More to Explore: 24 places to visit on the Expo Line to Santa Monica

Train, meet ocean. Ocean, meet train. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Train, meet ocean. Ocean, meet train. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Find “More to Explore” on the Expo Line to Santa Monica! Below are some fun places worth checking out for your shopping, eating and entertainment needs, all easily accessible from the seven new stations on the Westside.

Palms Station
10001 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034

  • Woodbine Park — a pocket park open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Motor Avenue Farmers Market — every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Motor & National, a short walk from the station.
  • C&M Cafe — popular neighborhood coffee shop and breakfast/lunch spot at Motor & National.
  • The Irish Times — as far as we know, the closest Irish restaurant to the Expo Line. On Motor, slightly north of National.
Some classic apple pie a la mode at The Apple Pan. Photo: Peter Watkinson/Metro

Some classic apple pie á la mode at The Apple Pan. Photo: Peter Watkinson/Metro

Westwood/Rancho Park Station
2594 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

  • Westside Pavilion Shopping Mall —  your standard mall fare, but they also have Red Caboose, where we can ride motorized animals (where can ride motorized animals). 😏
  • The Landmark Theatre — shows blockbusters, foreign flicks and indie films.
  • Pico Playhouse — small community theatre where you can enjoy shows up close.
  • Apple Pan — about as old school as you can get when it comes to an L.A. burger.

Expo/Sepulveda Station
2510 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

  • Rita’s Italian Ice Cream — delicious, delicious desserts.
  • Little Osaka/Sawtelle Japantown — so much good ramen, you guys. Plus some really cute shops. 

    Expo Phase 2 Destinations - Giant Robot

    Totoro ~ available at Giant Robot on Sawtelle. Photo: Candace Wakefield/Metro

  • The Getty Museum — transfer to the Metro Rapid 734 (or Metro Express 534 at Downtown Santa Monica Station) to explore art.
  • Adventure 16 — the venerable outdoor equipment store. If you want to compare prices, take Expo to the REI in downtown Santa Monica 🙂

Expo/Bundy Station
2101 Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90064

26th St/Bergamot Station
2425 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

DK's Donuts & Bakery

DK’s Donuts & Bakery. Yum. Photo: Peter Watkinson/Metro

17th St/Santa Monica College Station
1701 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Downtown Santa Monica Station
401 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Let us know in the comments: where will you go on the new line?

6 replies

  1. Party at the Palms!!!!

    Everybody come out and have a blast with us at the Grand Opening of Palms Station on Saturday May 21st.
    Free rides all day!!

    The fun starts at 10:00am and goes till 4pm!

    There will be food trucks, clothing and jewelry vendors, pony rides, a rock wall, live music, face painting, a bouncy, a bike valet, arts and crafts, a massage station, and speeches by some of our city leaders @ 10:30am.

    Come join us for a fun-filled Saturday!

    -Motor Avenue Improvement Association

  2. Hold up, you mean to say there’s a Sawtelle Japantown stop!? Not to mention Apple Pan within walking distance!? Who knew???

  3. now i know why it takes 50 minutes from DTLA to SM!! too many stops with less than 1 miles in between! Sepulveda station is only 0.5 miles from Westwood Station! 17th st station is only 0.7 mi from Bundy station! You can bike faster than between these train stops!