Montana Avenue is one of Santa Monica's little paradise. Feeling like strolling around? Enjoying a nice cup of coffee? Or admiring locals' relaxed lifestyles? This is where you want to go.
The shops, coffee places and restaurants are located on a small portion of Montana Avenue between Downtown Santa Monica and Brentwood.
I am a fan of the high-end clothing stores with tasteful fashion selection. Here, you can create a perfect SoCal wardrobe. Michael Stars has the most beautiful basics, Jill Roberts is a boutique with an amazing range of designers clothes and accessories (love the Eliza Gran pom pom baskets!). Montana Avenue is the best shopping place to find pieces for a casual polished look.
There are many jewelry and home decor stores to find what you are looking for. Located on 1028 Ele Keats will enchant you with her delicate jewelry. A few steps from there resides the kingdom of shabby chic : Rachel Ashwell furniture store. The atmosphere of the shop is soft and bright, a good address to unearth something for your home.
Window-shopping on Montana Avenue is a pleasure. Stores have pretty facades and many cute details.
Planning a day there can also include pampering. The spa game is strong : sugar scrubbing and waxing at Sugaring LA, regular waxing at the girly Frilly Lilly boutique (bikini wax from the brazilian to the alaskan!), natural skin care treatments at Jurlique.
Fantastic products for sensitive skin can be found at the New York brand Malin + Goetz on 1123.
Take the time to share a good coffee in a minimalist decor at Primo Passo Coffee or at the great Caffe Luxxe. For lunch, stopping at Blue Plate is a must. In this luminous beachy decor you'll enjoy bowls or tacos. There is also the charming Courtyard Kitchen for a healthy outdoors meal.
For a delicious healthy dessert 100% fruits go to Frozen Fruit Co. The owners are adorable and their shop is the cutest.
If you decide to stay for the evening, don't miss a chance to go to the Aero, a 1940 theater where the American Cinematheque presents movies.