Start with an Eatcation™! Costa Mesa’s culinary scene rivals bigger foodie cities, featuring exciting, up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs. Hotspots like Taco María, Vaca and East Borough take care of savory cravings, while confectionaries like Blackmarket Bakery and Sidecar Doughnuts satisfy your sweet tooth. Three Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestants have restaurants in Costa Mesa, and the city racks up recognition by having most of the top ramen spots in OC, one of the country’s best fried chicken joints, and the most unique and delicious milkshakes to be found in the U.S.
After you grab a bite, check out Costa Mesa’s world-class shopping. South Coast Plaza features luxury boutiques like Chanel, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and many others. For a unique local feel, visit The LAB and The CAMP. You’ll find everything from handmade goods and jewelry to vintage records and outdoor gear in these eclectic, eco-friendly outdoor shopping and hangout centers.
The City of the Arts® is known for its world-renowned arts scene, underscored by Segerstrom Center for the Arts, featuring the top national touring Broadway productions and concerts by legendary musical artists. Throughout Costa Mesa, you’ll find a wealth of free public art installations, a mural by famed muralist Shepard Fairey, and even fun and funky street art by local artists.
It’s hard to soak up everything Costa Mesa offers in one day – so luckily, there are hotel accommodations for every style and budget. When you combine Costa Mesa’s many offerings with its year-round sunshine and easy access to Southern California’s famous beaches, it’s easy to see why this is a destination on the rise. For those going to Disneyland®, Costa Mesa hotels offer convenient and inexpensive shuttle service, making visiting Disney easy and escaping the traffic and congestion even easier.