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NEWPORT BEACH CITY GUIDE

We just opened our shop in Newport Beach! Situated inside the expansive Anthropologie & Co. at Fashion Island, it’s a destination in and of itself. But for those who want to make the most of their visit, read on.

EAT

In our experience, the best days start with doughnuts. To this end, we recommend Sidecar Doughnuts for their highly inventive, seasonal flavors—huckleberry, maple bacon, and passion fruit pavlova are a few of our current favorites.  (Bonus: amazing coffee, too.)  If brunch is more your thing, head to Pandor Artisan Boulangerie and Cafe for savory omelets, traditional French pastries, and artisan breads.

Sidecar Doughnuts Newport Beach

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In the afternoon, take in a laidback lunch with harbor views at Bear Flag Fish Co. Incredibly fresh seafood and unexpected preparations make this breezy market/café a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. (Tip: go early to avoid lines.) Tuna poke and fish tacos are must-tries.

Bear Flag Fish Co.

Image via: Bear Flag Fish Co.

Dinner at Fig & Olive makes for a relaxing finish to your day. Located in Fashion Island, it serves contemporary Mediterranean dishes in an airy space inspired by the French Riviera. We also love Kitayama¸ a Japanese restaurant with top-notch sushi.

DRINK

For a happy hour that stretches into dinner, go to Café Gratitude. Though they’re known for fresh juices, tonics, and gourmet vegan fare, they also make a killer cocktail. Next door is Kit Coffee, a locally-owned multi roaster that serves pour over, cold brew, and espresso.

Provenance’s farm-to-table menu is good any time of day, but its stylish, plant-filled patio is the perfect backdrop for enjoying a glass of wine after shopping.

Cafe Gratitude Newport Beach

Image via: Café Gratitude

SHOP

After your BHLDN appointment, be sure to explore the rest of Fashion Island, an open-air shopping village with the major retailers you love. For luxury shopping, head to Lido Marina Village for curated boutiques, artisan shops, and specialty stores.

Lido Marina Village Newport Beach

Image via: Lido Marina Village

DO

A visit to Newport isn’t complete without a stop at the Newport Pier. Restaurants, surfing, and sunbathing abound at this historic spot, but we love it for watching the sunset.

Crystal Cove State Park is one of our favorite destinations for a true Southern California experience; with three miles of beach, 2,400 acres of wilderness, endless vistas, and an offshore diving area, it’s a natural wonderland.

If you prefer to stay in town, take a stroll (or paddle board!) through Balboa Island—a quaint village originally built as a summer retreat for L.A. denizens of the 20s and 30s.

Also perfect for a leisurely afternoon is The Sherman Library and Gardens, a sprawling botanical garden built in 1955. Culture lovers, be sure to make a stop at the Orange County Museum of Art, a hidden gem of a museum with a focus on contemporary California artists.

Crystal Cove State Park

Image via: Don Ramey Logan

For a quick Newport Beach guide, check out our Pinterest page!
For information on store hours and upcoming events, visit our BHLDN Newport Beach store page.

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