We’ll aloof say it: Continued Bank is underrated. It’s aloof far abundant abroad from Los Angeles to feel a little bit added relaxed, cheaper and friendlier. But it’s aloof aing abundant to be an accessible day cruise (or to appraise affective there for good). It’s affluent in arts, ability and music, and there are affluence of altered festivals captivated there all year continued to accumulate you advancing back. It has its own altered vibe. Continued Bank seems to acceptable bodies from all walks of life, and it’s home to a assorted LGBT scene, rockabilly admirers and banana book nerds. As in Los Angeles, it’s all about accolade your own village. If all you apperceive about the seventh bigger burghal in California is that it’s the home of the Queen Mary and huge ports, apprehend on to apprentice more.
Long Bank additionally knows how to drink. Aboriginal things first: Continued Bank has a bulk of dive confined that battling Los Angeles’. Places like Fern’s Affair and the Prospector action a rockabilly vibe and account karaoke. The Prospector and Alex’s Bar are the best places to see animate music in the city. For a erect dive, the Red Room is abundant for close-quartered hipster meetups, while V Room leans appear an beforehand army and is the absolute abode for quiet drinks and basin during the week. And if you appetence vegan-friendly Mexican aliment beatific appropriate to your table while you batter beers and watch TV (and who wouldn’t?), Reno Room can’t be beat. —Billy Gil
Stache Bar is amid at 941 E 4th St, Continued Beach, (562) 606-2529.
It has the absolute fruity beer for blessed hour with a attractive view. Belmont Brewing Aggregation is a appropriate abundant bar and barbecue in Belmont Bank but it has two absolute acceptable things activity for it: It’s appropriate on the water, and their home-brewed birthmark ale is killer. It’s not for sugar-averse, as it packs a Fruity Pebbles-level of sweetness, but it additionally has aloof the appropriate bulk of bite, authoritative it badly cooler on a balmy day. Buy a bullpen and brace it with some blow and you’ve got the absolute ocean-view blessed hour. —Billy Gil
Belmont Brewing Aggregation is amid at 25 39th Pl, Continued Beach, (562) 433-3891
Long Bank has solid brunch options. Candied Dixie Kitchen is a adequate breakfast collective and bakery that specializes in Southern food. You can get pies, scones, or freshly-made ery biscuits. You can accept biscuits of the cheddar assemble or jalapeno cheddar array to accomplish biscuitwitches, abounding eggs and chorizo that you can get smothered in ambrosial sausage gravy. Addition abode to analysis out is Breakfast Bar. Don’t let the actuality that it is amid central of a Travelodge avert you! They accept breakfast appetizers, which is a abstraction we can acquiescently get behind. Breakfast Dip is a Mexican egg, salsa, sausage and avocado dip that you can beat up with cavity or slather on breakfast sliders with egg, gravy, bacon or sausage. Plus these guys accept affluence of vegetarian options, so there’s article for everyone. While Starling Diner’s brunch agenda offers lots of abundance aliment with a aberration (think blimp french acknowledgment with berries and buzz beef hash), but what we abnormally adulation are their appetizing mimosas that appear in flavors like peach-mango or pear, and adorned with flowers and lavender. Coffee Cup Bistro is an old-school berth and a basic that’s been in Continued Bank 20 years. Slide into a berth or a bench at the counter, and the affable agents will admonition you to some french acknowledgment or a chile verde omelet.
Drinking goes able-bodied with pizza, too. Fortunately, Continued Bank has the absolute Thai back-scratch pizza you never knew you needed. Previously, all pizza and Thai aliment had in accepted was that they both articulate acceptable whether you were sober, bashed or hungover. The association at Dean’s Pizza charge accept taken apprehension of that coincidence. Their Thai back-scratch pizza is to die for, with basil and back-scratch instead of amazon booze and either craven or absurd tofu. Some may feel that it’s a cursing combination, but one aftertaste and you’ll become a back-scratch pizza convert. It’ll be like the aboriginal time you approved Sriracha on pizza—life-changing. —Billy Gil
Dean’s Pizza is amid at 929 Redondo Ave., Continued Beach, (562) 987-3295
It additionally has some absolutely admirable acceptable pizza. Of course, if accustomed pizza (but, like, absolutely acceptable accustomed pizza) is what you’re attractive for, Michael’s On Naples has you covered. It’s absolutely two spots: Michael’s On Naples is a chichi abode with a agitating wine selection, rooftop dining and chichi animate music, while appropriate aing door, Michael’s Pizzeria is added down-home but with the aforementioned ambrosial pizza, alms adorned toppings like rapini and manila clams alongside the accepted favorites. Don’t apperceive how adorned you appetence this Tinder date to be? Arch to Michael’s and adjudge aback you get there. —Billy Gil
Michael’s on Naples is amid at 5620 E 2nd St, Continued Beach, (562) 439-7080. Michael’s Pizzeria is amid at 5616 E 2nd St., Continued Beach, (562) 987-4000
It’s additionally got an incredible, corrupt burger. Working Class Kitchen has a cafeteria breadth you can aces up sausages, ribeyes and akin rabbit, but best bodies appear for the burgers. If their breakable chianina burger wasn’t corrupt and ambrosial enough, you can add foie gras to it for an added kick. The cafeteria ability alarm off those who don’t adore examination raw meat, but their broiled cheese panini and beet salads get the vegetarian thumbs-up. Brace that with fries, a abstract beer and a airing beyond the artery to analysis out antiques and drought-resistant plants at the Urban Americana, and the bend of Anaheim Artery and Coronado gives Awakening Row a run for its money. —Billy Gil
Working Class Kitchen is amid at 1322 Coronado Ave, Continued Beach, (562) 494-0306
Restaurants acceptable pets with accessible arms. One affair that sets Continued Bank afar from abounding cities is its dog-friendliness. Unlike abounding genitalia of Los Angeles, apartments actuality acquiesce pets, and businesses generally go out of their way to acceptable bristling companions. Abounding restaurants accept created accessible patios breadth diners can sit with pooches to adore a meal and the outdoors. The Attic is a restaurant congenital into one of the abounding Craftsman homes that abide Continued Beach. Their agenda is an all-embracing alloy of American and all-embracing delights like FGT, or absurd blooming tomatoes Benedict, St. Louis appearance abbreviate ribs, bazaar vegetable risotto and a machaca breakfast burrito. But they are accepted for their Mac ‘n Cheetos, which is three-cheese covered macaroni topped with burst hot cheetos and blooming onions, which a best of add-ons, such as candied cayenne bacon. Not alone does Cardinal Nine in Fourth Street’s Awakening Row action a new, avant-garde aberration on Vietnamese cuisine like pho brainstorm soup and banh mi sandwiches, the restaurant added a patio for dog-friendly alfresco seating. Bamboo creates a affable ambiance in befitting with Cardinal Nine’s chic, minimalist aesthetic. Noodles, acceptable beer and your pooch by your side—what added do you need? Lola’s Mexican Cuisine aloof a brace doors bottomward from Cardinal Nine additionally congenital a dog-friendly patio. Lola’s appearance gourmet Mexican aliment at a fair price. Specialties accommodate birthmark chicken, one of which is fabricated with California aureate figs, carnitas and ernut annihilate enchiladas. Items that set them afar are blooming chrism booze accompany out for chargeless with tortilla chips afore your meal and their guacamole, which is beginning and aloof right. Aggregate is good, but consistently bigger aback your dog is aing to you. At Aftermost Bistro is a pleasant, adequate restaurant that afresh took over their bend at Orange Avenue and Additional Street, added some umbrellas and tables, and voila!, a dog-friendly patio was born. At Aftermost appearance archetypal abundance food, like mac ‘n cheese, meatloaf, BLTs, burgers and brick chicken. It’s a laid-back, casual, stress-free ambiance accompanying with quality, acceptable food. —Bethania Palma Markus
It has the alone bank in Los Angeles County breadth dogs can roam free. Doggies can run chargeless in the bank and after-effects on Rosie’s Dog Bank amid Roycroft and Granada avenues in Continued Beach. Amid the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., you can accompany Fluffy or Fido to antic and play, get wet and beat active about the bank with added doggie friends, so continued as your pet is licensed, accurate off-leash and not aggressive. —Bethania Palma Markus
Rosie’s Dog Bank is amid at 5000 E Ocean Blvd, Continued Beach
It’s the best bike-friendly burghal in Southern California. Cyclists don’t charge to abhorrence for their lives in Continued Beach, the aforementioned way they do in added cities. Aftermost year, Continued Bank got a third-place baronial for the best bike-friendly burghal in the nation based on the low cardinal of bike accessories per aboveboard mile, according to a address from the advancement group, Alliance for Biking & Walking. The burghal has fabricated a big advance to accomplish its basement bike-friendly. Added than 80 afar of Continued Bank streets accept apparent bike lanes and routes, which accomplish up 10 percent of city. There are cartage lights aloof for cyclists. It’s a abundant abode to go on breathtaking rides, too. There’s an added 40 afar account of bike paths forth the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers. And the burghal easily out maps of air-conditioned bike routes, including a ride accomplished the bank homes of Naples and added routes that go through celebrated neighborhoods and wetlands. Continued Bank is additionally absolutely proactive in educating association about cycling assurance and administration the road.
It has the craziest pyramid-style architectonics you’ve apparent alfresco of Vegas. Tucked abroad at Cal Accompaniment Continued Bank is a beauteous and massive cobalt-blue pyramid, dubbed Walter Pyramid, that serves as a sports breadth and accident amplitude for the campus. This babyish can bench 5,000 and sits18-stories high, so you can see it afar away. It has some celebrity status, too: Amplitude Jam and Starship Troopers were filmed here.
Even the Continued Bank Airport has absolutely air-conditioned circuitous artwork. The airport has intricate circuitous asphalt artwork with designs like ships or birds. The mosaics, which were created in 1941, were baldheaded afterwards the airport underwent aliment and association apparent this abundance lined on the attic beneath carpeting. Now, the mosaics are aback up for travelers to enjoy.
Walter Pyramid is amid at Cal Accompaniment Continued Bank at 1250 N Bellflower Blvd, Continued Beach, (562) 985-4111
It’s got the best aquarium in Los Angeles County. If you anytime capital to booty a airing (swim?) on the agrarian ancillary in Continued Beach, again the Aquarium of the Pacific is the absolute abode to lose yourself for a abounding day. The bigger aquarium in the southern bisected of the state, its wonders accommodate the citizen behemothic sea bass in the 3-story kelp backwoods tank, antic puffins and sea otters in its Arctic Pacific Gallery, and the ablaze corals of the Tropical Pacific Gallery. Not aggregate actuality is abaft glass—you can cautiously pet sharks in the blow pools or augment the affable lorikeets candied ambrosia in the 3,000 aboveboard bottom asylum outside. A new afraid display should additionally be a appealing air-conditioned affair to appointment if you’re apperception has been adapted in anatomy or another—if you t my drift. Get it? Drift? And if you’re absorbed in seeing some abyssal activity that’s too big to be housed in an aquarium tank, their neighbors Harbor Breeze Cruises action approved cruises to analysis out dolphins, analgesic whales, and bulge whales. Appointment during the appropriate time of year to accomplish abiding you’re there for the gray bang clearing or dejected bang migration. Guides on the cruises accommodate some of the aquarium staff, and you can akin acquirement discounted admission bales that accommodate Harbor Breeze Cruise excursions. —Carman Tse
The Aquarium of the Pacific is amid at 100 Aquarium Way. Harbor Breeze Cruises is amid aing to the aquarium. Analysis their website or alarm (562) 432-4900 for admonition on cruise schedules.
It has confined for every affectionate of gay—even adult gays! Continued Bank is absolutely gay. The dozen or so LGBT confined and establishments in Continued Beach, mostly forth the bubble alley that is Broadway, baby to a audience of capricious ages, anatomy types and identities, generally all at the aforementioned bar, giving it a audible feel from toned-up WeHo and the otters ‘n’ bears of Silver Lake. The Falcon, the Brit and Mineshaft move sequentially from adolescent to beforehand in boilerplate age, admitting all are acceptable at every bar. This is accurate of best Continued Bank confined in general, breadth you’ll acquisition gay and beeline audience alike. The Sweeer Saloon serves mostly changeable patrons, a absolution in the lesbian-bar arid that is Los Angeles. Off Broadway you’ll acquisition Club Ripples in Belmont Bank and Executive Suite off PCH for dancing. And while affluence of confined in Continued Bank (not aloof the gay ones!) accept a affably ailing vibe, places further from the bank like Pistons and The Crest booty that angle and absolutely run with it. Whether you’re annoyed of your aforementioned ol’ arena or attractive for a abode that feels a little added inclusive, Continued Bank is your place. —Billy Gil
Its Pride Array rivals the best. Continued Bank doesn’t accept the civic acceptability West Hollywood or San Francisco’s Castro Commune do for actuality gay-friendly but it absolutely should. Display A is the anniversary Continued Bank Pride array and festival. Every year throughout May, there’s a blithe spirit accepted as businesses and homes about the Alamitos Bank adjacency alpha announcement bubble flags in apprehension of the parade. The burghal puts banners forth Ocean Boulevard, and the weekend afore Memorial Day the anniversary begin. Reflecting the burghal itself, parade-goers are a diverse, above army who bandage the streets cutting black beads, bouncing bubble flags and bouncing at government leaders, bounded businesses and organizations boot forth the avenue on Ocean amid Lindero and Alamitos avenues. There’s consistently a blow-out affair afterwards the array with brilliant performances. You accept to buy tickets for the appearance but it’s account it—this year Patti LaBelle headlined. One affair that sets Continued Bank Pride afar from added cities’ festivals is that the array avenue hugs the beach. If you don’t appetence to buy tickets to the celebration, parade-goers can arch bottomward to the bank afterwards and absorb the blow of the day at the bank for free. —Bethania Palma Markus
It has the alone esplanade committed to Harvey Milk. As yet one added attestation to the actuality Continued Bank is one of the best unsung gay-friendly communities, the burghal appointed a capital that includes a celebrated circuitous at 3rd Artery and Promenade as Harvey Milk Promenade Park. Milk was the aboriginal aboveboard gay adopted official, confined on San Francisco’s lath of admiral until he was assassinated in 1978. According to above ambassador Bob Foster, who oversaw the admirable opening, it’s the aboriginal esplanade in the country to be called anniversary the slain, trailblazing leader. As a accolade to Milk, the capital includes a soapbox. Milk admired to symically angle on a discourse aback he batten to the public. —Bethania Palma Markus
Its Cambodia Boondocks is home to one of the bigger populations of Cambodians alfresco Southeast Asia. You’ll acquisition Cambodia boondocks in the aisle forth Anaheim Artery amid Junipero and Atlantic avenues. It’s home to the advance accompanist of all-embracing bandage Dengue Fever and amaranthine mom-and-pop aliment joints everywhere you look. There’s accurate pho and banh mi. Or if you’re attractive for Khmer fare, there are places like Siem Reap or Monorom. Cambodia Boondocks additionally has some arch Asian supermarkets, like Dong Mai on Anaheim and Orange, breadth you can get aggregate from behemothic jack fruits to beginning produce, meat and seafood. They additionally advertise air-conditioned bargain but air-conditioned admirable kitchen flare, so you can get ceramics tea cups and oolong tea all beneath the aforementioned roof. Because the aisle is abundantly active by baby businesses, you may blunder into places you could get absent attractive through, like Abundance Hunt austerity store. There you can browse amaranthine glassware, clothing, music and books. Every year, the commune hosts a Cambodian New Year anniversary in April. The breadth may attending a bit austere from the outside, but you accept to batter a little pavement to acquisition its candied spots. The accomplishment will pay off, abnormally if you are hungry. —Bethania Palma Markus
It has some absolute austere best shopping. A baby amplitude on 4th Artery amid Cherry and Juniper is home to Awakening Row, a abode breadth you can a absorb a abounding afternoon accepting absent in all of the blatant and offbeat best aliment there. They’ve got shops that baby to your adulation for all things Mad Men or rockabilly. One of our admired shops is inretrospect, a massive 4,000-square-foot abundance that will leave you in child-like accompaniment of admiration as you comb through all of their best treasures, including furniture, clothing, vinyl, lath games, old Playboy magazines and books. (We aloof about absent it aback we begin a baby from 90s TV appearance Blossom.) Over at the Sneaky Tiki store, you can get affluence of bequest apparel from the ’40s and ’50s (stuff that would fit in able-bodied at Don the Beachcomber) adopted by the buyer so you don’t accept to comb through a ton of austerity shops on your own. If you appetence to do some bargain-hunting for some air-conditioned best treasures, you can dig through the abundance of men’s and women’s accouterment at La Bomba. You can get a abundant bigger abatement than you would commonly acquisition at added best stores. Now, if you appetence to adorn your home with some alarming knickknacks from the ’50s to the ’70s like old-school TAB glasses, awe-inspiring tchotchkes and mid-century furniture, Retroda is your place. Xscape or Deja Vu are additionally abundant spots to get best and glassy mid-century avant-garde and Danish appliance for the austere collectors.
There’s a candied roller skate shop. Nestled in Awakening Row is the blatant and ambrosial Moxi Roller Skate Shop. It’s a atom breadth you can get some high-quality roller skates, either for beginners or for those who adulation to roller derby. The active boutique has alarming skates in all altered designs and colors, from awakening to air-conditioned Hello Kitty skates. However, it’s the bodies who run the abundance that accomplish it absolutely special, as they’re amorous about roller derbying, and they can accord you lots of admirable admonition on what blazon of skates to get to fit your needs. They’re so into skating that they akin action chargeless acquaint on Saturday, and sponsor the babe Bank Cities Roller Derby league.
Moxi Roller Skate Boutique is amid at 2132 E. 4th St., Continued Beach, (562) 434-8488
Rockabilly and psychobilly ability is animate and able-bodied in Continued Beach. It’s akin got its own weekend music anniversary featuring rockabilly and psychobilly bands from all about the world: Continued Bank Psyclone, which will booty abode Sept. 3 to Sept. 6 this year. Besides all the concerts, they accept affluence of activities planned for the fest-goers, like a bout bus ride through Continued Bank and a basin affair and BBQ. Also, over on 4th Street/Retro Row, you can get your rockabilly best accouterment and CDs at Liberty on 4th Street. Aloof bottomward the artery is addition best amazon and rockabilly fave, Sneaky Tiki. Guys can akin get a slicked-back pompadour at 1246 Barbershop & Shave Parlour. As for food, you can akin ankle on over to seafood collective bar Pike Restaurant & Bar, which is abundant for angle and chips and a pint of ability beer, with bedrock vibes. Oh, and above bagman Chris Reece of rockabilly or jailbait bedrock (however you attending at it) bandage Social Distortion owns and runs the joint.
It has a austere almanac abundance (with a abundant brunch atom aing door). Fingerprints is the Amoeba Music of Continued Beach. They accept a austere accumulating of CDs, vinyl, books, art and DVDs. Plus, they accept animate performances in their massive store. You can additionally arctic on their adequate covering couches in their books section. If you get the antipasto afterwards coursing through annal and books, Berlin Bistro is aing door. It’s a hip bistro with huge, floor-to-ceiling amphitheater windows. It’s absolute for brunch on the weekends, and a atom breadth you can grab coffee to go forth with their sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and salads.
Fingerprints and Berlin Bistro is amid at 420 E 4th St, Continued Beach, (562) 433-4996 and (562) 435-0600, respectively.
It has a active absolute amphitheater for movies and performances. The Art Theatre fits in absolutely accurately in Awakening Row. It’s a bequest to the aureate age of cinema as it was congenital in 1924 and still has its art deco architecture and lit-up marquee. However, it has gone through some remodeling, so the central of the amphitheater is nice and updated. It’s the aftermost single-screen amphitheater continuing in Continued Beach, and it’s added than aloof an absolute cine theater. They’re best bargain accepted for their account and absonant Rocky Horror Appearance shadowcast performances. And every year they host a fundraiser breadth they awning the Oscars live, and accept theater-goers dress up to the nines and airing bottomward their red carpet. It’s the blazon of abode breadth you can t abstract like Blade Runner, Oscar-nominated flicks like The Theory of Everything, and foreign-language indie movies like No. They’ve had blur festivals there before, too. Plus, they accept a wine bar (Art du Vin) and coffee boutique (the Flea Espresso bar) aing door, so you can either break active or boozed-up for your blur marathons.
Art Theatre is amid at 2025 E 4th St., Continued Beach, (562) 438-5435
It’s got a hardly added arctic ad-lib scene. Aback you anticipate of ad-lib comedy, your apperception apparently automatically conjures the Groundlings, Additional Burghal or the Upright Citizens Brigade, which are all amid in Hollywood. But Continued Bank has its own amusing ball ad-lib troupe, accepted as Held2gether. The accumulation performs account and for chargeless at Hot Java coffee boutique on Broadway and Junipero Avenue. They additionally accept a ball school. Whereas the Groundlings and added schools in Los Angeles are accepted for churning out Saturday Night Animate stars and are geared against able actors, Held2gether focuses on what they alarm “improv for life,” acceptation any affiliate of the accessible can apprentice and account from the abilities of “yes, and” abstruse in improv. —Bethania Palma Markus
It’s a burghal for banana book lovers. While San Diego gets all the adulation for Comic-Con, Continued Bank is addition candied atom for banana book lovers. The Continued Bank Convention Center is home to two altered conventions: Continued Bank Banana Con (LBCC) in September and Continued Bank Banana Expo (LBCE) aing February. LBCC isn’t as big as San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), but one of the allowances about this one is that it seems to be abundant added focused on banana books, while SDCC involves all types of media—from TV to film. And you get a adventitious to babble with the artists and vendors a lot added aback things are beneath chaotic. It can accumulate you affluence busy, from the panels to the vendors and artists appearances. Over at the LBCE, you can grab some new and best comics and pop ability items, analysis out some panels and demonstrations, and accommodated your admired artists. Both contest are abundant for cosplaying, too.
And for association who adulation bounded arts and crafts. We’re suckers for aliment that represent their burghal and advertise locally-sourced crafts. You can get annihilation actuality that’s hand-crafted like soaps, furniture, clothing, art, chocolates, pickles and olive oil. It’s a acceptable atom for affairs altered presents for people.
Made in Continued Bank is amid at 236 Pine Ave., Continued Beach, (877) 752-1550
It’s a admirable abode to adore nature. You can absolutely booty advantage of the abundant littoral acclimate and admirable outdoors in Continued Beach. Over at the massive 388-acre El Dorado East Regional Park, you can break active walking through its trails, fishing, rowboating or paddleboating, bike-riding and accomplishing archery. Plus, there’s the El Dorado Dog Park, so you don’t accept accept to leave your pooch at home. The alone affair is you charge to pay a parking fee to get into the park, which ranges from $5-$8, depending on the day. The Jack Dunster Abyssal Biological Reserve is addition gem in Continued Beach, breadth you can analysis out marshes, shrubs and accustomed wildlife in the about 3 acreage of land. Go on an accessible backpack through the Dominguez Gap Wetlands that runs forth the L.A. River in the arctic allotment of Continued Beach, a abode breadth there are trails, accustomed flowers and plants. It’s additionally a accurate abode for birdwatching.
You can ride a gondola after a cruise to Italy. In Continued Beach’s Naples, you can get your own Venetian gondola ride through the canals complete song out of your red-and-white striped shirt gondola host. It’s abominable but cute—in added words abundant for a date. Gondola Getaway has been about aback 1982 and is the go-to atom for gondola rides there. Costs alter depending on how abounding bodies are in your affair or if you appetence to booty allotment in a pizza cruise (which is absolutely what that sounds like).
You can bout the bank on a kayak. Here’s a beneath abominable way to absorb in the admirable scenery. Kayaks On The Baptize is the go-to abode in Continued Bank for kayak rentals. For $9 banknote ($10 with acclaim card), you get an hour-long kayaking session, a activity vest, a kayak, and advisory video to watch. You get to paddle through the Naples Island Canals and see admirable bank homes, and you can kayak over to altered restaurants forth the way. Parking can be a little boxy in this area, so plan ahead; you can acquisition parking on the streets or at metered spots. The rental shop’s hours change seasonally, so analysis out their website afore you go.
After you assignment up an appetence on the water, grab some ribs. Naples Rib Aggregation will leave you blessed and annoyed with its ambrosial ribs, tri-tip and prime rib and ancillary dishes like blah on the cob, mac ‘n cheese, BBQ beans and cole slaw. We acclaim that you accomplish a catch because this abode can get packed.
Naples Rib Aggregation is amid at 5800 E 2nd St., Continued Beach, (562) 439-7427
There’s a agreeable Japanese Garden for relaxing. If you’re attractive for a quiet abode to sit amid attributes and relax, Cal Accompaniment Continued Bank has its absolute own peaceful Japanese garden tucked abroad on its campus. The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden website lists hours aback it is open, and the garden is absolutely chargeless to the public. The garden appearance a ample pond with koi fish, a waterfall, affluence of basement and lots of bamboo and bonsai abacus the abundant surroundings. It’s additionally got a gardenia backcountry for that admirable scent. —Bethania Palma Markus
If you charge a pick-me-up, you can go to Continued Beach’s abounding aloof coffee shops. Abundant like Continued Bank itself, coffee shops in this burghal tend to be easygoing and laid back, and they accept their own hip twists. The GreenHouse is a naturally-lit, airy, two-story coffee boutique with huge windows accessible to acquiesce the abstemious Continued Bank sea breeze. It’s quiet and accidental with coffee, tea and a ablaze aliment agenda of mostly salads, soups and sandwiches fabricated with amoebic produce. It’s nestled into the bend of Linden and Broadway in an old brick architectonics that’s absolutely got everything—it’s absorbed to a Thai restaurant by a alley that houses a mini art gallery, Revive, a abstract angle and the Blind Donkey, a bar. Lord Windsor Roasters is analogously quiet and relaxing. It’s bedeviled by a low bar that surrounds the baristas, breadth you can sit in absolute chairs instead of perching abominably on stools. The lighting is kept low, the décor is dispersed and blooming with lots of plants and the coffee is delicious. Their coffee beans are broiled in-house. You can additionally buy kombucha from bounded brewers, Fine Feathers, and amber from bounded chocolatiers, Anandamide. Hot Java is a accurate homey, adjacency coffee shop. While amid in Alamitos Beach, a predominantly gay community, anybody feels adequate there. It’s laid aback with a appropriate weekend agenda that includes yummy, fun being like bagels with lox and avocado toast. Their coffee is locally produced, affluent and delicious. Whether you’re a approved or a new customer, you’re abiding to feel at home and welcome. Accurate to its name, art curve the walls of Portfolio Coffee House, and there’s a date for agreeable performances. While Portfolio has an apish vibe, it’s large, angled windows and daybed basement accommodate a adequate abode to read, study, assignment or accept a conversation. It’s got a advantageous breakfast and cafeteria agenda and additionally serves desserts, including gelato. Out front, accurate to their boho character, they carefully put accoutrements of acclimated coffee area for bounded gardeners to aces up for free. —Bethania Palma Markus
The Starling Berth has scones to die for. Not alone is Starling Berth nestled in Belmont Heights, one of the best bizarre and absorbing neighborhoods in Continued Beach, it additionally serves up a breakfast to die for. No abruptness again that there is usually a delay account to be built-in on the weekends. One of their best accepted items is freshly-baked scones that they serve up in a basket, forth with home-made auto curd. They advertise like hot cakes, no pun intended, so the beforehand you get there, the better. Akin if they advertise out, the Starling has affluence of added adorable offerings, like their craven angel sausage clutter or breakfast bruschetta. You can adore scones or whatever you accept with the archetypal coffee, but they additionally accept a beer and wine menu. —Bethania Palma Markus
Ice chrism is a big accord here. Believe it or not, Continued Bank is the bigger customer of ice cream—in the country. A 2013 abstraction from Bundle, a abstracts accession company, researched acclaim agenda affairs at ice chrism and arctic yogurt vendors throughout the country, and begin that bodies in Continued Bank were affairs added ice chrism than any added burghal in the U.S. Los Angeles didn’t akin accomplish the top 10, and we’ve got some acceptable ice chrism in boondocks (ahem, Scoops). Continued Bank has some gems like Belmont Shore’s Paradis, which whips up bootleg ice chrism with absolute fruits and no bogus capacity with flavors like sea alkali caramel or Ferrero Rocher. Or if you’d rather get a nice paleta, arch on over to Paleteria La Mexicana. They’ve got a huge selection, from the watermelon or birthmark bake-apple array to the added circuitous flavors like pepino con chile (cucumber with chile) or mango con chile. You can akin buy a box of them if you feel so absorbed aback they run appealing cheap. And article to attending advanced in the advancing months, Afters Ice Chrism is planning on aperture up boutique anon aing by to the Cal Accompaniment Continued Bank campus. The ice chrism parlor’s accepted for their Milky Bun that’s blimp with ambrosial ice chrism with altered flavors like jasmine milk tea or birthmark cookie crunch.
If you feel like continuing your comestible adventure, they accept a abundant European-inspired tapas place. The Social Account is a ablaze and aerial atom on 4th Street/Retro Row, not too far abroad from Lola’s, its accepted sister area from the aforementioned owners who whip up Mexican food. This is the blazon of abode breadth you can get sharable items like escargot, scotch eggs, and mild clams in a bacon-and-white-wine sauce. Their bread, which comes with a lot of items, including their ambrosial meatballs and amazon booze dish, is broiled in-house. And you can ablution that all bottomward with their ability beer and wine that they offer. Despite this restaurant confined up gourmet fare, it won’t put a above cavity in your pocket. And forth with the name of the eatery, which is a ball on “socialist,” you can acquisition a accumulation affair of red stars throughout the restaurant. Accomplish abiding to bead by their blessed hour that they’ve dubbed “Social Hour” every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Social Account is amid at 2105 E 4th St., Continued Beach, (562) 433-5478
The neighborhoods in Continued Bank anniversary accept their own vibe. Alamitos Beach, home of Continued Bank Pride, is like an amalgamation of all things Continued Beach. It’s according genitalia a bank boondocks with a gay-friendly adjacency and is abounding of blatant best shops.
Move a little east and you’re over at Belmont Shore, a admirable dog-friendly bank boondocks with the alone off-leash dog bank in all of Los Angeles County. It’s additionally a abundant abode to grab a brewsky in the neighborhood’s brewery and is a hotspot for artery festivals all year long.
Right aing aperture is Naples, a allotment of Continued Bank that pays admiration to Italy, breadth you can get gondola rides in its canals, and grab a acceptable pizza pie.
West of Alamitos Bank is burghal Continued Beach. While it may be added bargain accepted for its touristy spots like Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific, it additionally has some absolutely altered scenes like its East Angel Arts District, home to the account art walk.
You ability absolutely be able to allow active in a nice beachside community. We’re not activity to name names, but a lot of littoral communities in Southern California can be stuck-up, bourgeois or aloof erect unaffordable. One of the allowances about active in Continued Bank is that you can get almost bargain hire while active in a above association aing to the ocean. According to Hire Jungle, the boilerplate hire for a one bedchamber in March 2015 was $1,278 and for two bedrooms it’s $1,687 per month. Hmmm…forget visiting, we ability absolutely appetence to move here.
Eds note: An beforehand adaptation of this adventure afield listed an accident at the Japanese Garden that has passed. LAist abjure this error.
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