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.
Visit Old Towne Orange Historic District and step into yesteryear. This district is centered around the original Orange plaza and contains so many historical buildings, the entire district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places! Walk around the one-square mile district and see different architecture, including Victorian and Spanish Revival buildings. The district is also known as a top shopping destination and you'll find plenty of art galleries, boutiques and antique stores near the plaza.
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.
A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe continues to win local praise and awards for its hands-on approach to children's literature. Owned and operated by children's literature aficionado and literacy advocate Alex Uhl, this bookshop continues to be a community force for youth education. Numerous globally-recognized authors such as J.K. Rowling have hosted events at this spacious location, demonstrating the importance of Uhl's operation to the local literary scene. A huge selection of books guarantees there is something for everyone, the selection ranging from basic picture books to more complex young adult fiction. A charming book store driven by passion and catering to the community, A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe is one of the best of its kind in Orange County.
This place has been dedicated to offering high quality products, great service and sound advice since 1983. Everyone in the store is genuinely excited about the new kites and kite-related products that are currently available. They are always happy to advise customers on their purchases, so you'll know you're getting a kite that's perfect for you. Free sport kite lessons are offered, but by appointment only.
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.
This kitschy little boutique is located inside an old-fashioned air-stream trailer from 1968 and inside of it you'll find a wonderland of Tillandias. Tillandias, or more commonly known as 'Air Plants' can be found in all different species and sizes, and here they hang in cool, glass terrariums and planters. In addition to succulents, the shop sells local art, house wares and other objets d'art that make great gifts.
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.