Pacific City Huntington Beach opened its doors in November 2015. The open-air mall is situated just 2 blocks from Historic Main Street, Huntington Beach, along the Pacific Coast Highway. On opening day, 14 of the 60 total shops opened and visitors got a first look at the popular new space. The fun, beachy shopping experience was an instant hit.
The mall was christened Pacific City, after the original name for the City of Huntington Beach. The retail center is a perfect blend of the local upscale shopping Meccas, like Fashion Island, and the raw, trendy, youth-oriented shopping mall influencers of the area, such as the Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa or the Packing District in Anaheim.
The mall has been referred to as the “luxury alternative” to neighboring Main Street Huntington Beach. Flanked by new apartments and a hotel, all part of the same development, the shopping center is definitely a lavish competitor to historic Main Street. Visitors can enjoy trendy boutiques, relaxing hang out spaces, foodie-focused bars and restaurants.
What to do at Pacific City Huntington Beach
There is a lot to see at the mall. Even the view from the beach-facing balcony and lower promenade is worth a visit. Parking is paid but you can avoid the price if you park for just 3 hours and get your parking validated at nearly any shop you make a purchase at.
Go for the view and the shopping. These top places at Pacific City should be on your itinerary:
From the amazing culinary minds behind The Burnt Truck, Burntzilla and Dogzilla comes Burnt Crumbs. Each and every sandwich, salad, toast and side is unique and packs a punch of delicious flavor and texture. Top crowd pleasers are the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese, Avocado Toast and Crispy Pork Sandwich. They regularly have unique specials or seasonal menu items to consider tasting.
This coffee chain has quite the following, and for good reason; they have happy baristas and delicious coffee. If you’re planning to visit Philz, but have no idea what to order, take the advice of many a patron and pick up a Mint Mojito.
Lemonade is a fun cafeteria dining experience. Patrons get in line, pick the desired type of meal and then follow the tray of food down a counter building the meal exactly as they want it. The ordering process is almost as enjoyable as the cuisine itself. The food is fresh and exciting, covering many different styles. Pro tip: Go in with your mind made up about how much you’re going to eat because it is VERY easy to end up adding all manner of tempting sides before checkout.
Barnabas Clothing Co.
This clothing shop has a lot going for it – great designs and awesome customer service. In addition, Barnabas Clothing Co. donates 10% of their sales to charity! They also have some comfy seats in-store in case you need a little shopping break.
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Got a sweet tooth? That’s ok, Popbar can help with that. Their ice-creambars-meet-popsicles-meet-sundaes are made with high quality ingredients, and really look like their own little pieces of art after being masterfully created right before your eyes. You can find the shop inside Lot 579.
The solution to all of life’s problems? Cupcakes (probably). Frosted Cupcakery has a lot of options to satisfy any craving and cure any bad mood. People are saying these cupcakes are better than any of the other cupcake chains out there. That’s saying something since the cupcake game in Orange County is REAL strong. Customers love their strawberry, strawberry cheesecake and gluten free cupcakes.
Bath bombs, ho! Lush is a great place to go if you’re in need of a gift for a friend who could use a little pampering (or maybe a gift for just yourself). They have a lot more than just bath bombs, including lotion, soap, cosmetics and more. Everything is vegan and they do not do any testing on animals. That’s a win-win!
Vietnamese food is delectable – we all know this. However, how much more delicious would it be consumed with the beautiful backdrop of the HB state beach and Pacific Ocean beyond? We’re pretty sure it would be exponentially more enjoyable. The restaurant is actually located inside another restaurant, “BlueGold” and you’ll need to go to the Front Desk to be seated in the LSXO dining area. Customer favorites are the Pho, lobster, “Shaky Shaky beef” and pretty much anything off of their cocktail menu.
Bear Flag Fish Company
Part of a small, local chain, Bear Flag Fish Company is a must-try seafood joint. From sashimi and poke to grilled fish and fish tacos, this place will tackle your most intense seafood cravings. Favorites would be the ahi poke, clam chowder and grilled salmon.
Have you been to the Pacific City Huntington Beach mall? What was your favorite shop? Tell us in the comments below!
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