The Top 5 Shopping Malls in Orange County


Orange County is a frequent vacation destination for its sandy coastlines, sunny weather, and tourist hot spots. However, it’s also home to some of the best shopping destinations in southern California.

Here are the top 5 shopping venues that make Orange County a shopper’s paradise:

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1. South Coast Plaza

If you’re looking for a place to shop ‘til you drop, look no further than the largest, most luxurious shopping mall on the entire west coast: South Coast Plaza. The mall’s selection of 250 shops and 30 restaurants includes posh department stores, luxury designer boutiques, top jewelers, and specialty stores that are difficult to find elsewhere. The property’s marble floors, beautiful landscaping, and bridge of gardens are like the cherry on top of your shopping and dining experience. Best of all, it’s less than 12 miles from Disneyland.



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2. Fashion Island

Fashion Island is an upscale outdoor mall located in Newport Beach that boasts both high-end department stores and mid-range shops. Enjoy koi ponds and beautiful water fountains while shopping in the sunny weather of southern California. This mall is located 19 miles from Disneyland.



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3. Irvine Spectrum Center

With architecture inspired by La Alhambra in Granada, Spain, the Irvine Spectrum outdoor mall has something for the entire family! Kids will love the splash pad, playground, ice rink, carousel, and ferris wheel. Dad can hang out at the Barnes and Noble or Brookstone store while mom goes shopping at Nordstrom, the Loft, or Macy’s. Dining options are plentiful and the Edwards Cinema or Dave and Buster’s are prime spots for family entertainment. At 16 miles away from Disneyland, it’s a quick trip down the I-5 freeway.



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4. The OC Mix

As the name would infer, the OC Mix is an eclectic mixture of urban and chic boutiques. Browse the array of local shops for unique women’s attire, handbags, or children’s clothing. There are fantastic eateries as well featuring artisan coffee, gelato, olive oil, cheeses, wine, and more. Best of all, it’s located in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection (SoCo) which offers several upscale furniture stores and a Saturday Farmer’s Market. If you take Harbor Blvd. or Euclid St. the OC Mix is only 10 miles away from Disneyland.




5. The Outlets at Orange

At just 3 miles away, the Outlets at Orange is the closest shopping center near Disneyland and has a great selection of high-end retail outlets, such as Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic, Saks Off 5th, and Nordstrom Rack. If you take the I-5 freeway, it’s just 4 miles away from Disneyland.

With all these options, which place is first on your shopping list?

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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.