Photographs by Amanda DeFrancis
At the center of quiet Yorba Linda, the low-slung Spanish-style Yorba Ranch Village shopping plaza peacefully blends into its surroundings. The 21-storefront enclave is easy to miss; but those who stop in discover friendly people at the helms of appealing shops and restaurants.
The Wild Artichoke
This intimate spot highlights artichokes in surprising ways—say, in savory napoleons ($7.50) and beignets ($8)—and offers fried chicken, meatloaf, and handmade pasta ($17 to $25). 4973 Yorba Ranch Road, 714-777-9646, thewildartichoke.com
Tops and pants ($40 to $100) from designers such as Beyond Yoga and OMGirl are great for Pilates, but also look good while you’re running errands. They come in a wide range of colors at this welcoming workout-clothing boutique. 4935 Yorba Ranch Road, 714-340-0034
Hard-to-find bottles of wine and craft beer fill half of this large shop, leaving room for an L-shaped bar that accommodates crowds at frequent tasting events. 4925 Yorba Ranch Road, 714-777-8870, ocwinemart.com