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Would You Like Some Ocean View With That?

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Santa Monica Place is pretty much one of the most spectacular shopping centers to open in Los Angeles in years—and, according to early reports, its grand opening didn't disappoint. According to the Huffington Post, the stores tend toward the higher-end: "Tiffany, Burberry, Hot Topic, GNC, Betsey Johnson, Coach, Ed Hardy and Tory Burch. The biggest spaces belong to CB2 (Crate & Barrel's younger and very fabulous sister), Nike, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. But what I recommend you go for: the food offerings and the view from the food court. This is the first mall in America where you can get your meal and sit in a cabana overlooking the Pacific. There are six sit-down restaurants and eight casual places, including the popular West Hollywood outpost, Pinches Tacos. Check each of the restaurants for happy hour specials -- you can sit outside, look at the sea, enjoy a mojito and then go tipsily buy furniture at CB2...and those my friends, are the makings of a good mall." A mall with an ocean view! We're in. [HuffPost]