What’s up guys? Welcome back to Vagabrothers. In today’s episode we are going to show you how to spend the perfect day in Santa Monica, California. So Santa Monica is one of the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles. It’s very popular with locals and visitors and today we have a friend in town, a fellow You Tuber from Quebec, Lysanne Nadeau So we’re going to show her some of our favorite spots, and hopefully give you guys some inspiration for your next trip, Santa Monica. “Allons-y!” All right, guys. First stop is Dogtown Coffee Shop If you know anything about skateboarding, Dogtown Z Boys were a group of local skaters who pretty much revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s. This is their old headquarters, Zephyr, it was the Zephyr Surf Shop. Now it’s this cute, little cafe. So we’re going to grab a quick coffee, some brunch, and see where we go. Like Alex was saying, this place was the Zephyr surf shop, which was the home headquarters of the Dogtown skate crew They basically took skateboarding in the 1970s from side walk surfing, like Beach Boys style to a much more “rock and roll” vertical basis which is kind of like the foundation of modern professional skateboarding. If you want more info, there’s a really great documentary called Dogtown & Z Boys as well as a Hollywood movie called, Lords Of Dogtown. Either one will tell you a bit more about the story of this neighborhood. Cheers. Guys, we’ve met up with Lysanne Nadeau Hi. If you don’t know her, she’s awesome. How are you enjoying L.A. so far? I love it. I want to stay here forever. And never go back to Montreal. So we are going to show Lysanne some cool places today. So stick around. I feel like I’m in Grand Theft Auto So according to legend, beach volleyball was invented here in the 1920s by the Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku who also brought surfing to California. This is the beach from Bay Watch. If you’ve seen that, that is what made this place famous. But here on the south side of the pier, it’s a bit more low key. On the north, it can get a little bit hectic. But down here, it’s got a more mellow vibe. So I’m going to give this a try. I’ve seen people doing this. See if I can get my orangutang arms going . I’ve obviously worn my perfect work-out shirt. See how this goes. Hats off to you, Marko Nicely done, you orangutang. Do you want a photo of you in a cannon? How do I say no to that? Yes. Of course. Go! Alex Ayling Cross step to nose ride. So we made it to the Santa Monica Pier. This is the most famous landmark in Santa Monica. It’s actually the end to Route 66. And it’s one of these old school, classic amusements piers from the late 1800s. There was a huge ballroom on here. There’s a couple of historical landmarks: ferris wheel, roller coaster. and, you know, back in the day when L.A. was really first developing, when the railroad came here in the 1880s, there was a light rail system that connected Santa Monica Pier with the rest of Los Angeles, and that really made this whole area grow up. So the pier is basically the basis for the whole Santa Monica as we see it today. Well we are saying goodbye to the Santa Monica Pier, and we’re off to go grab some lunch. Where are we going, Brother? So we’re going to go to Bay Cities Deli; it’s an Italian deli It’s probably one of the most classic spots for lunch in Santa Monica. There’s a lot of great places to eat, so it’s kind of hard for us to pick favorites, but this is definitely one. It’s a little bit of a walk. Let’s go! It’s worth it. Wait. Wait. Wait Wait Wait Wait Shut up! What would it be like to be on the moon? We are just arriving at Bay Cities Italian Deli. This place is famous for really good sandwiches. Good spot for lunch. Now that’s a spicy meatball Put it in your mouth. Very hot Oh my god So good This one is a Spaniard. It’s got chorizo, it has jamon serrano dried tomato and some provolone. It’s very, very good. This tastes like what farms in Quebec smells like. I don’t get it. So does it smell good? No. It taste like manure, is what she’s saying I guess so It taste like manure, is what she’s saying the farms in Quebec must smell great. No afternoon in Santa Monica would be complete without a little stroll through the 3rd Street Promenade. And no Sunday would be complete without a stop at the bar called the Bungalow. So we’re going to go there. It’s a place where there’s a lot of beautiful people, sipping nice cocktails. Let’s do it! All right, guys. The Bungalow is really chill. It’s a little bit pricey. It’s 15 bucks a cocktail. But, I think it’s worth it. It’s fun. It’s a stylish little spot to grab a cocktail. Definitely, it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon. Let’s say that. People watching and cocktail sipping. All right, guys. Last stop of the day. We are heading down the street to south Santa Monica to a place called Cha Cha Chicken It’s Caribbean inspired food. and it’s BYOB (bring your own bottle), which is great so you guys will like this place. Gracias. Algo mas? No This is a pan- Caribbean place. We got a little bit of Jamacan style jerk chicken a bit of Cuban style Ropa Vieja and some empanadas from Latin America. So we’ve got a little bit of everything. And we got some Red Stripe to wash it down, mon! Old clothes (Ropa Vieja) never tasted so good. Baila! Balia! (Dance! Dance!) How’s the salsa? It’s actually really spicy salsa. But the salsa music’s good too. This is it right here. Jerk Chicken Jerk Chicken, mon! So good. We’re on our way to the last stop of the night, Chez Jay. We’re going to the dive bar. Santa Monica How do we pronounce that? Chez Jay Chez Jay Like that.. “Comme ca.” Guys, if you follow the game plan, that would be a splendid day in Santa Monica, California. Splendid, indeed. if you liked that video, make sure to check out our other video Top 10 Things To Do in Los Angeles for some more ideas, and don’t forget to subscribe, share this video with your friends, or your travel partners, and like it, of course, as well, and send a comment if you have other recommendations for things to do and places to see in Santa Monica. You made it through all those and only slightly slurred. Anyway, guys, if you enjoyed that video, give it a thumbs-up. I just said that! Share it with your friends I just said that! Stay curious, Keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.


  1. The movies in the 60s made Muscle Beach popular in Santa Monica like Gidget and many more. Cuz I live there at the time and I watch them make some of them movies.

  2. Omg! Iam walking distance from dog town. Lived and filmed all my life in Santa Monica. Thanks for giving my city a shout out 🙂

  3. You know you’re an old fart when you stop making videos about going to the pier/arcade at night looking for dates and start making videos about going during the day for food and “brew” lol…………#ALCOHOLisFORoldPEOPLE #potISforPOSERS #adrenalineANDvideoGAMESareFORwinners

  4. Wow this is an awesome video! I wish I was there! It looks so beautifulul. Hopefully one of these days I'm there ❤❤❤

  5. Wow! Wow, wow, wow. I'm SO glad I stumbled on this video. I had no IDEA there was a place in California surbia that has a deli and a restaurant and a bar and a coffee shop! And a beach from an 80s teevee show! This San Hamonica has it all!

  6. The bungalow looks like douchebag central man. Definitely not my type of crowd. All the other places look pretty interesting. Also helps that I feel like I’ve been there before thanks to GTA5. Greta job on the editing and music selection

  7. I went to LA not knowing too many details. Basically, I went to Venice, expecting a Santa Monica vibe. Now I know some of what I missed. Thanks! 🙂

  8. I vacation here every other weekend from my home in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Great video. Captures the vibe. I agree with a post that mentioned the bungalow. The Bungalow could be a cool place if chill people hung there. It's douchebag central.

  9. Too bad ALL the benches are homeless beds at night. No amount of bleach would clean what I've seen. Wear a hazmat suit if you dont want hepatitis

  10. A very dirty town.
    Warning.. you don't go bare footed on the beach. There is so much garbage mixed in the sand.

  11. I’m a native of Santa Monica.i guess you video was okay as an over view. Glad you spotlighted Bay Cities. Which is the Bomb!

  12. Since this came out there IS an active rail line between downtown and Santa Monica–actually between near L.A. Live in downtown L.A. and within a couple blocks of the Santa Monica Pier, although with a transfer to the Red Line at the end of the Santa Monica (Expo) Line you can get to the heart of downtown L.A. as well. As I write this, there is a short gap in the system for a junction reconstruction til the end of Aug 2019 that is covered by a shuttle bus. On the return trip, make sure you get on the train with "Santa Monica" in the heading or you'll wind upin Long Beach or some sketchy neighborhoods in between–lol.

  13. Where's the Hookers ? Yes it's a nice place but where's the action ? Where's the beach partys with some hookers ? IT LOOKS DEAD OUT THERE ……Where's the sexy girls in bikinis at least ? All I see are two HIPSTERS and a cute blonde …LOL

  14. Santa Monica is a wonderful place, but what they don't say, see on video that their transients/ some areas smells like urine, around the cannon is. But overall is good.

  15. En français et du Québec, vous avez fait que des sorties dans les bars et restaurants, il y a d'autres choses intéressantes à part ça, non! Dispendieux et inutile à mes yeux,,

  16. Boycott Santa Monica and support restaurant workers' rights. NO ONE ought to be jailed for using plastic straws. There are much better ways to get your point across other than ruining people's careers.

  17. My sister and I was born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica . We move away in 1979 when I was 16 years old. We are planning a sister trip back next year summer. We lived on Navy street I know alot has changed since then but it's a reunion for us.We are so excited to return to our home town. Yey!!!

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