With more than 400 eateries on its plate, Torrance offers incredible cuisine and experiences around every corner, from eclectic bakeries to elegant restaurants and innovative craft breweries. Here’s an itinerary to get your taste buds salivating for a taste of Torrance.
Plan on arriving in Torrance in the morning so you can take advantage of three meals each day. Trust us! For your first stop, head on over Historic Downtown Torrance and visit the iconic Torrance Bakery. This family-owned staple has plenty of pastries and sweet treats to fuel you up for the day. While you are there, stroll down Historic Downtown Torrance. This charming piece of Torrance history is populated with historic buildings and feature a variety of shops and local eateries for every taste!
Down the street from Historic Downtown Torrance, drive by Torrance High School – it’s surely one of the most recognizable high schools in Southern California. Dozens of movies and television series have been filmed here. Whenever a campus is needed as a backdrop in Hollywood, Torrance High School is a popular choice among directors. A few famous hits filmed here include Bruce Almighty, Not Another Teen Movie and She’s All That. Popular TV shows include 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Medium.
You’re probably ready to try some more flavors of Torrance. The area is known for its Asian cuisine, so why not stop on by Yellow Fever for delicious ramen. These tasty and fast “Asian bowls for your soul” are truly unlike anything else.
If you’re visiting Torrance on a Tuesday or a Saturday, be sure to check out the Torrance Farmers Market. This year-round market not only features fresh California-grown produce but also specialty vendors. Grab some fresh flowers, seasonal vegetables, fruit and more at this eclectic outdoor market.
As your day begins to wind down, it is time to spice things up with some authentic Mexican food with a modern touch at Frida. Be sure to save room for dessert! The Creamistry in Torrance is one place you do not want to miss. This unique ice cream creamery produces made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Start your morning off the right way with a hearty breakfast at Country Touch Café for some good ol’ fashion home-style cooking.
What better place to go after breakfast than the beach! Torrance is home to the start of The Strand, SoCal’s 22-mile bike path that hugs the California coastline. The Torrance Beach offers 1.5-miles of uncrowded sand and surf with sweeping views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
After the beach, it’s time for some lunch! Head on over to Red Car Brewery & Restaurant, a local favorite since 2000. Named after California’s famous Red Car Line, the brewery offers a laid-back atmosphere with delicious, casual fare that’s the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant’s wide selection of beers. They have everything from Bavarian Pretzels to Thai Chicken Satays, Wood-Fired Pizzas to Red Car Devil Wings, whatever you are in the mood for, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant has you covered.
After lunch, it is a great opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Be sure to check out the South Coast Botanic Garden, a true hidden gem open to the public 364 days a year. Unique from the start, South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the world’s first botanical gardens to be developed over a sanitary landfill. It is safe to say the South Coast Botanic Garden has come a long way!
Head on over to the Del Amo Fashion Center for a culinary experience like no other. Din Tai Fung will not disappoint! This one-of-a-kind restaurant specializes in soup dumplings and noodles. Watch chefs make the dumplings through the kitchen windows providing a behind the scenes look. After dinner, take a stroll around Del Amo Fashion Center, the fifth largest shopping mall in America. Featuring three levels of luxury shopping, more than 200 stores and an outdoor village, it is a shopper’s paradise!
End your trip on a sweet note at Stacked located at the Del Amo Fashion Center. Build your own milkshake from a wide selection of ingredients, or choose one from their list. Try the Nutella Banana – it has Nutella, need we say more?
Grab your appetite and come take a bite out of Torrance!