A Day In Belmont Shore

The bustling Belmont Coast is one of those rare places in Southern California – a place where you can live and walk (not drive) to the area! A neighborhood of cafes and shops. A beach-side enclave with quirky architecture, great food and even better shopping, this is the perfect place for a day trip.

Long Beach, a city built around the second busiest container port in the United States, has always lived in neighboring Los Angeles  in the shadows. While offering a pleasant enough California beachfront – plus four artificial islands built offshore to conceal oil wells – its modest charm Overshadowed for many by the scarcity of some of its neighborhoods.

Its own upscale islands are Belmont Shore and the adjacent super-rich Naples neighborhood. It’s located at the southern end of Long Beach, turn left off Pacific Coast Highway onto 2nd Street and you’ll pass a bridge over the beach to the Intracoastal Waterway! The main road into the lively palm-divided Belmont Coast.

The bright hustle and bustle of Belmont Shore’s High Street is a mix of dive bar and gourmet cheese shop, clothing boutique and ice cream bar The mix. Second Street is a browsing paradise, with fine restaurants and gourmet pizzerias everywhere to keep your energy levels up. Leaving the commercial mishmash, you enter charming bungalow streets (so small because they’re long and not wide) that are Incredible), locals chilling at the front door and the sea breeze ruffling the leaves of banana and eucalyptus trees.

If you keep going, the beach you’ll reach (from which Long Beach gets its name) is wide and flat and often windy, and it’s best to Enjoy while walking/skating/biking along the promenade, whether north into the heart of the city or in the 4th Street Arts District and Vintage! Street’s wine bars and galleries slip by. But after the sun sinks into the outlines of the rocky breakwaters and the container ships piled up in the harbor, the excitement of the Belmont Coast remains. Street-side tables quickly fill up, accordionists pack up, and neon lights come alive.

accommodation

Catering to the convention market at the nearby convention center, the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel (111 E Ocean Blvd) – the Located in the city centre – offering comfortable business hotel accommodation (breakfast not included), amidst many restaurants and bars (there is a restaurant on site, but expensive). It’s a half-hour walk from Belmont Shore, but from the Long Beach Bike Share Company (Long Beach Bike Share) Rent a bike and you can speed along the waterfront. And get into the thick of it in about 15 minutes.

One of the main attractions on the waterfront is the decommissioned Queen Mary (1126 Queensway) – Cunard Line’s Former flagship. Today, this museum ship is the center of a variety of events, including the annual Halloween party, as well as an Art Deco floating hotel. From the portholes, you can see smoky Southern California sunsets and settle into the warm, wood-paneled, mid-century cabins of the ship. There’s a restaurant on board – B&B packages are available – or you can disembark in the evening and walk five minutes into town.

The Beachrunners’ Inn B&B (231 Kennebec) Avenue) is a quirky and charming B&B in Belmont Shore The walk along the beach is about half an hour.Beachrunners’ Inn also offers a complimentary “extended continental breakfast.” , which includes eggs, bacon, oatmeal, fruit and pastries (and is widely described as “delicious”). The B&B lacks air conditioning, but is close enough to the sea to enjoy the sea breeze. It’s comfortable and convenient, and if you don’t feel like walking, you can take public transport or a taxi.

Restaurants, bars and cafes

Like a gangster in a heavy double-breasted suit on a hot summer day as you walk in off the bright sidewalk. The interior of Domenico’s (5339 E. 2nd Street) is surprisingly dark. But once your eyes adjust, you can see the intimate booths and pizzas suspended on metal stands.Domenico’s ‘s claims to be the oldest restaurant in Long Beach, based on friendly service and delicious pizza and fairly unique pizzas. established its long history. It was first and foremost a family place, as the lollipop bucket at the entrance attests, but anyone could come here and hide in the A booth with pizza and a special salad (they make an unforgettable in-house garlic dressing). The place is like a sensory deprivation tank, only with incredible pizza.

It’s been anchored to the limits of Second Street since 1976, and before you get there, you’re more than likely to smell the Polly ‘s Gourmet Coffee (4606 E. Second Street). . And what a smell it is. They’re serious about the coffee here, roasted on site, and they offer a fabulous cup of coffee. Warning: your shirt will be drenched in this smell for the next day or so, but consider it a freebie.

If there was a place at the Moulin Rouge that served pancakes, it might look a bit like La Crêperie Café ( (4911 E. 2nd Street). The shop is baroque, with gilt-edged mirrors and heavy red drapes. The menu is just what you’d expect: savory and sweet crepes, with a few other dishes like waffles and omelets from the Breakfast service. Sit outside under the red awning and sip a bottle of pink bubbly with your “Latin Lover” (Nutella) and fresh banana crepes), you’ll feel fancy.

Although Simmzy’s Pub (5271 East 2nd Street) has been rapidly growing Become a chain with six SoCal locations, but it still manages to feel like it’s one of a kind. Its lively, open-air atmosphere perfectly complements the Belmont Coast, and lunch and dinner hours are usually standing room only. There’s an excellent, ever-changing selection of craft beers to choose from, and the food on the plate is a “casual dinner deluxe.” Think caramelized vegetables, pepper popcorn with mango sauce, hamburgers, campfire-grilled fish tacos, and bacon and date pizza with mascarpone! and balsamic vinegar, which isn’t as good as the first time you have it, but once you’ve had it, you always have to reorder it, just in case.

Combining casual and classy is Nick’s on 2nd (4901 E. Second St., Belmont), which is the perfect place to spend a special night (or a relaxing dinner) on the Belmont Coast. ), which is your choice for a special night (or an indulgent brunch) on the Belmont Coast. Offering plenty of American/California classics (think maple-glazed quesadillas or lobster enchiladas), this is comfort food toward the upscale Gourmet Tilt-a-Hat. Red meat is also a big part of Nick’s, so seriously look at the ribs Benedict or the The critically acclaimed filet mignon. If you’re just looking for a drink, Nick’s is always a lively bar and even more so late on a weekend night. It’s a happy place.

Shopping.

There are several shops on 2nd Street that bring together some of the best local artisans in Long Beach, but Luna (4928 East 2nd Street) for its eclecticism Above them. It’s an antique bazaar and/or dream gift shop (for those willing to spend a little more), offering everything from children’s wall clocks to Realistic Day of the Dead stereoscopic model (from south of the border) of everything. If you’re in Long Beach around Christmas time, Luna’s windows will light up with their gorgeous selection of Christmas ornaments, so don’t! Miss.

Pussy and Pooch (4818 E. 2nd Street) has only two stores. One is at the Baggy Dog Center in downtown Los Angeles and the other is on Second Street. If you’re a dog or cat owner, this boutique offers all sorts of extras for your pet, from bow ties to cat boots. For those who don’t care for these essentials, Pussy and Pooch still enhances the sidewalk! The diversity: bringing a subcommunity of hardcore pet lovers to the Belmont Coast who seem to be competing to bring their pets first Dressing up beautifully. You’ll be haunted when you see a double stroller turn around to reveal the two puppies sitting inside….

For many, America’s artisan cheese renaissance may have passed you by, but rest assured, it’s happened, and it’s still It continues to grow rapidly. At Cheese Addiction near Second Street (195 Claremont) Avenue), is a great stop to erase memories of the dreaded synthetic cheeses. Here, you can sample a variety of domestic and international cheeses, and the staff goes out of their way to help you as you taste the cheeses, and Happy to point you in the right direction. You can also buy a t-shirt with a cheese addiction printed on it, which for many people is simply accurate self-labeling. The purchase also comes with a very useful receipt that prints out details of the cheese you’ve purchased, as well as tasting notes.

Sweet Threads (4812 2nd Street) is an idiosyncratic children’s clothing and The Toy Boutique (for kids under 7) is a great place to pick up unusual gifts for the little ones you know. There’s a vintage section for budding young hipsters, a store stocked with trendy brands for sharp-eyed parents (while they last), and the Owner Shella also makes a highly sought-after clothing line called Pausch. It’s not cheap, but if you’re a sensible person who thinks toddlers can look cute even in old potato sacks, then Come and see the books and toys that are as carefully selected and sewn as the clothes.

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