Neighborhoods: Laguna Beach

The Block Less Traveled


1. Strands & Stitches
Check out the whimsical project ideas in the picture window (hand-knit mermaids, anyone?), then head inside to greet Penny, above, and browse the collections of luxury yarn and fabric ($7 to $40).  516 S. Coast Highway, 949-497-5648,

2. Penguin Café 
Fuel up at this favorite for breakfast and lunch. Complete with counter service, it elevates diner food with fresh veggie omelets ($6 to $8.50), and sauces and condiments made in-house. 981 S. Coast Highway, 949-494-1353,

3. Green Tree General Store
Pick up some holiday gifts for ecoconscious friends at this boutique, which stocks not only “green” bath and kitchen products ($5 to $70), but also artisan chocolate and honey ($5 to $10). 998 S. Coast Highway, 949-715-8715,

4. Laguna Nursery
Buy for gardening enthusiasts at this reinvigorated neighborhood icon. Find colorful pottery, fountains, and sculptures ($2 to $6,000) tucked between lush plants ($15 to $140). 1370 S. Coast Highway, 949-494-5200,


Photographs by Sarah Robitzer

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue.


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