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Games in Santa Monica

Puzzle Zoo

Those searching galaxy-wide for the caped Lando Calrissian action figure, look no more. Puzzle Zoo stocks every imaginable Star Wars or anime figurine this side of Endor. There’s also an encyclopedic selection of pu…
Mall in Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade

Stretching for three long blocks sprawled between Broadway and Wilshire Blvd, 'the Promenade' is a case study in how to morph a dilapidated, dying main street into a dynamic and happening strip. It offers carefree a…
Department Store in Santa Monica

Muji

This Japan-based 'lifestyle department store' brings stateside a modern, minimalist Japanese aesthetic to its housewares, kitchenware, office accessories, luggage, techie aromatherapy diffusers that can double as ni…
Art in Santa Monica

Church of Type

Retro printing seems oh-so-hipster cool, but this workmanlike storefront workshop gets both fun and serious, lined with drawer after drawer of moveable type that goes back to the 1700s and still works. It sell print…
Drinks in Santa Monica

Wine Expo

LA’s best nightlife generally sprouts at house parties. When you get your invitation, stop here to grab wine, champagne, whiskey or tequila from the best small producers and distilleries in the world. There are alwa…
Mall in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place

The mall at the south end of the Promenade offers posher shops than those on the comparatively dated Promenade. Think All Saints, Juicy Couture, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Tiffany, Uniqlo …
Fashion & Accessories in Santa Monica

Great Labels

Sensational secondhand couture and designer hand-me-downs from celebrity consigners. There’s Oscar and Golden Globe gowns, elegant handbags, shoes and accessories from Pucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Dior. If you’ve ev…
Sports & Outdoors in Santa Monica

REI

This ‘cathedral to outdoor gear’ makes it easy to stock up on everything from wool socks to speed-dry underwear, rolling backpacks to Everest-capable sleeping bags. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. It also …
Shoes in Santa Monica

Undefeated

Get your kicks at this slammin’ sneaker store specializing in vintage and limited editions, hand selected from the manufacturer by the manager. When new shipments arrive, expect sidewalk campouts.
Art in Santa Monica

Ten Women

It sells the art, folk art and crafts from a cooperative of 21 (it used to be 10) female artists. Always changing, but look for works in ceramic, wood, textiles, jewelry and more.