Your BMW or MINI Cooper’s in Good Hands, Now What About You? A Guide to Sipping and Savoring in Santa Monica While Your Car Gets Pampered

Let’s face it, taking your beloved BMW or MINI Cooper in for service isn’t exactly the most thrilling experience. But fret not, car enthusiasts of Santa Monica! While your prized possession gets the royal treatment at HAUS Santa Monica, you can turn that wait into a delightful mini-adventure.

This guide is here to steer you towards fantastic coffee shops and yummy cafes within walking distance, perfect for grabbing a satisfying bite or a relaxing cup of joe. So, buckle up (metaphorically, of course) for a delicious exploration of Santa Monica’s culinary scene:

The Coffee Connoisseur’s Choices:

  • LOKL HAUS: Situated conveniently next door to HAUS, LOKL HAUS is a haven for coffee aficionados. Their baristas are passionate about the craft, brewing up exceptional single-origin and expertly blended coffees. Whether you’re a fan of a classic latte or a more adventurous pour-over, LOKL HAUS has something to tantalize your taste buds. Plus, their pastries are delightful little works of art, perfect for a sweet accompaniment to your coffee.

HAUS Tip: If you’re pressed for time, grab a quick takeaway coffee from LOKL HAUS before dropping your car off.

  • Elabrew Coffee: A short stroll down the street, Elabrew is a local favorite known for its warm atmosphere and focus on ethically sourced beans. They offer a variety of brewing methods, allowing you to explore the subtle nuances of different coffee origins. Pair your cup with one of their house-made muffins or scones for a delightful breakfast on the go.

Calling All Calorie Counters:

  • Urth Caffe Santa Monica: If you’re looking for a place to settle in and unwind, Urth Caffe Santa Monica is a great choice. This bustling cafe offers a vast menu featuring healthy and delicious options alongside their extensive coffee and tea selection. Their organic salads and sandwiches are perfect for a light and satisfying lunch, and their açai bowls are a refreshing option for a warm Santa Monica day.

HAUS Tip: Urth Caffe can get quite crowded, so if you’re looking for a quieter spot, consider the other options on this list.

Sweet and Savory Treats:

  • Café Lovi: Craving something a little more substantial? Café Lovi offers a delightful selection of breakfast and lunch options, from omelets and breakfast burritos to fresh salads and gourmet sandwiches. They also have a tempting display of pastries and cakes, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Their friendly staff and charming ambiance make Café Lovi a great place to relax and catch up on work or emails while you wait.
  • 10 Speed Coffee: This lively coffee shop offers a fantastic selection of coffee drinks alongside a menu of breakfast and lunch options. Their breakfast burritos are legendary, and their sandwiches are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. They also have a tempting selection of pastries and baked goods, perfect for a mid-morning pick-me-up.

The Quick and Convenient Option:

  • Jack in the Box: Let’s face it, sometimes you just need a quick and familiar bite. Jack in the Box is a reliable fast-food option located right across the street from HAUS Santa Monica. Their menu features all your favorite burgers, fries, and tacos, perfect for satisfying a craving without breaking the bank. Plus, they’re open 24/7, so you can grab a bite no matter what time your car is getting serviced.

HAUS Tip: Consider downloading the Jack in the Box app to order ahead of time for a speedy pick-up.

Exploring Santa Monica:

If you have more time on your hands and your car service isn’t taking too long, consider venturing a little further afield to explore the vibrant streets of Santa Monica:

  • Third Street Promenade: This world-famous pedestrian mall is a shopper’s paradise, lined with stores, restaurants, and street performers. Take a leisurely stroll, do some window shopping, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many outdoor cafes.
  • Santa Monica Pier: No trip to Santa Monica is complete without a visit to the iconic pier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, ride the Ferris wheel, or play some classic carnival games. There are also a variety of restaurants and shops located on the pier, making it a great place to spend an afternoon.

Turning Waiting Time into “Me” Time:

  • Catch Up on Reading: Bring along a book or magazine and use your wait time to curl up and enjoy some uninterrupted reading time.
  • Get Active: Santa Monica offers a variety of outdoor activities you can enjoy while you wait. Take a walk along the beach, rent a bike and explore the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, or do some yoga poses in a park.
  • Embrace Your Inner Creative: If you’re feeling inspired, use your wait time to do some journaling, write, or sketch. A change of scenery can spark new ideas and help you tap into your creativity.
  • Connect with Friends and Family: Use this time to catch up with loved ones over a phone call or video chat. You might even be able to meet a friend for coffee or a quick lunch near The HAUS.
  • Do Some Online Browsing: We all have those online errands we keep putting off. Use your wait time to research a vacation, browse for a new outfit, or finally tackle that to-do list you’ve been neglecting.

HAUS Tip: Remember to bring your charger or a portable power bank to keep your devices juiced up throughout the day.

Taking your car in for service doesn’t have to be a chore. By using these tips, you can transform your wait time into a relaxing and enjoyable experience. So, grab a coffee, explore the neighborhood, or simply unwind with a good book. After all, a little downtime never hurt anyone, and you’ll be reunited with your BMW or MINI Cooper in no time, ready to hit the open road and create new adventures!

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