In Santa Monica you can find a lot of good restaurants. If you like to go out for dinner, I can highly recommend visiting the Ocean Ave. On this avenue there are plenty of nice restaurants and you can also enjoy a romantic sea view. You prefer Italian, American or Japanese food? Well, no matter what you like to eat, I´m sure you gonna find the right place.
But there is one restaurant in Santa Monica I want to mention especially. It is called “Ivy “Restaurant. www.theivyrestaurants.com It is the hotspot for all of the star viewfinders and celebrity hunters in Santa Monica. If you go there, you want to be seen. Be sure you make a reservation before. After ordering your dinner you should watch the other guests – I guarantee you will have fun. The food is a mixture of American, Creole and Cajun cooking in combination with seafood. But be prepared to spend a lot of money, the restaurant is expensive.
The restaurant “Bubba Gump Shrimp Co” is located at Pier 1 in Santa Monica. It is a typical American fish and steak restaurant where you will get shrimps, steak or classics like fish and chips. There are always two signs on the table, a blue and a red one. If you need service you have to put the red one visible on the table and the waiter will stop at your table. If you do not need anything, just keep it in blue until you want to order or get the bill.
In Santa Monica you will also find a lot of Japanese or sushi restaurants. I love the American sushi rolls because they are very delicious. If you are on a shopping tour in the 3rd street you should stop at the “Greek Cuisine – Stop’n Café” www.stopncafe.com/ to have lunch. They are offering Mediterranean and Greek kitchen there, the staff is very friendly and after your main dish you can order a real Turkish coffee!
If you like to have breakfast outside your hotel I can recommend the “Dogtown Coffee” www.dogtowncoffee.ca/ in Santa Monica. It is definitely the right address if you´re looking for healthy food, fresh fruits, yogurtparfaits and smoothies. But don´t panic if you´re no fan of healthy food:For sure they do have traditional staff like muffins, croissant, eggs and bagels ;)! Everything is prepared freshly and besides coffee they are also offering nice tea.
Things to do in Santa Monica
One of the best places in Santa Monica is the beautiful beach. The city is built directly on the beach, you only have to cross the main street, which is called Ocean Avenue, and you are there. The famous beach walk starts somewhere near to Malibu and is infinitely long – theoretically you could walk till to Marina del Rey. Along the beach walk of Santa Monica you will find cafes, shops and small restaurants. You can rent bicycles, go jogging or just walk along and join the nice scenery. When you go to Santa Monica beach in the early morning the first surfers are already in the sea.
One of the most popular attractions of Santa Monica is the so called Pier1, with the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel – The view on the top is incredible. On Pier 1 in Santa Monica you will also find shops, restaurants and bars. Especially in the evening, when everything is illuminated, it is a very nice place to visit.
There is one thing, you should never forget, when you talk about Santa Monica: Shopping! The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is really famous. 3rdstreetpromenade.com/ You can discover a lot of shops with popular brands there. Furthermore there are plenty of nicerestaurants. The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is a pedestrian zone. During the weekend there are many people from Los Angeles, spending their free time in Santa Monica.
A few steps away from the 3rd Street Promenade there is a new shopping mall. It is called Santa Monica Place www.santamonicaplace.com and you can find a lot of shops and a rooftop restaurant with terrace there, which is known as “The Dinning Deck”.