Hip ‘Hoods | Mission Viejo

At 25380 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, steps from Saddleback Lanes, you’ll find boba tea, handmade pasta, specialty hot chocolate, and a charming boutique.

Savour Bakery
The modern decor puts the spotlight on the pastry case at this cafe, opened in December. The scones, chocolate croissants, Valrhona brownies, and cream puffs are addictive ($2 to $5). Don’t miss the hot chocolate, made to order with hand-shaved chocolate and topped with house-made marshmallows when available ($5). 949‑873-4706, savourbakes.com

Delizie Ristorante & Bar
This white-tablecloth restaurant serves Italian classics such as veal scallopine ($30), linguine with Manila clams ($22), and cioppino packed with salmon, Mexican shrimp, and black mussels ($32) in a candle lit dining room. The extensive wine list highlights bottles from California, Oregon, and Italy. 949-855-6866, deliziemv.com

 

Harmony Tea Bar
Tea enthusiasts sip jasmine and lavender Earl Grey milk tea with honey boba; iced strawberry-lemon green tea; or matcha lattes ($4.50 to $5.50) while playing Jenga or Uno at this shop, which also offers hot teas ($4 to $9) brewed in tea drippers, spherical glass contraptions seemingly more suited to a science lab. 949-272-0202, harmonyteabar.com

 

Callie Girl Boutique
Fashionable women browse the youthful, ever-changing inventory of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses, flowy lace-up blouses, boho print rompers, lacy crop tops, pretty kimonos, sandals, and big straw hats at this shop. The staff cheerfully helps them find the right fit. 949-291-4999

All photos by Melissa Valadares

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