By Angela Dorsey
From unique new restaurants to walks on the beach, and everything in between, the South Bay area has it all. I feel blessed to live and work in this area and enjoy exploring places new and old during my free time. If you are in the area, here are some of my favorite things to do in Torrance and the South Bay.
Restaurants and Cafes
Anyone who knows me knows I love food! I’ve already shared a list of my favorite local restaurants, but of course, the list continues to grow. Here are some additional places I have been to recently and would highly recommend.
Local Bakeries and Cafes
Pinwheel French Café and Bakery: I came here on my birthday for brunch with my husband. It was a cold and rainy day, but it was nice and warm inside, which added to the ambiance. I ordered the Provençale Omelet, which was wonderful! Of course, since it was my birthday, I treated myself to an apple tart with tea. Delicious!
Sweet Wheat: This French bakery is not to be missed! My favorite treat is their croissants and Palmiers (Elephant Ears). They have an extensive selection of delicious sweet and savory treats, which makes it hard to decide!
New Restaurants at the Del Amo Mall
Market Broiler Grill: This casual seafood restaurant has lots of great options. I had their Prawns Scampi on Valentine’s Day, which was delicious, and I plan on ordering that again!
North Italia: If you’re in the mood for Italian food, you can’t go wrong with this place. I had their margherita pizza, which was very yummy!
Sweetgreen: This innovative, fast-casual dining restaurant is not to be missed. The Harvest Bowl is my favorite!
After you’ve eaten all that delicious food, you may want to get outside and get some exercise! Here are my favorite choices for exploring the local nature.
Abalone Cove: This 109-acre reserve features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tide pools, bluff-top viewing areas, and trails crisscrossing the area. It’s a great place for a nice peaceful walk along the trails and beautiful views of the ocean. I used to come here often when my kids were younger.
Torrance Beach: If you feel like getting in the water or going for a run, this is my favorite beach in the South Bay because it is quiet and has easy parking. It’s often referred to as “RAT beach,” which is short for Redondo and Torrance beach, or “Right After Torrance” beach.
Lastly, I can’t forget about our furry friends. Sometimes the best self-care is caring for others, including animals. If you are feeling altruistic and want to share some of your time and resources, I recommend this local nonprofit with a long history of animal welfare in this area.
spcaLA: Donate food, blankets, and towels for the pets waiting for a home. You may even be tempted to come home with a new family member!
It’s Your Turn!
If you live in the South Bay area, maybe some of these things are on your list, or maybe you have other suggestions. I’m always looking for new ways to explore my city, so I would love to hear your thoughts. What fun places or activities would you recommend? If you are just visiting the area, hopefully, this list gives you a good starting point to experience the local scene.
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