The Anaheim Packing District is Foodie Heaven

Anaheim Packing District - Anaheim Packing House

The Anaheim Packing District within Anaheim’s historic downtown is quickly becoming a central hub for grabbing a bite to eat. After all, the newly renovated 3-acre area has had quite the face lift! The rich history of Anaheim’s orange packing business has been preserved and restored with a hip new space that both locals and tourists can enjoy.

The main attraction of the Anaheim Packing District is primarily the Packing House, but the space also includes the Farmer’s Park and the Packard Building.

If you’re not familiar with the Packing District or the Packing House, we’ll cover all the restaurants on site along with their most popular dish and the best time to visit.

When to Go

Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times at the Anaheim Packing District with Monday afternoon being the least busy time of the week.

Where to Park

Parking is available within the Packing District and on the street surrounding it. Valet parking costs $3 and is available Tuesday through Friday (4 p.m. until closing) and Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. until closing).

Address: The address for the Anaheim Packing District is 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805.

Hours: It’s open every day of the week from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

The Anaheim Packing House

A hip new food hall that’s chock-full of local flavor has found it’s way into Anaheim’s Packing District. Originally the site for packing and distributing Sunkist oranges, the Anaheim Packing House now brings an eclectic mix of eateries and artisanal foods under one roof.

The Packing House is quickly becoming the most popular culinary destination in Anaheim, with 27 different eateries packed within a 2-story indoor marketplace.

Walking into the Packing House is like stepping into a slice of Orange County history. The building dates back to 1919 and has a nostalgic and rustic, yet airy and contemporary feel to it.

Anaheim Packing District - inside view

Anaheim Packing District - Anaheim Packing House

While inside the Packing House you may stumble upon interesting wall art and unique pieces of history. The Film Farm (pictured above) has a few old fashioned movie seats and plays silent black and white films.

Anaheim Packing District - extra seating

Anaheim Packing District - Packing House history

Anaheim Packing District - fun places to sit

 

Plus, restrooms and an elevator are available on site.

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Anaheim Packing District - inside view of logo

Restaurants at the Packing House

Upper Level

Here is a list of all of the restaurant options, organized by upper/lower level. If you plan on going to the Packing House on a Friday or Saturday, it’s highly recommended to make restaurant reservations.

Warning: You may pack on the pounds during your visit to the Packing House!

Anaheim Packing District - Upper Level restaurants

 

Adya

This restaurant serves Indian cuisine accompanied with beer and wine.
What to order: Try the chicken tikka masala or the naan stuffed with lamb.

 

Popbar

Offers delicious gelato on a stick in a variety of flavors.
What to order: The green tea popbar is the most popular option.

 

Pandor

This boutique bakery is known for its specialty breads and French pastries.
What to order: There’s a plethora of incredible pastries, but their cronuts are amazing.

 

Ecco

An Italian pizzeria that will make you feel like you stepped into little Italy.
What to order: Pizza of course! Any kind.

 

Cafecito Organico

An all-organic specialty coffee shop that uses Straus Barista milk in all their drinks.
What to order: Try the Raw Cane Latte or the Tanzibar Peaberry Tanzania pour over.

 

Georgia’s

The perfect place to satisfy your craving for classic Southern comfort food.
What to order: Fried chicken. Definitely the fried chicken.

 

Lemon Drop

A juice bar offering freshly pressed juices, smoothies, and blends.
What to order: Try their signature lemonade, the Lemon Drop, with coconut and lemon.

 

Orange Tei

This is the place to eat if you’re craving ramen or sushi – it’s their specialty.
What to order: The tonkotsu shoyu ramen is their most popular dish.

 

The Hammer

As the name suggests, this is a bar that serves wine and beer.
What to order: Whatever your favorite drink is, or choose from 7 different kinds of Moscow Mules.

 

Snow Monster

The place to get cold desserts like shaved ice or ice cream sandwiches.
What to order: A made-to-order macaron ice cream sandwich, which they originated.

 

Hans’

This place serves rich and creamy homemade ice cream.
What to order: Try one of their unique flavors like salted caramel or maple bacon.

 

Chippy

A great restaurant for fresh seafood, especially if you like it battered and fried.
What to order: You can’t go wrong with a plate full of fish and chips.

 

Iron Press

If you’ve ever wanted to try waffle sandwiches, they come hot off the press here. They offer beers on tap to wash it down.
What to order: The country fried chicken and waffle with gravy on top.

 

Black Sheep

This eatery serves up hot, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
What to order: #8 on the menu, “The Pork.”

 

Mix it Up

Selling salads, smoothies, and wraps, this is the place you’ll want to go if you’re watching your waistline. But don’t worry, it’s delicious.
What to order: This is the best place to “create your own salad” and choose how you’d like to dress your greens.

Anaheim Packing District - Seed

Seed

This isn’t a restaurant, but instead a collection of carts near the entrance of the Packing House that have unique, old-timey and eco-friendly gifts and souvenirs.

 

Lower Level

Anaheim Packing District: The Packing House

Crepe Coop

This place makes absolutely delectable French crepes!
What to order: The OG is a really popular crepe. It has Nutella, strawberries, bananas, almonds, and vanilla gelato.

 

BXCR

This “underground wine society” on the lower level of the Packing House is a bar built out of a vintage railroad boxcar.
What to order: Your favorite glass of wine paired with an appetizer from their menu.

 

Blind Rabbit

This speakeasy will transport you back to the 1920’s Prohibition era. All the employees are dressed in typical 1920’s garb and there’s a secret doorway to enter – look for the rabbit. 😉
What to order: Drunk Night in Thailand is a popular drink, but they have a wide selection to choose from.

 

Urbana

A gourmet Mexican restaurant that’s decorated with Dia de los Muertos art and specializes in seafood and grab-and-go options like ceviche and poke.
What to order: Their fish tacos and enchiladas are ordered often as well as the classic chips and guacamole.

 

Sawleaf

This place makes Vietnamese fusion dishes.
What to order:
Their most popular dish is the beef rice noodle soup.

 

Vitaly

An Italian cafe that took over the Wheat & Sons space after it closed.
What to order: Hands down, one of their signature piadina Italian flatbread sandwiches.

 

Kettlebar

This restaurant offers seafood and Cajun and Creole fare.
What to order: Their most popular dish is the Kettlebar Pan Roast.

 

Roiling Boil

If you like Asian hot pot, this is the place to eat.
What to order: Most people come here specifically to eat hot pot, all you need to do is choose your meat!

 

Kroft

They serve southern comfort food, most notably, poutine (fries, meat, and gravy over all).
What to order: The braised short rib is ordered the most often with the porchetta sandwich being the second most popular.

 

Cooks Chapel

This private event venue is a prime location for a wedding rehearsal dinner, family celebration, baby shower or Mother’s Day brunch. The entrance is a secret door near the BXCR wine bar.
Try:
There’s a live jazz band that plays on the first and third Thursday of every month.

 

 

Packard Building

Anaheim Packing District - Packard Building

Directly across from the Packing House is the Packard Building, which houses Unami Burger and the Anaheim Brewery. We recommend the classic burger and fries at Unami Burger washed down with a cold beer from Anaheim Brewery.

 

Farmer’s Park

anaheim packing district - farmer's park

Sandwiched in between the Anaheim Packing House and the Packard Building is Farmer’s Park, an open outdoor seating area with green grass and landscaping. It’s the site to the Packing District’s weekly Farmer’s Market which runs on Fridays from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

Anaheim Packing Distict - Farmer's Market

 

History of the Anaheim Packing House

For a brief window into the history behind the Packing House, check out our post Anaheim’s Revived Downtown Packs a Punch or Anaheim: City of Dreams.

 

Photo Credits: Packard Building, Farmer’s Park
*All photos of the Packing House in this post were taken by the author on an Android cell phone.

Anaheim Packing District - What it is, When to Go, Where to Eat, Where to Park

 

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Author: Andrea

Originally from Oklahoma, Andrea has traveled to 30 countries on 4 different continents and is now, along with her husband and daughter, happy to call the OC her home. Together they enjoy being outdoors, exploring new local places, and finding fun things to do as a family in Orange County.