Orange County Shopping

Orange County Shopping


Fashion Island

Fashion Island of Newport Beach is the shopping destination in Orange County that flaunts luxury, prestige and designer labels. The shopping center is located as if it was a coastal resort, and offers a vast array of specialty boutiques, famous department stores and a vast array of fine dining. Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus are reputable names that provide quality products associated with taste and status. The location is ripe for hosting events like fashion shows, culinary exhibitions, and wine tasting events. This year, the 11th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will again be hosted in theaters in and around Fashion Island from April 22nd-April 29th. This features productions from around the world that include shorts, animations, and documentaries. Y-3 is hosting a Valentine’s weekend event that touts a sneak peek at the new Spring/Summer 2010 collection and complimentary cupcakes. Fashion Island even hosts designers in the flesh with John Hardy, Alexi Butirskiy, and Ippolita.
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South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)

South Coast Plaza in Irvine is the third largest shopping mall in the United States, and offers the newest trends, gourmet dining, and entertainment that attracts 24 million visitors each year. Many luxury brand names, such as Chloé and Rolex, have very few boutiques nationwide, and have chosen South Coast Plaza as one of their storefront locations. In 2004, the shopping destination was entitled to the Federal Trademark as the “Ultimiate Shopping Restort.” Upscale restaurants such as the Armani Café and Vie De France offer delectable dishes. Living up to the standards of luxury, South Coast Plaza provides valet parking, concierge services, and even a courtesy umbrella for rainy weather.
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Irvine Spectrum

The Irvine Spectrum Center is an outdoor shopping center that provides more mainstream business chains, such as Nordstrom, Barnes and Noble and Macy’s. In total, there are 165 businesses located at the Irvine Spectrum, which center around Edwards 21 Cinema – a movie theatre that holds 21 different screens, one of them being an IMAX theater. The shopping center features a Ferris wheel that was crafted in Italy and shipped to the United States through the Panama Canal, and a carousel built in San Francisco. The architecture of the mall is designed after the Alhambra, a palace in Granada, Spain. This accounts for its many fountains, elaborate tile work, and grandiose archways. The Irvine Spectrum is a beautiful place to spend time with friends and family.
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MainPlace (Santa Ana)

The Westfield MainPlace shopping mall boasts over 180 shops in a three storied shopping center on the north end of Santa Ana. The major clothing stores at the MainPlace are Macy’s and Nordstrom’s. An attraction for those who are light on the pocket is the discount picture show, featuring recent films for a little less than $2. This is a fun spot for families and roaming teens.

The Lab (Costa Mesa)

For an alternative shopping experience, check out The Lab in Costa Mesa. This small cluster of shops offer an edgy take on fashion, featuring stores like Urban Outfitters, Buffalo Exchange, and Great Laundry. The Lab leans more on individual expression and supports independent artists. Satiate yourself with Cuban food at Habana, bohemian treats at the Gypsy Den, or authentic Japanese sushi at Zipangu.
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The Shops (Mission Viejo)

The Shops at Mission Viejo features major businesses that offer fashion, furniture, electronics, sportswear, toys and specialty stores. A few of the larger stores are Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the Apple Store. Restaurant options range from the specialty Babycakes Bakery to Ruby’s Diner.




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