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Third Street Promenade

Shopping, Shopping centers Santa Monica Free
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Third Street Promenade.
Photograph: Courtesy Downtown Santa Monica Third Street Promenade.

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.


Venue name: Third Street Promenade
Address: 1351 3rd Street Promenade
Los Angeles
Cross street: between Wilshire Blvd and Colorado Ave
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Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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While this is a busy shopping center, I love the vibe of Third Street. I don't spend all day there but I enjoy the live music performers, the store selection and the atmosphere. I may be a dying breed but I miss old school shopping malls where you can park and pay only once to explore a variety of stores. 


I don't shop at Third Street Promenade often because it is always packed with tourists. I do however love how close it is to the beach and the selection of stores!


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.


Not worth the effort it takes to fight traffic & drive into Santa Monica. A total tourist area. Be careful of homeless as well – some are not as friendly as others.

There is a huge selection of stores, but most of them you can find at other malls where the tax is cheaper. (tax rate is higher in Santa Monica). The nice thing is it’s open air and there are fun things like street performers, but even that too gets uneventful after your third time there. 

One other plus is that it is close to the beach or Santa Monica pier. If you get bored with Third Street, you can always venture there. 

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.