It seemed like everyone in L.A. was there on Sunday.
After much waiting and anticipation (as I mentioned here), Santa Monica Place finally opened on Friday! Aside from the crowds and additional traffic in my neighborhood (I live just a few blocks away), I couldn't be happier. I went to the Bloomingdale's Insider opening on Thursday evening and then to the rest of the mall on Sunday. The architecture is gorgeous, the layout creative, and the views from the rooftop dining deck are unbelievable! Gabe and I have often wondered why there aren't many restaurants in Santa Monica with ocean views and/or outdoor patios and this has both. The Bloomingdale's was on the smaller side, but had all the essentials, including an amazing handbag section. I enjoyed exploring the new mall (CB2, Michael Kors, Kitson, BCBG, Coach, etc.) and was delighted to be able to walk there! Gabe was at work when I visited the center, so I decided to wait for him to eat nachos on the La Sandia patio. Rest assured that we'll be back very soon for the nachos and the Sonoma Wine Garden. If you live in Los Angeles, I strongly recommend checking it out.