Santa Monica Reimagines Public Spaces to offer Al Fresco Dining, Retail Options, Personal Services and Safe Outdoor Experiences
September 1, 2020
Santa Monica Reimagines Public Spaces to offer Al Fresco Dining, Retail Options, Personal Services and Safe Outdoor Experiences

The City of Santa Monica is reimagining how businesses can use public, outdoor space to provide a safe and comfortable experience for residents and visitors. Businesses are thriving under blue skies and ocean breezes, welcoming patrons into new al fresco dining patios, outdoor fitness classes, sidewalk retail shops and providing personal care services throughout the vibrant coastal community. Bring your mask and support local Santa Monica businesses.

Fitness studios in Downtown Santa Monica are taking advantage of ocean-front views by holding physically-distanced, outdoor yoga, boot camp, cycling and other fitness classes. Santa Monica Place and SoulCycle have teamed up to bring the popular cycling classes outdoors on the rooftop deck with SoulOutside, daily through mid-October. Sweat it out safely at Burn Fitness' full-service open-aired rooftop studio overlooking the iconic Third Street Promenade. Santa Monica Yoga and Beach Yoga SoCal are hosting reduced capacity outdoor yoga classes. Row House, BaseCamp and Box N' Burn are also offering outdoor fitness experiences for the community to release stress and stay active in a safe environment.

Montana Avenue's eclectic mix of distinctive shops, cafes, and spas have expanded summer dining experiences and services with al fresco parklets and physically-distanced seating flowing along the tree-lined street. Indulge in delicious bites, plant-based menu offerings, and buckets of bubbly rose on Art's Table pup-friendly patio. Cha Spa has created a relaxing outdoor space providing nail appointments, massages, waxing and more. For those looking for a much-needed quarantine haircut, Panache Coiffure has you covered with its new al fresco hair salon.

Enjoy the iconic ocean views of Santa Monica along with a diverse mix of services, dining options and experiences now available along Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. Active Barbers and Body Fit Gym are providing safe outdoor options for curbside cuts and fitness classes. Soak in stunning views of the Pacific and indulge in fresh seafood favorites from Watergrill and Blue Plate Oysterette. Fairmont Miramar, voted Santa Monica's Most Loved Hotel of 2020, is welcoming back the community with a safely enhanced resort experience, including outdoor seating, takeaway picnic baskets, hairdos with an outdoor view from Lloyd's Barbershop, poolside movie nights, and your favorite brews from Dogtown Coffee.

Walk or bike to experience the arts and culture along the newly-reimagined Main Street Al Fresco experience. Cool off with refreshing sangria and Spanish tapas from Manchego or stop for a healthy brunch on the patio at Kafe K. Use the City of Santa Monica's mural guide to explore Santa Monica's eight lively neighborhoods on a self-guided street art tour. Quench your thirst for discovery with margaritas and Mexican cuisine at Gilbert's El Indio on Pico Boulevard for a lovely physically-distanced patio experience at this classic neighborhood restaurant beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Santa Monica Shines is the community-partnered outreach effort for Santa Monica's economic recovery that provides resources to businesses, employees, and residents throughout the city at Santa Monica remains committed to the health and wellness of the community and is taking extra precautions to ensure the community feels welcome and safe. When visiting Santa Monica, please remember to wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and follow all LA County health and safety requirements.

Visitors are encouraged to contact individual businesses for specific safety protocols and guidelines. For those who want to enjoy delicious eats at home, to-go options are widely available. For more information on individual neighborhoods and the unique al fresco offerings, please visit


About Santa Monica Shines

Santa Monica Shines is a communications and outreach effort focused on accelerating a safe and healthy economic recovery and return to business. The partnership of residents and community stakeholders includes City of Santa Monica, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., Main Street Business Improvement District, Montana Avenue Merchants Association, Pico Improvement District, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Daily Press, Santa Monica Pier Corporation, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, and 18th Street Arts Center. For more information visit