3rd Street Promenade

Take In Santa Monica's Famous Walking Only Street!

third street promenade

Strolling down Santa Monica's 3rd street promenade is a great way to spend a day. This famous pedestrian only street is wildly popular and is usually filled with visitors taking in the shops, restaurants and street performances.

The promenade itself spans three blocks on 3rd street between Broadway and Wilshire. You can find a multitude of shops and restaurants of all kinds.

third street promenade

The promenade is a great place to hit on your way to or coming back from the

Santa Monica Pier or Santa Monica Beach because you can take advantage of the large parking structures that are on 4th and 2nd street.

As I mentioned on an earlier page, they are free for 3 hours.

(Although there's no way to actually pay for extra time nor have I ever gotten a ticket for parking longer.... Although don't quote me!)


Here are some highlights of the shopping you can expect to find at the third street promenade:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • H&M
  • Ripcurl
  • Bebe
  • Forever 21
  • Guess
  • Quicksilver
  • French Connection
  • Gap
  • Puma
  • Steve Madden
  • Esprit
  • Zara International
  • Miss Sixty
  • Armani Exchange
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Victoria's Secret
  • J. Crew
  • Lucky Brand
  • Banana Republic

Here is a map of the 3rd street promenade with shops and restaurants.


Here are some restaurant highlights. Be warned some of them could be decribed as tourist traps. (whisper) i.e. Yankee Doodles...

  • Broadway Deli
  • Johnnie's NY Pizza (not great)
  • Wetzels
  • La Salsa
  • Starbucks
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Trastevere Trattoria
  • Gaucho Grill
  • Cabo Cantina (Fun Happy Hour!)
  • Monsoon Cafe (fun for kids, food not so good)
    Cabo Cantina

    Street Performers

    Hundreds of street performers ply their trade down on the 3rd street promenade all year round. Between here and the Vencice Boardwalk nearby you can certainly get your fix!

    third street promenade

    You can find a huge range of performers including:

    • clowns,
    • dancers of all kind
    • guitarists
    • jugglers
    • pianists
    • saxophonists
    • singer-songwriters
    • tango dancers
    • even tiny Elvis!

    3rd street promenade

    The performers are often quashed together and are forced to compete. Sometimes in incredibly contrasting styles. Like these two groups in the above picture: A female solo singer accompanied by her (mini piano?) vs a couple of break dancers blasting beats!

    Movie Theatres

    There are three movie complexes on the third street promenade:

    AMC Broadway 4

    Mann Criterion Theatres

    AMC Santa Monica 7

    Click the above movie theatre links for shows and showtimes.

    third street promenade

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