A four-block pedestrianized stretch that runs down Third Street from Wilshire Boulevard to Colorado Avenue, Third Street Promenade is a pleasant but bland parade of mostly familiar names (Gap, Starbucks et al). The restaurants are ordinary, but the Wednesday morning farmers' market makes up for it. At the Promenade's southern end is the revamped Santa Monica Place shopping center, which reopened in August 2010.
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1351 3rd Street Promenade
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Not for me. I don't like shopping to begin with, but the overall selection of stores, mediocre restaurants, overcrowded bars and constant hassle from vendors on the street makes this an area I like to avoid whenever I'm in Santa Monica. I do like The Misft and Copa d'Oro nearby, but there are plenty of other places to shop on the Westside than the Third Street Promenade.
Third Street Promenade is a nice place to go shopping if you need a break from the Grove. It's still an outdoor mall, so you can soak in all those sunny rays. It can get crowded during the holidays and weekends but it's still worth a visit and there are plenty of places surrounding it to make it a full day out in Santa Monica.
3rd street promenade structures offer 90 min free parking, if you plan to stay longer I would recommend reserving a parking spot in advance: http://www.parkme.com/santa-monica-parking/third-street-promenade