Orange County is one of the world’s greatest shopping destinations.

The OC is one of the world’s greatest shopping destinations, hands down.  With more than 1,000 retailers in local shopping centers and outdoor/indoor malls, The OC competes with Rodeo Drive, Paris, New York and Hong Kong as one of the few destinations where shopping is not only an attraction – it’s a main event.

Top Places for Shopping in Orange County, CA

South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa is a renowned international shopping destination and home to an unparalleled collection of more than 250 boutiques and 30 restaurants. The largest retail center on the West Coast, South Coast Plaza offers shopping with more than 25 luxury designer brands. Accessible to all, locals and visitors love the high/low mix of stores that South Coast Plaza offers, as well as the world-class holiday events from Easter to Christmas.

Fashion Island

Visitors from all over the world love to shop Fashion Island in Newport Beach. This open-air shopping complex provides a laid-back luxury atmosphere where shoppers can enjoy a special shopping experience along the coast of Newport Beach, CA. Known as Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes.

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Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular shopping, dining and entertainment lifestyle destinations, visited by more than 18 million people annually. The center features Nordstrom and Target, along with more than 175 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as one of the highest-grossing movie theaters in North America, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX and RPX, Giant Carousel, Irvine Improv and Edwards Irvine Spectrum Theater.

Pacific City

Located on Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific City’s retail hub houses 191,000 square feet of unique shops, an exciting collection of restaurants and unique eateries with the most progressive menus and stunning interiors, an upscale Equinox fitness facility and spa, and Lot 579, a unique artisanal market and California culinary experience with multiple purveyors offering everything from gourmet sandwiches to the freshest sea-to-table fish, beach fare elevated to creative culinary status across categories from tacos to meat pies, fresh greens to the artistry of the perfect cup of coffee, to a simple, cold beer with the perfect burger.

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The Source

The Source is one of Orange County’s newest shopping destinations, located just minutes from the world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm theme park. The Source offers a unique, innovative dining, retail, and entertainment experience that is unprecedented in Southern California. The Source also showcases state-of-the-art technologies including Times Square-esque LED’s located at the pedestrian entrance.  With three floors of shopping, dining, movie theater and live amphitheater space, there’s plenty to do, see and experience.

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Los Rios Historic District

Known as “the oldest neighborhood in California” the Los Rios Historic District is a designated landmark located next to the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in South Orange County. This unique neighborhood is home to charming boutique shops and eateries, all walkable within Downtown San Juan Capistrano and just steps away from the Mission and a 10-minute drive from the beaches of Dana Point.  Many of the curated shops are housed in adobes and historic buildings.

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SOCO and The OC Mix

Located just off the 405 in Costa Mesa, SOCO and The OC Mix features over 300,000 square feet of showrooms, restaurants, artisan food purveyors, boutiques, creative studios and home to Orange County’s largest farmers market. This ultra-hip shopping destination lets visitors discover their inner designer, chef, foodie, fashionista or event pioneer. Folks can partake in design lectures and instruction, cooking demonstrations and classes or just browse showrooms for inspiration to living on your terms.

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The LAB Anti-Mall

Opened ahead of its time in 1993, this unconventional indoor/outdoor destination in Costa Mesa is truly a place to shop and buy with the locals, and from local business owners, from craftsman wood shops to handmade children’s clothing and jewelry to delicious food and drinks.  

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A long day shopping can sure build up an appetite, check out Dining with a View in the OC.