Eventbrite is on a Hometown Hunt–a project that aims to bring the spotlight back home, wherever home may be. Local events, food, entertainment, you name it! For me, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade was the first place that came to mind. I no longer live in LA, but this place will always hold a special place in my heart. You can’t find that many places with shops, food, a boardwalk, AND a beach all within a 2-3 block radius. Combine that with the eternal summer of California and you truly have a local gem. Let’s first talk about food. My favorite restaurant here has got to be Blue Plate Oysterette (1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA). If you like seafood (especially oysters), this is the place to go. I usually opt for their dozen oyster sampler where they let you try 6 different kinds of oysters (2 each). But if you already know what kind of oysters you like, you can always ask for more customized options. I’ve tried a few of their main dishes–the salmon never disappoints! Serving sizes are pretty generous here and you could probably share a dish with a friend and still both be full. It is a bit pricey here, but the great food and customer service make it worth it. I try to make it out during DineLA since their special menu makes the food slightly cheaper. Just slightly. But honestly, for an ocean view restaurant, I think their prices are fair, and the food is bomb.
Now for the next best part! Third Street Promenade is only about 2 blocks away from Blue Plate Oysterette, so if you want to walk off your meal afterwards and do some shopping you’re in just the right place to do so! There’s a great variety of shops, with everything ranging from your typical Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, etc. to street vendors selling creative homemade crafts. If you keep walking to then end of Third Street, there’s actually a full-blown mall called Santa Monica Place where you can find more higher-end stores. So there’s really something for everyone! A lot of local artists perform here as well so there’s always live entertainment to keep the laid-back feel and the summery vibes going all year round.
If you’re willing to walk another 2 blocks or so, you’ll find yourself at Santa Monica Pier. From here you have a lot of options: the beach, rides at the amusement park, food (slightly overpriced on the pier), boardwalk games, etc. It’s a great place to go with family and friends. I would recommend coming here at night if you can, especially if it’s too hot during the day. You won’t get as nice of an ocean view, but the lights from the pier/boardwalk are beautiful at night!
So there you have it! A day well-spent in Santa Monica. There really is something for everyone, and it’s a great place to visit at any time of the day! If you’re looking for events in Santa Monica (yoga, concerts, runs, etc.), Eventbrite is a great tool to use and I’ve included a link to Santa Monica events here. If you want to plan your own event, they provide a great platform for that as well and you can find more information here. Hope you guys enjoyed reading about one of my favorite spots in LA. What are some of your favorite local spots? I’d love to hear about them!
Also, for those of you who haven’t entered my giveaway yet, you have until Sunday to do so! I’ll leave the link here for those who are interested. Good luck! 🙂