Tustin Itinerary
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Everything You Should Eat, See and Do in the City of Tustin

From Fresh Seafood to a Colorful Tiki Bar, Here’s Your Guide to This OC City

Orange County has some of the best beaches, bites and brews on the West Coast. From San Clemente to Sunset Beach, there’s always something to do and always somewhere new to check out. But sometimes, it feels like the beach cities get all the love. While the beaches are social and cultural hubs for OC, it’s important to look inland to find Orange County’s hidden treasures. So, we’re taking you on a tour of one of our favorite Orange County cities: Tustin! Here’s everything you need to eat, see and do during your next visit.

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Seafood Lunch at Pacific Catch

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Tucked inside The Market Place, Pacific Catch offers a delightful menu of fresh sea-to-table dishes, complemented by a vibrant and casual atmosphere. The first Orange County location for this sustainable seafood haven, this beloved restaurant was born in the Bay Area and has since made a splash in SoCal. At Pacific Catch, visitors can eat fish-forward dishes uncommon on the mainland, curated by the founders from all over the diverse cultures of the Pacific. All of the fish is ethically caught, so you can indulge guilt-free. Don’t miss their enticing Five for $15 lunch specials, where you can choose between five tasty dishes (each priced at only $15!). We recommend the Pork Banh Mi Bowl, Hawaiian Poke Bowl or Seared Cod Sandwich with spice-rubbed cod, jalapeño tartar, greens, tomato, pickled onions, toasted ciabatta bread, sesame slaw and your choice of fries or a miso side salad. Pacific Catch also offers several convenient takeaway options, so you can jump ship and head to your next Tustin destination.

Local Insight: The Five for $15 menu is offered during lunchtime, Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so plan accordingly!


Get Crafty at Mud Hen Clay and Art Studio

In the heart of Old Town Tustin, you’ll find a charming pottery studio that continues to foster community through a variety of workshops and classes. The exterior of the building features a beautiful mural of poppies, lavender and oranges, but beyond the exterior, visitors will find a minimalistic space perfect for tapping into your creative side. Take a look at the schedule to see which class piques your interest—they offer everything from Community Clay Workshops to Parent & Me Clay Dates!


Enjoy a Savory Sourdough Creation at Rye Goods

Rye Goods has been a beloved bakery in the OC community for the past several years, and owner Sara Lezama expanded to Tustin in 2022 to continue to share the love. With farm-fresh grains and a respected mother dough, the sourdough creations from Rye Goods are truly a delight. From soft loaves to buttery croissants, every bite is a treat and a testament to the craftsmanship of the bakers. The Winter Quiche, Rye Hearth Loaf and Potato Leek Soup are all seasonal must-tries!



Shop and Bop Around at The District

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The District is a destination for shopping, dining, cocktails and epic events. There is always something happening at this buzzy center! Grab cocktails at Bar Louie, indulge in a bowl of vegan ramen at RAKKAN or go bowling at Bowlero! The District also has one of the best farmers markets in Orange County. Head down on a Sunday morning with friends and your favorite tote to buy from local growers and makers, then grab some lunch and check off the rest of your shopping list.


Sip in Paradise at Stowaway Tiki

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Transport yourself to a tropical oasis at Stowaway Tiki. This lively Tustin bar captures the spirit of tiki culture with its vacay-worthy drinks and vibrant atmosphere. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails adorned with colorful garnishes as you admire the colorful Polynesian-inspired decor. Find your escape in Pacific comfort food like loco moco and spam musubi while sipping the white rum-based Cococano in your keepsake mug. With plenty of beers on tap and an outrageous rum selection, this local favorite will have you dreaming of your island getaway—or at least ordering another round.



Try New Bites at Mess Hall Market

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Tustin’s mixed-use campus Flight, tucked in near the famous hangars, is home to the most exciting food hall around. Mess Hall Market is a chef-driven food space with a stall for every appetite. When going out with friends, why choose just one cuisine? Embrace your individuality and satisfy your personal cravings with gourmet burgers, artisanal tacos or even New Jersey-style pizza. With plenty of open-air seating, Mess Hall is the perfect meeting point for a lunch break. Finish up your meal with a walk through Tustin Legacy Park—or just grab some dessert!


Relax and Disconnect at Citrus Ranch Park

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Honestly, park days are kind of wasted on the young. Rolling down hills, eating treats, laying on a big ol’ blanket—what’s not to love? Load up your picnic basket and cruise over to Citrus Ranch Park for an idyllic summer afternoon with friends. Find a cozy spot to unwind (there are plenty of picnic areas!) and unpack your basket of goodies after filling it at the local farmers market (remember the Farmers Market at The District?). With Citrus Ranch Park’s hilltop gazebo, orchard, picnic tables, playground and walking track, there’s no better place to spend an afternoon!



Enjoy a Date Night at Chaak Kitchen

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Chaak Kitchen specializes in authentic dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the Yucatan region. From succulent cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) to tangy ceviche and handmade tortillas, every bite at Chaak Kitchen will transport you south of the border. The menu is deeply rooted in Mayan heritage and the unique flavor combinations and ingredients all pay homage to this ancient culture. It’s a solid spot for dinner and drinks, but brunch may just be the way to go. Pair your Sopa de Lima with an agave lemonade for a memorable weekend morning.


Grab Coffee and Browse the Boutique at Morning Lavender

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Going to Morning Lavender Cafe is like stepping into a floral daydream. Founded as an online boutique, Morning Lavender has grown into a much-loved brick-and-mortar space. The boutique-meets-coffee shop offers afternoon tea and takeaway tea boxes, so you can take goodies to go. Plus, this is the perfect place to meet up before going to see the latest blockbuster movie at AMC Tustin 14, just down the street.


Hike Around Peters Canyon

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Peters Canyon is home to over 340 acres of SoCal fun. Bring your dog, horse, bike or kids; there is something for everyone! With a rich history spanning from its days as a Spanish Colonial ranch to its use as a World War II training ground, Peters Canyon has been an integral part of Orange County for centuries. The main hike at Peters Canyon is just about six miles. It’s a leisurely hike with about 650 feet of elevation change and takes anywhere from two to three hours to complete, so there’s plenty of time to take in the views.




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