Anaheim Adjacent: Costa Mesa
Known as the “city of the arts,” Costa Mesa offers visitors the best of all worlds: a cultural haven at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus, a shopper’s paradise at the internationally renowned South Coast Plaza mall and an effortlessly cool independent spirit in the form of cocktail lounges and restaurants at The LAB. Get to know the city located just 13.9 miles from the Anaheim Resort District by exploring Costa Mesa’s must-visit dining, drinking and entertainment hubs that help forge the city’s creative identity.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Not only is South Coast Plaza the largest mall on the West Coast, but it also boasts the highest concentration of designer boutiques in the U.S. Featuring more than 250 stores and 30 critically acclaimed restaurants, South Coast Plaza features top brands including Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Nearly every artistic genre has representation at the multi-venue creative campus: Catch a touring production of a Broadway show like “Hamilton,” be mesmerized as an international dance company flies across the stage or enjoy special musical showcases from award-winning symphony orchestras.
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Taking a focus on health and wellness, the charming outdoor plaza is home to more than 20 storefronts that range from trendy dining venues to salons and boutiques. Sample vegan cuisine at Native Foods Cafe and organic wines at the Wine Lab, or peruse purposeful shopping outposts like SEED People’s Market, which offers a selection of handcrafted and recycled items.
2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hailed the “anti-mall” of Orange County, The LAB has an eclectic, artistic vibe that’s infused into every corner of the space. Communal tables and swinging chairs are the perfect places to enjoy gelato on a stick from Popbar or a cup of coffee from Gypsy Den in between window-shopping at nearly eight independent boutiques.
1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Serving as an anchor for downtown Costa Mesa, The Triangle provides a delightful mash-up of entertainment and dining for a night on the town. Aim for a lucky strike at the modern sports bar and bowling alley Tavern + Bowl before tempting the taste buds at one of the many restaurants like Black Knight Gastro Lounge and La Vida Cantina. Night owls can kick up their heels on the dance floor of TIME Nightclub, a state-of-the-art venue that draws top DJ talent.
SOCO and The OC Mix
3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The sprawling design center is home to some of Orange County’s top purveyors of desserts, cheeses and fresh-roasted coffee. From vendors inside The OC Mix food hall selling artisanal goods to wood-fired dishes at ARC and Restaurant Marin, there are plenty of ways to indulge the palate.