Orange County: An International Shopping Destination
While shopping is everywhere these days—from airports to your smartphone—few destinations can boast the quality or quantity of shopping found in Orange County, California. Guests at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach and Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach have easy access to true world-class shopping, starting with Pacific City, adjacent to Paséa.
Pacific City, named after the early oceanfront village that later became known as Huntington Beach, embraces the coastal vibe with awesome views from every plaza and patio. With 191,000-square-feet of unique shops, there’s something for everyone. Pacific City also offers a number of restaurants plus Lot 579, an artisanal market with multiple food purveyors for a tasty and one-of-a-kind California experience. Visitors can even design their own popsicle at PopBar, enjoy an evening around the fire pit or watch a movie on the outdoor movie screen.
“A very unique store in Pacific City is Petals and Pop (a florist and Champagne bar)—a wonderful place to sit and have Champagne by the glass,” says Marty Koontz, Paséa’s chef concierge.
A short drive away from Balboa Bay Resort or Paséa, you’ll find the renowned South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Located across the street from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 boutiques and 30 restaurants, plus upscale amenities and bespoke personal shopping services. Recent additions to South Coast Plaza include German luxury luggage maker RIMOWA with one of only 11 North American retail locations; the American lifestyle brand and retailer Cole Haan with its flagship Orange County exclusive; The Webster, a curated selection of luxury and high-end contemporary brands with its first West Coast location; ready-to-wear women’s boutique & Other Stories with its first West Coast location; and Monark Premium Appliance Co. with its exclusive Southern California location.
Located in nearby Newport Beach, Fashion Island offers an upscale outdoor shopping experience. This year brought menswear brand Rodd & Gunn’s first-ever U.S. flagship storefront to Fashion Island. Other new additions include The Shade Store for premium window treatments; jewelry and accessories brand Alex and Ani; The Celect independent men’s and women’s fashion retailer; K. Hall Designs gift boutique; Ivivva, the Lululemon line of activewear for girls; SwimSpot swimwear; and an expansion of Anthropologie, among other additions. Fashion Island is also home to dozens of restaurants.
Though not as large, Crystal Cove Shopping Center, also located in Newport Beach, offers coastal views and convenient access. Unique boutiques as well as staples like Gap, Williams-Sonoma and Pier 1 make for a nice mix of shopping, and the center is also home to a number of celebrated restaurant’s including Javier’s and Mastro’s Ocean Club.
In addition to these popular shopping centers, Orange County is home to hundreds of other unique shops that you’ll find sprinkled throughout the area. Check out Marine Avenue on Balboa Island for local shops, or shop along Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar for high-end clothing and home décor boutiques. Combined with the outstanding weather and laid-back coastal vibe, these opportunities make for a great day or weekend spent discovering treasures for yourself, your home or to give as gifts.