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...
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.
It’s Orange County’s least populated city, but Villa Park, surrounded by the city of Orange, has some of the top-value real estate in the area. Claiming barely more than two square miles and about 6,000 residents, it has a...
Two new spots draw visitors to this section of Tustin, where folks seeking authentic Greek food and vintage treasures have long gathered.
Time to discover the intersection of Baker Street and Fairview Avenue in Costa Mesa.
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...
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...

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You’d never expect to find top-notch French desserts and a high-end cycling shop in this Foothill Ranch neighborhood filled with faceless office buildings.