9 Best Places to Shop in and around OC

The holidays are coming up, and so is the busiest shopping season of the year. Why not bring your gift list? As one of the most affluent and artistic communities in Southern California, Orange County has something for everyone on your list.

Shopping Centers

South Coast Plaza

Costa Mesa, CA


Vibe: Upscale brands for the discerning shopper

Highlights: Dolce & Gabbana, J. Jill, Lacoste

Quick Bites: Din Tai Fung Dumpling House


Outlets at San Clemente

San Clemente, CA


Vibe: Brand new, with completion later this year

Highlights: Columbia Sportswear, Le Creuset, H&M

Quick Bites: Bowl of Heaven


Fashion Island

Newport Beach, CA


Vibe: Like a small, ultra fashionable city

Highlights: Bloomingdale’s, 7 for All Mankind, Brooks Brothers

Quick Bites: Wahoo’s Fish Taco


Irvine Spectrum

Irvine, CA


Vibe: Slightly less focus on the shopping, more on the food

Highlights: Barnes & Noble, Lululemon Athletica, Tommy Bahama

Quick Bites: Pieology Pizzeria


The Outlets at Orange

Orange, CA


Vibe: Open-air fun for the whole family

Highlights: Banana Republic Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack

Quick Bites: Buffalo Wild Wings


Downtown Disney

Anaheim, CA


Vibe: So colorful, so perfect for kids

Highlights: Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, Build-A-Bear Workshop

Quick Bites: Earl of Sandwich


One-Off Shops

Rainbow Outlet

San Clemente, CA


Find the classic California sandal at a deep discount.


Rodger’s Gardens

Corona del Mar, CA


Gifts for everyone on your list, with a special focus on gardeners.


Buy Hand

Laguna Beach, CA


Handmade gifts from American artists and craftspeople.