Guidebook for Santa Monica

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Guidebook for Santa Monica

Sightseeing
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Santa Monica Pier
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It's Venice. Grittier than Santa Monica. Get a tattoo, or maybe just a henna tattoo. Buy souvenirs. Watch the street scene. Enjoy the restaurants along the Walk. Check out the artists booths along the walk to Marina del Rey. Walk out to the Pier at the end of Washington Blvd.
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Venice Beach
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It's Venice. Grittier than Santa Monica. Get a tattoo, or maybe just a henna tattoo. Buy souvenirs. Watch the street scene. Enjoy the restaurants along the Walk. Check out the artists booths along the walk to Marina del Rey. Walk out to the Pier at the end of Washington Blvd.
www.smconservancy.org/events-programs/downtown-walking-tours Every Saturday morning. Meets at 9:45am at the Rapp Saloon, 1437 2nd Street, Santa Monica. Reservations suggested, but not required.
Santa Monica Conservancy
2520 2nd St
www.smconservancy.org/events-programs/downtown-walking-tours Every Saturday morning. Meets at 9:45am at the Rapp Saloon, 1437 2nd Street, Santa Monica. Reservations suggested, but not required.
A definite place to visit.
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Observatorio Griffith
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A definite place to visit.
If you've never visited the area, it's kind of a must. After all, it's Hollywood. Then move on. Once is usually enough.
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Hollywood / Vine
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If you've never visited the area, it's kind of a must. After all, it's Hollywood. Then move on. Once is usually enough.
Parks & Nature
Tide pools, birds, surfers.
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Malibu Lagoon
3835 Cross Creek Rd
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Tide pools, birds, surfers.
Historic home of Will Rogers with docent led tours. Multiple hiking trails that inter-connect through the Santa Monica Mountains. Seasonal Polo games. Boarding stables.
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Will Rogers State Historic Park
1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
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Historic home of Will Rogers with docent led tours. Multiple hiking trails that inter-connect through the Santa Monica Mountains. Seasonal Polo games. Boarding stables.
Check out the whole area if you like to hike. Trails for everyone from the ocean to the mountains.
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Interagency Visitor Center
26876 Mulholland Hwy
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Check out the whole area if you like to hike. Trails for everyone from the ocean to the mountains.
A beautiful park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Coast Highway.
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Palisades Park
Ocean Avenue
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A beautiful park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Coast Highway.
Food Scene
Lovely local cafe. A little pricey, but delicious. info@thymecafeandmarket.com
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Thyme Cafe and Market
1630 Ocean Park Boulevard
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Lovely local cafe. A little pricey, but delicious. info@thymecafeandmarket.com
Delicious food, with sports on t.v., and people working on their laptops. https://www.thebrixtonsm.com/
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The Brixton
2827 Pico Blvd
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Delicious food, with sports on t.v., and people working on their laptops. https://www.thebrixtonsm.com/
The ultimate neighborhood burger place. Inexpensive. Order at the counter and take a seat, or order to go. Try the pastrami combo plate.
George's Burgers
3101 Lincoln Boulevard
The ultimate neighborhood burger place. Inexpensive. Order at the counter and take a seat, or order to go. Try the pastrami combo plate.
Iconic Santa Monica. It's a market. It's a deli. Order the Godmother sandwich. Parking can be insane. CLOSED ON MONDAY.
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Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Boulevard
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Iconic Santa Monica. It's a market. It's a deli. Order the Godmother sandwich. Parking can be insane. CLOSED ON MONDAY.
Vegan/Vegetarian. Opens 10 am. A little pricey, but excellent quality, and delicious food, smoothies, and baked goods. https://cafegratitude.com/menus/cafe-gratitude-venice
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Cafe Gratitude
512 Rose Ave
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Vegan/Vegetarian. Opens 10 am. A little pricey, but excellent quality, and delicious food, smoothies, and baked goods. https://cafegratitude.com/menus/cafe-gratitude-venice
Very small neighborhood pizza place. Not exactly my neighborhood, but I make the trip. With all the pizza places around, this is my favorite. cicceros.com
Ciccero's
11651 Pico Blvd
Very small neighborhood pizza place. Not exactly my neighborhood, but I make the trip. With all the pizza places around, this is my favorite. cicceros.com
My favorite downtown Santa Monica restaurant. On the ground floor of the historic Guarantee Trust Building (Clock Tower) in downtown Santa Monica. The building dates to 1928. The food is excellent and best quality. Try the Prime Rib Nik Niks (sliders) and share an order of fries. A little pricey, but not for Santa Monica. www.themisfitbar.com
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The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
225 Santa Monica Blvd
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My favorite downtown Santa Monica restaurant. On the ground floor of the historic Guarantee Trust Building (Clock Tower) in downtown Santa Monica. The building dates to 1928. The food is excellent and best quality. Try the Prime Rib Nik Niks (sliders) and share an order of fries. A little pricey, but not for Santa Monica. www.themisfitbar.com
This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. Iconic, oldest Santa Monica restaurant. Known for steaks and clams, but they added other menu items a long time ago. Sit at the bar and meet the locals. I suppose there people who will say there are better, but I have been going there since the '60s, and this is my opinion. www.thegalleyrestaurant.net/
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The Galley
2442 Main Street
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This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. Iconic, oldest Santa Monica restaurant. Known for steaks and clams, but they added other menu items a long time ago. Sit at the bar and meet the locals. I suppose there people who will say there are better, but I have been going there since the '60s, and this is my opinion. www.thegalleyrestaurant.net/
It's a great location for people watching on Main Street. The food is delicious https://www.urthcaffe.com/caffe/locations/urth-santa-monica
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Urth Caffe Santa Monica
2327 Main Street
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It's a great location for people watching on Main Street. The food is delicious https://www.urthcaffe.com/caffe/locations/urth-santa-monica
Local, iconic diner. I've been going there for 50+ years. Say hi to Sarah (at the register most of the time). CASH ONLY
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Rae's Restaurant
2901 Pico Boulevard
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Local, iconic diner. I've been going there for 50+ years. Say hi to Sarah (at the register most of the time). CASH ONLY
Arts & Culture
Just because it's THE GETTY. The museum is free, but you pay for parking. Easy access with Uber/Lyft. My best choice is Metro Bus routes 734Rapid (weekdays); 234 (weekend/holidays). Just $1.75. Checkout their website for all the details. Closed Monday.
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The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
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Just because it's THE GETTY. The museum is free, but you pay for parking. Easy access with Uber/Lyft. My best choice is Metro Bus routes 734Rapid (weekdays); 234 (weekend/holidays). Just $1.75. Checkout their website for all the details. Closed Monday.
If you like museums this one should be on your list of those to see. Closed Tuesday. Entry is free, but you must have a time-stamped ticket. See their website for tickets and details for your visit.
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Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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If you like museums this one should be on your list of those to see. Closed Tuesday. Entry is free, but you must have a time-stamped ticket. See their website for tickets and details for your visit.
Entertainment & Activities
https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/ Check out Back On the Beach for lunch. www.backonthebeachcafe.com/
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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
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https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/ Check out Back On the Beach for lunch. www.backonthebeachcafe.com/
Drinks & Nightlife
Local, old fashioned Brit bar just a walk away. Pool and darts. https://cocknbullbritishpub.com/
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Cock 'n Bull
2947 Lincoln Boulevard
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Local, old fashioned Brit bar just a walk away. Pool and darts. https://cocknbullbritishpub.com/
Essentials
Everything you need in a market, plus deli counter, and hot food. Good wine selection. Open 7am-9pm.
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Bob's Market
1650 Ocean Park Boulevard
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Everything you need in a market, plus deli counter, and hot food. Good wine selection. Open 7am-9pm.