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Top Lunch Spots in OC

There’s lots of great places to shop and explore in Orange County, and these are some of my favorite spots I’ve discovered over the past five years. I love to grab lunch at some place with something to do as well, like going to the beach, shopping, or visiting a book store.

Anaheim Packing District - This food hall is a foodie heaven, with a Pop Bar, sushi, craft beers, burgers and more. This cute spot is trendy and yummy and never disappoints! There’s food options for vegans and there’s even a hidden speakeasy bar. Love it! Website here.

Pacific City - There’s so much yummy food options in this busy outdoor mall. There’s beautiful ocean views of Hunington Beach and the boardwalk is very close by. I ate at Lemonade last time I was here, but there’s a full food court to please any one, and you can shop afterwards or head to the beach! Website here.

Active Culture - This vegetarian restaurant has two super cute locations in San Clemente and Laguna, both nearby lots to do. The SC location is near lots of shops and close to the beautiful pier. Both offer large, healthy menus with acai bowsl, salads, smoothies, shakes and froyo. The Laguna location is right across from the beach and offers and idyllic ocean view. Website Here.

The Camp - This super trendy area has a big vegan restaurant, a wine bar, shops and The Gypsy Den across the street at the Lab. There are lots of restaurant options for a fun afternoon and even adorable little airstream trailers with shops in them. I love getting lunch here (or at The Lab)….Always a good time. Website Here.

Fashion Island - This place is not as quirky or trendy, but there’s tons of food options that range from low end to high end, with plenty of beautiful outdoor shopping areas with fountains and green space. You can splurge on a fancy dinner here (hello, Fig + Olive) or just grab a quick lunch at Whole Foods or Lemonade. Website Here.

Emily Thomas