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10 Things to Do When You're Staying in Manhattan Beach

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All Hotels Week long, we'll be providing map guides with advice on what to eat/drink/do when you're staying at five LA hotels in five different neighborhoods. Discover something new, whether you're a tourist or a cross-town staycationer.

Casual, laid-back Manhattan Beach is rich as heck: its Hill Section is the second richest neighborhood in Los Angeles and homebuyers there are frequently locked in insane bidding wars with winners paying for multi-million dollar oceanfront houses in cash. What we're trying to say is, the closest us normals are probably going to get to living here is staying in a chic hotel for a while (the Shade Hotel, for example) and packing as much MB activity as possible into the visit. We've got just the map to get your staycation started.

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1. Shade Hotel

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1221 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-4995
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Eat at your own hotel (where there are casual tacos!), get hopped up on the in-room Keurig, then ride your comped beach cruiser until you get tired again. Take a bath and play with the "chromatherapy" lights that adjust their color based on your whims. Once clean, head to the Zinc bar, one of the snazziest in town. Welcome to vacation.

2. Little Sister

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1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-2096
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Get your palate ready for some pan-Asian food at the restaurant which Johnathan Gold complimented by calling it "one of those rare restaurants where you eat far better than you think you're going to."

3. The Beach

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1400 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Even if you don't like the beach, you should go to this one. Try hitting up a different section each day.

4. Fishing with Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

By now, you've noticed that MB has some incredible eateries. This one showcases seafood, fitting considering the location, and largely serves it up raw, as our friends at Eater have discussed.

5. The Strand/Ray Kappe's Scheimer Residence

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Strand Ave
Manhattan & Hermosa Beach, CA 90266

Bike, walk, or jog your way up and down The Strand, gawk at the very expensive houses, and dawdle at the architecturally interesting ones, like Ray Kappe's Scheimer residence, built in 1985 and reminiscent of "a glamorous passenger ship."

6. The Local Yolk

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3414 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-4407
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This wealthy enclave still has ties to the humble romantic surfer image, as evidenced by this no-frills, completely delicious diner. The coffee flows freely, the biscuits are handmade (perhaps by an old granny in the back), and when you see the omelets you will always think they've snuck in an extra egg.

7. Pages

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904 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

If you're going to be at the beach, eventually you're going to want a book. Support your local independent bookstore (also the closest one to the beach) by stopping by to pick up a lighthearted page turner or a book about California beachfront homes.

8. Manhattan Beach Pier

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100 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-2117
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This pier is the polar opposite of Santa Monica's; take that as you will. It's well-kept-up and has a small, quaint aquarium at the very end of it. The pier's southern side is sometimes the site of pro beach volleyball games (as will be the case this August), but, when that's not happening, the nets are up for the non-pros.

9. 39th Street Residence by MAKE Architecture

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208 39th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

There are several stunning examples of contemporary architecture in MB, several of which were the subject of an AIA/LA home tour a few years ago. This house and three others are all within a mile of each other (but don't attempt to show yourself around inside, they are private).

10. Veterans Parkway/Hermosa Valley Greenbelt

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1901 North Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5621

This nearly-four-mile trail begins in MB and ends in Hermosa Beach, providing nearly continuous green space through the towns. While it doesn't get very close to the water, it's still a great, tree-lined walk.

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1. Shade Hotel

1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Eat at your own hotel (where there are casual tacos!), get hopped up on the in-room Keurig, then ride your comped beach cruiser until you get tired again. Take a bath and play with the "chromatherapy" lights that adjust their color based on your whims. Once clean, head to the Zinc bar, one of the snazziest in town. Welcome to vacation.

1221 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

2. Little Sister

1131 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Get your palate ready for some pan-Asian food at the restaurant which Johnathan Gold complimented by calling it "one of those rare restaurants where you eat far better than you think you're going to."

1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

3. The Beach

1400 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Even if you don't like the beach, you should go to this one. Try hitting up a different section each day.

1400 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

4. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

By now, you've noticed that MB has some incredible eateries. This one showcases seafood, fitting considering the location, and largely serves it up raw, as our friends at Eater have discussed.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

5. The Strand/Ray Kappe's Scheimer Residence

Strand Ave, Manhattan & Hermosa Beach, CA 90266

Bike, walk, or jog your way up and down The Strand, gawk at the very expensive houses, and dawdle at the architecturally interesting ones, like Ray Kappe's Scheimer residence, built in 1985 and reminiscent of "a glamorous passenger ship."

Strand Ave
Manhattan & Hermosa Beach, CA 90266

6. The Local Yolk

3414 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This wealthy enclave still has ties to the humble romantic surfer image, as evidenced by this no-frills, completely delicious diner. The coffee flows freely, the biscuits are handmade (perhaps by an old granny in the back), and when you see the omelets you will always think they've snuck in an extra egg.

3414 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

7. Pages

904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

If you're going to be at the beach, eventually you're going to want a book. Support your local independent bookstore (also the closest one to the beach) by stopping by to pick up a lighthearted page turner or a book about California beachfront homes.

904 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

8. Manhattan Beach Pier

100 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This pier is the polar opposite of Santa Monica's; take that as you will. It's well-kept-up and has a small, quaint aquarium at the very end of it. The pier's southern side is sometimes the site of pro beach volleyball games (as will be the case this August), but, when that's not happening, the nets are up for the non-pros.

100 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

9. 39th Street Residence by MAKE Architecture

208 39th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

There are several stunning examples of contemporary architecture in MB, several of which were the subject of an AIA/LA home tour a few years ago. This house and three others are all within a mile of each other (but don't attempt to show yourself around inside, they are private).

208 39th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

10. Veterans Parkway/Hermosa Valley Greenbelt

1901 North Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This nearly-four-mile trail begins in MB and ends in Hermosa Beach, providing nearly continuous green space through the towns. While it doesn't get very close to the water, it's still a great, tree-lined walk.

1901 North Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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