The Santa Monica Place mall is now open and they have done a great job of taking advantage of its location near Santa Monica beach.
The mall has been completely opened up and has attracted some upscale boutiques and the only Bloomingdales loft-style store outside Manhattan. This Bloomies is truly exciting and itself has an open feeling.
For the foodies there are plenty of great restaurants on the rooftop deck. Two standouts are Sandia, upscale Mexican cuisine and Ozumo, contemporary Japanese. Both restaurants are enormous and if today is any indication they, and the other dining places are going to do stellar business.
They also took advantage of the existing popular Third Street Promenade with one entrance to the Mall being a continuation of that street.
The ocean view from the rooftop deck is somewhat limited but the feeling is still there.
Today was way too crowded, but I am definitely going to go back and check out all the stores.