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Some good friends of ours recently moved down to Torrance and when we visited them a few weeks ago, we were shocked that we had never been down to Torrance and that there is so much to do there! As we were driving, we kept passing places and saying, “Oh! We’ve got to come back down and go there! And there! And there!” Torrance is just 15 minutes south of LAX and close to many of Southern California’s most popular attractions. It’s in, but still out of LA, and is not as deathly hot in the summer like many other Southern California destinations. From the beach, to Alpine Village, to the craft brewery scene, and the many bakeries and restaurants, we had such an amazing day discovering Torrance, CA. We started the day by getting coffee and donuts at Torrance Bakery. The bakery is located in old town Torrance and the glass cases were filled with delicious cookies, cakes, donuts, and muffins! We took our breakfast to go and drove over to the beach to eat. Word of advice, if you would like to park along the Esplanade in the one of the parking metered spots, bring quarters! I’m used all of the Los Angeles parking meters that take credit cards, but these do not, so we had to make a quick stop to get some change for the meter. Not a big deal, but for those who don’t carry change, be sure to have some. After eating our delicious donuts and coffee, we took a walk along Torrance Beach. The beach is super clean and not crowded at all! It’s like a secret beach in Los Angeles! We took a walk along The Strand beach bike path and commented about how we need to rent some bikes next time. I had to look this fun fact up later, but The Strand beach bike path is 22 miles long, starts in Torrance and goes all the way up to Malibu! After the walk at the beach, we headed over to Alpine Village. Alpine Village is home to the oldest Oktoberfest festival in the area, but during the rest of the year, it’s home to a German marketplace and cafe. We walked around the village and explored the little shops before checking out the Alpine Marketplace which is FULL of packaged German foods, drinks, and a fresh bakery, and butcher with so many different types of wieners. We unfortunately missed the cafe by about 20 minutes, but there’s a beer garden where you can order a beer and some food and some of the guests had accordians, so hopefully next time we can grab some food and hear some songs. So we then drove around the corner to The Dudes’ Brewing Company to grab an afternoon drink. I can’t tell you how unassuming the place looks – it’s a brewery located in an industrial office park! I didn’t even think there were people inside, but when I walked in, the place was packed!! They brew the beer onsite, there are family style tables set up if you want to enjoy a flight or a glass right there, but you can also purchase canned beers to go! And to finish the day, we had dinner with our friends at the King’s Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant! My husband LOVES King’s Hawaiian bread and has been wanting to check it out forever, so it was the perfect spot for dinner! And when you have dinner there, you have to order dessert! We got the Paradise Delight cake for dessert and it was so good! I also grabbed a little souvenir to go: King’s Hawaiian Rainbow Bread! How crazy colorful is that on the inside? If you’d like to discover Torrance, be sure to check out the Torrance tourism site with more information on the variety of hotels, restaurants, and other points of interest in the area such as the Del Amo Fashion Center (the largest mall in California), the South Coast Botanic Garden, or the Mitsuwa Marketplace. And you can also check out Torrance on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!