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Hidden Gems in Santa Monica


Esther Tseng

Named one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World by National Geographic, Santa Monica is one of LA’s most popular destinations for domestic and international visitors alike. Beat the crowds and go on a trek less-traveled to some of the hidden gems in sunny Santa Monica. Included are historical structures with incredible backstories, as well as cultural bastions of Santa Monica life today. You'll enjoy getting to know the real city by the beach by visiting these places.

The Best Restaurants in Santa Monica


Joshua Lurie

Every week, tens of thousands of people descend on Santa Monica to enjoy the inviting beach, bike path, pier, mountains, and of course the food. SaMo has long been a culinary trendsetter, and now boasts several classics, including Michael’s Restaurant, Chinois on Main and Valentino. The farmers market, which dates to 1981, of course helps to supply surrounding eateries with the most current produce. Here are 15 of our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica.

Play, Dine and Stay Green in Santa Monica


Discover Los Angeles

Santa Monica provides many eco-friendly restaurants, hotels, attractions and transportation alternatives, so you can travel guilt-free while still protecting the destination you love to visit.



Helene and Catherine An lead dineLA on a sensory tour of their cooking garden and into the kitchen for a meal that's as healthy as it is delicious.

Locando del Lago


dineLA follows Locanda del Lago's Chef Maggioni through the Santa Monica farmers market and then into the kitchen where he puts the ingredients to work.

Visit Santa Monica


Santa Monica, California - Located between the ocean and Los Angeles, this beachside city softens the edges of the big-city experience by offering a relaxing alternative and a deep ocean-air breath of what the Los Angeles region has to offer.

Santa Monica


Explore what Santa Monica, California has to offer. Southern California beaches, Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Farmers' Markets and more!