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Best things to do in South Bay

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Seafood Restaurant
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“Family owned and operated since 1952. My grandparents frequented this establishment as they ate fresh seafood and watched the sun go down while they sipped cocktails. This is one of my favorite nostalgic places to visit (you might notice by all the souvenir cups at our property)! :)”
34 locals recommend
Grocery Store
11 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A local favorite with an outdoor patio close to the sand. Try their breakfast burrito or one of their many egg dishes.”
33 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“At Little Sister, Chef Tin Vuong's Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in Manhattan Beach, stenciled butterflies spew out of a machine gun plastered on a splotchy gray wall, and paintings of grenades are mixed in with an "I'm planning a big surprise" quote. "It's an homage to the region's violent past with a peaceful look towards the future," said our server, when we asked what was up with all the ammo. A little contrived, maybe, but in the small space that is still packed to the brim a year after opening, it is clearly working. Vuong, who is originally from the San Gabriel Valley, is channeling the food of his youth into beautiful, creative dishes—some of the best I've had in the South Bay.”
25 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Outdoor seating has view of the ocean and is situated near the strand for some pre or post walking to the Manhattan Beach Pier. Menu is very Californian.”
21 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“A café that strives to use organic and local-sourced ingredients wherever possible. The best avocado toast in town. Try their avocado toast special with goat cheese, bacon, and maple syrup! Cute outdoor patio seating. When you’re done eating or while you’re waiting for your food, pop in to the adjacent shop for gifts, home décor, jewelry, books.”
22 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Enjoy the complimentary fresh made warm tortillas served with honey butter and a selection of salsa to start your meal off right. Follow it up with one of their speciality margaritas with a kick (jalapeño, serrano chili or chipotle)! Located on Pier Ave in Hermosa. We usually try to park in the paid parking lot behind Scotty's. ”
25 locals recommend
Doctor's Office
“On the border of Manhattan Beach and El Segundo. Department store, restaurants and other classy variety shops.”
14 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Well-regarded gastropub. The church-turned Black Flag rehearsal space-turned restaurant has a diverse menu of smoked pork confit pop tarts, a riff on bibimbap, & even a selection of house-brewed ale.”
23 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“The local watering hole, you will find all types of locals and tourists at this happening spot! Definitely not upscale, but always crowded and the place to end the night.”
17 locals recommend
Pub
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“Sit on the rooftop deck and watch the sun go down as you sip your favorite cocktail. ”
23 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Great local "joint." It is nothing fancy, but fun to see how locals live and people watching.”
15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Good for sitting outside in nice weather. Kid friendly, believe its dog friendly as well ”
19 locals recommend
Beach
“Pier Avenue is full of shopping, restaurants, bars, coffee shops etc. It runs through the middle of town and ends at the beach with a gorgeous Promenade and a beautiful pier.”
19 locals recommend
Bar
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“They have a chain of successful bars/restaurants. 2 block walk from the room.”
18 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“This South Bay landmark is 10 minutes south of LAX, and offers a slew of restaurants, shops and typical entertainment. There's almost always live music, the views are great and special events are hosted frequently.”
14 locals recommend