The Best Food Halls in The OC
When it comes to cool new food halls, there is no doubt that Orange County has some of the top places.
With a myriad of delicious dining options scattered throughout the county, both locals and visitors alike come together for an enjoyable and cultured culinary experience complete with beach views. Let’s take a look at the best food halls in the OC.
Top 7 Food Halls in Orange County
Anaheim Packing House
Built in 1919, the restored citrus packing house is a culinary center bringing together more than 20 artisan food producers and purveyors in a public market type setting. The bright 42,000-square-foot historic warehouse features communal dining with unique culinary offerings, a railroad car patio and indoor & outdoor music venues with live music! The Packing District also includes the restored Packard Car Showroom (now home to Anaheim Brewery and famed LA burger joint, Umami Burger) and an outdoor marketplace/park (Farmers Park). Farmers Park hosts weekend farmers markets, outdoor concerts, movies, and festivals.
The Packing District is located at the intersection of Anaheim Blvd and Santa Ana Street in Anaheim. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, anaheimpackingdistrict.com
Pacific City – Lot 579
Pacific City’s outdoor environment is nothing short of awesome, with ocean vistas and beach views from every plaza, deck and patio. Stroll throughout Pacific City, experience the beautiful, indigenous landscaping, hang out awhile in comfortable outdoor lounges, enjoy the fire pit in the evenings, view the sunset from the deck, or linger in front of the outdoor movie screen. Enjoy music and pop-up events that will surprise and excite for short periods of time before they are gone and new ones appear; and experience, at every turn, a place that embodies the best of what SoCal culture has come to represent – freedom, creativity, entrepreneurship, and an intangible quality coveted around the world for it’s “cool” factor that is not easily duplicated but sought after nonetheless.
Lot 579 features some of O.C.’s most trendy culinary concepts such as Portola Coffee Roasters, Pie-Not’s Australian hand pies, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream and Burntzilla’s creative sandwiches. Sip on a crafty libation at the Champagne bar inside Petals and Pop or beer garden run by The Dudes’ Brewing Co. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, gopacificcity.com/lot-579
Trade Food Hall
The tiny but mighty Trade features a wide range of tastes packed into a cozy open-air space. Visitors can’t go wrong with grilled or crispy Jidori chicken at Two Birds, bacon or pork belly sandwiches, fries and nachos at Pig Pen Delicacy and Belgian Liege waffle at Sweet Combforts. 2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612, tradefoodhall.com
SoCo and The OC Mix
Defining the ultimate design and culinary experience, with over 70 carefully curated, restaurants, showrooms and stores, South Coast Collection (SOCO) is Orange County’s central shopping destination and will inspire the decorator, designer, chef, trendsetter, and creative in you.
Many of Southern California’s top chefs call SOCO and The OC Mix home, creating a vibrant new culinary capital in the heart of Orange County. At SOCO foodies can indulge in haute new restaurants concepts, craft coffee and tea, handcrafted cheeses, decadent desserts, wines, olive oils, freshly baked specialty bread and all of the culinary accouterments to create and inspire the inner chef in you. In addition, you can indulge in a rich assortment of cooking classes and demonstrations, book signings, food and wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, lectures, food truck events and the famed SOCO Farmers Market. 3303-3323 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, socoandtheoxmix.com
There is no doubt that The LAB is one of the top places for food in the OC. Not everyone knows this, but The LAB stands for “Little American Business” and that’s exactly who they are and what they strive to support. The LAB began its journey to combat retail monotony when it was recycled from a night-vision goggle factory, more than 25 years ago! In the midst of Orange County’s suburbia, they recognized a need for an original, indoor-outdoor unconventional hang-out packed with a wide array of cafes, restaurants and retail that embraced a vibrant community of lovers in art, music, fashion and hip cuisine. 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, thelab.com
The CAMP is a green, eco-friendly retail campus dedicated to an active, healthy lifestyle mindful of environmentalism and supportive of the local community. The CAMP balances culture, sophistication, and functionality, blurring the boundaries between nature and everyday bustle of life in Orange County, California. Throughout the year, The CAMP hosts several educational events, art shows, and exhibits to bring the community together and provide information on how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. 2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626, thecampsite.com
As Southern California’s newest lifestyle and entertainment destination, The Source OC is one of the best stops, offering a unique, innovative dining and entertainment experience. Entertainment options include Bubble Playground, CGV Cinemas – featuring state-of-the-art 4DX and luxury cinema, and Olympic Golf Zone – cutting edge screen gold and batting. 6940 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621, thesourceoc.com
From Anaheim Packing House to The Source, Orange County has everything to offer when it comes to top places and entertaining food halls. If you’re a foodie looking for a cultured experience and beach view, be sure to make time to visit the OC today to experience what these halls have to offer!