Canines rule at this half block of fenced-in dog park. Let the curs off their leashes to cavort with their own kind. Meanwhile, you can experience another expensive piece of Santa Monica real estate gone to the dogs…in a good way, for once.
Pacific Street Park (Off-Leash Dog Park) on 1222 2008
Paris 1900 on 0927 2008
Known for vintage wedding dresses, linens and lace. Gotta have an appointment.
Perry’s Café & Rentals (end of Ocean Park) on 0529 2008
One of eight Santa Monica and Venice locations renting bikes, blades, beach chairs, umbrellas, mats, boogie boards, volleyballs, storage lockers and more. KCRW members get a 15% discount. Private and corporate groups of all sizes accommodated. Plus, it’s playground and cafe-adjacent (actually, what isn’t around here?) in case the kids (or BF) throw a tantrum on the bike ride.
Perry’s Café & Rentals (end of Hollister Ave) on 0529 2008
Concession stand fare plus generic re-recordings of classic rock and pop hits (played, I presume, to save on licensing fees).
Bravo Pizza on 0529 2008
The full Dogtown Ink endorsement for this place. Or actually, for their pizza. Deliveries take a while, but patience is rewarded. I like the one with artichoke hearts and black olives—whole black olives.
Santa Monica/Venice Bike Path on 0529 2008
A great bike path runs along the beach for much of Los Angeles’ west side. The Santa Monica/Venice leg of the path is among its most colorful. The two-way, paved thoroughfare is best for wheeled devices like bikes, blades an skateboards. It can get a tad hazardous on weekends when lots of oblivious walkers meander — and unaware little ones dart — onto the path. Of course, the parade of humanity is part of the attraction for many. Watch out for aggro road bikers and berate the bullies accordingly.
Cha Cha Chicken on 0529 2008
Come for the jerk whatever, stay for the watermelon drink. Jamaican par exellance.
Santa Monica Pier Playground on 0528 2008
On the beach just south of the pier. The full compliment of playground paraphernalia: swings, climbing ropes, monkey bars, a padded deck…rings even. Nearby restrooms. Grassy gymnastics field. Definitely enough stuff to tire out your brood.
Chez Jay Restaurant on 0213 2008
1657 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 395-1741
Owing to its close proximity to the Rand Corporation, not only can you get tanked at Chez Jay, you can get think-tanked.
Vidiots on 0212 2008
The indie place to go around these parts for DVD and video rentals. The staff are movie nerds, you can get pretty much whatever weird thing you’re looking for here—foreign films, cult movies, the odd book or two.