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Solstice
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Solstice is a fun sunglass boutique that offers a wide array of sunglasses from top designers, like Kate Spade and AXMore Neon. It has a bright and energetic store on the second level of the Santa Monica Place mall, conveniently located just two blocks from the beach, where sunglasses are always in demand. It offers a wealth of shapes and frames for all faces, and also features a variety of lens tints to add a little uniqueness to its shades. The employees are kind and helpful, and online shopping is also an option.
Pedal or Not
214 Pier Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Pedal or Not is Santa Monica's first all-electric bicycle guided tour (maximum of 5 riders per guide) along the beachMore through the Venice Canals. See sights where tour buses and cars can't take you. Let the electric bikes take you further than you thought you'd go in this half day adventure. The fun three-hour tours operate daily and cost $49.
Sushi Itto
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sushi Itto is a fun sushi restaurant in the food plaza at the Santa Monica Place mall, on the third floor. It servesMore sushi fast food style, and offers a selection of sushimi and nigiri, too. Diners are welcome to sit inside or outside on the patio, which overlooks the beaches, ocean and famous Santa Monica pier.  The menu is posted above the register on a digital screen for easy ordering, and the service is fast and friendly.  Valet parking is an option in the mall's lot.  Metered parking is available, too.
Wetzel's Pretzels
1403 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This fun, bright little restaurant specializes in pretzels and offers a variety of flavors including buttered, plain andMore cinnamon. Icees and hot dogs are also sold from the small storefront with quick and friendly service. There are no seats but the stand offers plenty of hand-held treats for walking around the 3rd Street Promenade. The store is only steps from the beach and has free parking for up to two hours in any of the community garages within the neighborhood. 
Cafe Crepe
1460 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cafe Crepe is a fun and bright crepe restaurant located in downtown Santa Monica, just steps away from theMore beach. It features indoor and outdoor seating, and warm, fresh French crepes. It also offers a variety of special coffees featuring fine liquor. The expert chefs and warm, friendly servers help to make Cafe Crepe an inviting dining place; and the sweet smell of crepes can be caught from a long way down the 3rd Street Promenade. Alcoholic beverages such as wine and cocktails are also offered, as are sandwiches and pizza. Free parking is offered in any of the community lots.
Benihana
1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Founded by Japanese businessman "Rocky" Aoki in 1964, Benihana is known as the first chain of restaurants to bringMore Japanese cuisine to America. Two staples of that cuisine still stand firm: sushi, including sashimi, hand rolls and specialty rolls, and teppanyaki, the reason Benihana is so famous. Teppanyaki is a sort of culinary art form in which the chef cooks on a hibachi grill right in front of the customer, frying up your beef or chicken or seafood to order. A fun evening just blocks from the beach might include a glass of their signature "Benihana Punch," a large portion of USDA choice steak grilled in front of your eyes and possibly a couple pieces of shrimp tossed perfectly into your mouth by the chef across the table.
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