Main Street in Santa Monica holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because it’s one of the first spots we explored when we moved to LA (four years ago…WHAT). Or maybe it’s because it’s filled with so many cute shops and restaurants that are FAR AWAY from the hoards of tourists and shoppers at Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier.
Whatever the case may be, it’s always a fun afternoon jaunt. A couple weeks ago we took the metro down to Santa Monica with our bikes in tow, so we could ride the mile to Main Street once we disembarked. Never fear, if you don’t have your own bike, LA Metro has bikes around town to rent, and there are Social Bicycles and Breeze Bike Share hubs all over Santa Monica (super convenient). It’s also walkable -I’ve done it myself a couple times.
Usually my trips to Main Street include a stop at Urth Caffe (you’ve probably heard people rave about this place – they have locations all around LA). It’s continuously busy, but they have a cute outdoor seating area in the back where I’ve always been able to find a seat. Come here for a coffee or tea and a sweet treat to fuel up.
My second order of business is usually to do some thrifting. I do scour Buffalo Exchange, but my favorite is The Closet Trading Company. The only time I have ever walked out of there without a purchase was during my most recent trip -and that is only because my husband informed me that no, I do not need another leather jacket. *insert crying emoji*
Main Street has so many shops, restaurants, and bars, I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface. There’s even a farmers market on Sunday mornings, which is set up right next to this beauty. Endless options for happy hours too.
Nevertheless, an afternoon in Southern California isn’t complete without a trip to the beach. I always take a book with me, so after I’m done on Main Street, I can walk the few blocks to stick my toes in the sand.