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Best Santa Monica food and fitness on-the-go

Getting fit at PureBarre.
Getting fit at PureBarre.

Healthy eating and living choices abound in Santa Monica. Along with a multitude of dining options, the city offers countless opportunities to walk, run, stretch, cycle, dance, lift and swim to better health all year-round.

Check out some popular group fitness classes (with single-class and subscription options) to start or re-energize an exercise routine. Whether one is fueling up pre- or post-workout, visit these neighboring cafés (with takeout options) for a healthy snack or meal throughout the day.

Get moving and eat well on-the-go!

SoulCycle and Jinky’s Cafe
This soulful spinning chain has grown from its New York roots to include numerous California outposts like Santa Monica. As a great early morning kickoff, step into the candlelit studio to experience an invigorating workout and absorb the collective, positive energy driven by inspiring instructors and the latest music hits. SoulCycle offers fun, themed music playlist rides, too.

With several area locations, nearby Jinky’s Café is renowned for its huge breakfast menu. Select from hearty and protein-packed workout menu entrees like gourmet sausage and eggs, along with a wide assortment of omelets and scrambles, waffles, gluten-free pancakes, and much more. The Santa Monica café serves lunch, too.

Order online here.

120 Wilshire Blvd., 310-622-7685,
1447 2nd St. 310-917-3311, find it here

Pure Barre and Nékter Juice Bar
Get a full-body workout in a supportive environment at this rapidly expanding ballet barre enterprise—with local franchises in Santa Monica, Brentwood and beyond. Try a morning Pure Barre class to start the day with an energizing and low-impact program concentrating on core strength-building exercises. A monthly “breaking down the barre” class helps to deepen and hone the barre technique.

Stop by Nékter’s modern Second Street location for fresh, nutrient-rich smoothie and juice selections like “the glow” juice with carrot, kale, lemon, ginger and more. Look for an assortment of açaí bowl treats like one with bananas, berries, cashew nut milk and hempseed granola.

201 Wilshire Blvd., 310-395-3927, find it here
1422 2nd St., 1-800-385-1650,

Revolution Fitness and The Courtyard Kitchen
Tucked inside the charming courtyard at 12th Street and Montana Avenue, Revolution Fitness schedules a variety of daily, motivating classes like indo-row, Pilates, strength-training and much more. This boutique studio offers a free birthday class, too.

In the adjoining outdoor space, The Courtyard Kitchen provides a lovely and casual meal setting—reminiscent of an inviting international café. The lunch menu features items such as an organic quinoa shrimp salad, and vegetable ratatouille. Choose from a selection of crostini with toppings like blue cheese, fig jam and marcona almonds, and enjoy mouth-watering desserts. The café serves breakfast (all day) and dinner, too.

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1211 Montana Ave., 310-393-6399,
1211 Montana Ave., 310-587-2333,

Yogahop and Blue Plate Diner
With studios in Santa Monica and Pasadena, Yogahop kicks traditional yoga practice up a notch, infusing fun and vigorous classes with high-energy pop, rock and hip-hop music. Try a candlelight yoga evening class to end the day with a strong mind, body and spirit in a harmonious setting.

Venture over to the busy Blue Plate Diner for a dinner of healthy comfort food favorites such as chicken tacos, seasonal soups, grilled chicken, and salads like “super salmon protein” with mixed greens, quinoa and more. The restaurant also serves breakfast (all day) and lunch.

1612 Montana Ave., 2nd Floor, 310-829-5000, find it here
1415 Montana Ave., 310-260-8877,

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