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The Ultimate Guide to Marina del Rey

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Welcome to Marina del Rey, Los Angeles. This gorgeous, waterfront neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and Common’s largest Los Angeles home, Stella by Common. Whether you’re a current Common member or just new to Los Angeles, this guide can help you navigate Marina del Rey and discover what makes this neighborhood so special. Below you’ll find our selection of local favorites, in-depth articles about the area, interviews with local businesses, and more information about our Marina del Rey apartments: Stella by Common.

Where to eat

From waterfront dining to sushi restaurants that bring the freshness of the ocean directly to your plate, there’s plenty to taste and try in Marina del Rey’s culinary scene. Grab a group of friends for a night out at SALT, where the food is only matched by the stunning views of the Marina. If you’re looking for something more casual, head over to Mendocino Farms, which serves some of the area’s best sandwiches and salads perfect for a picnic. And for a unique experience, you have to try The Warehouse Restaurant — built in 1969 and located right on the water, this local favorite is known for its rum cocktails and live music.

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5 Marina Del Rey Restaurants For Food Lovers

“Self-proclaimed foodies will feel right at home in this coastal city in Southern California is a destination for all things delicious. The area’s proximity to Mexico gives many of the restaurants access to amazing Latin-inspired flavors. Close access to the ocean allows chefs to have access to some of the freshest seafood available…You’ll soon realize that finding somewhere to eat won’t be a problem. Deciding on just one location for your next great meal might be more challenging though.”

Mexican food with soul: meet the vibrant chef behind LA’s legendary tacos

“Barbara Jean “Sky” Burrell is a true businesswoman with a love of cross-cultural cuisine. Her soul-filled take on the classical Mexican taco has given her legendary status in the LA community and beyond. Keep reading to learn more about Sky’s Gourmet Tacos expansion in the Marina del Rey area and their impact on the local community.”

The Marina

Marina del Rey’s eponymous waterfront is one of the most popular in Los Angeles, and for good reason. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from breezy strolls by the sea, to exploring the ocean on your own with a rented boat, jetski, or kayak. If you’re a bigger fan of dry land, the Marina also hosts a variety of festivals, like the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series, and art and food festivals.

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Living Like A Local: 5 Things To Do In Marina Del Rey

“When you step into this coastal playground of Los Angeles, you’ll find no shortage of outdoor and waterfront activities. However, this Southern California oasis offers more than just beautiful beaches and peaceful parks. You can also find enticing restaurants for foodies, unique boutiques and shopping for the fashionistas, and exciting nightlife for the after-midnight crowd along the blvd.”

Sports bars and speakeasies 

Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated cocktail or a bite to eat and a beer, there are plenty of options when it comes to bars in Marina del Rey. Stop by local favorite Alley Lounge favorite for craft cocktails and delicious tacos, or head over to Killer Yacht Club for a speakeasy atmosphere just minutes from the water. If you’re looking to catch the game, look no further than 90 West Lounge, where the bartenders are friendly and the game is always on.

Marina Del Rey Nightlife: The Best From Dive Bars To Nightclubs

“During the day, you can find tons of activities and restaurants in the Marina del Rey area to keep you busy in this coastal city. However, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down and the stars come out. When night falls, this Southern California destination comes alive with the diverse and thriving Marina del Rey nightlife scene.” 

Shopping in style

A balanced combination of local boutiques and national chains makes Marina del Rey an incredibly convenient neighborhood for both leisurely shopping and essential services. The waterside shopping district is home to nail salons, blow-out bars, dry cleaners, and grocery stores, mixed with places to find unique pieces from swimwear to office attire. Abbot Kinney, one of the city’s most unique blocks for shopping, is only a short drive away from Marina del Rey and Stella by Common.

SACHI: The Japanese cafe and shop cultivating community in LA

“Whether our customers come for plant care tips, a delicious latte, or a unique vintage tee, our goal is to create a warm place for the community to thrive. For Chiyo and I, we find joy in creating community and making new friends every day; it’s been a treat to see neighbors meet each other for the first time while chatting in our shop.”

Grocery stores and essentials

Explore Los Angeles

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While Los Angeles is well known for its highways (and traffic), Marina del Rey offers a wide variety of public transportation options. For a unique experience, hop on the Waterbus, which takes you to six seaside locations across the Marina. You can also travel locally for free using Circuit, an electric shuttle program that takes you around Marina del Rey and to Venice. For transportation across the city, Marina del Rey also has several bus lines and is nearby the Metro Rail E Line in Santa Monica.

Stella by Common in Marina del Rey


If you’re looking for a new home in Los Angeles, you need to check out Stella by Common in Marina del Rey. This incredible home is the perfect escape from busy city life, with awesome amenities like a pool, fitness center, yoga room, and outdoor lounges, alongside spacious studios, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.

Plus, as a Common member, you’ll get access to everything Common has to offer, including discounts to local and national brands, free community events, and our speedy member and property services. Learn more about Stella by Common, and book a free tour today!

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