One of my dear friends works in Laguna Beach and every time we hung out, she would tell me how cute the beach community was and that I needed to visit. She even offered to show me around. With an offer like that, I couldn’t refuse, so I took a Saturday day trip down to Laguna in December.
A Saturday in Laguna Beach
I was blown away with how cute the town was! There are two areas for shopping – one with more boutiques and the other more well-known brands. There are a variety of food, coffee, and adult beverage destinations – many with a great view of the ocean. And much to my surprise, the city has a huge arts scene with frequent art walks and galleries scattered at every turn. It really is the perfect little town for a day trip since there’s a little something for everyone and you can walk or ride their free shuttle to really see it all…
Where to Shop in Laguna Beach
Lala: A fun little store full of great designs for your home. Designer Kerry Cassill creates beautiful clothing and home items from Indian fabrics. You’ll want to take everything home and snap pictures of all the beautiful pieces.
Poler: A store for the outdoors-lover. This trendy shop has great landscaping out front with a tepee, cacti, and sign advertising cold brew coffee! You know I walked straight inside…
the shop.: At the shop. you’ll find everything you need for the beach vibe from bathing suits to denim, bath & body products, and great hats. It’s the quintessential beach shop.
Twig: Twig is a quirky mix of everything California, handmade jewelry, card store, clothing, and a whole lot in between. If only to look around and take it all in, the store is fun to visit. And you never know, you might walk out with a new item for your home!
Vertigo Home: Vertigo Home was one of our last stops and it ended up being my favorite shop. Full of Scandinavian home decor, I immediately wanted to embrace the whole style in my home. When they offered us a sample of Nespresso from the VertuoLine, I knew I was going to spend a bit of time wandering around. I ended up leaving with some rose gold wine glass charms from Umbra, but seriously debated that large wall calendar and buying out their selection of chocolate coated liquorice by Lakrids – talk about fancy indulgence!!
Where to Eat in Laguna Beach
Active Culture: From first view, Active Culture screams California beach town. They offer a mix of bowls, smoothies, frozen yogurt, and lots of healthy options. The food is simple but scrumptious. My friend got the apple, banana, and honey peanut butter english muffin. I opted for the Mexican bowl with black beans, rice, lettuce, avocado, and pico de gallo. It looks so simple, but it was surprisingly fantastic!
Pearl St. General Store: Pearl St. General is a fun little store with nice food options. If enjoying a picnic on the beach sounds good, stop by the store to pick up drinks and food. Even if you’re not picnicking by the waves, the store is worth a quick stop if you’re a food lover!
Zinc: Zinc offers breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon treat until 4. They offer everything from coffee, cereal, and sweet baked morsels to quiche, pizzettes, and salads.
Laguna Coffee Co.: When you need that coffee fix, head to the local Laguna Coffee Co. The local, artsy shop is a go-to for visitors and OC locals!