The Best Outdoor Summer Shopping in The OC

Home to some of the most desirable outdoor shopping destinations, The OC offers the latest in trendy summer fashion, luxury shopping, summer beachwear and swimwear.

Everyone knows you can’t hit the beach without that perfect swimsuit, right? And what are you going to wear to all those summer soirees, family barbeques and summer vacations? This summer, your fun in the sun includes shopping! Home to some of the most desirable outdoor shopping destinations, The OC offers the latest in trendy summer fashion, luxury shopping, summer beachwear and swimwear. Visitors and locals alike love to soak up those rays while they browse. From Huntington Beach’s Pacific City to Newport Beach’s Lido Marina, Orange County’s outdoor shopping is on another level. Let’s take a look at the top destinations for summer shopping and summer fashion that you must hit before Labor Day!

Outdoor Shopping Destinations in Orange County:

  • Pacific City, Huntington Beach
  • Fashion Island, Newport Beach
  • The Lab, Costa Mesa
  • Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine
  • The Source, Buena Park
  • HIP Shopping District, Laguna Beach
  • Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach

Pacific City (Huntington Beach)

Huntington Beach’s new outdoor shopping destination, Pacific City is nothing short of amazing because of both its location and shopping offerings. With its trendy chain and boutique stores located directly across Huntington’s Main Beach, there are fashion and beach views served up from every plaza, deck and patio. In addition to Pacific City’s retail hub houses 191,000 square feet of unique beachwear shops, there’s also an upscale Equinox fitness facility and spa, an exciting collection of first-to-market restaurants and unique eateries with innovative menus and stunning interiors. 

For a casual bite, stop in Lot 579, a unique artisanal market and California culinary experience with multiple food 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. 

There is no doubt that Pacific City is at the epicenter of the Huntington Beach shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

Recommendations:

  • William B + Friends
  • Molly Brown’s Swimwear
  • Tommy Bahama

Fashion Island (Newport Beach)

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Fashion Island in Newport Beach offers a distinctive shopping and dining experience in a coastal resort setting. One of Orange County’s iconic coastal shopping destinations, Fashion Island offers a unique blend of luxury, designer and fashion specialty boutiques as well as many casual, fine and al fresco dining.

Recommendations:

  • Bonobos
  • Sperry Top-Sider
  • 7 For All Mankind

The LAB (Costa Mesa)

This groundbreaking “Anti-Mall” established in 1993 was the first of its kind in Orange County, positioning itself as an outdoor shopping hub with a mix of popular chains and boutiques sharing a common anti-establishment thread. After 25 years, The Lab is still going strong with plenty to see, shop and eat. 

Recommendations:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Red & Blue Vintage
  • The Little Penguin Shop

Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine)

More than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment hot spots come together at Orange County’s most energized shopping destination, Irvine Spectrum Center. Located in the center of Orange County, Irvine Spectrum Center is where gourmet dining, the trendiest looks and dazzling sights show visitors an unforgettable experience. Choose from the latest fashions at over 130 specialty stores, feast on delicious offerings from top-notch chefs and be amazed by the Edwards IMAX Theater and 108-ft Giant Wheel. With the best in shopping, food and entertainment, Irvine Spectrum Center is the destination that truly has something for everyone. 

Recommendations:

  • Brandy Melville
  • Brigade LA

The Source (Buena Park)

As one of Southern California’s newest fashion, lifestyle and entertainment destinations, The Source OC in Buena Park offers innovative Asian and global cuisine, entertainment and shopping. The Source combines international brands, restaurants and specialty merchants for a very unique shopping experience, located just minutes from Knott’s Berry Farm.

Recommendations:

  • Magnolia Park
  • The Mirror

HIP Shopping District (Laguna Beach)

The HIP District is where to find Laguna Beach’s best galleries, clothing stores, shops, restaurants and hotels. Stretching down the Pacific Coast Highway from Thalia Street to BlueBird Canyon, the HIP District is surrounded by the ocean on the west and a portion of Village Laguna, with its beautifully restored cottages, on the east. For shoppers, there are loads of apparel stores offering exciting fashions, 16 art galleries, 19 restaurants, and several unique coffee shops with outdoor seating. 

Recommendations:

  • Blue Eyed Girl
  • Landmark Surf Co.

Lido Marina Village (Newport Beach)

The new Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach is casual, comfortable and chic offering a nice intimate variety of upscale boutique shopping and dining with harbor views. Visitors and locals alike love to explore a mix of charming boutiques and stylish shops, and enjoy a delightfully scaled seaside village ambience all year round. 

Recommendations:

  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Broken English
  • Warby Parker