This piece originally appeared as part of the 20 Great Walks guide in the February 2018 issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Park at a ten-hour meter in the new Metlox shopping complex, then hoof it to Love & Salt on Manhattan Beach Boulevard for ricotta pancakes. (Partial to the “-unch” part of brunch? Consider the duck egg pizza.)
Walk straight down the boulevard and onto the Manhattan Beach Pier. Explore the touch tanks (touch tanks!) in the Roundhouse Aquarium before setting off south down the Strand. Editor’s note: The aquarium is undergoing renovations until summer 2018. In the meantime, you can find them in a temporary location at the base of the pier, near the south parking lot.
There are two types of views on this walk: multimillion dollar beachfront homes and the never-gets-old coastline. Enjoy both in the 40-ish minutes it will take you to stroll to the Hermosa Beach Pier.
Is it too early for a drink? You tell us. Barhop on Hermosa’s Pier Avenue and the Strand at Tower 12, Watermans, and the Deck (a table on the latter’s back patio invites games of flip cup). Pose with the painted mermaids on the kooky Sunny Southern California mural (on Beach Drive) before continuing your trek.
More beach. More houses. More time to let that beer settle.
Once you’ve arrived at Redondo Beach Pier, refuel with poke from Quality Seafood market before hitting the nostalgia-soaked indoor carnival known as the Redondo Fun Factory (give that poke a chance to rest before you try the Tilt-A-Whirl). Finish with a nightcap at Tony’s on the Pier; order a mai tai and you’ll get to keep the glass.
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