Things To Do in Torrance, California: A 24 Hour Travel Guide

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Photoshoot in Old Town Torrance

Sometimes all you need is a getaway. Sometimes all you need to get away is to go a little further than usual. Rather than explore our own county, Fred & I ventured up to Torrance, California for a 24 hour trip. Torrance is in the heart of Los Angeles County's South Bay, just 15 minutes south of LAX & close to many of Southern California's most popular attractions.

Flowers in Old Town Torrance

Whether you want to shop until you drop, head to the beach, or sample as many beers as your heart desires, Torrance has a range of things to do. You can easily spend a full 24 hours or weekend in town, so if you're wondering how to spend 24 hours in Torrance, you came to the right place!

Californian Bowl from Yellow Fever

12 PM

Grab a quick lunch. There are a ton of delectable eateries nearby. I got the Californian bowl at Yellow Fever, which came with baked organic tofu sausage (tastes like a vegetarian version of chorizo), Asian slaw, mushrooms, kale, avocado, quinoa, & vegan house dressing. Torrance has a variety of international food stops like Mitsuwa Marketplace (Japanese), Habana Vieja Cuban Cuisine & Cafe (Cuban), King Mediterrano (Greek), & plenty of ramen too. 

Afternoon Stroll at El Prado Park

1 PM

Enjoy the exceptional Torrance weather & stay outside. There's no shortage of soothing views. Check out El Prado Park, Los Arboles/Rocketship ParkMadrona Marsh Nature CenterWilson Park, & more. The South Coast Botanic Garden is nearby & worth a trip. We particularly loved the Garden for the Senses section.

Two Taster Flights at The Dudes' Brewing Company

3 PM

Torrance has a popping craft beer scene. We visited The Dudes’ Brewing Company & HopSaint Brewing. I recommend getting a flight so you can test out flavors. I love to get a feel for a range of a brewery's beers without committing to a whole pint. There's also Monkish BrewingSmog City Brewing, & many, many more!

View of Del Amo Fashion Center

5 PM

If you want to get your shop on, visit Del Amo Fashion Center. It's absolutely enormous. Fred & I may or may not have gotten lost. Okay, we totally got lost. It's that big. It's also very pretty. I've never said a mall was pretty before, but it is. I did a mini photoshoot by a full plant wall. 

Dinner & Drinks at Brio Coastal Bar

7 PM

After you're done shopping, explore more of the food options Torrance has to offer. We enjoyed a patio dinner & drinks at Brio Coastal Bar as the sun set. Pure bliss! Or go for Great Maple right next door. Other highly rated options: Ramen Yamadaya, Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, & STACKED.

Residence Inn Los Angeles Torrance/Redondo Beach Lobby

8:30 PM

The night is yours. After all, you're within driving distance to many popular Southern California hot spots. Want to stay local? Browse the Torrance events to see what's happening. Watch a movie at AMC. Take an evening walk at Torrance Beach. Maybe you're tuckered out & simply want to rest in your hotel room, watching TV in bed. That's cool too!

A Goodie Bag from Torrance Bakery

9 AM

Sleep in, then enjoy some freshly baked goods. Stop by Torrance Bakery. Prepare to wait in a line & make sure you get a number! Taste something different & go for the Hawaiian Paradise Three layer cake from King’s Hawaiian Bakery — made of guava, passion, & lime chiffon cake filled with whipped cream & topped with guava, passion & lime fruit glaze. Heavenly.

Island of Mauritius Tea with Milk at Chado Tea Room

10 AM

Wash down your sweets with a hot cup of tea at Chado Tea Room. We randomly stumbled upon it & thought it was too cute to pass up. We got a pot of Island of Mauritius, a black tea with a pop of vanilla, but they have a thick booklet of teas to choose from.

Bee at South Coast Botanic Garden

11 AM

Got some time to spare before you head out? Spend a couple hours visiting the Chen Art Gallery, Western Museum of Flight, Torrance Art MuseumSouth Coast Botanic Garden, or maybe lurk around to find the film locations in Torrance. Torrance has been featured in movies like American Beauty, Bruce Almighty, & She's All That.

Hawaiian Paradise Three Layer Cake from King’s Hawaiian Bakery

Whether I was munching on fresh pastries, getting lost at the Del Amo Fashion Center, or relishing in the warm temperatures, I truly had a fantastic time discovering Torrance. It has a variety of things to eat, drink, see, & experience. Are you in? Explore Torrance!

Enjoying Life at South Coast Botanic Garden

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36 comments

  1. What gorgeous photos! The food sounds amazing, it seems like there is so much to do there. I plan to see California this summer and love every travel guide I can get my hands on! Thanks for sharing Carmen xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

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  2. That California bowl looks AMAZING! And so does that cake... We're also obsessed with tea, so the tea room would be a must. What a cute little town to visit!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  3. Wow that noodle bowl looks amazing. As does that cake. My two favorite things!

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  4. This looks like a fun trip! thanks for sharing it with us =o)

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  5. I want that bowl! I'd love to visit Torrance someday - just another place to add on my California must list.
    www.anortherngirl.com

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  6. Torrance looks like an amazing place to visit! I would love to check out the beaches, and eateries! #client

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  7. I love Torrance Bakery! Their chocolate chew cookies are the BEST!

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  8. I have yet to make my way to Cali, but Torrance Bakery has me wanting to boost it up higher on my priority list. I will travel for food.

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    Aitza B | petitelypackaged.com

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  9. Lee Anne BenjaminJune 21, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    I agree! This looks like a great little getaway, such cute places!

    XO

    Lee Anne

    www.lifebylee.com

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  10. Lovely post! I want to go California so badly and your post didn't make me feel any less eager! ;-)

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  11. How lovely! I would love to go there sometime, and need to add it to my list! Thanks for the great post!

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  12. I've never heard of Torrance California before and it's so close to LAX. Sounds like a perfect little retreat!

    xoxo

    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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  13. I haven't been to California since I was a little kid, and I want to go on a road trip through the state so badly! I'm definitely adding Torrence to the list of things to see whenever I make that trip happen!

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  14. Yes, grew up in the South Bay from early 50's and home of 47 years in Old Downtown Torrance...... would be very hard to beat our weather and if you wanted, could hit the desert in the morning, in the afternoon go skiing in Big Bear mountain and head back to Torrance Beach to get in some surfing before grabbing a blanket from your car and watch the beautiful sunset.....

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  15. It's a cute California town. I've been trying to explore my nearby areas more so this was a great option for me! :]

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  16. Cake & noodles. Love it. Both were extremely scrumptious. My boyfriend still talks about the Yellow Fever meal! :]

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  17. Gotta visit as much of California as possible! :]

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  18. Torrance is so close to everything! :]

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  19. Ooooh, thanks for the recommendation. Need to try that next time. :]

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  20. Will travel for food! I love it! Me too. The options at Torrance Bakery are practically limitless. :]

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  21. Definitely worth a day trip if you're in town. :]

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  22. That's such a good idea. Just drive up the entire coast! :]

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  23. You can do a little bit of everything. I love that about California! :]

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  24. THis looks like a beautiful town, such good food too! I never ever heard of it (I live in San Francisco) but next time I am in Socal I will def check it out!

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  25. How could we miss this? We've been several times in Cali and now we have the perfect excuse to get back for more! Torrance is a lovely town and your photos helped to add it to our bucket list! Thank you!

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  26. Torrance looks like it has so much to offer! Thank you for introducing me to a part of California I hadn't previously heard about. I would love to go, and I definitely would spend my afternoon sampling craft beers!

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  27. What an awesome round up of things to see, do and eat! I definitely need to visit Torrance, I don't think I'm that far away either! Especially for that Hawaiian cake!

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  28. Yeah, it's a great little spot! :]

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  29. Oooh, Torrance has loads of craft beer options! :]

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  30. The cake is amazing! Very photo-friendly too. :]

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