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For those of us who don't live in the South Bay, the idea of heading out to Long Beach can often seem like a trek. But with a continuously growing crop of fantastic places to caffeinate, shop, and chill, we think it's more like a destination. Today we bring you to the city's downtown area to share our top picks for treating yourself to a Perfect Saturday in the LBC.
Get your Saturday into gear with a caffeine kick from newish — but already beloved — neighborhood addition Rose Park Roasters (3044 E 4th St). The clean, minimally designed space keeps the focus on what really matters: seriously good coffee. Grab a pour-over, cold brew on tap, or one of their seasonal lattes and a vegan donut from local bakery The Caffeinated Kitchen (just say yes to the lavender lemon if they have it!) and you're already off to a great start.
Now that you've got a good coffee buzz going, you'll have all the motivation you'll need for the increasingly popular "Yoga on the Bluff" (at the corner of Ocean and Juniper), a daily outdoor yoga class held by Yogalution Movement. Like all classes offered by the studio, this scenic yoga experience is donation based (suggestion donation is between $8-$20). Bring a mat and some water and enjoy a view of the Pacific while you stretch and strengthen your bod.
Let the body cleansing continue with a fresh, cold-pressed juice at Rainbow Juices (246 E 3rd St). Consider one of their green blends like the Chardcore (carrot, chard, kale, cucumber, lemon, ginger) or fruity concoction like Day Glo (tangerine, apple, carrot, mint), which are packed with the best local produce to get you shining from the inside out.
How to reward yourself for all these healthy choices? Scratch your shopping itch at Make Collectives (430 E 1st St) where you can browse the bounty of vintage and contemporary clothes for both men and women, home decor including retro and handmade furniture and accessories, and vinyl in a boutique that manages to still feel curated, not cluttered. You'll be able to stock your record collection, snag skin-pampering products by local maker Lieu Noir, and find yourself a sweet little summer dress all in one fell swoop.