Photographs by Melissa Valladares
The ongoing surge of restaurant and shop openings is the talk of Laguna Beach: By spring, there will be nearly a dozen new spots in town. Head to the Village to try a few of the already-open newcomers, and visit some old favorites while you’re there.
Specialties such as empanadas, lomo saltado (steak stir-fry), and anticuchos (beef heart kebabs) dominate the menu at this sleek spot. $7 to $20. 361 Forest Ave., 949-715-0801, centralcoastalperuvian.com
The Vault Kids
The owners of The Vault stores for men and women have opened this boutique for trendsetting tots and tweens. It’s stocked with duds from Diesel, Jetsetter, and Flowers by Zoe. 361 Forest Ave., 949-376-4500, thevaultkids.com
This sweet shop makes gelato ($3.50 to $6) onsite, combining Italian methods with flavors such as red velvet cupcake and salted maple caramel. Plus, almond-milk varieties and sorbets. 247 Broadway St., 949-715-9249, gelatobydolce.com
The L.A. chain premiered in O.C. in September, in what once was The Cottage restaurant. The menu focuses on organic ingredients, pastries baked in-house, and Urth’s signature coffee. 308 N. Coast Highway, 949-376-8888, urthcaffe.com