Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica is now open and it is certainly a vast improvement over the old one.
Today was packed with people and live entertainment and Nordstrom and Tiffanys are not yet open, but there is still a tremendous amount to see. The new Bloomingdales is spectacular. It’s loft style, apparently the only one of its kind outside Manhattan, has a wonderful, open feel and is sure to attract visitors from all over Los Angeles.
There are plenty of upscale restaurants on the rooftop deck, some of them huge. Although limited you do have some ocean views from the deck.