In Mission Viejo, locally owned restaurants and salons open regularly, drawing crowds, particularly in strip malls on Alicia Parkway.
Near the corner of El Toro Road and Muirlands Boulevard in Lake Forest, foodies find an unexpected surprise: Vietnamese, Japanese, American, and Mexican cuisine, all in one unassuming cluster of strip malls. It’s like stumbling into a concentrated culinary...
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...
Orange County’s newest seaside shopping destination opened in Huntington Beach in November with more than a dozen boutiques and restaurants. More are expected, but there’s plenty to see now, even if you just grab some coffee and enjoy the...
Old Towne Orange’s mix of old (antiques malls) and new (upscale gastropubs) makes it a perennial favorite—one that’s getting more interesting all the time with additions such as L.A. favorite The Pie Hole. These three recently opened businesses, along...
In the past two years, Irvine’s University Center, across Campus Drive from UC Irvine, has become a magnet for some of SoCal’s best restaurant chains and now offers complimentary lunchtime valet parking. These days, Eureka!, Tender Greens, and these...
With the Fun Zone on one side and Balboa Pier on the other, Newport Beach’s Balboa Village can feel like a jumble of bike rental spots and carnival rides. Walk along the peninsula’s main street, though, and you’ll find...
The ongoing surge of restaurant and shop openings is the talk of Laguna Beach: By spring, there will be nearly a dozen new spots in town. Head to the Village to try a few of the already-open newcomers, and...
Outsiders largely overlooked this quiet community in Fountain Valley until Afters Ice Cream opened in 2014 and brought a flood of foodies to town. But locals have long enjoyed the city’s eclectic restaurant scene. Before or after getting your...
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...

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