Exploring Long Beach
Collected by Jaime Komer , AFAR Local Expert
A city that prides itself on standing out from the crowd, Long Beach has successfully upheld its reputation for individualism and unique experiences. Add to the list, a new vibrant bar scene, upscale dining, family explorations, and a gateway to nearby adventures, and you're set. Allow me to introduce you to the best of the new and old in Long Beach, California.
5236 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Created by LA Rams' Offensive Lineman Dennis Harrah and Long Beach businessman John Morris, Legends Sports Bar is touted as the first modern sports bar in the United States. The walls are packed with authentic sports memorabilia, even though the...
Long Beach, CA, USA
There are plenty of farmers' markets in Long Beach and it can be hard to choose which one to visit. Certified, easily walkable, and welcoming, each market has a vibe dependent on its friendly neighborhood host. The Harvest Farmers' Market on...
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
This is real pizza. And by real, we mean “Italians do it with a fork and knife” real. Sit at the bar and watch these creators make your pizza. You'll find this hip pizza joint along the promenade. Craving modern outdoor seating with fire pits?...
900 Ocean Ave, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
Main Street in Old Town Seal Beach represents iconic and historic California. Much has changed along the coast, yet this small city has kept its old-school and nostalgic flavor, just the way we like it. I think it's the best main street with an...
170 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
This whiskey bar may be young, but it's well established in the fabric of Long Beach. Talk to Dexter at the bar, a native of the area, and he’ll fill you in on what's happening around town as well as on what's up-and-coming. The Stave Bar is...
223 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
It may not look like much, but this place is packed on the weekends, and rightly so: Nick’s breakfast burrito is the best around. Eggs, chorizo, and potatoes, all cooked up just the way we like it. Take your breakfast to go and enjoy a walk down...
1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
4900 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
This one goes out to the ladies. From lovely to vintage to sultry, Laurenly is where you'll find high-end dresses, well priced tees, and designer jewelry. This is a popular spot for finding just that right piece to balance trendy with classic. One...
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Be forewarned, this isn’t your typical BBQ joint. All the meat is slow-smoked and dry-rubbed, and it’s well worth the extra wait. Enjoy the freedom of choice, and pick your own sauces to pour over your flavor-infused meal. Have you tried the Long...
212 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
You know you’ve come to the right place when you find a bar at the back of the store. Providing “Supplies for gentlemen of sports and leisure,” you finally have a shop just for the gents. They sell flannels, awesome wood-framed sunglasses, casual...
500 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The menu at this farm-to-table restaurant changes based on the season to best showcase the local bounty from nearby land and sea. The hottest spot in the house is on the patio where diners enjoy the delicious SoCal weather. This is a modern,...
517 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Who will you root for, the Lakers or the Clippers? Either way, this is your chance take in a game with the locals. Long Beach is just a ball toss away from the home of these NBA Teams. How to get there: The Long Beach Metro takes you right into ...
11206 Lexington Dr, Los Alamitos, CA 90720, USA
This statement might come across a little oddly, yet this is where I practically lived for 5 years. This is the home of the USA Women's Water Polo National Team. Did I mention they're Olympic Gold Medalists? Depending on the year relevant to the...
217 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
Seashells are a bit sparse on the beach these days, so head to Home by the Seashore. This small boutique has all the sandy and oceanic goods your heart desires, ranging from locally handmade wall decor to creative jewelry. Need some inspiration on...
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA
Pop Quiz: How many pyramids are there in the United States? Correct Answer: Three (you'll have to do some research of your own to find the other two) Flying into Long Beach, don’t be surprised if you see a vibrant, blue pyramid popping out from...
450 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The port at the Long Beach waterfront is more than 100 years old and well worth visiting. Take in views of the harbor and the epic Queen Mary by strolling through Shoreline Village. There are a multitude of restaurants to get your taste buds...
2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Long Beach has a flourishing art community with an established foundation based within the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA). Come for the art exhibits. Come for the ambiance and view. Come for the special events. Claire’s Restaurant, located within...
25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
The unpretentious Belmont Brewing Company is laid-back with a congenial vibe. Local beer, local crowd, and the best of the local view makes it my kind of spot to unwind. Rent a bike at the Bike Station on 1st Street in Downtown Long Beach, and...
Mother's Beach, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Though Long Beach is better known for its harbors and ports, you can still get your beach fix here just south of downtown. Families should head to Mother’s Beach, on the south end of Long Beach, for a shore with calm waters. Stingrays are known to...
102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Built more than 100 years ago, the historic building that now houses the newly designed Federal Bar has preserved its grandeur and rich bank-like ambiance. Locals come for the food and the happy hour (daily, 4:00–7:00 p.m.), but the opulent...
329 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
Making surfboards since 1959, Rich Harbour is an iconic name in the local surfboard industry. Expanding beyond the board, the Harbour Surfboards Surf Shop opened in 1962. Walk into this historic shop and you'll find the company's designer apparel...
1400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
Don't say another word. You had me at “$25 All-You-Can-Eat at the Sushi Bar”. Served only at the bar, you need to be quick to snag your spot, as the all-you-can-eat only lasts for one hour (except for Monday & Wednesday, which lasts all night...
320 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
Main Street in Seal Beach is pretty laid back, yet 320 Main adds a flourish with its vibrant cocktail scene and boutique-style restaurant. This is a worthy stop in the evening, so pick your poison. For a good quality kick, order the Hu Hu...
5276 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
This store is so cozy you'll want to wrap yourself in a blanket and cuddle up with a warm cup of tea. This is the place to find the fantastically innovative and inspiring jewelry made by Jeanine Payer. Finely engraved quotes are the centerpieces...
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Known as the Grey Ghost during World War II, the Queen Mary is floating history. Built in Scotland, the ship's maiden voyage was from England to the West Coast of the United States. Over the course of its lifetime, the Queen Mary has played the...
2500 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Sometimes a city doesn't allow for much open space to run free, but Bluff Park is the ideal spot to get outside and sweat. Running for about one mile, it takes you from the Long Beach Museum of Art southward to 36th Place. Want to get down to the...
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a must for families with children. They'll absolutely love the shark lagoon (you can even touch some of them!), the live feeding sessions, and all the other close encounters you can have with swimmers of the sea. The...
201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Congregation Ale House Chapter is a local favorite where you can have a proper confessional with your buddies inside or out on the covered patio. With dark wood accents and stained glass features, you may feel a little guilty for drinking in a...
5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Explore nooks and crannies in the Naples district of Long Beach, where you can cruise by waterfront homes and through narrow inlets. The highlight of this kayak adventure—besides your wonderfully burning arms from all that upper body work—is the...
140 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The rumors are true: Long Beach has come alive at night, and the Spanish-themed Sevilla Café and Night Club is leading the charge. You can enjoy tapas with friends or make the most of a divine restaurant experience, check out the flamenco dancing...
300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The heart of downtown Long Beach can come across so business-like. But take a closer look, and you will start to see the whole creative and artistic spectrum of what this area has to offer. Complimenting Long Beach's Art District, the Convention...
6272 E Pacific Coast Hwy # J, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
With a waterfront view, a unique ambience, and a solid happy hour, Tantalum is a great place to meet for drinks or dinner. The dishes and drinks match the exotic atmosphere and are Asian-influenced and sophisticated. Try the Citrus Basil...
2749, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740, USA
Creative. Local. Fresh. Diverse. Spaghettini is your California-meets-Italy experience topped off with a hearty helping of family, vino, and a splash of jazz. There are two ways to roll at Spaghettini, Seal Beach. Either way, you end up feeling...
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