Manhattan Beach Community & Destination Guide 2021-22

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MANHATTAN VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER

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3200 N SEPULVEDA BLVD (AT ROSECRANS AVENUE)

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s mentioned in my Neighborhoods + Businesses article on page 20, the Manhattan Village Shopping Center is a new and improved version of its former self. Manhattan Village already housed some of the most necessary big retailers in Manhattan Beach, like Macy’s and the Apple Store. Now they’ve added to their experience in a significant way with new stores (VANS, Sephora, Williams Sonoma) and better amenities. Parking tripled; stores are open for business and heavily monitored for safety; the dining is more varied and divine than ever. Whether you’re in the mood for a new experience from the new additions Mercado, Joey Restaurant, Edo, or Boa Steakhouse and Silver Lake Ramen (coming soon), a familiar pie from CPK, or a quick, healthy bite at Urban Plates, Manhattan Village is an excellent place to eat. Need to work off those calories? No problem! CorePower Yoga and CycleBar can help. Plus - free parking. Say no more. Keep an eye on this marquis property as the openings continue to roll out throughout the next year.

EL PORTO OR NORTH MANHATTAN (YOU DECIDE) ANYTHING WEST OF HIGHLAND AND ONCE YOU ARE NORTH OF ROSECRANS

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his surfer’s paradise is a point of debate among locals. Travelers heading to Manhattan Beach via the prettiest road in LA - Vista del Mar - pass through the city’s northernmost part bearing two different names. Even my location description above is vague; this little slice of quiet and originality feels wholly different from the rest of Manhattan Beach. Maybe that’s why the name El Porto stuck. But I challenge it. To me, North Manhattan is anything between Marine St. and Rosecrans. Anything North of Rosecrans is El Porto. So I’m making that a thing, here and now. Regardless of terminology, El Porto offers a great surf and local staples. The fast and powerful break creates excellent opportunities to catch a wave while the sandy ocean floor provides a soft wipeout landing. Plus, the steep terrain of El Porto makes for unrivaled panoramic views of adjacent cities, surrounding mountains, and endless Pacific waters. Pancho’s and OB’s are laid back and fun; FISHBAR is a great place for a date, and M & LOVE cafe is a newer health restaurant that makes an excellent gluten free bagel. Don’t miss the local old-school favorite, Sloopy’s Beach Café. The peanut butter chocolate shake is decadent. The only electric bike rental in town can be found at Manhattan E-Bikes on Highland Avenue. Rent and ride the strand for miles.

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