It’s no wonder standout boutiques and restaurants fill the Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Coast—the setting couldn’t be more picturesque, with the Pacific just across the street. These worthy spots can be found alongside Tamarind of London and Javier’s, in one of the county’s prettiest places to shop.
Sweet and Saucy Shop
Celebs such as Oprah Winfrey have chosen this bakery chain known for its miniature specialty desserts. The everyday sweets behind the glass—cookies and rich cake pops—are equally good. 7922 E. Coast Highway. 949-715-0920, sweetandsaucyshop.com
Neapolitan pizzas ($10 to $16), including the house pie with pancetta, sausage, mozzarella, and mushrooms, are served in a dramatic setting: Olive trees grow in the center of the room beneath an open ceiling. 7864 E. Coast Highway. 949-715-2072, settebello.net
Sister store to the glamorous boutique next door, this shop specializes in workout gear from brands such as Alo Yoga and Hard Tail ($80 to $120), and in casual skirts, tops, and dresses that look smart but feel sporty. 7988 E. Coast Highway, 949-715-6900
The name says it all: wooden tables, large striped throw pillows, and other rustic home decor mixed with coffee table books, candles, and letterpress cards and notebooks. 7976 E. Coast Highway. 949-715-1181, juxtapositionhome.com