Yogi Times is out to explore the “hotspots” in our community, where yogis can go to do interesting things, explore hidden treasures and discover mindful gifts off the beaten path. Instead of your everyday trip to the mall, we search for special spots that will appeal to those who are looking for more than ordinary retail. Here we are taking a stroll to Redondo Beach.
Riviera Village, located in south Redondo Beach is affectionately known to locals as the “heart and soul of the city.” In this six-block radius you will feel as if you have been transported to the south of France with its cafes, restaurants, boutiques, wine tastings, and a whole lot more. With summer just around the corner, this is your perfect day trip. Bonjour!
1. Green Temple
Considered to be the best vegetarian restaurant in the South Bay, the menu at Green Temple is organic and locally grown with wholesome, balanced and delicious creations. There is an outdoor patio where guests can enjoy great food and the soothing sound of water and colorful koi.
1700 S. Catalina Ave. #103 – 310.944.4525
2. Body Therapy Center Day Spa
This spa boutique offers a full range of services including body therapies, massages, skin care treatments, manicures and pedicures, make-up, waxing, and even yoga classes. You will be pampered inside and out.
1700 S. Catalina Ave. #203
310.540.0163 – bodytherapycenter.com
3. Redondo Sports
This athletic store has everything from causal beachwear to workout clothes and yoga accessories. The latest styles from sporting brands like Be Present, Beyond Yoga, Om Girl, Hard Tail, Tonic, Yogi Toes, Yogi, Manduka, Luminaire, and Fila are available.
1718 S. Catalina Ave. – 310.543.1919
A true neighborhood spot where everyone knows your name, this trendy yet unfussy wine tasting bar is a great spot to unwind and discover new delights for the wine lover’s palate. Here you can find bottles ranging from $8 to $1,000. Clearly there’s something here for everyone.
221 Avenida Del Norte – 310.792.5940
A wonderland of exquisite imported pots, plants and unique garden pearls. Custom-designed fountains and planted landscapes all come together to create an oasis of tranquility and beauty just steps from the beach.
1728 S. Catalina Ave. – 310.543.8801
6. Out of My Tree Candles & Bath Shop
Deliciously fresh, all-natural candles and bath and body products, all made locally by Out of My Tree. Order custom scents blends or choose from their yummy array of exotic treatments and tonics. Treat yourself…don’t cheat yourself!
1728 S. Catalina Ave. (in the Potted Garden)
Playa is an upscale beach and street wear boutique for men and women. You can find that perfect bikini by Salinas and Rainbow Sandals to go with it. Other cool brand names include Quicksilver, Billabong, Hudson, Roxy, Vix, Diesel, and Frankie B.
1722 S. Catalina Ave. #B – 310.316.2149
Keep things sweet and simple with an amazing facial from Kim at this lovely little hideaway. The deep cleansing facial, complete with hand, foot and scalp massage, will leave you looking and feeling radiant. Affordable massage and waxing are also on the menu.
218 Avenida Del Norte – 310.540.0877
Want to make a good impression? Go to M’pressions for that oh so perfect gift. They have everything from home accessories and fragrances to jewelry, candles, soaps, and accessories. And check out the great big Buddha head fountain on the way in.
1700 S. Catalina Ave. #104 – 310. 540.6115
Champagne is a high-end women’s boutique where you can expect one-on-one special attention to find that perfect outfit for any occasion. They offer a wide selection of accessories from jewelry, shoes, handbags as well as perfumes and scented candles.
1725 S. Catalina Ave. – 310.378.4994
A Mediterranean restaurant of fine “cuisine of the sun.” Enjoy Italian, French, Spanish, and Moroccan dishes. Throwing a party? Look no further; the banquet room holds groups of 25 to 100 guests.
1810 S. Catalina Ave. – 310.540.4884
12. Coffee Cartel
This old school-style coffee house is the ideal place to go for that pick-me-up coffee or to unwind reading a book. You can also sit back and listen to live music and poetry readings, or surf the net on the free wireless internet service.
1820 S. Catalina Ave. – 310.316.6554
Sacred Stone Gallery is a spiritual sanctuary. Browse the magnificent selection of crystals, statuary, books, music and jewelry or relax in the meditation garden. You are treated like family and won’t want to leave!
1832 S. Elena Ave. – 310.378-8866
14. The Yoga Center
The Yoga Center is celebrating seven years as a sanctuary of viniyoga. Diane Louise Gilbert and her furry friend, Chopper, have created this sacred space by the sea as a place of healing and harmony. Their other passion is raising money for the Amma Foundation to build homes for those in need.
1848 S. Elana Ave. – 310.375.6722
Read next >> yoga journal’s 3rd conference in san francisco