Costa Mesa is a vibrant city that has blossomed from an area of orchards and farmlands into a major hub of shopping, dining, and culture. South Coast Plaza is the West Coast’s largest shopping center, and its upscale boutiques generate over one billion dollars a year in sales. Costa Mesa is also known as the City of the Arts for its concentration of theaters and performance venues, including the premier Segerstrom Center for the Arts, home to Broadway musicals and concerts from some of the world’s biggest touring acts. Other Costa Mesa attractions include the OC Fair & Event Center, home of the hugely popular Orange County Fair.
Costa Mesa features five distinctive areas with an eclectic mix of condos, townhouses, single-level residences, and spacious single-family homes. Every home in the city is within easy reach of the beach, and many are directly adjacent to golf courses.
Costa Mesa offers an incredibly diverse array of amenities. South Coast Plaza’s retail sales are the highest of any shopping center in the United States, and its lineup of retailers is truly world-class. There are numerous other noteworthy shopping and dining destinations within the city. Costa Mesa also boasts exceptional arts venues and plentiful outdoor recreation.
South Coast Plaza features more than 250 retailers, including premium fashion labels such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. This beautifully designed shopping center is the largest in California and the fourth largest in the United States. Along with an exhaustive selection of high-end brands, South Coast Plaza has 30 restaurants. Highlights include gourmet Asian fusion cuisine at Anqi by House of An, critically acclaimed Northern Italian fine dining at Antonello, dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood paired with award-winning wines at The Capital Grille, and seasonal grilled cuisine paired with over 100 wines and handcrafted cocktails at Seasons 52. South Coast Plaza is anchored by three Macy’s stores and Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores.
The LAB is a trend-setting destination branded as the anti-mall. This open-air shopping destination is packed with unique boutiques and hip cafes and restaurants. The LAB’s Michelin-starred sushi restaurant Hana Re offers an intimate and unforgettable dining experience with Chef Atsushi Yokoyama guiding diners through an omakase tasting course at a ten-seat counter. The OC Mix offers unique local retailers and eateries in a stylish rustic space. The OC Mix also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant with creative renditions of Mexican classics at chic Taco Maria. Other Costa Mesa dining and retail options include eco-conscious and health-forward shops and restaurants at The CAMP.
TeWinkle Park is a 47-acre greenspace with a pretty lake and lots of sports facilities in the heart of Costa Mesa. TeWinkle Park boasts 12 tennis courts, plus ball fields, a basketball court, and a children’s playground. TeWinkle Park is just across the street from the OC Fair & Event Center, home of the Orange County Fair. Held every year since 1890, the Orange County Fair attracts over one million visitors across 23 days of events. The fair features numerous art contests, outdoor concerts, scores of vendors, and lots of animals. Golfers can enjoy two municipal courses at Costa Mesa Country Club and an exclusive members’ course at the prestigious Mesa Verde Country Club.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a world-class attraction featuring four performance halls. The Segerstrom Center offers premier Broadway musicals and concerts, which have included superstar acts such as Taylor Swift, Elton John, Billie Eilish, and The Who. Other cultural attractions include the acclaimed three-stage South Coast Repertory theater, the intimate Costa Mesa Playhouse, and the striking minimalist masterpiece of the Noguchi Sculpture Garden at South Coast Plaza. Costa Mesa also offers many smaller art galleries and live music venues.
Costa Mesa is served by the Newport Mesa Unified School District.
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