The Lab is a center of alternative culture for the Costa Mesa area and views itself as an anti-mall by offering a unique indoor and outdoor space for funky local businesses. In addition to the many trendy shops like Urban Outfitters and Popkiller, you can find great vintage clothing at Buffalo Exchange, or check out the artwork at the ARTery. If the hipster-style stories leave you hungry, there are several cafes and restaurants open late. The Lab also hosts events, showcasing local artists, musicians and performers.
This huge open-air shopping center is a bargain hunters dream with wonderful outlet stores and discount boutiques! You'll find over 120 stores all in one location including Nike Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. With restaurants, shops, an AMC Theater with IMAX, and a huge indoor skatepark, the Outlets at Orange is a great place to spend a day.
One area in Anaheim where you can find a different type of entertainment other than Disney is the Anaheim Garden Walk. Located right behind Disneyland across Harbor Boulevard, the complex provides dining and shopping. Most of the restaurants are well-known ones, like Roy's, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Entertainment includes a Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley and the interesting U.F.O. Experience exhibition. Additionally, most of the shops are nationally known as well, from Skechers to Sunglass Hut, the selection is small but sufficient enough to merit a stroll through the center.
Located in the downtown Long Beach Harbor, Shoreline Village shopping center features some great shops and restaurants. From here you can also take boat tours of the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. Restaurants include The Yard House, Tequila Jack's, Tugboat Pete's and Parkers' Lighthouse. At sunset, an excursion along the Long Beach Harbor Marina is perfect and at night, both The Yard House and Tequila Jack's are hopping bars that serve several beers and tequilas.
With over 175 stores and a large selection of restaurants, this sophisticated indoor mall is a must-see for shopping fanatics. Spanning 76 acres (30.75 hectares) and decorated with fountains and tall palm trees, this is Orange County's second largest shopping center. Department stores anchoring the mall run the gamut from J.C. Penney and Sears, to Macy's and Nordstrom at the more upscale end of the spectrum. Visit this shopping center and find everything you could want or need!
Just across the street from the hip shopping center The Lab, this collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants focuses on eco-friendly products and sustainable living. The CAMP provides a wonderful blend, focusing both on the shopper and the environment. From a yoga studio to restaurants that specialize in vegan dishes to local goods, you'll find it all at this unique shopping center. The CAMP also hosts fantastic events including live music and craft nights.
Just three miles from the Market Place, a shopper's hunt continues at the District at Tustin Legacy on the border of Tustin and Irvine. The beautiful palm trees and the large street-side fountain give people the impression that this is a high-end mall. But just like the Market Place, this District features quality and value. The fancy landscape just adds more cheerfulness to the experience. Besides various non-chain businesses, there are about eighty stores and restaurants, including DSW, TJ Maxx and Home Goods, In-N-Out, Target, and even Costco. The District provides value for every aspect of a shopper's need! – Hoiyin Ip
Divided into two halves by Jamboree Road, the Market Place consists of the Irvine side and the Tustin side. Knowing which side your destination store is in is helpful in this mall of 130 stores. Unlike other malls in the area which feature high end price tags, the Market Place features affordable quality. There are a variety of good-value stores, such as Loehmann's and In-N-Out. One can easily spend a day here, shopping, dining and catching a movie, without breaking the bank. – Hoiyin Ip
Alta Baja Market is a unique, one-of-a-kind store that specializes in products that derive from the American Southwest, Mexico and California. Some of the products include wine, beer, crafts and home goods that come from these regions. Additionally, the shop provides classes and workshops in cooking, demos, pop-up dinners and idea swaps. Its location in the 4th Street Market is also another reason why people are attracted to Alta Baja.
Located in Downtown Santa Ana, 4th Street Market is a hub of culture and activity for those in search of superb food. With 15 different restaurants and bars, a butcher shop, a craft food grocery shop and numerous spaces for events like live music performances, poetry readings and open mic nights, visiting this venue is always a good choice. Some of the restaurants include Dos Chinos, Pig Pen Delicacy and Stockyard Sandwich Co. as well as many others. Needless to say, there is somewhere to eat that will please every one.
Mitsuwa Marketplace is your one-stop-shop for almost everything from Japan, from grocery items and house wares to authentic gifts and beverages. The market has locations across Southern California, from Santa Monica to San Diego. This one in Costa Mesa not only provides groceries and goods, but you can also attend a cooking class or any other cultural event throughout the month. Overall, this is as authentic as it gets outside of a shopping center in Tokyo.