On this bustling corner in Fullerton, less than a mile from the university, students and locals slurp noodles, sip milk tea, browse bouquets, and jump into the e-sports craze.
New owners took over the ice cream shop in this spot and added a full menu of milk and fruit teas ($3.75) to go with the scoops, cookies, and ice cream sandwiches ($2.50 to $5). You can sample any of them—from the house milk tea with brown sugar to the strawberry-basil lemonade—before you buy. 575 N. Commonwealth Ave., 714-869-3110
Florist Allison Becker, best known for creating lavish floral displays for weddings, has owned this shop for 20 years. Customers pop in to pick up vibrant orchid leis or bouquets and arrangements packed with roses, lilies, sunflowers, as well as hard-to-find blooms such as peonies and dahlias. 2491 E. Chapman Ave., 714-738-0100, flowerallie.com
Elementary-school kids and experienced gamers sit in plush recliners in front of walls of screens at this gaming lounge. They play everything from “Lego Movie” games to Mortal Kombat on the 19 Xbox consoles and seven computer stations. It’s clear why this place is popular for birthday parties.
581 N. Commonwealth Ave., 714‑451-2565, playlivenation.com
Four types of handmade noodles—round, flat, triangle, and knife-shredded—get top billing at this restaurant, which opened last summer. The menu features them in eight types of ramen ($8 to $10) and other dishes such as shrimp stir-fry with bok choy, bell peppers, and carrots ($10). 2323 E. Chapman Ave., 657-217-5664, sites.google.com/view/noodlest