Maggie on the Move: Manhattan Beach (LA)

If you don't follow me on Instagram (shameless plug @buyorbyebymaggie) you wouldn't know that every summer we stay in Manhattan Beach, California as a family.  My dad has been coming here since he was in his 20's so by now we feel like locals.  I am so beyond in love with this town in LA and can't wait to share it with you guys!

to eat:

-Rockin' Fish

~mysuggestion~ the artichoke appetizer is TO. DIE. FOR.



~my suggestion~ the filet medallions are unreal


~my suggestion~ my sister is addicted to the buttermilk fried chicken

-Strand House

~my suggestion~ the French fries (dipped in the garlic aioli) & the donuts for dessert!!


-Mama D's

~mysuggestion~ I'm all about the stuffed shells

-True Food Kitchen

~my suggestion~ the teriyaki bowl (with chicken)


-Manhattan Beach Creamery

~mysuggestion~ I stick to the classic cookie dough


~my suggestion~ the ahi tuna poke all the way


-In n Out

not a MB essential… but a Cali essential for sure

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to do:

beachin' it

– how could you resist going to the beach everyday with the LA weather!


-the pier aquarium

-the cutest thing about Manhattan Beach is the aquarium at the end of the pier… YOU GET TO HOLD STARFISH!!!!


-Manhattan Beach Open (in August)

-usually our annual trip falls in mid/late August and we get to be there for the MBOpen which is a huge volleyball tournament

-if you're there in July take a trip to the town over, Hermosa Beach, and catch the     Hermosa Open for some serious free samples (and overall an awesome experience)

-Farmers Market

-every Tuesday there is a farmers market in the Metlox Plaza (by Beehive and Lemonade) and its my favorite thing ever

-my essential vendors are the plums (samples, mostly) and the balsamic vinegar station (so so good)



-if you already know how: you can rent boards at Nikau Kai for $15 an hour

-if you are clueless (like me) Craig's List has a bunch of cheaper instructors that can come to MB and teach you or Nikau Kai offers lessons as wellIMG_3157

-pizza on the beach

-this is one of our favorite things to do as a family… we bundle up in sweatshirts, stop at the pizza place on the way down to the beach, then we eat and play football/volleyball togetherIMG_3447

to shop:

Manhattan Beach has some of the best local shops…


-Diane's Swimwear


retail chains



-Free People

-Aviator Nation IMG_3500.JPG

boutiques (MB merch)


-Udderly Perfect

-The Beehive

-Gum Tree

to wear:

It is super chill and laid-back here so I'm usually in a tank and denim cutoffs over my bikini and I'm good to go!  It's hot during the day but at night its pretty chilly- I'm usually in some sort of jeans for dinner if I'm not wearing a dress (with a sweater/jacket). IMG_3449



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