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Third Street Promenade

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Address: Third Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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+1 310-393-8355

A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians...

A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and street entertainment running the gamut from dancers to fortune tellers.

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Lots of shopping here. I noticed a lot of homeless people though. Maybe this is the case in Santa Monica. Not sure. Felt safe though. Very busy.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of shopping here. I noticed a lot of homeless people though. Maybe this is the case in Santa Monica. Not sure. Felt safe though. Very busy.

Thank jonathanmartin28
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are so many shops to choose from and fun street performers. There are high end stores and middle price range shops and lots of food options. It is a great place to take the family while on vacation in Santa Monica

Thank ValenciaFamily14
Bendigo, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

All the big name retailers are here, Very neat and tidy mall, lots of food options, live music on each corner, worth a look

Thank delishldish
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very pleasant afternoon strolling in the sun in a car free area. All the shops you could wish to see.

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This lovely promenade area is closed to cars (though the cross streets are not) and has a wide variety of retail and food options, including a Barnes and Noble at one end and shopping centre with department stores at the other.

Thank Jillian B
Albany, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There's plenty to do and lots to see. They have a wide variety of shops if you're there for retail fun and they frequently have entertaining acts (music, magic, performing arts, etc)

Thank N8train
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are several stores to shop at to include an Apple Store. Restaurants also line this area. Section is pedestrian only traffic, with crosswalks at the major intersections. There are loads of street performers on any given day. Fun time to shop or window shop while people watching and enjoying the sun. I frequent this area often due to where... More 

Thank Justin B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good shopping environment as pedestrianised . Gehry Santa Monica Place is not the Guggenheim or Disney Auditorium. Plenty of coffee shops and cheap eats. Montana Ave is a short walk away.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful shopping area. Lots of fun food, yogurt and clothing stores. Although must point out no unusual stores- mostly just chain stores.

Thank Seirshalove727
Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an outdoor mall, with all the typical mall stores and some interesting places to eat. There are a number of employees who's job is to help shoppers or tourists find their way around the promenade. It is a short walk from the beach and the metro stop.


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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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