5 Reasons to Visit Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

Most people know about the famous Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, the largest shopping, dining and entertainment hubs in the downtown Santa Monica area.  If you’re looking to explore some of Santa Monica’s finest, but prefer a less crowded and touristy scene, head over to the 10 block stretch that is Montana Avenue!

We have put together our very own top 5 list of “must visits” below. Enjoy!

1.  Sweet Lady Jane
1631 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 254-9499

Sweet Lady Jane serves up fresh, homemade sweets and sandwiches but is famous for their amazing deep dish pies! Even if you aren’t in the mood for something sweet, this cafe and bakery is definitly worth a visit for the best take out pie in Los Angeles.


2.  Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 260-1528

If you love classic and independent films, you’ll definitly want to add the historic Aero Theatre to your “to do” list! With inexpensive double features, retrospectives and new films with live Cast & Crew Q&A’s and more, the Aero is not to be missed.


3.  Shopaholic Samples Sales
1613 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 260-0100

Who doesn’t love a sample sale? Find unique and locally designed clothing that is usually marked down 50-80%!


4.  Massage Envy and Massage Place

Ok, technically these are two different places, but they both offer luxurious hour long massages in a bare-bones atmosphere for under $55.
Be sure to call ahead to make your appointment and specify if you prefer and male or female masseuse. There are no amenities that an upscale spa might offer such as a steam room, but if you need a great massage and don’t want to spend a lot of money, these are the places!


5. Marmalade Cafe
710 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 395-9196

In the mood for wholesome and fresh breakfast, lunch or early dinner? Check out this Los Angeles staple.  If you don’t feel like eating indoors, take your noms to go and walk down Montana to the park overlooking the beach for spectacular al fresco dining!