The company founded by the late Hobie Alter has been a leader in surf, water sports, and beach style for decades.
Locations in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, and two in San Clemente. hobie.com
TANKFARM & CO.
Home to all cool essentials, from graphic Ts and denim, to grooming and paper goods, plus anything else a gentleman of sports and leisure may need.
212 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach, 562‑594‑4800, tankfarmco.com
CLOTH & METAL This newly-expanded store carries clothing, hi-fi gear (treat your ears to the headphone bar), grooming supplies, and new or vintage watches. Look for O.C.-exclusive brands like Audeze, Grayers, and Naked & Famous.
OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, 888‑938‑4536, clothandmetal.com
FOOTAGE, THE COOL SHOE SHINE
In an unassuming industrial area, this store offers a huge selection of rare or limited-edition sneakers and clothing. Run on consignment, the collection spans Jordan to James, with a wide range of sizes and prices, all in pristine condition.
580 W. Lambert Road, Brea, 714‑757‑9001, coolshoeshine.com
For the discerning and well-heeled gentleman, this French luxury lifestyle brand offers sumptuous bespoke footwear ($7,850 to $25,400) and prêt-à-porter goods.
South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714‑641‑3582, berluti.com
Talk about a modern mash-up - for the Earl Grey Manhattan Cream Soda, chef Cathy Pavlos steeps the hergamo-scented black tea with sugar and vanilla, then adds half-and-half and fizzy soda water. She serves it over ice, then caps it with whipped cream. $6
2531 East Bluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949-718-0477, provenanceoc.com
Honeycomb, seafoam, fairy food, angel food— whatever you call it, the best stuff is here. In the kitchen, melted sugar and baking soda are combined to create a magical foamy texture. Imagine if toffee met meringue. Chunks are coated in milk or bittersweet Guittard chocolate. At $28 per pound, it’s a splurge that’s worth it.
34513 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949‑493‑4135; 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949‑494‑4462, thechocolatesoldier.com
Pirates Chai is a handcrafted blend of matcha, spices, and dark muscovado sugar. It's robust and spicy, minus the overt bitterness found in most matcha teas, and definitely without the cloying sweetness of some chai beverages. This is the only place to find it in O.C. $5
2930 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, 714-549-7012,gypsyden.com
When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114, bolsachica.org