Its’s a beach town. At its deep, base core Manhattan Beach is a classic beach town. Nestled between the free spirited Hermosa & the luxe Santa Monica it has acquired a mix of both.
It is a place where locals gather at neighboorhood Starbucks in flip flops and shorts to go down to the beach. It is a place where everyone heads to the beach side restaurants for lunch in their Prada heels and Valentino suits and where some of the best seaside views of the sunset pair with a bottle of champagne & almond cruste patè.
My favorite places to kill time before and after work differ depending on my mood.
Whole Foods located on Sepulveda in El Segundo shopping center is the perfect place to grab a breakfast on the go, with their food bar, naturally made juices & fair trade coffee shop. They also sell Kombucha on tap for the health nut in all of us.
All of this while browsing isles of orgnic food, imported cheese and all sorts of wine and beer. Foodie heaven!
If I’m not in a shopping mood or more likely want to see the ocean I love driving down to the pier. It is an eclectic mix of locals and tourists. The pier itself has a tiny aquarium (The roundhouse aquarium) at the end if you feel like learning about marine life or need to entertain a tiny human.
And if you tire of the rolling waves well let’s just say the food is superb. Three of my favorite places to stop by in no particular order:
The Kettle for comforting dinner style breakast, lunch & dinner. The salmon egg benedict is amazing as you pair it with a white wine sangria
( The Kettle)
Nick’s Manhattan Beach is more of a California dinning experience. Their relaxed elangant vibe and their open air patio is perect for a bussiness lunch or a day at the beach.
The Strand House offers amazing views of the pier and a menu to match the mood.
Offering three floors and glass walls for viewing enjoyment it is by far my favorite way to end or start the night 🙂
Other places about the city to check out:
The Manhattan Beach Marriott with an ouside restaurant overlooking the golf course
The Manhattan Beach Historic Society for a fun museum and a long chat with its volunteer docent about the older days of the city.
Smitten Ice Cream Located in the recently opened The Point shopping center. The lavander flavor is to kill for not to mention you can’t beat the cuteness and old town charm of their stand.