Even the shopping centres have a special design.
Shopping at the shopping centre.
Santa Monica is home to one of the most luxury shopping centres in the United States, with an area of more than 50,000 square metres. It is called Santa Monica Place (www.santamonicaplace.com), a beautiful complex designed by the famous architect Frank O. Gehry that opened in 1981. Over time, the premises have been frequently refurbished, most recently in 2008, which closed it until well into 2010. Located at one end of Broadway Street, the building can be seen from several blocks away thanks to the enormous neon sign located at the top, which includes letters of a very distinctive design. The shopping centre has more than 120 shops, including brands as well-known as Tiffany, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and Emporio Armani. The ground floor has lots of restaurants, which are very busy at breakfast and lunch times thanks to their cheap prices.