4 Unique Costa Mesa, California Shopping Destinations
This sunny, Orange County city offers some of California’s best shopping venues just minutes from the Pacific Coast.
Costa Mesa, located just inland from beautiful Newport Beach, is centrally situated for reaching all of Orange County’s best attractions: world-famous beaches, theme parks and cultural points of interest. And for shopaholics, you couldn’t ask for anything more. The mega shopping centers here bursting with upscale brands and celebrated restaurants are truly destinations in themselves.
South Coast Plaza
Globally renowned South Coast Plaza has earned its bragging rights with 250 fashion brands as well as prestigious, first-rate eateries. Browse luxury stores including Cartier, Hermès, Gucci and Tory Burch. Replenish your energy at one of 30 upscale and casual restaurants. Try world-famous dumplings at Din Tai Fung, Italian cuisine at Antonello and fresh-caught seafood at Water Grill. Across the street is Segerstrom Center for the Arts, presenting award-winning stage performances. A variety of luxury hotels surround the shopping center and offer free shuttles to shop your day away.
SOCO and the The OC Mix
South Coast Collection (known as SOCO) and The OC Mix are two connected retail centers renowned for chic boutiques, high-end furnishings and distinctive restaurants. Many of the home furnishing stores were previously available only for design trade professionals. Look for sought-after retailers like Bang & Olufsen and Design Within Reach. Have a fashion expert curate your new wardrobe at cutting-edge fashion boutiques. At meal time, relax with a cocktail and take your pick from two dozen gourmet restaurants and specialty food retailers.
The OC Mix
The LAB and The CAMP
The LAB isn’t a mall – it’s an “anti-mall,” distinguishing itself from the crowd with edgy clothing shops, funky music stores, live music and eclectic dining. There are no big-box retail stores to be found. Order a hand-crafted cocktail at Ruin Bar and take your appetite to Habana for savory Cuban food. Across the street is The CAMP, dedicated to local artisanal products and environmentally friendly retailers. The CAMP also hosts eco-minded events like woodworking, handicrafts and yoga.
The Triangle is a Costa Mesa go-to for nightlife. It includes several well-known bars and restaurants, two nightclubs and the Starlight Cinemas movie theater, one of the venues for the Newport Beach Film Festival. Go drinking and bowling at Tavern + Bowl, complete with state-of-the-art bowling alleys, a full bar, widescreen TVs and a host of other entertainment options. Be sure to get a beer at the Yard House, a California-native bar boasting more than 100 beers on tap, and indulge in ice cream crafted with liquid nitrogen at the Creamistry.