Torrance Travel Guide

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Torrance Things to Do

  • Our Little Beach

    There's a small beach in Torrance called "Torrance Beach". This is actually an extension of the bigger beach north of us--Redondo Beach. Torrance Beach is nice because it's got a lot of community feel and it doesn't get as crowded as the other major beaches on sunny days. It's a great place to take the kids and do a little boogie boarding.

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  • Torrance Farmer's Market

    The Torrance Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning!! They have a vast array of produce stands and breadsmiths. It also has awesome food stands including yummy tacos, falafel, Chinese, Thai and Greek food! The Farmer's market is at Wilson Park so there is plenty of place to throw down a blanket and enjoy your food finds. You can...

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  • Hike, bike or ride (a horse) at Del...

    Del Cerro is a great place to go mountain biking, hiking or horse riding. There are beautiful views of the peninsula along the main trail. There are also several smaller trails that offshoot from the main trail which will eventually lead you down to the beach below. This is a great trail for beginning mountain bikers--it's where I learned and there...

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  • Yes, one can go to the beach here!

    Though not known even to many locals, Torrance does have official beach territory, although sandy is not terribly great for the full beach experience. There is no boardwalk, pier and seaside dining. Torrance beach is good for longboarding along a northern swell, however.Parking on the street for the beach is about $4 but can be less or free in...

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  • Day Trip: Abalone Cove

    Abalone Cove is actually composed of two coves w/ three separate tidepool areas so there is a ton to explore even if all you're doing is going to check out the tidepools. We were there from high to low tide--it's pretty amazing how quickly the water levels change and expose all kinds of stuff in the process. It's maybe a steep 5 mile hike (2 of...

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  • If you love shop, here's your stop!

    All right, this tip is for the major mallrats of the world. Mallhaters: be aware!Del Amo Fashion Center is the biggest enclosed mall, west of the Mall of America and basically puts Torrance in the local and tourist conscience of Southern California.During my childhood, I used to go often to this mall. Oh, it was the greatest thing in the world to...

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  • Rolling Hills Plaza

    There's a nice AMC here with a pub right next to it. Some good eats like Islands. A few shops around. There's a Tillys and across the street is Kohls. I usually come here for the movie theatre or Kohls. Otherwise, I go to the other 2 malls for shopping purposes or even to hang out.

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  • Del Amo Mall

    This newly renovated mall will give you the feel of the Block of Orange....well at least half of it will. It used to be one of the biggest of the malls then it started to die down. They renovated half of it to be out doors, although not all the stores outside are open I would say it definitely started bringing back some sort of crowd. In the out...

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  • South Bay Galleria

    You know, it's a mall. It's gots some foods and it's gots some shopping.....no, but really it has a good variety of stores. Some more expensive (or at least what I consider expensive): Ambercrombie, Nordstrom, Planet Funk; your in betweens: Gap, Bath and Body, Macy's, Hot Topic; and your "I think I can afford that": Forever 21, Reflections, EX. The...

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Torrance Hotels

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  • Miyako Hybrid Hotel

    21381 S Western Ave, Torrance, California, 90501, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Best Western Avita Suites

    3531 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, California, 90503, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Staybridge Suites Torrance

    The Staybridge Suites Torrance Hotel, is an all-suite property where each suite has a full kitchen,...

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Torrance Restaurants

  • Izakaya, Oden & Beer, Oh My!

    I love this place. Anytime I have visitors I try and bring them here. It's a great place to go with a few friends, order 10-20 different small "dishes", share a pitcher and laughs. The food is fresh, delicious and refined to boot!Make a reservation, because they fill up quick! I don't remember what they're called, but the chicken meatball skewers...

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  • One of the best Indian buffet spreads in...

    This place has one of the best North Indian buffet spreads in the South Bay. The owner is very pleasant and interacts with the guests making sure everyone is happy. I liked the paintings and decoration in the dining area a lot. My friend says that this a great decently priced place to take someone you want to impress. The environment is quiet and...

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  • Try Pakistani-Indian eats...

    Great naan, lots of rice, and spicy hot as hell-well, almost! Al Noor, in the city of Lawndale, is a popular Pakistani establishment but for those who crave the relatively less spicy Indian cuisine, there is much to choose from the menu.I went here as part of a huge group. We invaded the small family run eaterie and delighted in trying several...

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  • Yummy Hawaiian Without the Flight!

    The Loft is a Super Popular local Hawaiian place in Torrance. It has a cute decor, hibiscus prints and rattan everywhere! They have really sweet staff and they try their best to get people seated quickly, but boy is it busy!! They are locally famous for having a pretty authentic taste! They are famous for their bacon fried rice (haven't tried it,...

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  • Skip this hole!

    After reading a couple favorable reviews and seeing several recommendations to order the torpedo sandwich--my boyfriend and I decided to head to Giuliano's Delicatessen for some sandwiches. Upon arrival at the Gardena location (which people hail as the flagship location w/ much better sandwiches then all the other locations), we were actually quite...

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  • Best Thai in the South Bay

    I had all but given up having any sort of good Thai food here in the South Bay having gone to 4 or 5 consecutively bad Thai restaurants (fancy, to-go, Americanized, etc.) in a row over the past few years that I've lived here. Today, I had a serious craving (but didn't want to drive far) so my boyfriend and I decided to give it a go again w/ our...

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  • Eat NY style near LA

    Just a regular pizza place located at the mall (Del Amo, of course). Everytime I've come here, mamma-or whoever it may be behind the counter - always comes through with plain cheese slice done right-NY thin crust, with the right combination of cheese and sauce. cheese slice

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  • Great late night izakaya

    This place has great ambiance. Japanese bar food at it's finest (in Torrance, anyways)! It's got a lively atmosphere and a local place we're always up for when it's time for salty snacks and drinks! Their salads are surprisingly good. I'm not normally a salad person, but for this place I just love their sauces and the seafood in it! Gotta love...

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  • Best Sushi in the South Bay!

    Very unassuming location, but, don't let that discourage you, you will not be dissapointed. The restaurant is brand new, and is extremely tidy. The sushi bar is very small, if you go with a large group, you will have to sit at a table. But, it will be the quality of the food that will keep you going back. For sake lovers, Hilo carries a wide...

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Torrance Nightlife

  • Irish pub.....sort of

    Not that much of a dance floor, but what do you expect. It's a pub! It's in the Rolling Hills Plaza right near the AMC. It pulls in a good sized crowd. It's a moderate size too, so everyone doesn't feel too packed in. Also, a front patio.

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  • Hit your Lucky Strikes

    Just opening in the fall of 2006 is Lucky Strikes, a very contemporary spin on a bowling alley. Grab some friends and come here, especially if over 21 as this is becoming the hip spot for adults in the South Bay area.Will post my experience here in travelogue some day soon! look nice with no sports jerseys and excessively baggy clothes. Yeah, at...

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Torrance Shopping

  • Shopping in Torrance

    Del Amo Fashion Center is a large enough mall with Sears, Macy's etc. I enjoyed browsing through different shops, having a frozen yogurt and pizza for lunch at an Italian place in the food court. TJ Maxx was also good to look in. There was a food place in the food complex that had $1 for EVERYTHING on the menu. I didn't get to try out their food...

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  • Deutschland - Callie style

    Did you know that Los Angeles has a German enclave? Probably not. Definitely visit Alpine Village while in LA if you get a chance, and it's open year-round - not just during Oktober.Not so much a village, but a mall. But it's not just a tourist trap, it's an oasis for German nationals in the city. The village features a supermarket and bakery...

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Torrance Local Customs

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    by marinarena Written Mar 26, 2005

    Here is the very popular setting for Oktober Fest in the greater L.A. area. Sure, it is one of the many kitschy german town within a bigger city. But all that matters here is the good German beer and sausage, right?

    Local and tourists come for the official Oktoberfest and throughout the year to get their grub on of various European-style meals and also for nightly entertainment, inlcuding dance lessons, rock bands and fstivals, especially during the summer. Check out the calendar for current events!

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Torrance What to Pack

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    by marinarena Written Mar 26, 2005

    Luggage and bags: perhaps you should bring own sturdy shopping bag if you are a big shopper!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: and also comfortable shoes. The mall is just huge and vast! I would walk Del Amo for 8 hrs on and off and it did a number on my peds!

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Torrance Off The Beaten Path

  • See downtown Torrance, discover charm

    A few cities around LA can claim having charming, throwback town centers. Torrance definitely is included on the list. A few miles away from the more traveled Del Amo area is the Main St USA area with relatively old style, historic edifices. Crossing the center are old Red car rail lines and the old depot building still exists. Come here for a cup...

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  • See Beverly Hills (90210) High

    At 2200 W. Carson St is Torrance High School, which has been the site for a number of famous TV shows and films including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Beverly Hills 90210." It's also a beautiful piece of early 1900s architecture from the outside, particuarly the facade which dates from 1917. Please be advised, though, that it is an active high...

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  • See a rare natural beauty...yes, in the...

    Torrance's Madrona Marsh is a rare treat that I have just discovered myself. It is one of few vernal marshes in southern California. Who says that L.A. doesn't "keep it real?" Well, at least Torrance does!See pics on the official website!! Madrona Marsh Nature Center --Off the 91 Fwy,Open 10Am- 5 PM Tuesday thru Sat

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Torrance Favorites

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    by supune Updated Jun 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: El Camino Community College is one of the best junior colleges in California. It has a very high transfer rate to top universities, especially in the UC system.

    It is a bit over crowded but the teachers are pretty good.

    The Planetarium here is kind of popular and there is an active astronomy club.

    For a junior college, they hold lots of events including plays and concerts.

    2003 Graduation ceremony at El-Co
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