Hip ‘Hoods: Anaheim’s Historic District Expands With New Openings

Another handful of new restaurants and shops recently moved into Anaheim’s historic core, making the attractive and ever-changing neighborhood even more enticing.

Pop! Comics
Newsstands stocked end to end with comic books and bookcases full of graphic novels line the walls of this shop, which also keeps collectors happy with its big selection of figurines—including plenty of Funko Pop! figures. Marvel and DC are represented, but so are more offbeat publishers. 203 W. Center St., 657-208‑3835, popcomicshop.com

Hummos and Pita
When the weather’s good, customers gather at outdoor tables to eat chicken and beef kebobs and falafel plates rounded out with rice, salad, hummus, and pita ($10 to $14). The menu also features gyros and fries ($8), Greek salad with salmon, chicken, or falafel ($8 to $13), and cucumber-mint and watermelon aguas frescas ($4). 131 W. Center St., 714-603-7571

SwingIt Trapeze
Owner Nick Selvy was a circus performer and stuntman before he became a trapeze instructor. Now he and his team teach novices and more experienced acrobats how to swing from their knees, flip off the bar, and even fly from one trapeze to the other. The school also offers aerial and trampoline classes. 350 W. Center St., 877-979-4644, swingittrapeze.net

Sweetbird
Chefs here serve three types of fried-chicken sandwiches—original, spicy, and zesty ($9 to $10)—along with two types of slaw, fried pickle slices, and their signature smashed fried potatoes ($3 to $4). Specials such as a hot honey chicken sandwich pop up on occasion. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714-905-9832, eatsweetbird.com

 All photos by Melissa Valladeras 

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