Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue has hundreds of charming cafes and boutiques to keep you busy on a breezy weekend. From designer clothing to drum lessons to rare cheeses, this popular shopping district has a little bit of something for everyone. Here’s a guide to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
This little boutique carries gorgeous designer clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry, and is known to provide expert customer service. Looking for something to wear to your Santa Monica brunch? The team at Savannah can help you find the casual-chic dress or outfit of your dreams. Savannah: 706 Montana Ave.; 310-458-2095
Andrew’s Cheese Shop
Cheese expert Andrew Steiner opened up his little shop on Montana Avenue after 24 years of working in restaurants, with a particularly prestigious stint as Maitre d’Fromage at famed chef Joachim Splichal’s Patina. At his eponymous shop in Santa Monica, he offers over 200 different varieties of cheese, and is revered for his family-style grilled cheese and beer nights. Andrew’s Cheese Shop: 728 Montana Ave.; 310-393-3308
Limonaia proprietor Jessica Goldfarb grew up traveling the world and admiring the handcrafted goods she’d find in local markets and boutiques. At Limonaia, she’s curated a collection of gifts from around the globe, like jewelry, home accessories, candles, stationery and handbags. Limonaia: 1325 Montana Ave.; 310-458-1858
If you hear a little rat-a-tat-tat while you’re strolling down Montana Avenue, you’re like approaching the corner of 10th street, where beloved gift and drum shop, Seasons, has made its home since 1985. The store offers intricately beaded curtains, unique handmade gifts, and, as if it weren’t quirky enough, drumming meditation workshops three times a week. Seasons: 1021A Montana Ave.; 310-395-1965
Kreation Organic Kafe
If you’re worried that you actually might shop ‘til you drop on Montana Avenue, be sure to pencil in a little break and recharge at Kreation Organic Kafe. A fresh pressed juice, and a grab and go salad should give you the boost you need to continue browsing and buying. Kreation Organic Kafe: 1023 Montana Ave.; 310-458-4880