Torrance  is a city in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, in Southern California.
It was once home to the US Toyota headquarters. The Torrance Refinery began operation in 1929 and is presently run by PBF Energy. Torrance has 1.5 miles of beaches technically making it a "beach city." Torrance is the epicenter of micro brewery culture in southern California, with over a dozen flourishing throughout the city.
The main air transport hub for Southern California.
- Long Beach Intl. Airport (IATA: LGB) is a smaller, yet still popular airport in nearby Long Beach.
- Optionally there is the Torrance Airport as well. It is a private airport home to many small airplanes.
- The San Diego Freeway runs through the Northern part of the city. Off-ramps include Artesia Ave., Crenshaw Blvd., and Western Ave.
- The Harbor Freeway runs a little to the East of the city. Off-ramps include Artesia Ave., Sepulveda Blvd., Carson St., 223rd St., and Torrance Blvd.
- Pacific Coast Highway, or simply PCH, is a large street that runs through the next door beach cities and through the southern part of the city. Also a major entryway in from Long Beach.
- Metro Rapid Line: Route 3 stops at the South Bay Galleria, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and eventually ending in downtown Long Beach.
Like most Southern California cities, traveling by car is the best way to get around the city but streets can be clogged during rush hour, especially on the main thoroughfares (Hawthorne and Crenshaw Blvd).
- 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.
LA Metro local lines
- Routes 130, 232, 344 run through the city.
Municipal Bus Lines
- 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.
- Old Torrance, Cravens and Sartori Streets. The historic downtown of Torrance, known as Old Torrance, has cafes, galleries, salons and antique shops for browsing. Buildings date back to the founding of Torrance, around the 1920s. A great place to walk under tall, leafy trees and awnings of beautiful buildings. edit
- Alpine Village, 833 Torrance Blvd., ☎ (323) 321-5660, . German shopping center and home to the Torrance Oktoberfest. edit
- Torrance Beach (also Miramar Park). This clean, scenic beach is a locals favorite, tucked away near the north side of the Palos Verdes peninsula. Free but limited street parking and a main parking lot that charges a nominal sum. edit
- Torrance Farmer's Market (Charles H. Wilson Park), 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503. Tuesdays 8AM-1PM Saturdays 8AM-1PM. The market features a year-round selection of produce from 60 California farms each week. edit
- Learn Salsa Dancing (Torrance Cultural Arts Center), 3330 Civic Center Dr. Torrance, CA 90503, ☎ 323-657-7746, . Thursdays 7AM-10PM. Learn to dance salsa with group classes taught at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. No partner required. 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
- Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar (Located outside promenade at Del Amo Mall), 3525 W Carson St. Torrance, CA 90503, ☎ (310) 921-6080, . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-12AM, Sa 10AM-12PM, Su 10AM-11PM. Friendly, chain restaurant offering typical American dishes from burgers to pastas and also provides a great selection of appetizers. Bar section is good for watching sports games on TV while the sit-down section offers a more relaxed environment. Mid range. 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
- Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, 1840 W 182nd St. Torrance, CA 90504, ☎ (424)221-5731. M-Th 11AM-10pm, F-Sa 11AM - 10:30PM. A recently renovated restaurant, this revolving sushi bar attracts many customers and you can expect to wait 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs during peak times. Good for those who want to experience something different. $2.25 per sushi plate and other dishes vary ($2-$6). edit
- Cho Dang Tofu, 22549 Hawthorne Blvd, ☎ (310) 373-7055. ""price="$8-10". 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. 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
- Seafood Town Chinese Restaurant, 22922 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance CA, 90505, ☎ (310) 378-0785. This low-key Chinese restaurant has great portions for their prices and there is usually no wait time to sit down. Food comes out rather quickly after you order so great place to go if you're hungry and have a big appetite. Parking out in front is rather small, but usually never gets to the point where you need to find parking elsewhere. Mid range price. 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
- El Burrito Jr, 21141 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503, ☎ (310) 944 9200. M-Su 8AM-9PM. A casual and cheap Mexican restaurant loved by many locals. Offers both sit-down and to-go's with an array of standard(delicious) Mexican meals. edit
- Zebra Room, 20930 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503, ☎ (310)371-2092. "Mon-Fri. A cozy, small dive bar where you can usually find the locals and regulars hanging out. Typically crowded on the weekends with people playing pool, darts or dancing to music. Cheap drinks. Cash only but ATMs available inside. edit
- The Dudes' Brewing Company, 1840 W 208th St. Torrance, CA 90501, ☎ (310) 974-1805. M-W closed, Thu & Fri 3PM-10PM, Sat & Sun 12PM-10PM. Local microbrewery that hosts frequent events. 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. However, the Torrance PD has a history of racial discrimination. Del Amo Mall has experienced some violent crime in the recent years, but this has been to targeted individuals, not the general population. Eastern Torrance is not as safe as the rest of Torrance, as it is blue collar industrial area, but even there, you are unlikely to fall victim to any crime. As a tourist you will want to stay on the western part of Western Avenue anyway, as this is where the attractions and beaches are. Keep in mind anything east of Western Avenue is technically not labeled (or patrolled by Torrance PD) as Torrance but called "Harbor Gateway."
Hawthorne Boulevard is the main artery through Torrance and sees heavy commuter traffic on weekdays, especially in the vicinity of the Del Amo Fashion Center. Watch out for pedestrians trying to cross and be aware that car accidents do occasionally occur here.
- Los Angeles - Second largest city in the US!
- Long Beach - Historic port city and home to the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary. Second-biggest city in the Southern California.
- Carson - Industrial city home to the famous StubHub Center, Goodyear Blimp, and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
- Hawthorne - Business-oriented city home to the famous SpaceX headquarters.
- Redondo Beach - One of the most famous beaches in Southern California home to a big pier and harbor.
- Manhattan Beach - Small, intimate beach community and one of the wealthiest towns in the US.
- Hermosa Beach - Very small and intimate beach community home to a famous annual beach volleyball tournament.
Palos Verdes - The beautiful and historic hills are home to the rich and famous and their spectacular mansions.
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