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Third Street Promenade

Third Street Promenade
Third Street Promenade

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Contrary to popular belief, people do walk in LA – at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The shops, restaurants, ocean breeze, great weather and plethora of street performers make the Promenade one of the best open-air malls you'll find just about anywhere.

From the Promenade's northern end at Wilshire Boulevard to Broadway and Santa Monica Place Mall marking the southern border, the Promenade is a bustling shopper's paradise by the sea that boasts more than 100 shops, restaurants, and theaters. Street performers, from clowns to musicians to mimes to dancers, attract crowds and enhance the lively and carefree atmosphere. The shops range from familiar retail giants like Victoria's Secret and Barnes & Noble to unique special-interest stores such as Puzzle Zoo, and the restaurants' menu offerings are as diverse as they come. If that weren't enough, the Promenade's three movie theaters offer a variety of films for your viewing pleasure.

Because the Promenade attracts so many, it's great for people watching. On any given day, you can observe tourists and locals rubbing elbows at this premier alfresco consumer playground.

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