10th Street and Manhattan Avenue

Smack in the middle of Downtown Manhattan Beach, this diverse commercial corner has a little something for everyone.

  • Category
  • Written by
    Darren Elms

Whether walking up from The Strand or searching for a coveted parking spot on any given afternoon, Manhattan Avenue and 10th Place offer enough activity to fill a solid afternoon.

Start your adventure with a shop devoted to the young and the young at heart: Landis Labyrinth (1). Forget the big-name toy stores; this jam-packed purveyor of playtime goes for the unique and creative option, with selections like a kid’s baby grand and plush hand puppets. (919 Manhattan Avenue)

Across the way, you can book a beauty touch-up at Cielo: A Boutique Salon (2). Wall-to-wall in elegant white, the technicians here specialize in hair flair for women, men and children. So bring the whole family for a holiday makeover. (919 Manhattan Avenue)

Speaking of beauty, chances are you’ll find your bath and body needs at Tabula Rasa Essentials (3). A South Bay favorite owned by Maureen McBride, this bountiful boutique also offers great gift ideas, like candles, home décor and more. (919 Manhattan Avenue)

Take a jump across the crosswalk for a deserved lunch break at Old Venice (4). A few years after both personal tragedy and a horrible fire devastated this popular Greek and Italian restaurant, the venue is bustling and better than ever. We think they have one of the tastiest slices of pizza in town. Check it out for yourself. (1001 Manhattan Avenue)

Across the street, you can wash down that Mediterranean meal with a bottle of wine from Bacchus Wine Shop (5). Red, white, bubbles, you name it—they have a vintage to tempt your discerning palate. (1000 Manhattan Avenue)

Manhattan Denim (6) offers what you’d expect: jeans and more great styles for both guys and gals. (920 Manhattan Avenue)
Right behind the   shop is a newer kid on the block: Aviator Nation (7), specializing in colorful T-shirts and apparel with a surf and skate sensibility. (206 10th Street)

Next door, you’ll be dazzled by the mix of vintage jewelry and stylish trends on display at Ava + Aliria (8). Owner Marissa Marsh keeps the inventory fresh and fashion forward for her fans and clients. (919 Manhattan Avenue)

But fans of former neighbor Cupcakes Couture will need to travel a little further to satisfy their sweet tooth. The charming bakery recently teamed up with Manhattan Creamery and moved into their digs on Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Worth the walk, we think.