Shopping is an art form in California.

Shopping & Restaurants

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you’re in search of the perfect cocktail dress or something simple to wear on the beach, you’ll find it here. Want to sample fresh produce? Try our farmers markets. From fun and funky beach front stores to hip clothiers, high-end galleries, and oh-so-cool restaurants and cafes California has it all.

If you’re ready to whip out the platinum card, head to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, home to Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and other mega-designer boutiques. Spot-a-celeb while you shop, visit the Original Farmers Market, or have lunch in a fountain-filled park or leafy outdoor cafes.

Going to the Bay Area, head to Market Street, you’ll find Westfield San Francisco Centre, the city’s upscale, indoor shopping mall. Of course, all that shopping can be exhausting. Union Square makes it easy to recharge: the square has plenty of sunny benches for relaxing. Or order an espresso and a flaky pastry at upscale Emporio Rulli, with pleasant outdoor seating under market umbrellas right in the square.

Finally it’s time to eat!

The food scene in California is a head-spinning array of almost every cuisine, with chefs creating globally influenced creations that celebrate the ultimate in fresh, locally sourced ingredients. But even in this bounty of restaurant riches, some chefs create meals and settings that are so magical, so completely perfect and unforgettable, that they should be on every visitor’s wish list. Here are some of California’s most amazing dining destinations, with most of them following the one constant mantra of locally sourced ingredients that change with the seasons. Choose from sophisticated city settings or elegant finds along country roads or the edge of the sea. Find one that fits your style and your travels, or make one (or more) a trip in itself—they are all different, and all worth it.

Also amongst California’s popular past times, wine-tasting. There’s nothing quite like driving the back roads of California’s wine regions and sampling local wines at the source. But a growing number of wineries and winemakers are opting for setting up shop in surprisingly urban settings. Tasting rooms are now concentrated in cities, towns, and communities, creating often pedestrian- and bike-friendly wine trails with an appeal all their own.

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Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets are culinary adventures, a chance to see, taste, and learn about the incredible variety of California’s farm-fresh produce and food products. They are also a chance to hang out with the farmers who grow the produce, and get their tips on how to use these ultra-fresh foods. And these weekly, often year-round events function as local gathering places, with little ones dancing to local musicians, moms cradling babies and fresh bouquets, and chefs leading walking tours to their favorite stalls. Also be on the lookout for specialty foods and handmade crafts too—great for gifts.

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Top Shopping & Restaurants Attractions

Boomers, Fountain Valley
Boomers, Inland Empire
Boomers, Irvine
Boomers, Livermore
Boomers, Modesto
Boomers, Palm Springs
Cannery Row, Monterey
Downtown Disney District, Anaheim
Fisherman’s Wharf
Folsom Premium Outlets
Ghirarelli Square
Julian Pie Company, Julian
Lake Elsinore Outlets
Malibu Pier, Malibu Beach
Old Town San Diego
Old Towne Orange
Sierra Nevada Brewing Tour
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

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