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Top Choice Landmark in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

Once the very end of the mythical Route 66, and still the object of a tourist love affair, the Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1908, and is the city’s most compelling landmark. There are arcades, carnival games, a v…
Top Choice Market in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Farmers Markets

You haven’t really experienced Santa Monica until you’ve explored one of its weekly outdoor farmers markets stocked with organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and freshly shucked oysters.
Lounge in Santa Monica

The Bungalow

A Brent Bolthouse nightspot, the indoor-outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Miramar was one of the hottest nights out in LA when it burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. It's since settled down, and like most Wests…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Monica

Basement Tavern

A creative speakeasy, housed in the basement of the Victorian, and our favorite well in Santa Monica. We love it for their craftsman cocktails, cozy booths, island bar, and nightly live-music calendar that features …
Top Choice Italian in Santa Monica

Milo & Olive

We love them for their small batch wines, incredible pizzas, terrific breakfasts (creamy polenta and poached eggs anyone?), breads and pastries, all of which you may enjoy at the marble bar or shoulder to shoulder w…
Top Choice Blues in Santa Monica


This dark blues grotto has been packing 'em in since 1931 but somehow still manages to feel like a well-kept secret. There are no big-name acts here, but the quality is usually high. Sunday’s Toledo Show mixes soul,…
Cafe in Santa Monica

Dogtown Coffee

Set in the old Zephyr surf shop headquarters, where skateboarding was invented during a 1970s drought that emptied pools across LA, they brew great coffee and make a mean breakfast burrito, the preferred nutritional…
Deli in Santa Monica

Wexler's Deli

Chef Micah Wexler has worked at some of the top kitchens in town, but his newest venture gets back to basics, with old-school Jewish deli classics. Whether you get house-smoked fish (lox, whitefish, sturgeon) on a b…
Thai in Santa Monica


This vegan Thai restaurant draws fans from all over town to an unassuming stretch of Lincoln Boulevard, for vibrant dishes like endive cups filled with cashew ‘tuna’, coconut, ginger, lemongrass, peanuts and more; g…
Japanese in Santa Monica

Sunny Blue

In Japan, omusubi (rice balls, a.k.a. onigiri) are an everyday staple, and this counter-service shop aims to make them popular Stateside. Before your very eyes, the cheerful staff stuffs fluffy rice with dozens of f…