Long Beach has so many neighborhoods, areas and places to check out including Retro Row just down 4th Street. You can partake in a variety of vintage shopping, sips, awesome eats, and even get beautified all within a block. Stretching between Cherry and Junipero, Retro Row is home to over 40 kitchy, hip, independent merchants. It’s bike friendly, hosts tons of unique events and full of the creative spirit that makes Long Beach such a cool place to live.
There’s tons of areas to explore in Long Beach but it’s time to put Retro Row at the top of your list! Check out these 9 rad shops and restaurants to hit on your tour of this vintage niche.
Art Du Vin Wine Bar
They’ve got games, they only spin vinyl and of course they’ve got a great selection of wines to choose from. Pop in for Wino Wednesdays when a glass of house wine is just $4 or stop by any time to play a game of Cards Against Humanity with the local crowd. Art du Vin serves up a variety of wines coupled with fine cheese, meets, honey and fresh, hot homemade bread. Plus they carry a few beers and ciders to accommodate everyone’s taste.
If you’re looking for some cool and friendly ambiance, Porfolio Coffeehouse is a great place to go. The coffee shop and café sometimes features local artists and live music, the customer service is great and it’s got WIFI so it’s the perfect spot to study or simply hang out. They serve Illy Italian coffee along with healthy snacks, sandwiches and gourmet desserts. And if you’re a true coffee connoisseur, you might want to take a look at these Orange County specialty coffee bars too.
The Social List
Here’s your dinner spot if you’re coming down to Retro Row. The Social List is a gastro pub, or as they like to call themselves, a modern European tavern. Their motto is “Food for the People” and their goal is to create great food in a great environment to be enjoyed with friends and family. It’s got a great atmosphere, deliciously simple food and a great selection of craft beers and wines.
Lola’s Mexican Cuisine
Everything’s made from scratch at Lola’s for an authentic Mexican taste, straight from mom’s kitchen. Have a seat in the festive main dining room or relax out on the patio fresco while you chow down on delicious favorites like enchilada, mole and amazing salsas. The restaurant has a fun Dia de la Muertos theme and the ambiance to match. Plus the menu also has tons of vegetarian options!
The Art was originally a silent move theater with a pipe organ and orchestra pit and now it’s been retuned to its golden age with some new additions and restorations. We included the Art with the restaurants because the latest renovations included a wine bar and coffee bar to round out your big night out. It’s got a bit of cool art deco style along with a streamline modern look and feel. The Art was voted the #1 Independent Theater in LA and is a truly unique theatre experience!
Offering up vintageware with contemporary flair, this secondhand boutique has everything from furniture and housewares to art, fashion, music and books. It’s a great place to find a unique gift for that quirky someone in your life, home décor, costumes and more. The store is spacious, clean and full of great finds! Warning, the rare finds at Inretrospect can get pretty pricey.
Songbird is the place for cool gifts. That’s their slogan and they certainly live up to it. The store is jam paced with fun, quirky, trend setting gifts for all ages. Nerdy toys, funny shirts, goofy goodies and tons of other randomly amazing finds. Whether or not you find something to buy, we know you’ll have a blast browsing at Songbird.
Lil Devils Boutique
Tired of all the same-old, lame-old kids stuff? Welcome to Lil Devils Boutique. They’ve got Beatles Lullabies, kick ass diaper bags, mustache onsies and Boba Fett everythings. If you’re looking for something rad for your own kids or want to totally own the next baby shower you go to, can’t go wrong at Lil Devils.
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