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Top three images, Local. Minnie T’s; Thyme Cafe baked goods; and Love Coffee.

Los Angeles is transforming and transforming quickly! The Ocean Park area in Santa Monica is one of the latest areas to have gotten a face lift and infusion of cool. It is now bustling with new eateries and well-curated storefronts.

Here are a few of Ocean Park’s highlights!

Eat & Drink

Thyme Café & Market

The first hip and delicious spot on the scene opening in 2009.  They offer delightful baked goods and prepared foods to go as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting.

 Local Kitchen and Wine Bar 

The area’s newest addition and night time hot spot!  Local pairs seasonal plates and handcrafted pizzas with exceptional wines and small batch cocktails in a sexy architectural setting.

Uplifter’s Kitchen

Unpretentious farm to table breakfast and lunch fare.

Love Coffee Bar

The sleek coffee shop on the strip.

Bob’s Market

In business since 1965, Bob’s embodies the low key friendliness of this beach side community. They make the BEST chicken salad! Amazing to pick it up and have on hand.

Shaka Shack Burgers

Don’t be put off by the tiki theme!  The gourmet burgers at this casual spot are some of the best in town.

Shop

Minnie T’s

This Abbot Kinney defector stocks cool cult brands such as Rick Owens and Gary Graham as well as LA’s own Raquel Allegra and Calvin Rucker.

Goods

A modern day “mom & pop” shop, this store stocks a beautifully curated collection of handmade, fair trade artisan goods.

Rumba

This design studio and retail store is reconfigured twice a month with new collections of vintage furniture, lighting, accessories and contemporary art on display.