With hundreds of clothing boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment, Fashion Island is the epitome of a one-stop-shop in Newport Beach. Formerly a small outdoor mall, it has grown into a combination indoor/outdoor shopping district, complete with fountains and promenades. It is now home to top designer stores in addition to the many shopping and eating options. The Fashion Island also hosts entertainment events throughout the year.
Upscale fashion and fine dining have a home at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Some of the top names in the industry like Burberry and Chanel, have a home among the more affordable choices like the H&M mega store and GAP. There is also a variety of restaurants to sate your appetite after a day of shopping. The center is also home to many events throughout the year, from fundraising concerts to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. With hundreds of boutiques, department stores and restaurants to choose from, a trip to the South Coast Plaza can easily become an all-day event, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Nordstrom in Newport Beach's Fashion Island is a monolithic department store, upscale goods and well-heeled shoppers entwining throughout three floors. An institution of this popular shopping mall, Nordstrom has something for everyone, stocking designer women's and men's wear, junior apparel and kidswear as well as a gigantic cosmetics and fragrance department. One of the more understated features of this department store is a delicious bistro with a menu of contemporary Californian cuisine that makes the perfect beginning or end to your shopping experience.
Neiman Marcus is readily visible upon driving into Fashion Island Mall, towering over the adjacent shops and restaurants as a beacon of designer shopping. Multiple floors house apparel for women and men as well as a home decor department that stocks high-end cosmetics and skin care products. As a testament to the shop-crazy nature of the area, this is Neiman Marcus's largest store in Southern California, Newporters beating out Beverly Hills and San Diego for this one-stop-shop location. This location is also the largest department store in Fashion Island, meaning you won't be able to miss this huge fashion mecca.
If you like gorgeous shoes but are wary of the discomfort they entail, head to Sole Comfort in Newport Beach. Located on Bison Avenue, next to the Baskin Robbins, this wonderful shoe store boasts of an extensive collection of beautiful and trendy shoes that come from big brands like Pikolinos, Ara, Klogs and Dana Davis, among many others. The best part about these shoes is that not only do they look lovely but they're also exceedingly comfortable to walk in. Expect to find a great inventory of sneakers, boots, sandals and much more at this store. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and will gladly help you out in case you need suggestions. Stop by for a pretty pair of heels that you can walk in for mile with a smile!
As a distinguished brand name, Bloomingdale's has been on the fashion scene for a very long time. A plush fashion store retailing European fashions, you'll find everything that you need for any kind of a look. Once here, you will not leave without an ensemble, complete with a bag, jewelry and shoes to go with it. Men, women and children will love the chic, trendy fashion wear, accessories and fragrances. You can also pick up from the range of home decor articles, beauty care products, perfumed candles, and more. It features a restaurant on site, called 59th & Lex Cafe on the first floor.
No Rest For Bridget is a fabulous store for the modern woman. Their dynamic inventory keeps on changing weekly. You will find trendy clothes, shoes, accessories and handbags vying for your attention. They also stock some great beauty products, fragrances and gifts. Affordable and stylish, what's not to love about this boutique.
Located in a relatively quiet shopping area of the town, this specialty boutique is stocked full of the hottest in "casual chic" clothing. In addition to new items from local names in fashion such as Petro Zillia, the store also carries an assortment of accessories from popular designers like Tom Ford, Gucci and Dior. Expect to pay top dollar for the many high-end jeans, knits, and shoes that line the carefully designed racks. Luckily, The Queen Bee has a yearly sale with discounts of up to 75%, so you can battle with the rest of the eager shoppers for discount designer duds.
Balboa Candy has two locations in Newport Beach and between both of them, you will find probably the largest selection of salt-water taffy in California. Yet, that isn't all this store sells, here you will find classic, retro treats, novelty candy, licorice and the vendors also sell many products in bulk-size. So come in and buy some Bubble Gum Cigarettes, Pop Rocks and Fun-Dip, then get ready to be transported back to your childhood.