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.
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.
Irvine Spectrum Center is one of southern California's most popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, offering something for everyone. Featuring beautiful architectural details inspired by Andalusia, the Irvine Spectrum Center has over 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment. The center is also known for one of southern California's largest movie complexes and IMAX theaters. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted by the 108 feet (33 meters) Giant Wheel with spectacular panoramic views, a custom-made carousel, live weekend entertainment, and the Holiday Ice Rink.
Two blocks from the beach and a few steps from the Festival of Arts, the Laguna Beach Farmers Market makes a convenient stop for everyone, and also helps everyone to be a little more environmentally friendly by buying directly from local farmers. This is a certified farmers market: the county agriculture commissioner ensures that each seller at this market is a farmer and only sells the produce he or she grows. With over 50 sellers, there is fresh produce, ready-to-eat food, and a lot of free fruit tasting! Come for lunch or get something for a picnic in the park. Nothing says eating well better than buying local and eating fresh.
If you are looking for cutting edge men's fashion, Melrose Place is the place to go! The outfits from this store have appeared on shows like "American Idol", and are a favorite choice of celebrities. Take a peek inside the tiny store, resplendent with trendy decorations and accessories straight from Europe's hottest fashion districts. The merchandise features a wide range of shirts, jeans, shoes, and belts designed specifically for the fashion-conscious man (or the fashion-conscious woman who shops for him).
When the end of the trip is drawing near, Fawn Memories in the Lumberyard Mall has all the souveniers and memorabilia you may need. Since 1974, the store has been a top choice to find an assortment of hats, sweatshirts, sportswear, and much more. Much of it pays homage to Laguna Beach and the O.C. in general, but you can also pick up a variety of novelty items, mugs, and keychains for those waiting at home.
The location of Corona del Mar Farmers Market couldn't be better. Right on the northwest corner of the busiest intersection in Corona del Mar, it is not just easy to find, but also close to many attractions in the city. Like most properties in Corona del Mar, this farmers market is small and quaint. With about only 30 vendors, there is a full array of local produce, a lovely selection of flowers and plenty of friendly faces. – Hoiyin Ip
With amazing deals paired with a good cause and recycling reusables, shopaholics are guilt free at Discovery Shop, a high-end thrift store owned by American Cancer Society. This boutique-like store sells clothes, shoes, handbags, paintings, China, and furniture. You can find steals from a low-cost Giorgio Armani dress to a set of dining table and chairs. A tip to big shoppers: make a $25 donation to ACS before check-out. This will give you 25% off to all regular-price items. Last but not least, Discovery Shop has a great location. In parking-challenged Corona Del Mar, this is one spot where free street parking can be easily found. -Hoiyin IpÂ
The Shops at Mission Viejo is impressive with 150 shops and restaurants. The shopping center has a fun filled, yet relaxing atmosphere with lounge areas and cafes where you can take a break from looking for the perfect outfit, accessory or the latest technical marvel. This indoor mall has several big name stores, including Macy's, Nordstrom, Sephora and more. Visit this shopping center and find everything you're looking for!