Twenty-four Hours in Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach is a coastal oasis synonymous with the Southern California way of life. Encapsulating the magnificent Pacific Ocean, 2.1 miles of pristine beaches and breathtaking sunsets, downtown Manhattan Beach is an enchanting place to relax and unwind, whether for a single day or an extended stay.
With the ever-present rhythm of the surf, Manhattan Beach has become the place to dine, shop and sleep in style. Indulge your palette in savory selections from their taverns, cafes, bars & grills and fine restaurant. Discover extraordinary gifts, trendy jeans & clothing, stylish home décor, chic jewelry & accessories, stuff for kids in the toy store & specialty boutiques, a great independent bookstore, and surf shop where you will find some new toys for riding the wave, and clothes for pre and post water sports.
There’s a great Farmers Market held every Tuesday from 11am-4pm with extended hours in the summer.The market is produced by the Downtown Businesses who proudly sponsor the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation & other programs that educate Manhattan Beach children.
Visit www.mbfarmersmarket.com for more information.
EATING + DRINKING
Two Gun Espresso
Enjoy the best coffee in the South Bay at Two Gun Espresso in Manhattan Beach. And for sure, the coffee is worth taking a $40 cab ride to and from the airport to get there. Using top of the line ingredients including Caffe Vita Coffee from Seattle and Straus Family Farms Organic Milk from Petaluma, the shop is run by a two fellows from New Zealand. Coming from New Zealand they are connoisseurs of organic products. The shop is located on Sepulveda and a mile or so away from downtown Manhattan Beach. It’s best to hit them up as you are heading into or out of Manhattan Beach. Be sure to try their signature drink: the Flat White.
350 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA
Wahoo’s Fish Taco
A Southern California original, Wahoo’s Fish Taco located in downtown Manhattan Beach, is a great spot for healthy, affordable cuisine. Fish tacos are the specialty, which come spiced with Cajun seasoning or you can opt for carnitas or carne asada. These dishes come with rice and beans, and delicious pico de gallo. You can also enjoy drinks at Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Tangy margaritas are available to wash down all the good grub.
1129 Manhattan Ave Manhattan Beach, CA
Pitfire Pizza is new to Manhattan Beach and has quickly become the place to go for families looking for pizza and for beer connoisseurs. Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach, Pitfire Pizza offers a very enjoyable pizza experience offering seasonal menus. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, then you can order a delicious and healthy salad such as the shredded kale salad with lemon champagne vinaigrette. Some of the recent winter pizzas were a roasted pumpkin pizza made with brown butter, sage roasted winter squash, braised chard and pumpkin seed oil. They are truly bringing a whole new level of creativity, (and health) to pizza making.
401 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA
Uncle Bills Pancake House
When you wake up in Manhattan Beach do yourself the favor of enjoying breakfast at Uncle Bills. There is magic in the flapjacks at Uncle Bills. I’m not quite sure what they put into these pancakes but they are beyond delicious. Don’t even try to be healthy at Uncle Bills. Go ahead and order an omelet with a side of blueberry pancakes covered in strawberries and cream. Just tell yourself that you’ll run an extra mile on the beach, this food is worth it!
1305 Highland Ave Manhattan Beach, CA
ACTIVITIES + SHOPPING
Looking for a workout during your visit to Manhattan Beach? There are a variety of options to keep moving. Of course, the ocean is right there for surfing and paddle boarding or, you can ride bikes and run along the beach. If you’re really itching for a pilates session then you should visit formu+La pilates + juice which is located on Sepulveda, a mile or so from downtown Manhattan Beach. After a tough pilates session you can refuel with cold pressed fruit and vegetable juice!
Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to keep the whole family active while enjoying the beautiful Pacific Ocean. In Manhattan Beach Nikau Kai is the place to go. Paddle boarding is a really good work out and is also super fun. The folks at Nikau Kai will guide you through the process of learning how to paddle board and before long you’ll be a master.
If you’re more into reading than pushing your physical limits then you’ll want to check out Pages, a bookstore in downtown Manhattan Beach. Hosting story time and book signings, Pages is the intellectual heart of the city.
Manhattan Village is the main indoor mall in Manhattan Beach and features an enormous Macy’s plus 80 other establishments including See’s Candies, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, Tommy Bahama and an Apple store. The shopping center is very close to the airport at the intersection of Rosecrans and Sepulveda. There are plenty of places to grab a bite at Manhattan Village too. We love the coffee at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and the cookies at Corner Bakery. If you’re looking for something more substantial then go to the Tin Roof Bistro which is like a little bit of wine country in the heart of Manhattan Beach, serving steak and salads, salmon or pizza. They have a wonderful wine list too. Manhattan Village is a great way to spend a few hours in between flights.
WHERE TO STAY
The Belamar is the ideal place to stay for a quick trip to Manhattan Beach, California. Located on the edge of town, on the corner of Sepulveda and Rosecrans, the property is very close to LAX and a $20 cab ride will get you safely ensconced in their fun, light, airy and spacious surroundings. The hotel has a 50s vibe with turquoise coloring and funky artwork.
The Belamar has a lot to offer. A pool with sunning deck is available to sun worshippers and an indoor gym is available to those who enjoy pumping iron. However, since you’re at the beach you’ll probably want to enjoy the two mile walk or jog to the ocean along Valley Avenue where you’ll find a jogging trail with workout stations and resting spots as you make your way into downtown Manhattan Beach and to the beach.
While staying at The Belamar be sure to book yourself in for dinner at Second Story. Second Story is the main restaurant at the hotel and they also provide room service. Chef Vania runs the kitchen. She is from Brazil and serves healthy, delicious food made with quality ingredients. The cocktails are great too. We enjoyed a perfect gin martini and delectable ahi sashimi set in an elegant surrounding. The space draws a lively, local crowd and can get busy on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s a private area with beehive woodwork that you can reserve for a fun party. Wood accents and lighting that pops set the tone for a fashionable night out.
The Belamar Hotel
3501 N Sepulveda Blvd,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266