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Guidebook for Manhattan Beach

Jeanette

Guidebook for Manhattan Beach

Food Scene
Local favorite within a few blocks from the house. Great place to meet for drinks. Decent seafood.
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FISHBAR
3801 Highland Avenue
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Local favorite within a few blocks from the house. Great place to meet for drinks. Decent seafood.
Best breakfast spot in North Manhattan Beach. Super yummy coffee and espresso drinks. We love their Dos Burritos, French Toast and Tiger Chai Lattes. They also have a great lunch menu of sandwiches and salads.
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North End Caffe
3421 Highland Avenue
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Best breakfast spot in North Manhattan Beach. Super yummy coffee and espresso drinks. We love their Dos Burritos, French Toast and Tiger Chai Lattes. They also have a great lunch menu of sandwiches and salads.
Fantastic pancakes. Iconic breakfast spot located in downtown Manhattan Beach. Sit outside and enjoy the ocean view. Go early or expect a wait for 20+ minutes. If you have a small party of 2, grab a spot at the bar for a quick breakfast.
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Uncle Bill's Pancake House
1305 Highland Avenue
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Fantastic pancakes. Iconic breakfast spot located in downtown Manhattan Beach. Sit outside and enjoy the ocean view. Go early or expect a wait for 20+ minutes. If you have a small party of 2, grab a spot at the bar for a quick breakfast.
Upscale restaurant in downtown Manhattan Beach. Large bar on the first floor and posh dine in restaurant on the second floor with stellar views of the Manhattan Beach Pier and sunsets over the ocean. Awesome appetizers and delicious seafood & steak entrees. Reservations recommended for dinner.
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The Strand House
117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
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Upscale restaurant in downtown Manhattan Beach. Large bar on the first floor and posh dine in restaurant on the second floor with stellar views of the Manhattan Beach Pier and sunsets over the ocean. Awesome appetizers and delicious seafood & steak entrees. Reservations recommended for dinner.
Unique and delicious dinner with communal dining and lots of small plate options. Can also make a reservation for a larger party.
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Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Avenue
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Unique and delicious dinner with communal dining and lots of small plate options. Can also make a reservation for a larger party.
Essentials
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Whole Foods Market
760 South Sepulveda Boulevard
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Trader Joe's
1800 Rosecrans Avenue
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Fantastic local butcher with the best cuts of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, fish, etc. Attached to a convenience store that sells everything from delicious well-priced wine to fresh produce.
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Manhattan Meats
1111 Manhattan Ave
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Fantastic local butcher with the best cuts of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, fish, etc. Attached to a convenience store that sells everything from delicious well-priced wine to fresh produce.
Getting Around
If you like to be active and plan to enjoy most days in the South Bay (Manhattan Beach & Hermosa), you won't need a car. There are a bunch of great restaurants, bars, and shops within a 10-20 minute walk, or 5-10 minute Uber from the house. On the other hand, if you plan to check out other touristy spots in Los Angeles, I would recommend renting a car. There are a variety of car rental businesses with free shuttle service from LAX. Check out Hotwire or Priceline websites for rental cars. When I visit the area, I usually take an Uber or taxi from the airport and rent a car from the local Enterprise Rent-a-Car since they have the best long terms deals (for stays up to 1 month).
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2301 North Sepulveda Boulevard
If you like to be active and plan to enjoy most days in the South Bay (Manhattan Beach & Hermosa), you won't need a car. There are a bunch of great restaurants, bars, and shops within a 10-20 minute walk, or 5-10 minute Uber from the house. On the other hand, if you plan to check out other touristy spots in Los Angeles, I would recommend renting a car. There are a variety of car rental businesses with free shuttle service from LAX. Check out Hotwire or Priceline websites for rental cars. When I visit the area, I usually take an Uber or taxi from the airport and rent a car from the local Enterprise Rent-a-Car since they have the best long terms deals (for stays up to 1 month).
Sightseeing
Take a 20 minute stroll south along The Strand and marvel at all the architecturally stunning houses until you reach the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier. As you walk out on the pier, you will experience beautiful views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. On a clear day, you can see Catalina Island. At the end of the pier there is a beach cafe with a variety of tasty and reasonably priced snacks, coffee and water. On some evenings during seasonal times of the year, the pier is aligned with strands of soft white lights from its beginning to end and it really makes the pier a beautiful and magical place.
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Manhattan Beach Pier
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Take a 20 minute stroll south along The Strand and marvel at all the architecturally stunning houses until you reach the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier. As you walk out on the pier, you will experience beautiful views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. On a clear day, you can see Catalina Island. At the end of the pier there is a beach cafe with a variety of tasty and reasonably priced snacks, coffee and water. On some evenings during seasonal times of the year, the pier is aligned with strands of soft white lights from its beginning to end and it really makes the pier a beautiful and magical place.
Shopping
Whether you want to shop, eat or hit the beach, there are lots of choices in downtown Manhattan Beach. There's a great Farmer's Market every Tuesday from 11am-5pm where you can get all the best local California grown produce.
Metlox
451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Whether you want to shop, eat or hit the beach, there are lots of choices in downtown Manhattan Beach. There's a great Farmer's Market every Tuesday from 11am-5pm where you can get all the best local California grown produce.
Parks & Nature
Sand Dune Park is an area of public sand dunes partly on a steep slope that is used for exercise in Manhattan Beach. The area has been used by amateur and professional athletes and has been featured in fitness magazines and newspaper accounts as a great workout spot. Next to the dune is a set of 208 steps up a steep hill. There's also a playground at the bottom of the dune great for children 8 and under.
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Sand Dune Park
3299 Bell Avenue
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Sand Dune Park is an area of public sand dunes partly on a steep slope that is used for exercise in Manhattan Beach. The area has been used by amateur and professional athletes and has been featured in fitness magazines and newspaper accounts as a great workout spot. Next to the dune is a set of 208 steps up a steep hill. There's also a playground at the bottom of the dune great for children 8 and under.