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36 Hours in the Eastside of Costa Mesa


Eastside Costa Mesa is a sprawling neighborhood packed with hidden gems for dining, shopping, and exploring nature. It embraces its beachside location with a coastal atmosphere that captures the laid-back feel of Southern California. Try new foods, venture into hidden boutiques, and enjoy some of the best that Costa Mesa has to offer.


The 17th Street Promenade is the beating heart of Eastside Costa Mesa. This mile-long street is filled with shops and restaurants that are sure to make for a day of delicious meals and exciting finds. From surf shops to Hawaiian street food to jewelry boutiques, the promenade has something for everyone!

With modern improvements. If spin is more your style, try a class at Grit Cycle. Their workouts are matched to your level while always providing an energizing challenge. For a unique nature experience, rent an e-bike and take the short ride to Newport Beach, Lido Island, or the Back Bay.

For nightlife, Eastside Costa Mesa offers plenty of options. Wild Goose takes you back to classic times with an old Western-inspired aesthetic. High-quality bar eats, extensive drink options, and the occasional trivia night turn this saloon into a wildly fun stop. Try The Country Club after hours for live music, club DJs, and dancing in a restored 1950s-style interior. End the night at The Harp Inn, an Irish bar that regularly features live music and plenty of Guinness on tap.



Start your day with invigorating coffee in a cheeky coffee shop called Coffee Dose self-styled as a place for both coffee plebs and snobs alike. Or treat yourself to the world's freshest hand- crafted doughnuts at Sidecar Doughnuts.

Try fresh south-of-the-equator delights at Milligram Coffee and Kitchen, a local spot run by the same owners of Outpost Kitchen in the Arts District.

Known for having the best brunch in Orange County, Plums Cafe deserves a visit. For over three decades, they have been serving fresh Pacific Northwest cuisine in a festive atmosphere that wins over locals and visitors alike. Their Dutch Baby in particular needs to be seen (and tasted) to be believed.

The Crack Shack serves up fried chicken that will make you revisit any preconceptions about the dish. Founded by Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais, The Crack Shack's protein- packed meals are a beloved local staple.

For faster eats, your options are vast across Eastside Costa Mesa. Some local favorites include Eat Chow (New American food), 'Ai Pono Cafe (Hawai'i street food), or Jan’s Health Bar (health- centric eats).

Brunch is served all day at Tres Muchachos Wine Bar & Kitchen, but their curated menu of seafood dishes is what makes this establishment stand out.

Oak & Coal is a modern Japanese eatery and tavern in the heart of the 17th Street Promenade. Their charcoal-grilled meals are ideal for large groups, allowing you to try a little of everything. Their curated selection of sake and rotating beers are selected to pair well with the unique flavors of their grilled recipes.




Mama Bijoux is a local jewelry atelier founded by local designer Katie Miller. Her custom designs reflect her creative spark through unique concepts that range from classic aesthetics to modern trends. One of her popular collections is the Mom & Babe paired pieces.

Factory Records is the go-to spot for new and used vinyl in Eastside Costa Mesa. The store may be small, but it is packed with character and hard-to-find records, including punk, rare jazz and soul, record store day releases, rock, and releases from local label Ubiquity Records.

Almond Surfboards supplies the local surfing crowd with all their necessities. The knowledgeable staff and chic interior make every visit a highlight. Even if you don't surf, their apparel and accessories are worth a stop.

Rococo Boutiqueoffers upscale casual clothing and home boutique items with a bright and eclectic aesthetic, just like Southern California itself.

The sleek, modernist interior of Covry Eyewear immediately sets the mood. Their mission is to make eyewear that is inclusive for all face shapes and sizes, incorporating real-like measurements rather than traditional industry practices. Each glasses frame is made with meticulous care and design, reflecting the passion of the shop's founders.

Lovely Curated Things keeps things minimalistic but tasteful, providing a clothing collection that has a soft girl aesthetic for a refreshed look every season!





Make your Eastside Costa Mesa into an overnight stay, giving you another day to further explore the area. Book your stay at OC Hotel Costa Mesa for a chic contemporary design, Ayres Hotel for a French Provincial-inspired atmosphere, Holiday Inn Express & Suites for an accessible stay, or Best Western Plus for a centrally located hub. Spend a night in comfort and then venture back out to discover more of Costa Mesa and its vibrant neighborhoods.



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