Best Shopping: With more than 150 high-end shops selling everything from home furnishings to children's clothing, Montana Avenue's shopping district spans over 10 blocks of beautiful places with unique products. Make sure to stop into Platino for gorgeous jewels and other accessories that every woman will adore, then hit Weathervane, where both men and women can find the latest fashions. There's children's apparel at Peek, home and kitchen goods at Williams Sonoma and even a Balance Massage outpost, where you can get all your kinks worked out. Finish up your Montana experience with a meal at Fathers Office or a luscious treat at Sweet Lady Jane Bakery, then head a few more blocks west and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Shopping Malls and Centers: Thanks to more than 150 high-end shops, fashionable Montana Avenue is a veritable shopper's dream. Small, privately owned boutiques and famous clothiers checker the tree-lined strip. Spend an afternoon perusing the likes of Three Bags Full, A.B.S. for Women, and Weathervane for Men. Afterwards, replenish your depleted energy over coffee and a pastry at one of the area's many sidewalk cafés.
Local Expert Jenny Peters Says:
Best Shopping: "Find a parking spot at a meter anywhere on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica between 17th and 10th streets and start strolling to find plenty of cool boutiques and restaurants."
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: Chic and relaxed at the same time, the Montana Avenue shops in Santa Monica are a beautiful way to get some much-needed retail therapy.