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Best Shopping Centers and Malls in Orange County

(credit: Robert Laberge)

If you're going to spend your time and money at stores that you can find Anywhere USA, you might as well do it in Orange County's swank surroundings. Orange County is one of the few regions in California with an array of shopping centers that have the magic touch; here are five of the best.


South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 782-8888

South Coast Plaza is the premiere shopping center in Orange County. The Plaza has the greatest selection of high end shops including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's. South Coast also has department store anchors like Sears and Macy's that the average shopper will enjoy. Women will love the various selection of spas and salons that promise to make a shopping day complete. The mall even has shuttles to and from Disneyland and the surrounding area hotels, valet parking, and electric vehicle charging stations for shoppers' convenience. South Coast Plaza has the best retail stores and restaurants, making it a one-stop destination for international visitors.


Brea Mall
1065 Brea Mall
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 990-2723

The Brea Mall has everything that a shopper needs to thrive. Not only does the center have five major department stores that offer the newest trends and fashions, but it also offers free WiFi to shoppers. While finding the right Coach purse or men's suit from Nordstrom is important, it's pretty nice to be able to check in on the office while you're shopping. The Brea Mall has several relaxation spots that are perfect for shoppers who have need a break. Check out the Glen Ivy Day Spa after a day's shopping, then stop by the California Pizza Kitchen or The Cheesecake Factory for a nice bite to eat.


Westfield MainPlace
2800 N. Main St.
Santa Ana,CA 92705
(714) 547-7800

Fine dining, various retail stores and convenience make Westfield Main Place a great place to shop. Consumers can choose from a variety of stores, including Best Buy and Coldwater Creek, all while viewing the magnificent fountains and high ceilings. Westfield is perfect for tourists hoping to visit Disneyland, as the shopping center has a shuttle that takes customers from the mall to the resort. The plaza has the best in dining that includes Baja Fresh and California Pizza Kitchen. Contrary to some malls that offer second rate food at insanely high prices, Westfield only showcases the best restaurants in its food court.


Buena Park Downtown
8308 On the Mall
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 828-7722

Conveniently located near Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park Downtown is one of the best shopping plazas in the city. Not only does the mall house John's Incredible Pizza on its lower level, but it also hosts a variety of retail stores on the ground floor. From Things Remembered on one end to DSW Shoe Warehouse on the other, Buena Park Downtown has something for everyone. The shopping plaza is the premiere spot for last minute gifts and bulk purchases for women, as Bath & Body Works is always running a sale on fragrances.

(credit: Robert Laberge)

Anaheim Plaza
580 N. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 635-3431

The mantra here is "Shop where the locals shop." Anaheim Plaza is the one-stop portal for all of your retail and grocery needs. Whether it's buying a new dress from Ross or purchasing groceries from El Super, Anaheim Plaza has a store for all shoppers. The center offers the best in children's apparel from stores like 4 Kids Clothes and Carter's, while giving a great variety of restaurants to choose from. Happy Dragon and Marie Calendar's are favorites among shoppers. Anaheim Plaza is perfect for shoppers who love the outdoors.

Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found

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