Santa Monica Shops
1220 5th St., Santa Monica
Though its just two-blocks from the Third Street Promenade, which sucks up a lot of the area's oxygen, this is inarguably one of the most special toy shops in the country. Everything here is made of wood, from the pint-sized grocery store stands (complete with farmers market fruits and veggies) to the rainbow-hued teethers.
2710 Main St., Santa Monica
This is one of those spots that will make you believe that having kids doesn't always require a cacophony of brightly-colored plastic toys: Airy, and sparely stocked, Caro Bambino offers everything you'd want for a clean-lined, modern nursery—and nothing more. There are well-designed cribs, a smattering of wooden toys, and neutral-hued onesies.
225 26th St., Ste. 37, Santa Monica
Every pop-up, goop MRKT, and goop GIFT brought us closer to fulfilling our ultimate dream: a brick-and-mortar shop to call our own.
920 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
Since 1995, Jill Roberts' mini-chainlet of boutiques have been holding strong, offering that specifically LA-buy: Plenty of denim and t-shirts, plus a few stand-out pieces from designers like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, and Kelly Wearstler. There are two other LA locations: Beverly Hills and Studio City.
Lost & Found
2000 Main St. & 2230 Main St., Santa Monica
Lost & Found in Hollywood occupies a stretch of adjacent buildings on Yucca Street, which is tucked away above Hollywood Boulevard. It’s there that you'll find one of LA's best shopping destinations. While there are spaces for women and homes, we particularly love the kids' edit, which revolves around feathered headbands, papier-mâché masks, and T-shirts emblazoned with everything from motorcycles to birds. The new outposts in Santa Monica are huge, offering more floor space to men's and women's clothing, along with even more delights for little ones. (Plus, a great edit of home.)
2923 Main St., Santa Monica
We were pretty thrilled when Love Adorned finally landed on the West Coast last year—after all, its flagship in Nolita (the jewelry companion to the legendary New York City tattoo parlor NY Adorned) is stunningly cool. It's also one of the few stores around that can embody an entire aesthetic, one that is subtly bohemian, gothic, and yet gloriously feminine, too. You'll find stunning, slightly asymmetrical diamond rings from Polly Wales, cool, Natural Park–themed bandannas for kids, and the resin champagne buckets by Tina Frey. The location in Santa Monica is fittingly airy and light and lined with all the jewelry treasures you’d expect along with a smattering of kitchen goods, throw pillows, and beautifully scented candles. There is also a location in Amagansett.
Quinnie & B
1632 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
This brand-new, self-named "tiny toy shoppe" from the owners of nearby Thyme Café and Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is an undeniably adorable addition to Ocean Park. While it's not large, the selection is spot-on, with good birthday options for kids of all ages.
12436 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Since 1985, this place has been offering every conceivable genre of vinyl to loyal West LA music lovers. Merchandise is re-stocked daily, there are stations where you can sample music, and you can trade in or sell your records here, too.
1327 5th Street, Santa Monica
The west side destination for spot-on, well curated clothing, home wares, books, beauty, and art.
The Detox Market
1231 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
We've long been fans of this clean beauty shop, which opened a Montana outpost (the OG location is in West Hollywood) a few months ago. Simple and well-organized, The Detox Market is a veritable mecca for safe cosmetics and skincare. Founded to combat the fact that some of the most toxic elements in a woman’s life come straight from her beauty products, they sell lines such as RMS, ila, Rahua, and Odacité.
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