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Best things to do in Mid-City, Santa Monica

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Gastropub
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“R+D has some of the best service and food on Montana Avenue and boasts an open air garage door frontage that brings the party outside. Well worth the wait.”
96 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Super popular for their sandwiches and deli! Gets crowded. Great for grabbing and taking to the beach. Closed Mondays.”
94 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, bakery, coffee, desserts, kid-friendly ”
61 locals recommend
Café
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“Amazing food! Great quality - organic, family owned joint. Great to stop by for brunch or lunch if you're in the area.”
80 locals recommend
Café
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“-Collection of small galleries in a creative arts complex a few miles inland from downtown Santa Monica Pier Free Admission & Free Parking Hours vary by gallery, but mostly 11am-5pm ”
61 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Really great restaurant, everything is good. On the expensive side, even though the ambiance is more casual.”
36 locals recommend
Lounge
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“The number 1 bus stop is located near Busby's, one direction takes you directly to Westwood UCLA, and the other direction will take you directly to the beach and 3rd street promenade. ”
31 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“The American Cinematheque Aero Theatre was preserved by many Hollywood celebrities and foundations and hosts movie classics, Oscar nominated films and foreign films with Q&A with cast, writers, directors and critics. Don't miss a night at the Aero for a slice of Hollywood.”
34 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“"We offer a regularly changing menu of farmers’ market-inspired dishes with ingredients that come from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen with sustainable practices." 2 Stars on Michelin in 2019”
37 locals recommend
Bar
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“A dark, lively bar right across the street from my place. On weeknights, it is cozy and relatively quiet, but on weekends, this place gets packed. They have a DJ playing music and people are dancing. It is a bit of a divey feel, so it's not super posh, and the drinks are cheap.”
23 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“They serve good coffee until 5pm then it converts into a wine bar. So you decide the vibe. No hard booze; beer and wine and soju. During the day it’s a work scene but a good vibe. ”
37 locals recommend
Pharmacy
“CVS with more options than the one on Main Street. Right next to Whole Foods.”
16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Iconic American diner at it's best. You want to step into a movie scene hanging out in comfy booths Swingers is the place to go. From morning to late night they'll take care of your food cravings.”
40 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The best coffee and pastries! Also try their Sweet Lady Jane salad with a scoop of chicken curry or tuna :)”
34 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Iconic coffee in Santa Monica, offers its signature “Mojito Iced Coffee” no alcohol, just the refreshing flavor.”
19 locals recommend
Cafe
“Around the corner - the largest distributor of seafood in the west. Provider of seafood for all the restaurants here.”
33 locals recommend