In “My City,” as a way to experience and enjoy more of where I live, I will share new and interesting places, restaurants, things to do, etc. as well as some of my tried and true favorites in Orange County and Southern California. Up today is one of my favorite “malls”.
The Camp is an outdoor alternative “mall” within walking distance of my apartment. Filled with mostly small, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants/cafes (with the exception of Patagonia and Active), it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon and not feel like you’re walking through a mall with the typical department stores. There are shops out of Airstream trailers with an eco-friendly vibe, and hammocks hanging between trees, giving it a campy feel. From the collection of local and environmentally-friendly items at SEED People’s Market to the succulent and cacti arrangements designed by Aggelige, it is a great place to find unique gifts. Or you can stop by for a mani/pedi at Lollipop or try out a class at B Hot Yoga.
However, The Camp is known more for its interesting dining options. My favorites are the homemade pasta at Old Vine Cafe, updated pizza combinations from Ecco, the original burgers from Umami Burger, the wine flights at Wine Lab (served in test tubes), with a stop at Black Market Bakery for the Snick at Nite (a version of Snickers made with Snickerdoodles and ice cream). And I’m looking forward to trying out the tacos at Taco Asylum and banh mi at East Borough.
Go get lunch or stop in for a happy hour sometime or pick up a gift from SEED. You won’t be disappointed no matter where you end up.
The Camp/2937 Bristol Street/Costa Mesa, CA 92626