Gardena is an easy-going city with parks, playgrounds and some of the best Asian restaurants in the Golden State. Head to the coast to bask on Manhattan Beach and get to know the historic coastal community of Torrance. Easy access to Downtown Los Angeles and LAX make Gardena popular with travellers.
Things to do in Gardena
Gardena is a multicultural city and is home to one of the largest Japanese communities in California. Local restaurants will tantalise your tastebuds with piping hot bowls of udon noodle soup, crispy tempura and rainbow-coloured sushi rolls. You’ll also find Korean BBQ restaurants, bubble tea cafes and pho noodle houses peppered across Downtown Gardena.
Enjoy the California sunshine in Rowley Memorial Park, a family-friendly green space with baseball fields, tennis courts and basketball hoops. Watch locals pull off tricks in the skate plaza and enjoy a BBQ in the picnic area.
Gardena is a stone’s throw from the sun-drenched California coast. Just a few kilometres west is Manhattan Beach, a lively oceanfront community set on a long sandy beach. Watch surfers ride waves and check out the aquarium on Manhattan Beach Pier. The downtown area features a mix of trendy brunch cafes and upscale bistros.
Spend a day in Torrance, a laid-back beach community just south of Gardena. Walk around the historic downtown district and admire contemporary works at the Torrance Art Museum. Stock up on organic produce, artisan cheese, ocean-fresh seafood and baked goods at the twice-weekly farmer’s market.
Getting around Gardena
Cars are the best way to get around Gardena and explore Los Angeles County at your own pace. The city is in the South Bay region, a 40-minute drive from Downtown Los Angeles. Local buses run between Gardena and Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.