Credit: Kambria Fischer
Credit: Kambria Fischer

Anti-Malls and Natural Wine: Your Complete Guide to 24 Hours in Costa Mesa

Get Ready for the Perfect Day Ahead!

Costa Mesa is where urban energy meets suburban vibes. Thanks to its central location and affordable living, this Orange County city is home to young professionals, laidback locals and countless promising businesses. If you’re looking to explore a new area, this hip OC hideaway is a must-visit. With its trendy coffee shops, peaceful parks and swanky bar scene, there is no shortage of entertainment when visiting the “City of the Arts!” From dawn to dusk, here’s how to spend a splendid day in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa Itinerary


Stay: Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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With proximity to some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment Orange County has to offer, Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel is the place to visit this spring. This chic boutique hotel breaks beyond the typical vacation experience with its sophisticated design, sumptuous amenities and prime location in the heart of Costa Mesa. Their sincere staff is dedicated to helping you make the most of every moment, which is why the property is currently offering a Fuel Pass Package! The promo was created to help offset high gas prices by giving guests a $50 USD gift card to cover gas expenses or use to dine at the hotel’s award-winning Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar, along with receiving complimentary overnight parking! To enjoy this offer, guests who book must stay a minimum of two nights.


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Coffee: Work in Progress

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When you wake up in the charming city Costa Mesa, the best way to start your day is by visiting the neighborhood bodega, Work in Progress. This local coffee bar and shop provides a thoughtfully curated selection of natural wines, fresh brews and crafted eats. They understand that life is a work in progress—but also believe that getting there is half the fun!




Visit: Noguchi Garden

After picking up your coffee and pastry, Noguchi Garden is the spot to savor it. This zen zone is an outdoor oasis and recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens. The site was commissioned by philanthropist Henry Segerstrom, who had parlayed his family’s lima bean fortune into the South Coast Plaza mall (hence the lima bean sculpture). The garden’s centerpiece sculpture was created in recognition of Segerstrom’s friendship with artist Isamu Noguchi and the family’s contribution to SoCal agriculture.

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Lunch: Outpost Kitchen

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Roaming around the garden will definitely work up an appetite, so we suggest stopping in at Outpost Kitchen for some midday snacks. This Aussie-inspired eatery embodies the familiar feeling of a neighborhood kitchen. Since opening their doors in 2015, the Costa Mesa restaurant has become a go-to spot for locals to enjoy fresh food, alluring art and moving music in an industrial yet modern environment. From the food to the beer, their menu honors all-things organic, sustainable, local and all-natural. 



Shop: The LAB Anti-Mall

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Burn off your beer buzz with a shopping session at The LAB. Not everyone knows this, but The LAB stands for “Little American Business,” and that’s exactly who they are and what they strive to support. Shop for one-of-a-kind threads at Buffalo Exchange, reset your spirit with new crystals from the House of Intuition or pick up a new vinyl at Creme Tangerine Records. The LAB has an unconventional energy and embraces a vibrant community of art lovers, musical meatheads and fashion fanatics!


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Do: The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus – © RMA Photography Inc. (714.259.1332)

Once you’ve picked out a new outfit from The LAB, it’s time to show it off—literally! Next up on the Costa Mesa day trip is a live show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This stunning performing arts center believes that the exploration of the arts and the shared experience it provides will unite Orange County by creating a more connected and vital community. From musicals to string quartets, there is no shortage of elaborate entertainment at The Segerstrom!



Dine: Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar

Credit: Avenue of the Arts

Chances are, by this point of the day, you’ll be famished and ready for a decadent dinner. Lucky for you, Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar is conveniently located across the street from the Segerstrom Center for The Arts (and inside the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa Hotel). Whether you’re craving ahi tuna tartare as an appetizer or looking to indulge in a sizzling wagyu sirloin steak, Silver Trumpet’s menu offers creative cuisine that aligns perfectly with the local culture of Costa Mesa!


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Unwind: Semi Tropic Wines

Every great day should end with a nightcap. So what better way to wrap your Costa Mesa tour than with an all-natural bottle of wine from Semi Tropic Wines. Their bar features a rotating selection chosen by their skillful crew on a day-to-day basis. Which means there is always something new to try. You can enjoy a bottle of their wine in-house, or you can take it back to enjoy while soaking in the tub of your suite at the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa. It’s been quite the day, after all!  


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