Hawthorne Ave. is the biggest and busiest street in the city and can be very packed during rush hour.
Artiesia Ave. in the northern end of the city is also very busy as commuters use it as a shortcut between the 405 Fwy. and the 91 proper.
Sepulveda Blvd. in the southern end of the city.
Tip: If you need to go north or south through the city during rush hour, for example to go the the Del Amo Fashion Center, take Prairie Ave. It runs parallel to Hawthorne Ave and is usually much less crowded.
Torrance High School, 2200 West Carson Street, . A must for television fans. In Beverly Hills, 90210, it served as the fictitious West Beverly High. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was Sunnydale High.
Del Amo Financial Center. The Del Amo Financial Center is located adjacent to the Del Amo Mall on Hawthorne Blvd. and has the tallest building in the beach cities located within it.
Alpine Village, 833 Torrance Blvd., ☎ (323) 321-5660, . German shopping center and home to the Torrance Oktoberfest.edit
Torrance Beach (also Miramar Park). Neither glamorous nor fancy, this clean, large, busy beach attracts thousands from the surrounding area. Parking is limited but nowhere near as poor as nearby Hermosa Beach or Venice Beach.edit
Del Amo Fashion Center, 21519-A Madrona Avenue, . Once billed as the largest mall in the world, the Del Amo Fashion Center had in recent years become a sort of a "D" grade shopping center due to old age. However, Del Amo has renovated the north section of the mall into a beautiful outdoor promenade, with a new AMC and a Lucky Strike Bowling Alley, great stores (such as Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) and decent restaurants like PF Changs China Bistro.
South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd (on the corner of Hawthorne & Artesia), ☎ (310) 371-7546, . 10am - 8am. A HUGE three-story shopping mall with dozens of stores and a movie theater. Mostly a safe place, but there has been mugging there in the past. If need be, you can have a security guard walk you to your car.edit
Riviera Village, (between Sepulveda & Palos Verdes Blvd.). A collection of small, upscale shops and restaurants situated close to the beach.edit
In-N-Out (In the Torrance Promenade), 20150 Hawthorne Blvd, ☎ (800)-786-1000. 10:30am - 1am. The classic diner experience.edit
Pat and Oscar's, 21421 Hawthorne Blvd, ☎ (310) 542-3020, . Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. A local restaurant chain in Southern California and Arizona, this casual and budget-friendly restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, including roasted chicken, ribs, pizza, sandwiches, and pastas. The cashier will probably offer you a breadstick to munch on while you're in line waiting to place your order. $15-$25. Also has kids menu.edit
Curry House, 21215 Hawthorne Blvd, ☎ (310) 540-8980, . M-Th, Su 11:30AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. As opposed to Indian curry, Japanese curry is brown and thick. Owned by international food distributor, House Foods, this restaurant has several locations throughout Greater Los Angeles. Order the curry with vegetables or meat mixed in with the curry and pour it on top of rice or spaghetti. Try the corn soup as an appetizer.$8-$16. edit
Iccho (in the Rolling Hills Plaza), 25310 Crenshaw Blvd, ☎ (310) 325-7273. A Japanese restaurant that is open late serving decent food at reasonable prices to a bustling crowd. The sushi is uninspiring although not bad, the sake is good and reasonably priced ($6.25 for a large bottle), and the Japanese dishes are relatively good at prices between $4 and $10 per item.$4 and $10. edit
Benihana (in Village Del Amo Shopping Center), 21327 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA 90503, ☎ (310) 316-7777, . 12pm - 11pm. An upscale Japanese Teppan-Yaki restaurant. Famous for seating multiple parties together and having the chefs do cool tricks as they cook your food right in front of you.$15-30. edit
Cho Dang Tofu, 22549 Hawthorne Blvd, ☎ (310) 373-7055. he main item on the menu are the tofu soups - which come your choice of a variety of vegetables, meats, or seafood in a broiling hot soup and served with a small, hot stone pot full of rice and six side dishes of seaweed, kimchi, and other pickled dishes. The kalbi beef is also a great option, if you don't like tofu.$8-10. edit
King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant, 2808 Sepulveda Blvd, ☎ (310) 530-0050, . Famous for their sweet Hawaiian Bread - this restaurant is owned by the same company. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to take home some fresh breads and cookies from the bakery.$10-$15. edit
Moo's Chinese Restaurant, 4817 Torrance Blvd, ☎ (310) 371-9282. This Mandarin Chinese restaurant offers large dinner portions - one order is more than enough to feed two people. The lunch specials include eggrolls, soup, and an entree for $4-$7 per dish.$10-12. edit
Taco Sinaloa #3, 1647 W. Carson St, ☎ (310)328-4208. A cheap and cheerful authentic Mexican taco restaurant, that serves one of the best tacos and burritos in Los Angeles. The atmosphere is a bit grungy, but most items are under $5 and they serve cervezas till 2 a.m. One of the perks is that they are open 24 hours a day. Beware of the hot sauce, most people think they can handle it- but usually they're wrong.edit
Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S. Western Avenue, . Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, California offers 208 Japanese-style lodging accommodations and 12 suites, 3 meeting rooms and restaurant, sushi bar, and lounge Gonpachi, near local attractions.edit
Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way, ☎ +1 310 316-3636 (fax: +1 310 543-6076. A luxury Torrance hotel. The Marriott South Bay hotel near Redondo Beach features comfortable guest rooms, savory dining and convenient hotel amenities.), . edit
Torrance is a safe city with a low crime rate. Del Amo Mall has experienced some violent crime in the recent years, but you are unlikely to be assaulted if you leave other people alone. Eastern Torrance is not as safe as the rest of Torrance, but even there, you are unlikely to fall victim to any crime.
Be careful on the Anza Ave. and Halison St. intersection as accidents involving students from nearby middle school happen once or twice a year. Accidents are also fairly frequent on Hawthorne Boulevard, but they are usually collisions with cars, not pedestrians.
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