Hours:

    24/7; hours vary for retails stores and restaurants

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Third Street Review

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Bookended by the Beverly Center to the west and the Grove to the east – two of LA's most popular malls – Third Street offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite from the typical corporate...

Bookended by the Beverly Center to the west and The Grove to the east – two of LA’s most popular malls – Third Street offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite from the typical corporate chain stores.

Although this mile-long stretch is less snooty than Rodeo Drive and lacks the paparazzi-fueled celebrity frenzy of Robertson Boulevard, discerning shoppers will nonetheless find plenty in the way of chic shoes from Sigerson Morrison, vintage clothing from Polkadots & Moonbeams, designer trends at boutiques like Milk, Hillary Rush, and Satine, and even home furnishings and housewares.

Those who work up an appetite early on can stop into popular breakfast spots Toast or Quality, or relax later on at Joan’s On Third, a delicious gourmet marketplace and café perfect for brunch, lunch, and the occasional mid-week celebrity sighting.

Fine French restaurants Little Door and A.O.C. are perpetually packed with a hip clientele, while sushi-spot Izaka-ya is known for attracting the city’s in-crowd.

After dark, trendy young things flock to nightlife options like the lucha libre-themed Mexican bar El Carmen, which offers one of the city’s largest collections of fine tequilas, down-and-dirty Irish dive St. Nick's Pub, and Goal, an upscale sports bar.

Perfect for a pleasurable LA afternoon, Third Street may be a treat for the senses – but it’s definitely a danger to the pocketbook.

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Tip from Adriana:

Don’t miss Third Street’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale that takes place over a weekend in the middle of August. Participating stores offer major bargains, so you can snag double the amount of great stuff!

  • Crowd

    In-the-know and generally affluent locals. Women of all ages for shopping by day, hip young professionals at the restaurants and bars by night, 20s to 30s.

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  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Restaurants and cafés ranging from hole-in-the-wall strip mall joints to fine dining. The Little Next Door (8142 West Third Street) is a great Parisian Café, while Magnolia Bakery (8389 West Third Street) offers some of the best cupcakes in town.

    Happy Hours at St. Nick's Pub (8450 West Third Street), The Churchill (8384 West Third Street), and El Carmen (8138 West Third Street).

    My Pilates Body (8242 West Third Street) and The Bar Method (8416 West Third Street) offer Pilates and aerobics classes.

    Valet parking provided by the West Third Street Business Association available at various marked points along the street.

  • Prices

    Retail stores on the pricey side. Restaurants and bars range from modest to expensive. Public valet parking $4.50 before 6pm and $7 thereafter.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Fairly casual for shopping, chic and fashionable at the restaurants.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any time.

  • Close By

    Nearby Robertson Boulevard, the Beverly Center mall (8500 Beverly Boulevard), and The Grove / Farmers Market shopping center (189 The Grove Drive) offer more shopping and dining options. The 3rd Stop (8636 West Third Street) just west of La Cienega Boulevard (8636 West Third Street) has an excellent Happy Hour.

Third Street User Reviews

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Shopping and Sun
Kristen D. May 15, 2013
This is one of my favorite get away destinations. 3rd street has basically everything you could possibly need. There is food, fun, sun, and last but definitely not least people watching. This is a fun place to walk around and shop alone or with friends. If you are anywhere near Santa Monica, this is a place to stop by for sure. They might even be filming Peoples Court one day when you walk by. This place is often featured on TV. I think its because they have every thing there. There are so many stores that you can find anything that you might need.
Fun Day Out!
Kate K. Mar 25, 2013
Third Street in Santa Monica is one of the premier shopping destination in Los Angeles. Just blocks away from the beach, this outdoor mall has every kind of store you would want. There are department stores (Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s) at the end of the street, as well as boutiques and chains (Urban Outfitters, American Eagle) all along 3rd street. There are some great restaurants as well if you want to stay for dinner and a couple of movie theaters as well. It is always vibrant as there are a lot of street performers. There are also a couple of popular bars, such as Barney’s and Cabo Cantina right there as well! Definitely a fun day out!
Third Street: First in Window Shopping
Sean F. Feb 20, 2013
Third Street boasts an eclectic assortment of boutiques where shoppers can browse through a variety of clothes, books, and beautiful objects. Nestled between the outdoor mall The Grove and the recently upscaled Beverly Center, the shops on Third Street offer a pleasant, though occasionally pricy, alternative to the corporate brands that dominate those malls. Even though the stores have expensive product, they never cease to delight window shoppers, and the special objects that can be found in the stores make for special gifts. One highlight is A New Stone Age, which has fun displays of oddities, jewelry, and tchotchkes. Shoppers can also take a break from perusing the stores and nosh at one of the eateries that cohabitate the strip. Joan’s on Third is always bustling and delicious. I recommend Simplethings, a pie and sandwich shop for a more low-key but still yummy meal. Also on the street: L.A.’s first Magnolia Bakery—a quick cupcake is the perfect shopping stimulant.
Beach, Shops, Food all in One!
Raquel G. Dec 20, 2012
Lets start with its proximity to the beach, which could not be better. Only three blocks away from the shore, the Third Street promenade defines a luxury beach town. Visitors smell the salt water and feel the sunshine. The promenade is lined with all different types of stores: expensive and inexpensive. This range keeps the street accessible to all types of people. Stores like Forever 21 and Zara for those not wanting to splurge, and Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, and designer stores like Tory Burch for those willing to spend a little more money. The restaurant scene follows the same hierarchy as stores--some are dine in experiences, whereas others are quick take out joints. Trastevere Trattoria Italiana is an upscale Italian Restaurant, but there is also Baja Fresh for people craving a quick, cheap meal. Trendy bars, like Bar Chloe and Barneys Beanery, also get packed during happy hour and late at night. To sum it up, the Third Street Promenade is a great place to visit as a tourist or even as a local!
Fun Place to Shop!
Anna J. Nov 30, 2012
I really enjoy coming to shop here. They have a lot of high end stores (Louis Vuitton, Nordstroms, etc.) but they also have stores like Forever 21 and Brandy Melville. I also love that it is in the outdoors... it makes it feel so much less like a mall! There are a lot of restaurants too... again, ranging from commercial ones that are cheap (ex. Johhny Rocket's) to more individual, more expensive ones. There are also street performers during the day sometimes which are also cool to see. Great atmosphere to shop. Plus its really close to the beach and the pier so its a great place to go for a day lone excursion!!
Love the Promenade
Audriana L. Nov 30, 2012
Having gone to the Promenade pretty much since birth, I can confidently say its one of my favorite places in LA. Great shopping, great food, and great people. The Promenade is extremely diverse and has all kinds of staple stores including Brandy Melville, Forever 21, and Steve Madden. I love that most of these stores close pretty late in comparison to other centers- creating the opportunity to walk around for a few hours after dinner. Also conveniently located mid-street is the movie theater--so the Promenade is definitely a good girls night out or date location. Not only this, but it is located just a few streets away from the beach-so during the day the weather is usually just lovely. Parking is super easy (usually 2 hours free), and it is my go-to spot for a quick shopping trip or a spontaneous dinner and movie.
An Awesome Day
Rachel S. Nov 30, 2012
I love setting a day with my girls to just go to third street and shop around. Third street is always a great time because there are tons of different restaurants and offers up all different types of food. THere are amazing clothing stores a lot of them are hidden gems that you have to go and find. I also love going to third street promenade. There are a lot of chain stores there but also a lot of unique ones as well. Of course there is a Brand and Melville there as well. The people there are eclectic and definitely out there but it is always a great day.
Third Street is a great trendy place to shop with friends
Margaret L. Nov 26, 2012
Third Street offers tons of activities -- from shopping to eating I could literally stay there the entire day. There are popular stores for teenagers such as Brandy Melville and American Eagle but also good stores for parents like Apple and Nike. So, whether you are with friends or parents you can enjoy your day at Third Street. There are some great restaurants... both fast food like Johnny Rockets and nice, sit-down Italian places. The only downside is that there are tons of homeless people and weird street performers that make me feel uncomfortable. Once you get over that, it's a great time!
Always a great place
Lindsey S. Nov 20, 2012
I love going to 3rd Street. It has a lot of different people, different stores, and yummy food. This place is a very unique place within the Los Angeles area, as it is close to the pier and the Promenade, where you can find the more popular stores. yet, 3rd Street has a very unique culture and awesome boutique stores. Though it can be very busy at times, I definitely recommend that you check this place out at least once- it will make you fall in love with Los Angeles all over again ! It is definitely a relaxing, fun time.
My favorite destination!
Nicole J. Nov 17, 2012
Third Street, also known as west third street, not to be confused with third street promenade, is a steet full of quirky shops and chic cafés. I love coming shopping at all the unique and cute boutiques and taking a break at the adorable Cafés. I love Milk, Polka Dots and Moonbeans, Hillary Rush, and another cute mostly home accessory store that I can’t remember the name of. All the boutique workers/owners are so nice and not snobby at all. Toast Bakery Café andJoan’s on Third are my two favorite places to stop in for coffee, a snack, or a meal!
very cute street
Allie H. Nov 15, 2012
Not to be confused with Third street promenade, Third street is between La Cienga and Beverly Hills and Fairfax Avenue. They have a lot of restaurants like Toast, Joan's on Third, a great bakery on the corner. There is also a Bar method which is a great workout. If you head to third street you will def find a place to eat and love! A great place to walk around and the Beverly Center is right around the corner so you could do some shopping. Third street also has a few boutiques. Recommend!
Little bit of everything
Kenzie G. Nov 14, 2012
Third Street Promenade is a great place if you want to shop, eat, be by the beach, and be entertained by a variety of things. It's a great place to people watch and shop at some of your favorite stores. The choices for food is great considering it has a little bit of everything. If you're sick of the shopping, you can walk about 2 minutes to the beach and the pier which is always relaxing and fun.
Third Street Promenade is a street dedicated to shopping, eating, and entertainment.
Hilarie B. Nov 14, 2012
Third Street Promenade is a must see if you visiting LA. The shopping is amazing! Every major store plus cute boutiques line the streets. Additionally, you can find great restaurants or movie theaters. Artists, singers, and dancers flood the streets along with cute stands selling jewelry or tourist items. As a local, I prefer to walk past Third Street to find unique restaurants and stores. Third Street is overwhelming, but definitely worth checking out once in a while.
Sammi T. Nov 13, 2012
One of my favorite places to go and I always have such an amazing time strolling up and down Third Street. There are so many options for stores and food. You can pretty much spend your day however you would like and it's a great place to come with friends. I would recommend coming here for a nice lunch and shopping. Definitely recommend!
Never-ending surprises
Michelle S. Oct 16, 2012
Third Street is like a never-ending Christmas surprise. I can honestly say I've been there at least 15 times and I discover something new every time I go. From the always entertaining street performers to the nightmare of having to pick a place to eat for an indecisive person, to the shopping and theaters, Third Street is diverse enough to go at any hour of the day. Sometimes my friends and I go with no set goal in mind and we always end up finding something fun to do because it literally has something to suit most types of people.
Joan's On Third and Toast...I mean Honestly
Brehan F. Oct 5, 2012
Love Third Street. Absolutely love. I happen to probably be the biggest fan in existence of Joan's on Third, which makes me entirely biased of this neighborhood, but it really is fabulous. The stores are lovely, and it's a pretty central location. Plus, there aren't that many areas in LA where you have the opportunity to interact with others on the street - truly. I spend more days around here than nights - I will rotate brunch between The Churchill, Joan's on Third, or Toast...and I've heard that there is a faux donuts place along here that's pretty good too. Need to try that one. It's pretty sceney, so you can't show up in your sweats without feeling a bit out of place, but at the same time, it is LA - no one really cares. There is Third Street valet parking which is convenient - and freaking expensive. If you can, try to find street parking to avoid this, but know that you have a solid plan B if necessary. Either way, definitely come here - day or night.
Best Street in LA
Paul F. Oct 1, 2012
Biased because it's my neighborhood, but you'd still be hard-pressed to find a better street in Los Angeles. Third is one of those rare spots in the city where you can actually walk to everything. On one end you have the Beverly Center Mall and Beverly Connection and on the other you have The Grove. In between, there are tons of restaurants like Little Door, Little Next Door, Doughboys, Izakaya, Gusto, Robata Ya, Olio, Simple Things, Son of a Gun, Joan's, Toast, Quality, and more. For bars you have St. Nick's, Station Tavern, The Churchill, El Carmen, and Goal. Shopping is of course everywhere with boutiques lining the street. Check out Third during the day or at night, it's easily one of the most bustling streets in the city.
A favorite weekend activity!
Sara G. Aug 8, 2012
Brunching and strolling this area of LA is always great. Start off the day by eating at Toast, The Churchill, or Joan's on Third, and then shop (or window shop) at many of the great boutiques in the area. The clothes and jewelry are unique, and the crowds are never totally overwhelming. Be sure to check out OK, the Travel Bookstore and Flight 001 (if it's still there?). These stores - and this area - is also great to find birthday/housewarming gifts for friends. If you need (or want!) another snack, the Little Next Door is wonderful....or you could just go back and give in to that cupcake at Joan's on Third. It was calling your name. This area does attract a scene, so if you care about that kind of thing, you'll want to dress appropriately. You never know who you'll run into.
Favorite Shopping Area
Gabe L. Aug 8, 2012
I love the Third Street Promenade. It has everything you could ever want to eat, and every store I love to shop in. Before each school year I always go on a shopping spree to get new Enjoi and RVCA shirts and sweatshirts. There are street performers left and right to keep you entertained while waiting for your mother or lady friend to finish trying on shoes as well. One time there was a little monkey performing that was adorable. I went up to it with a quarter and it grabbed it with its little hands and walked away. At the end of the street is a newly opened shopping mall with even more stores, a Bloomingdales, and a stellar food court with some great japanese food if you're looking to grab a quick bite. When you're tired of shopping you can go to the movies or head over to the beach. The water is dirty so I never go in it, but it's nice to lay out in the sand and get a few shades darker . I always look forward to going to this area. Sure the drive on the 10 is no fun and parking can be hard to find, especially on the weekends, but the endless shops are always a blast to be at. Also, television shows and movies frequently film there, so be sure to look your best in case you end up in a shot!
So many choices!
Alex K. Aug 7, 2012
Third Street has so many great restaurants within walking distances of one another that most of the time, it’s hard to choose where to go! When I think Third Street, I think of The Three on Third: Toast, Joan’s on Third, and Dougboys. All of these places are very similar in terms of atmosphere, breakfast/brunch/lunch food…and of course, location. They are all very trendy and having tried all three, I think Joan’s has to be my favorite. The sandwich I had there was amazing, plus, unlike the other 2 places, there is a marketplace with desserts, baked goods, cheese, ice cream, and drinks. However, if we’re talking dessert, Doughboys wins, hands down. I know red velvet seems so over done, but their red velvet cake is probably the best I have had. It’s awesome! Even if you are there for breakfast or brunch, definitely get the cake to go and eat it later. Another place that isn’t as well known is simplethings sandwich & pie shop. It’s a tiny place that you may not notice your first time cruising the street, but it’s the cutest little shop inside. They have a different selection of pies everyday, in which they rotate about 10 different flavors. My first time there, I had the Thanksgiving sandwich, which tasted exactly like Thanksgiving in a sandwich: turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and gravy. To finish off my meal, I had a chocolate peanut butter pie. It had a crushed Oreo crust with a peanut butter filling in the middle. I’m not usually a pie person, but this one was amazing! The pies come in two sizes, the first is made for one person and the bigger one is great for sharing with a friend.
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