7 Best Places to Shop in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and Brentwood, Los Angeles


Santa Monica

If your trip to La La Land has you itching to upgrade your wardrobe with a little attitude, look no further than Brat. No matter what your proclivity—be it rockabilly, Goth, punk, or cottagecore—Brat has that unique item you didn't even know you needed. It's also a perfect place to find something "L.A. cool" for folks back home.

Brentwood Country Mart


This family-friendly faux country market was first built in the postwar boom of the 1940s and remains a staple of the community. Among the dozens of stores are Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand's gorgeous first brick-and-mortar store), Turpan (for luxury home goods), James Perse (for laid-back cotton knits), Jenni Kayne (for a curated mix of modern clothing, housewares, and gifts), and Malia Mills (for American-made swimwear separates). Grab a chicken basket at Reddi Chick and chow down on the open-air patio.

Kathmandu Boutique

Santa Monica

Founded by a Nepali owner, this shop instantly whisks you away to the Himalayas, with its wide-ranging selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, incense, and more. Sip on some chai tea and indulge your inner hippie, or find all the spiritual products you've been craving.

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Lady Chocolatt

Santa Monica
This is the shop where chocolate dreams are made. The purveyor of the finest Belgian chocolate in all of Los Angeles, Lady Chocolatt is the perfect answer to the age-old question “What should we buy for our loved one’s birthday, anniversary, baby shower, celebration, etc.?" The ornate display case is filled with dark chocolate truffles, hazelnut pralines, Grand Marnier ganaches, and so much more. Post up for a late-afternoon espresso and let your chocolate dreams wander.

Quinnie and B

This self-described "tiny toy shop" fails to mention that it is also a beautifully curated jewel box of a tiny toy shop. Along with traditional toys like L.O.L. Surprise, this sunny, well-organized space offers a wide range of kids' books, plushies, accessories, musical instruments, science and craft kits, puzzles, art, holiday cookie kits and seasonal decorations, and more. 

The Acorn Store

Remember when toys didn't require batteries or apps? This old-fashioned shop (for ages 10 and under) sparks children's imaginations with dress-up clothes, science-oriented gifts, picture books, and hand-painted wooden toys by brands like Poan and Haba.

Third Street Promenade

There is no shortage of spots to shop everything from sporting goods to trendy fashions on this pedestrian-friendly strip. Outposts here are mainly of the chain variety, and in between splurging on books, clothing, sneakers, and more, shoppers can pop into one of the many eateries, watch street performers and artists do their thing, or even catch a movie at one of the theaters. Additionally, the chef-approved Farmers Market takes over twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), and with the beach just a few steps away, the destination is a quintessential California stop.

3rd St., Santa Monica, California, 90401, USA