How to Live Like a Local in Santa Monica

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How to Live Like a Local in Santa Monica

Coffee Spot

If you're looking for quality, small batch coffee and tea that is sourced directly from local villages all over the world - and you don't want to deal with a scene or touristy vibe - this is THE local spot to check out!! The people at Funnel Mill are serious about ambiance: There are live plants, couches, communal tables, window seating, and a strict no-phones-allowed policy if you want to hang—all good things for getting stuff done in peace. Most drinks are made to order using ancient techniques, which require various beakers, siphons, and crazy-looking butane systems. Yes, you'll have to wait a bit for your single-estate organic or biodynamic coffee, Indian chai, or personal pot of white, green, or red tea. Feeling baller? Try the $75 Esmeralda Especial.
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Funnel Mill Rare Coffee & Tea
2789 Broadway
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If you're looking for quality, small batch coffee and tea that is sourced directly from local villages all over the world - and you don't want to deal with a scene or touristy vibe - this is THE local spot to check out!! The people at Funnel Mill are serious about ambiance: There are live plants, couches, communal tables, window seating, and a strict no-phones-allowed policy if you want to hang—all good things for getting stuff done in peace. Most drinks are made to order using ancient techniques, which require various beakers, siphons, and crazy-looking butane systems. Yes, you'll have to wait a bit for your single-estate organic or biodynamic coffee, Indian chai, or personal pot of white, green, or red tea. Feeling baller? Try the $75 Esmeralda Especial.
This sweet little spot is tucked into a cute alleyway right around the corner from my home. Look for the sign so you don't miss it! With 55+ cafés and coffee shops across the country, Bluestone Lane is bringing Aussie café culture (and better coffee) to the USA. They make the best flat whites in the world—and pride themselves on ethically sourced, meticulously-roasted, sustainably-packaged coffee—for a perfect cup, every time. *If you download their app, your first coffee is free!
Bluestone Lane Colorado Avenue
2041 Colorado Avenue
This sweet little spot is tucked into a cute alleyway right around the corner from my home. Look for the sign so you don't miss it! With 55+ cafés and coffee shops across the country, Bluestone Lane is bringing Aussie café culture (and better coffee) to the USA. They make the best flat whites in the world—and pride themselves on ethically sourced, meticulously-roasted, sustainably-packaged coffee—for a perfect cup, every time. *If you download their app, your first coffee is free!
In the heart of the Abbot Kinney strip, this place is very hip - this coffee is cooler than I am and a VERY popular local spot so there can often be a line. They make a Spanish latte that is to die for!
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Intelligentsia Coffee Venice Coffeebar
1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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In the heart of the Abbot Kinney strip, this place is very hip - this coffee is cooler than I am and a VERY popular local spot so there can often be a line. They make a Spanish latte that is to die for!

Neighborhoods

Everyone knows about Third Street Promenade - and they come from all over the world to check it out - so imagine the crowds. For a much more authentic SaMo vibe lined with great local restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shops, bars, pubs, and more, head over to Main Street. The north end starts in Santa Monica at Bay Street and the Southern tip ends in Venice at Rose.
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Main Street
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Everyone knows about Third Street Promenade - and they come from all over the world to check it out - so imagine the crowds. For a much more authentic SaMo vibe lined with great local restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shops, bars, pubs, and more, head over to Main Street. The north end starts in Santa Monica at Bay Street and the Southern tip ends in Venice at Rose.
This strip is to Venice what Main Street is to Santa Monica. Everyone goes to Venice for the boardwalk, this is where the locals go. Trendy local shops, restaurants, hip bars, and quirky plant shops behind every door. In the summer months, they shut down the street and turn it into a block party!
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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This strip is to Venice what Main Street is to Santa Monica. Everyone goes to Venice for the boardwalk, this is where the locals go. Trendy local shops, restaurants, hip bars, and quirky plant shops behind every door. In the summer months, they shut down the street and turn it into a block party!
This is a nice strip to walk, although it is known for its price tag. Lots of cute cafes, trendy restaurants, and pricey boutiques with the latest fashions.
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Montana Avenue
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This is a nice strip to walk, although it is known for its price tag. Lots of cute cafes, trendy restaurants, and pricey boutiques with the latest fashions.
Between 17th and 23rd, this super cute and charming up-and-coming shopping district is walkable and lined with cute little coffee shops, markets, galleries, restaurants, and more. It also boasts a wide bike path that will take you straight to the beach.
Ocean Park Boulevard
Between 17th and 23rd, this super cute and charming up-and-coming shopping district is walkable and lined with cute little coffee shops, markets, galleries, restaurants, and more. It also boasts a wide bike path that will take you straight to the beach.

Outdoor Fitness

Looking for a workout but wanna save some cash? Head on over to the famous Santa Monica Stairs! There are two sets on Adelaide - the wooden ones at 7th are straight and the cement ones at 4th are switchbacks. They both have about 200 steps and the regulars are super friendly. The guy doing them every day upside down on his hands is Woody Harrelson's brother, Brett ;-) After your workout, take a walk around the neighborhood to see some incredible home architecture - you can't beat the sunset view over the ocean!
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Santa Monica Stairs
699 Adelaide Dr
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Looking for a workout but wanna save some cash? Head on over to the famous Santa Monica Stairs! There are two sets on Adelaide - the wooden ones at 7th are straight and the cement ones at 4th are switchbacks. They both have about 200 steps and the regulars are super friendly. The guy doing them every day upside down on his hands is Woody Harrelson's brother, Brett ;-) After your workout, take a walk around the neighborhood to see some incredible home architecture - you can't beat the sunset view over the ocean!

Sightseeing

Everyone thinks Muscle Beach is in Venice, and the one made famous might be, but the ORIGINAL Muscle Beach is in Santa Monica just south of the pier. Lots of fun things to play on and workout with including flying rings, ropes, beams, slack lines, etc. On Sundays, the area known as The Green gets PACKED with incredible aerialists and gymnasts from all over the world practicing everything from acroyoga to fire dancing!
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Original Muscle Beach
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Everyone thinks Muscle Beach is in Venice, and the one made famous might be, but the ORIGINAL Muscle Beach is in Santa Monica just south of the pier. Lots of fun things to play on and workout with including flying rings, ropes, beams, slack lines, etc. On Sundays, the area known as The Green gets PACKED with incredible aerialists and gymnasts from all over the world practicing everything from acroyoga to fire dancing!
This 22 mile beachfront bike path starts in Palos Verdes and ends at Will Rogers State Beach in the Palisades. It crosses through all the fabulous beach towns this area has to offer from Santa Monica to Venice, Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach, and everything in between. Head west towards the water on Pico (turn left out of my place and you'll hit Pico in a block and a half) and you'll run right into the pathway along the sand. There are plenty of bikes to rent along the way.
Marvin Braude Bike Path
This 22 mile beachfront bike path starts in Palos Verdes and ends at Will Rogers State Beach in the Palisades. It crosses through all the fabulous beach towns this area has to offer from Santa Monica to Venice, Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach, and everything in between. Head west towards the water on Pico (turn left out of my place and you'll hit Pico in a block and a half) and you'll run right into the pathway along the sand. There are plenty of bikes to rent along the way.
The Skull Rock Loop in local Temescal Gateway Park (part of Topanga State Park) is a 4.5-5mile loop trail with spectacular views of the mountains and ocean. The Skull Rock offshoot adds about 10 minutes up and 10 minutes back, but it is worth it - I love to meditate up there. It's also one of the many entrances to the epic 57 mile Backbone Trail.
Skull Rock
The Skull Rock Loop in local Temescal Gateway Park (part of Topanga State Park) is a 4.5-5mile loop trail with spectacular views of the mountains and ocean. The Skull Rock offshoot adds about 10 minutes up and 10 minutes back, but it is worth it - I love to meditate up there. It's also one of the many entrances to the epic 57 mile Backbone Trail.
This is an important part of the history of this neighborhood and it happens to also be a beautiful beach just south of the Pier. Take a moment to read the plaque and learn about the checkered history of this part of Santa Monica, the history of black surfers, and why it's known as "a place of celebration and pain." Reflect as you take a walk, bike, or rollerblade along the beach path and enjoy the incredible view.
“The Ink Well”
This is an important part of the history of this neighborhood and it happens to also be a beautiful beach just south of the Pier. Take a moment to read the plaque and learn about the checkered history of this part of Santa Monica, the history of black surfers, and why it's known as "a place of celebration and pain." Reflect as you take a walk, bike, or rollerblade along the beach path and enjoy the incredible view.
This brand new and beautifully maintained walking/biking path is a great option to get to the beach or head east towards Culver City. And you can hop right on it from my place - just north of Olympic! If you're really adventurous, the full route will take you all the way downtown, but that does involve some lane sharing along the way. You can check it all out on AllTrails.
Exposition Corridor Bike Path
This brand new and beautifully maintained walking/biking path is a great option to get to the beach or head east towards Culver City. And you can hop right on it from my place - just north of Olympic! If you're really adventurous, the full route will take you all the way downtown, but that does involve some lane sharing along the way. You can check it all out on AllTrails.
This is one of my favorite places in LA. You can park easily in the nearby In-N-Out parking lot and walk across the street to the fence which separates Lincoln Blvd. from the main landing runway at LAX. The planes come in so low it feels like you can touch them! It's a rush! If you're any kind of flight or travel nerd - you will love this!
LAX Plane Spotting
9220 South Sepulveda Boulevard
This is one of my favorite places in LA. You can park easily in the nearby In-N-Out parking lot and walk across the street to the fence which separates Lincoln Blvd. from the main landing runway at LAX. The planes come in so low it feels like you can touch them! It's a rush! If you're any kind of flight or travel nerd - you will love this!

Food scene

THE best Thai food I have ever had, it just happens to be vegan. Unlike any other Thai restaurant you've been to, everything is homemade down to the sauces and all but two items on the menu are also gluten free. The Catfish Eggplant is a standout dish as well as the Jackfruit Pate and any of the noodle dishes.
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Satdha
2218 Lincoln Boulevard
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THE best Thai food I have ever had, it just happens to be vegan. Unlike any other Thai restaurant you've been to, everything is homemade down to the sauces and all but two items on the menu are also gluten free. The Catfish Eggplant is a standout dish as well as the Jackfruit Pate and any of the noodle dishes.
Okay so this one isn't technically in my neighborhood, but it's THAT good that I'll fight traffic and drive across town. This is easily the best Italian food I've ever had, and that makes sense because the chef owner veganized by hand all of her grandmother's original recipes from Italy. She even makes her own cheeses! The Black Magic Lasagna is totally worth the wait, the Carbonara is creamy and delicious, and the GF dark chocolate cake is insane!
Pura Vita
8274 Santa Monica Blvd
Okay so this one isn't technically in my neighborhood, but it's THAT good that I'll fight traffic and drive across town. This is easily the best Italian food I've ever had, and that makes sense because the chef owner veganized by hand all of her grandmother's original recipes from Italy. She even makes her own cheeses! The Black Magic Lasagna is totally worth the wait, the Carbonara is creamy and delicious, and the GF dark chocolate cake is insane!
This seasonal menu is unique up-leveled plant-forward (vegan) cuisine. The food is on par with the gorgeous ambiance - this place makes a great date spot!
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Plant Food + Wine
1009 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
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This seasonal menu is unique up-leveled plant-forward (vegan) cuisine. The food is on par with the gorgeous ambiance - this place makes a great date spot!
This sweet little spot is great for a healthy happy hour, brunch, or any meal really. The best part is the history - not originally plant-based, this place closed down and reopened in 2021 as a vegan foodie destination! The best GF Vegan pizza! And the Hummucamole is a total standout, will eat an entire bowl by myself.
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Margo's
1534 Montana Avenue
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This sweet little spot is great for a healthy happy hour, brunch, or any meal really. The best part is the history - not originally plant-based, this place closed down and reopened in 2021 as a vegan foodie destination! The best GF Vegan pizza! And the Hummucamole is a total standout, will eat an entire bowl by myself.
100% plant-based, organic, kosher, soy-free, and gluten-free - this is the froyo of your dreams!!! Cones, cookie sandwiches, pies, etc. SOOO good!
Yoga-urt
1700 Ocean Park Boulevard
100% plant-based, organic, kosher, soy-free, and gluten-free - this is the froyo of your dreams!!! Cones, cookie sandwiches, pies, etc. SOOO good!

Fitness

Sign up via this link and get 100% off your trial: https://www.ritualgym.com/trial?rc=0735e513 The 30 minute gym. And I'm not kidding, it will get you. Proven the most efficient form of functional fitness, this HIIT gym will help you hit your goals in only 30 minutes per workout. All you need is a change of underwear - they have clean workout clothes you can use, all the toiletries you need, and they recommend barefoot training. You get your own private workout station (only 10 per workout so it feels like private training) so no sharing equipment, and it's all sanitized before and after your visit.
Ritual Gym Santa Monica
315 Wilshire Boulevard
Sign up via this link and get 100% off your trial: https://www.ritualgym.com/trial?rc=0735e513 The 30 minute gym. And I'm not kidding, it will get you. Proven the most efficient form of functional fitness, this HIIT gym will help you hit your goals in only 30 minutes per workout. All you need is a change of underwear - they have clean workout clothes you can use, all the toiletries you need, and they recommend barefoot training. You get your own private workout station (only 10 per workout so it feels like private training) so no sharing equipment, and it's all sanitized before and after your visit.

Drinks

Right down the street is this local microbrewery with a walk up tasting window! Just north of Olympic on 20th, you can grab a flight and then hit the Expo Line Bike Path to head west to the beach or east to Downtown LA.
Santa Monica Brew Works
1920 Colorado Ave
Right down the street is this local microbrewery with a walk up tasting window! Just north of Olympic on 20th, you can grab a flight and then hit the Expo Line Bike Path to head west to the beach or east to Downtown LA.
The entrance to this rad little cocktail lounge is behind and underneath the restaurant Truxton's. With mixologists on hand for signature creations, ceiling-high bar options, and high brick archways - you feel like you've stepped into a local connoisseur's wine cellar. I personally don't drink very often, and therefore don't know that much about hard liquor, but these guys always take care of me based on "I like sour, not sweet" - it's something unique and delicious every time. Whether you just want to sip on your own at the bar or gather in one of their wrap around booths with friends, this place is a must visit.
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The Chestnut Club
1348 14th Street
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The entrance to this rad little cocktail lounge is behind and underneath the restaurant Truxton's. With mixologists on hand for signature creations, ceiling-high bar options, and high brick archways - you feel like you've stepped into a local connoisseur's wine cellar. I personally don't drink very often, and therefore don't know that much about hard liquor, but these guys always take care of me based on "I like sour, not sweet" - it's something unique and delicious every time. Whether you just want to sip on your own at the bar or gather in one of their wrap around booths with friends, this place is a must visit.
Start your day here with a juice or coffee and finish it off with a fabulous wine selection.
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Bodega Wine Bar
814 Broadway
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Start your day here with a juice or coffee and finish it off with a fabulous wine selection.