There is something about Southern California that makes any traveler say “ahhh!”
For me, that “ahhh” moment came when I arrived in Costa Mesa in famed Orange County to a blue sky and the warmth of the sun. I was also excited that my trip to this vibrant city would include a visit to South Coast Plaza, an impressive international shopping destination with 250 boutiques, stores and restaurants to enjoy.
Walking into South Coast Plaza feels different from entering any other shopping destination I have visited. The use of natural light and a calming indoor water feature gave me the impression that I could easily spend more than a day exploring here.
Jewel Court, with its beautiful dome, is the home of prominent designers Cartier, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Saint Laurent, Chanel and others. What really impressed me was that so many fashion houses had a store here.
With my hands already full of shopping bags, I wandered to Carousel Court. Nestled around the beautiful carousel, I found popular shopping options such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Disney, Lego and Sugarfina. The variety can’t be beat!
Next, I ventured into my favorite department store, Macy’s. Everywhere I looked, there was something that caught my eye – clothing, accessories, shoes and more – especially since I received a 10 percent off Visitor Savings Pass just for being an international visitor. In the cosmetics department, I received wonderful personal service and a makeover. Macy’s at South Coast Plaza truly has much to be desired, including a separate store just for men.
One of many designer shops at South Coast Plaza
Upscale Amenities and Exceptional Dining
When I was ready for a break from shopping, I retreated to South Coast Plaza’s VIP Access Suite, a quiet, private oasis to sit, relax and regroup. The concierge checked my packages and provided me with an array of refreshments. This cozy lounge also offers a private dressing room, where shoppers can meet with a personal stylist.
Multilingual concierge services are at four locations throughout South Coast Plaza. As a visitor, I could pick up the VIP Passport, which provided me with special offers and exclusive discounts to over 100 boutiques, stores and restaurants.
South Coast Plaza also offers exceptional dining options. You can find cuisine to suit even the fussiest of palates. There are over 30 choices, several being award-winning restaurants. Upscale Italian, progressive American, authentic Chinese and Japanese, classic steakhouse are among dining options that indulge the senses and revive the diner, allowing more time for exploring.
Al fresco dining at one South Coast Plaza's many restaurant options
Fun for All Ages
After a full day of shopping, prepare to be wowed by the region’s amazing attractions, such as the beaches lining the pristine coastline of Orange County. A visit to Disneyland, for example, is an experience the whole family can enjoy.
For a night on the town, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a world-renowned performing arts complex adjacent to South Coast Plaza, features stage and concert halls as well as repertory and cabaret theaters. The concierge at South Coast Plaza can even handle securing your tickets here and to other area attractions.
A visit to South Coast Plaza is easy and convenient. With easy access to Interstate 405, those who prefer to drive can treat themselves to valet parking.
South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa is truly worth a visit. See for yourself the place the world comes to shop.