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.
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.
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.
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.
Visitors will find all kinds of name brand retailers at this Chino Hills promenade mall. From footwear and clothing to housewares and mattresses, the mall is a veritable one-stop shop. The familiar H&M, Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic and Vans are all here in addition to a couple of local shops like Red E Surf and Dolcissimo Bakery. The mall holds events throughout the year as well, starting with the weekly Farmer's Market every Wednesday and live music on certain dates. The food court has the ubiquitous California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle and Panera, but try the local coffeehouse Dripp, or the Kickin' Crab for something different.
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
Conveniently located in central Irvine, Diamond Jamboree features a variety of dining and shopping options. From group activities to leisure spots, the shopping center offers all kinds of services including, Plush Karaoke Lounge and Square Room Escape to shops including H Mart Supermarket. With twenty one restaurants it is a must see for all who like to explore the cuisines and cultures of the Pacific Rim. Visit the website for more details on the restaurants, services and event updates.
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
This shopping center is a favorite and was voted "Best Neighborhood Shopping Center in Orange County." It has 30 stores selling everything from clothing to artwork to gifts. There are also bakeries, cafes and other food shops. This is a great place for lazy afternoon shopping, with a lot of browsing in the different stores and a stop at one of the coffee shops for coffee and a croissant.
Electric City Butcher is your friendly neighborhood shop where you can get excellent, sustainable cuts of beef, chicken and pork as well as some of the best sausages in Santa Ana. Its location in the 4th Street Market offers specials every day in a quaint shop and all of their product is sourced from local farmers who follow organic and humane practices with all animals. From fresh eggs and oils to Lardo and Headcheese, this butcher shop is simply the best for carnivores that shun the processed beef found in most supermarkets.
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.