Courtesy of Jessica Ritz | Photos by Paul Emberger
One of the towns dotting the coast in the broader region known as Los Angeles’ South Bay, Redondo Beach combines an active recreational streak with a relaxing beachside-residential vibe. The Redondo Beach Pier and the King Harbor Marina come to life on weekends with beachgoers, cyclists, boating enthusiasts, and other fun-seekers who flock to the area, located south of Hermosa Beach and north of where the Palos Verdes Peninsula juts into the Pacific.
1. Grace & Greene
Shop environmentally conscious clothing, including a locally made swimsuit line. 1612 S. Catalina Avenue. 1-310-316-3800.
2. Looking Glass Bottom Boat
View marine animals while aboard the Looking Glass Bottom Boat, a 19-passenger semisubmersible underwater chamber. 150 International Boardwalk. 1-310-909-3179.
3. Fun Factory
This kids zone provides a dizzying dose of arcade games and amusements. 123 International Boardwalk. 1-310-379-8510.
4. Sea Lab
Kids (and adults) can touch stingrays and sea cucumbers in six tidepool tanks. 1021 N. Harbor Drive. 1-310-318-7438.
5. The Catalina Cooking Store
Shelves are stocked with cookbooks for foodies, and goods such as Le Creuset wares and copper Moscow Mule mugs that will make any gourmet swoon. 1915 S. Catalina Avenue. 1-310-378-4830.
6. French Farmhouse
This charming boutique has an assortment of home accessories that reflects a unique hybrid of Francophile and American Southern sensibilities. 1713 S. Catalina Avenue. 1-310-373-2224.
7. Hudson House
Sip a gin cocktail flavored with lavender and jasmine while nibbling kale grit fritters, blue cheese–stuffed olives, and other modern American pub cuisine. 514 N. Pacific Coast Highway. 1-310-798-9183.
8. Jus’ Poke
Locals line up for piles of the namesake signature Hawaiian dish poke, a raw yellowfin tuna preparation. 501 N. Pacific Coast Highway. 1-310-379-1133.
9. Locale 90
This family-owned restaurant serves pizzas with nontraditional combinations, such as kale-and-egg and roasted eggplant–and-mint. 1718 S. Catalina Avenue. 1-310-540-9190.