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Create Your Shopping Escape in Costa Mesa

Posted on September 18, 2020 | 10:44pm | Travel Costa Mesa

School may be back in session, but with warm weather and newly reopened businesses in Orange County, we can’t wait to get back to one of our favorite Fall activities–shopping. Costa Mesa is home to South Coast Plaza, one of the largest shopping destinations on the West Coast, as well as the first anti-mall, The LAB, and other unique options to shop small. Find out why fall is the perfect time to take a break to shop in Costa Mesa. Coming to stay? Take a look at our Create Your Escape hotel deals.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza

For the 19th year, South Coast Plaza and Angelitos de Oro are partnering to present the Angelitos Card. Cardholders get 20% off at over 80 boutiques and restaurants. Proceeds from the sale of the card ($60) benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. We love that the Angelitos Card discount applies to the latest fall fashions, not otherwise on sale. If you’re planning on shopping at South Coast Plaza this fall, we recommend coming during Angelitos Week, September 24-30.

South Coast Plaza has been innovating safe ways to shop, from their attention to health and safety indoors to debuting alternative shopping experiences The Pavilion at South Coast Plaza and SCP2Go. The Pavilion at South Coast Plaza features 14 open-air suites where guests can shop select participating boutiques by appointment. For those who prefer to remain contactless, SCP2Go offers curbside pickup at participating shops and restaurants. The process is easy: order, park, call and pop your trunk. There’s even a color-coded map for parking.


Honoring the “little American business,” The LAB Anti-Mall features a variety of stores, restaurants, two hair salons, a bar, a brewery and an art gallery. The eclectic mix of businesses makes for a unique shopping experience. You can find everything from clothing to tarot cards to zero waste refills, not to mention some delicious donuts, here. The LAB is also one of Costa Mesa’s most Instagrammable spots, so be sure to snap a photo (and tag us @travelcostamesa) while you’re there.


Across the street from The LAB you’ll find its sister center, The CAMP. If you love the outdoors, The CAMP may be the perfect shopping location for you. The entire space is eco-friendly. Stop in to SEED People’s Market for their curated collection of ethical and sustainable brands. You can find everything from outdoor gear to artisan soaps and jewelry. Find a unique gift at Pürre Boutique or Organic Designs By Aggelige. There are great dining options at The CAMP too.

If it’s time for a little retail therapy, why not create a shopping escape close to home? In addition to our hotel deals, be sure to check out our hotel safety and cleanliness procedures. Want to know what else is open? Our business updates and restaurants pages have our latest info.