Some of the best kept secrets of Southern California are right in Torrance, CA

Here, locals will invite visitors to get out of the hustle and bustle and get into the laid back, we got your back hidden attractions of the South Bay. With 400+ eateries and 11 craft breweries all well-crafted and unique, there are so many diverse options to explore and so many unique flavors to taste.

If you’re heading to Torrance in the morning, your first stop should definitely be the iconic Torrance Bakery in Historic Downtown Torrance. This sweet spot has plenty of pastries to fuel you up, including their mouthwatering buttermilk stick – an epic hybrid of churro and donut. While you’re there, check out the historic buildings of the area including Torrance High School – it’s the backdrop to many Hollywood hits like She’s All That, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Speaking of sweet, Creamistry will satisfy your sweet tooth big time with made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream in crazy-good flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Matcha Green Tea or Monster Cookie. Did you know that Torrance is also the home of King’s Hawaiian? The namesake restaurant boasts guest favorites like the Big Island Breakfast – their famous King’s Hawaiian French Toast with eggs and choice of bacon, turkey sausage, fried Spam or Portuguese sausage.

Torrance is also home to Del Amo Mall, which is the third largest shopping mall in the U.S. If you’ve got the shopping itch then you’ll want to hit the shops as soon as possible. If you’re living on a tight budget then you might want to slow down and first check out what savings are available to you. Perhaps going on sites like Raise can help you to uncover discounts and coupons for some of your favorite brands and stores which means you can save money and grab a bargain on your next spending spree. On top of world-class shopping, you’ll also have a never-ending list of good eats here. Brio Coastal Bar & Kitchen matches Torrance’s laid-back vibe, offering easy-to-eat small plates like their spicy shrimp and eggplant dish. Or if you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, Frida, is another no-brainer with their filet mignon tacos.

Asian cuisines are ample and diverse in Torrance. In fact, locals have dubbed Torrance “The Ramen Capitol of Southern California.” Ko-Ryu is an innovative hotspot that has 13 different ramen dishes on the menu including Black Spicy Miso. If dumplings are more up your alley, Din Tai Fung pays homage to tradition and tastiness with their soup dumplings and comforting noodle dishes.

With 11 breweries, there’s definitely a brew for you in Torrance. Zymurgy Brew Works is a must-visit: this nano-brewery caters to new and experienced brewers who want to craft their own beer. That’s right – you can make your own beer here. Smog City is another Torrance legend that you’ll have to take a sip of, especially the Sabre-Toothed Squirrel American Amber Ale and Little Bo Czech-Style Pilsner!

HopSaint will not disappoint – the brewery and restaurant has big flavors in brews like their Name Dropper IPA and their sweet wheat wine. From HopSaint, head over to Absolution Brewing where their farm-to-glass artisan beers are made with Old World style and New World ingredients. Try their Forbidden Blonde (if you dare)!

Another Torrance favorite on tap is Strand Brewing Co. which has incredible brews. All beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized, and the spot has onsite games like cornhole, shuffleboard and ping-pong. The brewery also shares its name with a paved bicycle path along the uncrowded Torrance Beach called The Strand. Once you’ve had your fill of the Torrance brew scene, we encourage you to take in the beauty by the beach!

With so many experiences to be had in Torrance, visitors are invited to stay awhile at one of the city’s exciting hotels. Vacationers can build the ultimate itinerary and business travelers can extend their stays to experience Torrance’s many unique attractions.

Are you in? Visit to learn more about this Southern California hidden gem.

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