Surprising finds—from a vet who focuses on preventive care to one of the county’s best indoor climbing gyms—have taken over this Lake Forest neighborhood.
Robin Jones introduces readers to the refreshingly industrial Midway Market, a rough-edged bloom of businesses tucked in the middle of warehouses and auto body shops. Look for the Quonset hut and you’ll find Viridian, a treasure-trove of jewelry, art, and intriguing one-of-a-kind objects. The Boathouse Collective is an unpretentious urban cafe with a hip, ad-hoc aesthetic (pallet furniture!) and live music. At Waffleholic Café, the waffles can be sweet or savory, served with crab cakes, or turned into BLTs.
This updated neighborhood doesn’t have to try hard to be interesting, original, surprising, and modern—it just is. Take the mile-long stretch of strip malls along 17th Street, between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, the heart of the renaissance. Foodies come for the Instagram-worthy Aussie-style meat pies at PieNot, coconut French toast at Plums Café, and braised pork panini at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. And that’s just the Ps. Other homegrown restaurants and shops tip toward lean-and-clean fare, such as the casual Jan’s Health Bar. Plus it’s the birthplace of Mother’s Market & Kitchen.
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Students and locals slurp noodles, sip milk tea, browse bouquets, and jump into the e-sports craze.
Time to discover the intersection of Baker Street and Fairview Avenue in Costa Mesa.
The downtown hub of Laguna Beach is filled every weekend with tourists, no matter the season. But go less than a mile south of Broadway, and you’ll find a quieter stretch of shops and restaurants, with mostly locals milling about. Some spots are new, and some are longtime neighborhood favorites—a good mix for a day of holiday shopping
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"We like to keep it lighthearted: break down the wall between the barista and the customer." —Bryan Trinh, Owner of Bad Coffee
With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans.