California Cruizin'

Discovering the Hidden Jewels Throughout America's Golden State

Fashion Island

on February 25, 2013

Shop. Dine. Enjoy. These three words sum up the feeling of Fashion Island, a luxurious, one-of-a-kind, outdoor shopping mall right off the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. IMG_6806
The first time I heard about Southern California’s most ritzy and glamorous mall, I imagined a shopping complex surrounded by water. But when the signs took me off the Pacific Coast Highway and up the hill toward a sprawling Mediterranean style development encircled by fancy office towers, IMG_6814 IMG_6796I was disappointed at first.  And as I cruised around the huge mall complex, I began to notice that the entire mall was within the wide avenue I was on. Chuckling, I realized that I had driven around an island, just not one that is surrounded by waterways but by a smooth boulevard.

One of my favorite Southland destinations, (not necessarily for shopping but meeting friends over coffee), I have been there many times. Alone, with family and visiting friends, I always find a reason to visit Fashion Island.  And like today, I met up with one of my fiends at the hip Pain Du Monde Café right across from Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales, enjoying a little bit of French flair and a fine café au lait.

So, whether you’re a lucky Southern Californian or a sun seeking tourist, Fashion Island is the place to splurge. IMG_6797
From specialty shops and fancy department stores IMG_6804 to fine restaurants and cafes, you will find your own little treasures;  IMG_6819even if it’s just relaxing in one of those cushioned armchairs beckoning around gushing fountains and blooming sidewalks. IMG_6788 IMG_6785


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