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Torrance [1] is a city in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, in Southern California.

Get in

Torrance is just a couple of miles south of Los Angeles International Airport on Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway). Take the 42A exit and go south on State Route 107 (Hawthorne Boulevard). While traveling south on SR 107/Hawthorne Blvd., look for the Del Amo Fashion Center (see "Buy" below) on the left.

Torrance is also accessible from several other exits from the 405, including Redondo Beach Blvd., Artesia Blvd., Crenshaw Blvd., and Western Blvd. From the 110 south of the 405, heading west on Torrance Blvd., Carson St., 223rd St., Sepulveda Blvd., or Pacific Coast Highway will also land you in Torrance.

Get around

Torrance itself has no Metrolink, only the neighboring city of Redondo Beach. Althought public transportation is uncommon in Torrance, there is the Torrance Transit that takes you around the city, Downtown LA, the beach, and to LAX. The Los Angeles County Metro bus is also available. However, the easier option is getting around by car.

See

  • Torrance Beach. 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.
  • Torrance High School, 2200 West Carson Street, [2]. 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 Mall. This mall has been used to film commercials, television shows and movies. Reno 911! regularly utilizes the parking lots around the mall, and Jackie Brown was filmed in the International Food Court located in the mall.
  • 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.

Do

  • Alpine Village. 833 Torrance Boulevard. (310) 329-4748. [3]

Buy

  • Del Amo Fashion Center, 21519-A Madrona Avenue, [4]. 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.

Eat

  • Cho Dang Tofu, 22549 Hawthorne Blvd, Ph: (310) 373-7055. The 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.
  • Curry House, 21215 Hawthorne Blvd, Ph: (310) 540-8980, [5]. M-Th, Su 11:30AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PMC. 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.
  • King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant, 2808 Sepulveda Blvd, Ph: (310) 530-0050, [6]. 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.
  • Moo's Chinese Restaurant, 4817 Torrance Blvd, Ph: (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.
  • Pat and Oscar's, 21421 Hawthorne Blvd (next to Barnes and Noble), Ph: (310) 542-3020, Fax: (310) 542-6625, [7]. 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.
  • Iccho, 25310 Crenshaw Blvd (in the Rolling Hills Plaza), Ph: (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.
  • Taco Sinaloa #3, 1647 W. Carson St., Ph: (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.

Drink

  • Melting Pot, 21525 Hawthorne, 310-316-7500, [8]. 5-11. Located in the Del Amo Financial Center, The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant. mid range.


Sleep

  • Courtyard Los Angeles Torrance/Palos Verdes, 2633 Sepulveda Boulevard, +1 310 533-8000 (fax: +1 310 533-0564), [9].
  • Courtyard Los Angeles Torrance/South Bay, 1925 West 190th Street, +1 310 532-1722 (fax: +1 310 532-9161), [10].
  • Holiday Inn, 19800 S Vermont, +1 310 781-9100, [11].
  • Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S. Western Avenue, [12]. 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.
  • Residence Inn Los Angeles Torrance/Redondo Beach, 3701 Torrance Boulevard, +1 310 543-4566 (toll free: +1 800 331-3131, fax: +1 310 543-3026), [13].
  • Staybridge Suites, 19901 Prairie Avenue, +1 310 371-8525, [14].
  • Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way, +1 310 316-3636 (fax: +1 310 543-6076), [15].

Stay safe

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.


Routes through Torrance
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