(credit: Anne Fishbein)

(credit: Anne Fishbein)


The Westside part of Los Angeles is perfectly on display on Montana Avenue. The 10-block street portion of Santa Monica is home to over 150 boutiques and has everything from shopping, markets and restaurants to salons and boutiques. The upscale-chic strip of Santa Monica gives way for both locals and tourists to dine, shop, refresh and relax all while smelling the ocean breeze. Whether you are grabbing dinner or strolling on a lazy weekend, the boutiques and local flavor never disappoint.
Best Activities
(credit: Bellacures)

(credit: Bellacures)


Bellacures
1609 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 584-4584
www.bellacures.com

Bellacures Santa Monica is located on the famed Montana Avenue and is a highly acclaimed nail salon renowned for being unparalleled in comfort, service and cleanliness standards. Their talented technicians and high standards have made Bellacures a destination for devoted clientele that includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

(credit: Jenny Wax Skincare)

(credit: Jenny Wax Skincare)


Jenny Wax Skincare
1619 1/2 Montana Ave A
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 393-2560
www.jennywax.com

Montana Ave’s Jenny Wax provides high end products and services in a warm and cozy environment. This seems to be a rarity, and the reason why this locale is so popular. Offering luxurious services from facials, resurfacing treatments/peels, natural face lifting and more in a relaxing, welcoming and fun enviornment, Jenny Wax thrives on perfection, while providing the most relaxing facials. Clients are sure to leave happy and feel beautiful.

(credit: YogaWorks)

(credit: YogaWorks)


YogaWorks
1426 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 393-5150
www.yogaworks.com

YogaWorks Montana is where it all began. Founded in 1987, YogaWorks’ original studio has been the home to some of the most influential yoga teachers in America today. Their studio has a warm and welcoming community feel, with dedicated yoga practitioners as well as some of the best teachers in Los Angeles. At YogaWorks they believe that yoga is for everyone and the Montana studio truly reflects this commitment by offering classes for all levels, beginner to advanced, and everything from traditional Ashtanga and Iyengar, to high energy Vinyasa flow classes and calming, restorative Therapeutic classes.

Where To Eat
(credit: Anne Fishbein)

(credit: Anne Fishbein)


Art’s Table
1002 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 395-2500
www.artstablesm.com

Art’s Table, the popular New American restaurant on the corner of 10th and Montana, is a neighborhood fixture for early morning to late night dining. It’s also a magnet for the Oceanside community’s health and foodie conscious crowd. Breakfast is served until 4pm daily, and is populated with Chef Mark Mittleman’s inventive veggie options and flavorful seasonal offerings. Along with Mittleman’s addictive eats, guests can enjoy craft drafts and artisanal wines and dog friendly alfresco dining.

(credit: Beaming)

(credit: Beaming)


Beaming
1426 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 299-7622
www.livebeaming.com

Beaming’s location on Montana Avenue a is quintessential to the Southern California lifestyle and family oriented community evident on this famed avenue. Beaming is a brand with its roots firmly planted in the pursuit of true vibrancy and a lifestyle of wellness which provides the Westside community with an experience and products that fit in with their lifestyle. The organic superfood café and lifestyle brand inspires, encourages, and empowers people of all ages to experience greater vitality through the power of delicious and nutritious plant-based food.

(credit: The Courtyard Kitchen)

(credit: The Courtyard Kitchen)


The Courtyard Kitchen
1211 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 587-2333
www.courtyardkitchenla.com

Located on Montana between 12th St. and Euclid St., The Courtyard Kitchen is a family owned gem that specializes in new American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With breakfast served all day, including popular items like green eggs and Cali breakfast burrito, other menu favorites include the pappardelle ragu, and delicious healthy smoothie options. At the Courtyard Kitchen, you will be seated in their beautiful courtyard and find yourself transported to a different time, when things were simpler and the food tasted that much better.

(credit: Father's Office)

(credit: Father’s Office)


Father’s Office
1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 736-2224
www.fathersoffice.com

Sang Yoon, the chef and proprietor of Father’s Office gastropub, has been credited for trailblazing the gastropub movement in L.A. and beyond. Father’s Office is known for its signature craft brew selection of over 55 local and small-batch varieties and the proprietary “Office Burger.” But, remember, if you want to order this burger, they don’t allow additions or substitutions. The simple and casual restaurant, modeled after Spain’s tapas bars, opened in 2000 on Montana has become a staple for great beer and burgers.

(credit: Ox & Son)

(credit: Ox & Son)


Ox & Son
1534 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 829-3990
www.oxandson.com

Opened in March 2015, Ox & Son serves seasonally-inspired, modern American cuisine while paying homage to Chef Brad Miller’s father, Gary “Ox” Miller, a butcher from Ottawa, IL. As a self-identified meat man, Brad Miller’s rustic dishes are both bold in flavor and presentation. Each dish here is beautifully presented and assigned a unique plate, giving this eatery a creative edge. The menu features an eclectic assortment of shareable small plates and elevated comfort foods. With a light airy, dining room and outdoor sidewalk seating, it’s the perfect neighborhood spot to gather friends and family for brunch, lunch or dinner. The restaurant also offers Social Hour from 3-6 p.m. daily, featuring discounted bites, beer and wine.

Where To Shop
(credit: Jill Roberts)

(credit: Jill Roberts)


Jill Roberts
920 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 260-1966
www.jillroberts.com

The Jill Roberts boutique has been a Montana Avenue fixture for over 20 years and features the most sought after clothes from brands like Nili Lotan, Ulla Johnson, Giada Forte, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, Inhabit, Xirena, The Great, Vanessa Bruno, Closed, Iro, Frame, Mother & AMO Denim, K. Jacques and more. Owner Jill Roberts personally curates the mix of contemporary designer clothing and accessories from women and the store provides the perfect spot to fill your closet with denim, tees, leather jackets, blouses, cozy cashmere as well as breezy dresses and tunics for vacation and luxurious outerwear.

(credit: Limonaia

(credit: Limonaia


Limonaia
1325 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 458-1858
www.shoplimonaia.com

Limonaia has been on Montana for almost six years, and in that time they’ve become the go to store for any gift giving needs that might arise. Some examples of such events are: baby showers, children and adult birthdays, bridal showers, mother’s day, all holidays and of course just a present for yourself. The store is brimming with a variety of gifts and home accessories at all price points.

(credit: Planet Blue)

(credit: Planet Blue)


Planet Blue
800 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 394-0135
www.shopplanetblue.com

Planet Blue has grown from a tiny shop 20 years ago into an international omni-channel specialty designer and retailer redefining the world of boho-chic, founded by owner and designer, Ling-Su Chinn. They are an original purveyor of the beachy bohemian aesthetic and have remained ever true to its sunny Southern California roots. The store, which opened on Montana in 2003, has a laid back, welcoming atmosphere has remained an enclave for celebrities and in-the-know locals. As innovators of quality, cutting-edge women’s fashion, Planet Blue stands for effortless individuality and inspiring the journey through an endless summer.

Article by Jarone Ashkenazi