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Things to do in Santa Monica
August 25, 2021
Santa Monica has world-class restaurants to explore after a day at the beach, from casual to fine dining. Michelin-starred Rustic Canyon is a laid-back farm-to-table restaurant that grew from a series of dinners held by its founder Josh Loeb at his treehouse home in nearby Rustic Canyon. Nearby Michael’s restaurant has a charming garden and is known for its colourful dishes, sourcing much of its produce from the neighbouring farmers’ market, while Citrin Restaurant, a fun Californian restaurant by chef Josiah Citrin, offers an out-of-this-world seasonal tasting menu and works with farmers from San Diego to Napa Valley.
Fabulous cocktail bars
As the sun sets through the pink and purple skies, relax in the sleek lounge areas of Canary, which serves tropical cocktails made by renowned mixologist Devin Espinoza. This is a sophisticated space decorated with lush tropical flora. For enticing cocktails in a sleek setting, head to The Chestnut Club and lounge on a long leather banquette. A signature drink is the Chestnut Old Fashioned, mingling Russel’s 10-year bourbon with Angostura Bitters. It doesn’t get more Mediterranean than Elephante, a fantastic rooftop bar and restaurant with its warm, natural décor, handmade terracotta tiles and stone-covered bars.
High-end shopping experiences
Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica is a happening esplanade and shopping destination. At Santa Monica Place, just moments from the beach and the Santa Monica Pier, you’ll find designer names such as Rolex, Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton. Montana Avenue, with its tree-lined streets and understated style, is also a great place to go for a pleasant stroll and offers a high-end shopping experience with over 100 eclectic boutiques – seek out Rangoni Firenze shoes, Cabochon fine jewellery and Flannel clothing.
Bergamot Station was once a railroad station, and now sports a selection of renowned galleries, including Richard Heller Gallery, Skidmore Contemporary Art and Galerie XII. Check out the seasonal exhibitions featuring artists from all around the world, with works ranging from photography to sculpture and paintings. The18th Street Arts Center, southern California’s largest artists’ residency, promotes public dialogue through its contemporary art exhibits, while Revolver Gallery houses the largest gallery-owned collection of Andy Warhol’s work, with over 250 prints and paintings for sale.
Santa Monica Pier
Jutting out into the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier is located at Santa Monica’s westernmost point and is packed with family-friendly activities. Fly above the pier at the trapeze school, meet sea urchins and moray eels at the aquarium, or have a go on the historic merry-go-round, which has been housed in the Hippodrome since 1947. The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel offers spectacular views of the Southern California coastline, and there’s also an interactive digital experience, offering a unique way to learn about its history.
Header image courtesy of Santa Monica Pier
The Beverly Hills Hotel
For over a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the spot for Hollywood’s brightest lights, the ultimate beacon of glamour. She greets you like a movie star from the moment you pass the iconic signage, step onto the signature red carpet and enter the grand lobby. Welcome to the legacy.
A hidden sanctuary amongst the wooded hills, untouched by the clamour of life beyond the gates of Bel-Air. The most quintessentially private and exclusive hotel, delivering low-key elegance since 1946.
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