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Third Street Promenade

Third Street Promenade Third Street Promenade Photo by SnippyHolloW via Flickr

Located just a short hop from the world famous Santa Monica Beach is the Third Street Promenade. This three block stretch of shops and restaurants is one of the best places in Los Angeles to eat and shop, and it should certainly be at the top of your list of places to go if you are spending only a few days in Los Angeles.

Located at one end of the promenade you have the fantastic Santa Monica Place Shopping Mall, and on the opposite end you have Wilshire Boulevard home to a collection of some of the most famous shops in the world, but it is the Third Street Promenade where most people head. This stunning location is lined with some of the most unique shops in Los Angeles with everything from book shops to gift shops fully catered for.

Third Street Promenade isn’t just about the shops however. Like Santa Monica Beach this area is completely awash with street performers at all times of the year. There is a nice variety here with some pretty talented performers choosing to make Third Street Promenade their home. Head here at the weekend if you want to get the best mix of performers.

It doesn’t matter what you intend to do when you head to Third Street Promenade. It is one of the most relaxing places in the city. It is completely vehicle free which means you can wander from shop to shop purely at your leisure, and that of course means you get to enjoy everything in a much shorter space of time.


Location/Map:    3rd Street (between Broadway & Wilshire), Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 393-7593
Website: Third Street Promenade