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Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
(3.7/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web)
The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles's mild climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.HistoryThird Street Promenade has been a center of business in Santa Monica since the town's inception in the late 19th century. The Promenade's roots date back to the 1960s when three blocks of Third Street were converted into a pedestrian mall. Although successful, by the late 1970s, the Santa Monica Mall (as it was then called), was in need of modernization and a redesign. A new enclosed shopping center, Santa Monica Place (1980–2007), designed by Frank Gehry was added at the Promenade's southern end. A citywide bond measure was issued and architectural firm ROMA Design Group was hired to redesign Santa Monica Mall. The renamed Third Street Promenade opened on September 16, 1989, and has since become the nationally recognized success that it is today. The project was part of a larger redevelopment effort, encompassing several blocks of Downtown Santa Monica. Santa Monica Place has since been renovated into a new open-air shopping and dining experience that re-opened on August 6, 2010.Although wildly successful, many long-time local residents of Santa Monica have mixed feelings about the Third Street Promenade, particularly about the homogenized stores and restaurants and the loss of the distinct personality and individuality provided by such independent stores as the Midnight Special Bookstore, present in the original mall. This "clone" aspect makes Third Street Promenade almost indistinguishable from any other outdoor plaza in the Los Angeles area (such as Americana at Brand, Old Town Pasadena, or Universal City Walk). Other points of contention for locals center on the increased traffic along Santa Monica Blvd, Wilshire Blvd. and Arizona Avenue, and over-crowded parking structures. Parking appears to be a continuous issue for the residents and visitors of the Third Street Promenade. Startups such as ParkMe.Inc (a Santa Monica-based technology startup) have launched services to ease this ever-present problem.
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  • It is a beautiful place to walk, walk, enjoy, eat, drink, go to the movies, buy, see street performers, take pictures, etc. The truth that is completito, has to do everything and you can go on family, friends, couples, as you want.
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  • Several shops and eateries and with variation of the cost. Street performers can be found in many places and in the evening it is pretty lively.
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  • Great shopping area with everything you need in Santa Monica. Great restaurants too. Safe feeling to walk around with young kids. 
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  • Beautiful store. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Only negative is that during peak hours you will have to wait. Staff states that they always have everything in stock (iPhone models that were out of stock online were available in-store) . Also, seem to have a larger than normal selection of non-Apple accessories. On hot sunny days store can be uncomfortably warm.
  • The automated telephone system is horrible. After many calls into the store to follow up on a purchased product - I NEVER was connected to a live person and the connection drops the call each and EVERY time. All experiences at other apple stores have been 5 Stars - NOT THIS STORE!
  • The song remains the same with this location.Entirely scripted,anti warranty replacing game players. They are all the same... full of the suck. It was before Steve Jobs death when it was farther down the 3rd street promenade.I believe it was right after his death when I first started going in this store. it will always have a special place in my heart.You see , I was poor back then . I brought in my bricked 3GS . The genius took my device,and told me to "take a seat in the theatre seating area ,and they would come and get me ". An hour went by ,and I got up and asked for the disposition on my 3GS. They said "a few more minutes sir just have a seat ". I went back to my seat ,and being so tired I fell asleep. Next thing i remember is being picked up by 4 or 5 guys ,and being tossed out on the street. I had no idea what happened , as they held the doors shut . This was all documented on Yelp shortly after it happened . Go to the Apple Store reviews 3rd street Santa Monica . My username there is A.G. Thanks again Apple 3rd street . You get zero stars forever in my heart . 1 star being the trade off to make a review . MFSOBS GFYS
  • THIS lady said if I buy a new iphone 6 then shell give me head, so i did it.... so yeah i didnt get head
  • The Worst of the worst. They refuse to serve , two or three of the sale associates are staying and not doing nothing, people wait for 30 min . The security from Security industry Inc with name Mark The Worst of the worst. They refuse to serve , two or three of the sale associates are staying and not doing nothing, people wait for 30 min . The security is rude from Security industry with name Mark extremely rude . Cara or Ciara sell associate were available and do nothing to serve all 10 people that were waiting ... Cara or Ciara sell associate do nothing to serve all 10 people that were waiting ... These people are waste of money for Apple compony