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The best shops in Redondo Beach

Uncover a hot bed of under-the-radar shops in Redondo Beach—from antique stores to surf shops and more

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By Danielle DiMeglio |
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We Angelenos flock to surfer haven Redondo Beach for a cool dip in the waves, a Sunday stroll along the fisherman-dotted Redondo Beach Pier, or a boat ride through the famed King Harbor. But this laid-back beach town is much more than long boards and a fresh catch (you can bet the seafood restaurants are worth your while). This pedestrian-friendly South Bay hub—surrounded by neighbors like upscale Manhattan Beach and bar destination Hermosa Beach —is home to scores of under-the-radar mom and pop shops that make up Redondo’s relaxed and eclectic beach culture. (Seriously, there are rows upon rows of indie shops). Whether you’re looking for California-cool, beachy silhouettes, kitschy souvenirs or curious antiques, Redondo Beach has you covered. Check out what shops are making us tick.

The best shops in Redondo Beach

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Shopping, Sports

Dive N' Surf

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Dive N' Surf, a South Bay watersports landmark, has been around for six decades and is considered one of the region’s premier dive facilities. Dive N' Surf was first co-owned by diver Bev Morgan and legendary South Bay shaper Hap Jacobs before being sold to brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, midwest transplants who graduated from El Segundo High School and were two of the first L.A. County lifeguards. The Meistrell brothers would go on to found Body Glove and become wetsuit pioneers. Today their legacy lives on in and out of the water—the modern wetsuits they had a hand developing hang proudly in the store, lined by a large selection of surf apparel, surf gear and dive equipment. Their selection of surfboards is smaller compared to nearby competitors, but Dive N' Surf makes up for it in the amount of dive gear they carry. They also offer SCUBA courses and are famous for their annual yard sale, a typically month-long event held in late winter with deeply discounted items for sale.

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Shopping, Design and interiors

Artistic Habitat

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Husband-and-wife design duo Mónica and Carlos Müller have infused their love of adventure, travel and nature into their expertly curated furniture and home décor destination, Artistic Habitat. As a testament to their love of mother nature, the owners have selected handmade furnishings and home goods that are made from reclaimed, repurposed or reforested woods. Be it décor manufactured from recovered trees or flooring made from responsibly managed plantations, the team behind Artistic Habitat is putting forward responsibly-made products that add style to any room. Browse the range of kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, outdoor, and even office items; if you can’t find the perfect fit, make a custom order in-store.

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Shopping, Boutiques

Alandrea Boutique

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Leave it to South Bay mainstay Alandrea Boutique to satisfy all of your beachy, boho retail cravings. Since 1994, the Redondo Beach shop has drawn in the style-conscious with quintessential California-girl garb (think billowy frocks, loose-fit tees and sumptuous denim), statement jewelry, shoes and handbags from more than 50 coveted brands. Thumb threw high-end labels like Frame Denim, DVF, Equipment, Rebecca Taylor, Vince by Graham & Spencer and more. Plus, if you're really looking to amp up your wardrobe, tap the experts at Alandrea Boutique for personal styling tips. 

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Shopping, Design and interiors

Fringe

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From its charming Riviera Village post, Fringe has served a sophisticated, nautical-inspired spread of home goods and furniture for more than five years. Gold-tinged coral sculptures, shell-emblazoned coasters, antique-looking furnishings, and garden-like décor add a touch of whimsy to the usual beach-glam fare. Inside, you’ll find everything from distressed wooden cabinets and ocean-blue vases to mermaid paintings and beaded jewelry. You never know what you’re going to find. Plus, if you drop in around the holidays, expect to find an eclectic mix of décor spanning geode ornaments, snow globes and reindeer wine stoppers. After all, Fringe’s tag line is “furniture, fashion and fluff”—emphasis on the fluff.

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Photograph: Courtesy Jonathan Fashion; Lafayette 148 NY
Shopping, Designer

Jonathan Fashion

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Also nestled in Redondo Beach's cozy Riviera Village, Jonathan Fashion has drawn in both men and women for more than 40 years thanks to its sophisticated and on-trend range of everyday separates and evening wear. From wedding guest-worthy gowns and dress suits to casual resort-style garb like tailored button-ups and relaxed frocks, this unassuming shop stocks must-haves from brands like 34 Heritage, Marcello Sport, Lafayette 148 New York and Lauren Vidal Paris. Plus, if you're planning on boating around the harbor or dining al fresco on the Redondo Beach Pier, Jonathan Fashion is practically a gold mine for sophisticated, maritime styles.

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Shopping, Kid's clothes

Lollipop

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Whether you’re looking to ramp up your little one’s wardrobe or you need a last-minute gift for your niece or nephew’s birthday party (we’ve all been there), Riviera Village’s Lollipop boutique has you covered. The charming locale, helmed by owner and mother-of-two Veronica Maguire, has won over the hearts of South Bay locals with its playful mix of toys, books and clothing ranging in size from babies to age 14 for girls and age 10 for boys. Browse selections from more than 20 different brands, including Babys in Bloom, Aden and Anais, Chronical Books, Ella Moss and Little Giraffe. If you’re hoping to impress with a stellar gift at your friend’s baby shower, this is your go-to shop.

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Shopping, Boutiques

Ribbons Boutique

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Amid a string of hole-in-the-wall shops, this beloved neighborhood boutique stands out among the rest thanks to its effortless, beachy styles, reasonable prices and top-tier service. The contemporary women’s clothing store, helmed by owner Leah Shirejian, has held its Catalina Avenue post since the mid-'80s, dressing generations of local residents in chic threads, handmade jewelry and stand-out accessories. Thumb through the racks for everything from billowy maxi dresses and tailored rompers to offer-the-shoulder blouses and floral-printed separates—it’s the quintessential California girl wardrobe.

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Shopping, Boutiques

M'pressions

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No boutique quite masters the art of spiritual cleansing and peaceful reprieve like Redondo Beach mainstay M’pressions. For more than a decade, this curious corner shop has dished out everything from healing crystals and responsibly-made, sustainable clothing to eclectic antiques and local artwork. Discover a treasure trove of distinctive jewelry pieces from more than 40 designers, incense from around the globe, wood and stone carvings, candles, and just about anything else under the realm of spiritual growth.

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Shopping, Consignment store

Return Engagement

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When it comes all things vintage and designer (at a wallet-friendly price), you'll want to head to the South Bay's longstanding consignment shop, Return Engagement. A Redondo Beach staple for more than 20 years, this beloved local shop has garnered a devoted following for its rotating roster of vintage and designer goods. Inside, you'll find threads and accessories from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Balenciaga, Jimmy Choo and Miu Miu—it's resale at it's finest. Bonus? You can bring in some lightly-used items of your own to cash in before shopping the racks. 

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Shopping, Boutiques

Grace and Greene

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Just steps away from the Pacific Ocean, eco-friendly boutique Grace & Greene caters to care-free beach-goers and surfers alike with racks full of sustainably-made clothing and accessories, as well as surf gear and local artwork. And unlike other stores, you likley won't have buyer's remorse. All items are made from organic, recycled and reclaimed materials that support local, national and international causes—it's feel-good retail therapy. Beyond playing host to in-house swimwear line, Odina—crafted from reclaimed and recycled fabrics—the corner boutique stocks environmentally conscious pieces that don't skimp on style, like Blue Planet eyewear, Green Tree jewelry, Synergy apparel and the ever-popular TOMS shoes. 

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Shopping

The best shops in Manhattan Beach

When you've gone through all the Redondo Beach shops, head to nearby Manhattan Beach for a dose of high-end retail—SoCal style. Think hole-in-the-wall boho boutiques, luxe swimwear shops, beach-chic interior havens and more. It's the perfect pastime after catching that morning wave. From glam bikini shops to indie bookstores, this sun-kissed beach town has everything you need to dress up your wardrobe and your home. And when you're done thumbing through threads at headliners like minimal, athleisure boutique Shore Fit or stocking up on gear at posts like 1,200-square-foot shop Surf Concepts, treat yourself to one of the best Manhattan Beach restaurants. (It'll fuel your retail fire). 

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