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Third Street Promenade

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Santa Monica
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Address: Third Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-393-8355
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Activities: Shopping, Dining, People-watching
Description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to...
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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Shopping is shopping

This pedestrian shopping promenade is nice enough, but overall just the usual mix of shops, restaurants, and street performers. If browsing shop windows is your thing, you'll... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This pedestrian shopping promenade is nice enough, but overall just the usual mix of shops, restaurants, and street performers. If browsing shop windows is your thing, you'll enjoy this. It's a place to stroll on a sunny day.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Happened upon this great Farmer's Market on third Street in Santa Monica. It goes for about 4 blocks and has fresh cut flowers, fruits and vegetables. If you like this sort of thing, you'll enjoy see this event.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Fun to see the buskers out entertaining everyone. Tesla is a unique store front on the mall. Many of the usual stores you would see at a typical mall. The Venokado wine shop at the south end is a nice place for wine tastings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I love this street. It's so interesting with all the different people and they do have some pretty good shops

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This used to be THE place to be and be seen, but in recent years (due to the recession) many of the shops have gone out of business. There are still a number of empty storefronts. There is still decent street entertainment on the weekends, but not so much during the week. Paid parking is available in a number of... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I pass these streets every day and I never get bored. It always has a refreshing atmosphere. The streets are very clean and pedestrian friendly. There is always good music (from the amazing performers there). A sea breeze always blows gently, which is amazing. You'll never feel like you're breathing in polluted air here! Moreover, the beach is just 3... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This crowded main street of common retail stores is set in a bucolic beachside setting with palm trees and blue skies. It is perfect for first-time visitors looking for a retail outdoor experience with all fresco dining. There is a scummy element of Santa Monica with its ample amount of homeless people and dirty streets--but this is also part of... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Third st Promenade has just about everything you might need. There are stores of every kind. Super crowded on summer nights and weekends and you will definitely need a reservation for any of the restaurants during those months as well. I mean its pretty much a giant outdoor mall. It very clean and well taken care of. There are... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I've been to the Promenade many times, but never to the Farmer's Market. A couple of vendors at my local farmer's market had told me about the SM market at the Promenade on Saturdays, so I went and wasn't disappointed. Lots of vendors. Beautiful produce, locally made herbal teas, pistachios, jams & jellies. Frankly, the shops on the Promenade are... More 

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El Segundo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

if your're into shopping in unique stores, then this is the place for you. Way too many stores for me, but some people love doing that. There are certainly plenty of unique stores and items to choose from. Lots of eating places too. You wont go hungry or thirsty while walking around this promenade..

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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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