Plan a summer outing around the Little Saigon Night Market. The open-air fest, modeled after markets abroad, pops up outside Westminster’s Asian Garden Mall on weekends through September. Browse booths that offer clothes, gadgets, toys, and Vietnamese snacks. Enjoy live music, then hit these nearby locales for dinner or dessert.
As writer Robin Jones points out, Crystal Cove Promenade lies across the street from the Pacific, so you can enjoy the sea air along with Neapolitan pizzas underneath olive trees at Settebello; browse jewelry, cool textiles, and letterpress cards at Juxtaposition Home; and fill up a take-home pastry box at Sweet and Saucy Shop (when did macarons get to be so hip?).
The downtown hub of Laguna Beach is filled every weekend with tourists, no matter the season. But go less than a mile south of Broadway, and you’ll find a quieter stretch of shops and restaurants, with mostly locals milling about. Some spots are new, and some are longtime neighborhood favorites—a good mix for a day of holiday shopping
One of Newport Beach’s busiest thoroughfares may be just a block away, but the sprawling strip mall at Old Newport Boulevard and Hospital Road still seems like a local secret. It’s one worth knowing: Among the hairstylists and tanning salons, you’ll find an unexpectedly diverse collection of treasures.
Whether you’re in the always-appealing Corona del Mar neighborhood to see a movie at the refurbished 1949 Port Theater, or just to delight in the waning days of summer at the beach, make time to stroll East Coast Highway, where the latest offerings range from house-made French pastries and farmstead cheese, to classy-casual clothes and quirky, colorful candy
In Mission Viejo, locally owned restaurants and salons open regularly, drawing crowds, particularly in strip malls on Alicia Parkway.
If you think of Downtown Fullerton as nothing more than a spot for vintage shopping and bar hopping, think again. An increasing number of creative restaurants and outside-the-box boutiques have opened recently alongside the thrift stores, making it an...
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The community of Silverado and sites along Santiago Canyon Road are not far from central Orange County, but with a rustic, rural vibe, the area feels like a different world. Whether you’re hiking in the canyon or heading for...
“We should open a store called Forever 39. We’ll sell wine and yoga pants.” This viral Internet quip was part plea, and now the ingredients are all there at Yorba Ranch Village. But that doesn’t do the peaceful, unhurried shopping center justice: OC Wine Mart & Deli staffs a wine concierge, holds wine tastings, and will help you create overflowing gift baskets for anyone on your list. Fig Leaf stocks Pilates and yoga gear, and a little inspiration (ever heard of the “30-Day Plank Challenge”?) There’s more, of course: Herbed Chicken Breast Gorgonzola at The Wild Artichoke, and eclairs from Beverly’s Best Bakery.