Our Favorite OC Places

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Get to know Orange County like a local through our recommendations.

Hot spots, hidden gems, and destinations simply too good not to share…

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Jan’s Health Bar | Smoothies and healthy bites for on-the-go

http://www.janshealthbar.com/

Haute Cakes Caffe | A must for Sunday brunch

http://www.hautecakescaffe.co/

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop | Salads, sandwiches, and…did we mention they have a wine bar?

http://www.greenleafchopshop.com/

Café Gratitude | Plant based food for the mind, body and soul…plus an organic cocktail bar!

http://cafegratitude.com/

The Water Brewery | Purified water at its finest

http://www.thewaterbrewery.com/

Mesa | Delish dinner and a lively yet laid-back bar scene

http://www.mesacostamesa.com/

Nick’s Laguna Beach | California comfort food with flair…

http://nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-laguna-beach/

La Sirena Grill | Family owned, fast casual Mexican restaurant. A favorite “hole in the wall” restaurant that the locals love!

http://www.lasirenagrill.com/LagunaBeach/

Urth Café | In the former space of Laguna Beach’s Landmark “The Cottage”

https://urthcaffe.com/caffe/locations/urth-laguna-beach

Sidecar Doughnuts | Sleek sweet shop for creative donuts, from sweet flavors to savory breakfast versions, plus coffee.

http://www.sidecardoughnuts.com

Las Brisas | Views for days…great for drinks at sunset and dinner- or Sunday brunch!

http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/

Portola Coffee Lab |Farm to cup fine coffee roasters with a passion!

http://www.portolacoffeelab.com/

Shake Shack | Stop in for a shake, burger and fries pre or post beach cruise! Perched off PCH high above Crystal Cove Historic District.

http://www.rubys.com/locations/newportcoast/index.html

The Beachcomber | A legendary location with a special Martini Flag Raising Tradition at Sunset daily

http://www.thebeachcombercafe.com/_crystalcove/index-apple2.aspx

Javier’s Crystal Cove | Upscale Mexican Restaurant- great late night spot!

http://javiers-cantina.com/#!/page_HOME

Urban Plates | Delicious and affordable organic food.

https://urbanplates.com/

Anaheim Packing District | No matter what your culinary desire is, you will find it here.

http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

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Irvine Ranch Market | A local’s market with a killer meat and seafood counter

http://irvineranchmarketoc.com/

Mother’s Market | Grocery shopping with great produce and ready-made bar

https://www.mothersmarket.com/

Healthy Spot | Because pets need great food and daycare too

http://healthyspot.com/

South Coast Plaza | A given for shopping and just simply not right if we left it off the list

http://www.southcoastplaza.com/

Downtown Laguna | From art galleries to unique boutiques, there is so much to experience!

http://www.visitlagunabeach.com/things-to-do/shopping/

The Vault for Men | Designer denim, dress shirts and accessories for the modern man

http://www.thevaultmen.com/

Robin’s Jeans | Lifestyle apparel for men and women

http://robinsjean.com/lifestyle/new-robins-jean-laguna-beach-store-facade/

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Grit Cycle | An spin experience unlike any other

https://www.gritcycle.com/

The 12 | Cross-training classes for all – Irvine and Costa Mesa locations

https://www.the12.com/

Pageant of the Masters | An experience one must see to believe

https://www.foapom.com/

The Sawdust Festival | Celebrating over 50 years of history in Laguna Beach

https://sawdustartfestival.org/

Crystal Cove State Park and Beach | Camping, hiking, and beach waves…

http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/

Main Beach Laguna | Sun tans, volleyball, basketball, surfing and tide pools…

http://www.visitlagunabeach.com/listings/Main-Beach/32/

Woods Cove | A great stretch of the Laguna Beach sand…

http://www.visitlagunabeach.com/listings/Wood-s-Cove/1218/

Thousand Steps Beach Laguna | It may be part of the beach, but the locals use this for a workout too!

http://www.discoverlaguna.com/beaches/1000steps.htm

Balboa Island | Take a trip back in time to see Orange County in the early days.  Make sure to grab a Balboa Bar while you walk around town!

http://www.balboaisland.com/

Peter’s Canyon Hiking Trail | Walk through beautiful scenery and hike the trails.  Great place to escape the city and be immersed in nature.

http://ocparks.com/parks/peters/