101+ Things to Do in Orange County, California

Molly and I both grew up in Orange County, but we normally get stuck trying to figure out where to eat or where to go for our dates. Back then, I use to keep a list of our favorite places and share them with our friends and family who normally asked for suggestions. Fast forward a few years, and I lost the list (from switching to from iPhone to Android) and so many new restaurants have opened up since.

So finally we made the time to write down our favorite places and also asked our local friends for their favorites as well! 🙂

Disclaimer: Orange County is a big place with lots of new places opening up every day. If we miss something that NEEDS to be on this list, please email us at hello@goldensunadventures.com. Thanks!

Special thanks to our friends Veronica, Angeline, Jason, Jessica, Mikey, Arianne, and Diana for the massive help with suggestions.

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Things to Do During the Day

Sherman Library & Gardens
Sender One
Square Room Escape
Irvine Farmers Market
Anaheim Packing District
Noguchi Garden
OC Swap Meet
K1 Speed Irvine
Los Rios Street Historic District
The Rinks Anaheim ICE
Angels – Anaheim Stadium
Anaheim Ducks – Honda Stadium
4th Street Market
Open Market OC
Irvine Spectrum
Disneyland / Downtown Disney
Great Park Balloon Ride


Irvine Lanes
Plush Karaoke Lounge
Downtown Fullerton (DTF)
Atomic Ballroom
The Source
Fireworks at Disneyland
Time Nightclub
The Observatory
Mission Control

Favorite Coffee Shops

Patch Coffee Co
Portola Coffee Lab
Hidden House Coffee
Kean Coffee
Stealhead Coffee
The Lost Bean
Kit Coffee
Neat Coffee
Bad Coffee
Stereoscope Coffee
Solid Coffee
Bakers & Baristas
In-sīt Coffee
Hopper & Burr
Made Coffee

Outdoor Activities

Turtle Rock Viewpoint Trail
Quail Hill Trailhead
Red Rock Canyon
Black Star Canyon
Limestone Canyon Regional Park
Corona del Mar State Beach
Thousand Steps Beach – Laguna Beach
Balboa Island – Newport Beach
Crystal Cove – Newport Beach
Pirate Tower – Victoria Beach/Laguna Beach
Mission Viejo Lake
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Black Star Canyon
Tanaka Farm

Where to Eat

Marugame Udon – South Coast Plaza
Meiji Seimen Costa Mesa
Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai
The Smoking Ribs
The Crack Shack
The Vox Kitchen
Uroko Cafe
North Shore
Urban Seoul Restaurant
Rance’s Chicago Pizza
Mitsuwa Marketplace
Boiling Point
HiroNori Craft Ramen
Zankou Chicken
Cali Tacos
Kaju Soft Tofu Restaurant
KoKo Chicken
Thai Famous Cuisine
Panini Kabob Grill
Peter’s Gourmade Grill
Bear Flag Fish Company
Kappo Honda
Mo Ran Gak Restaurant
Seafood Cove 2
North Italia
Manpuku Yakiniku Dining
Early Bird
Ohshima Japanese Cuisine
Pepper Lunch


Veronese Gallery & Cafe
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
The Donuttery
Duck Donuts
M & M Donuts
The Loop: Handcrafted Churros
Pop Bar
Afters Ice Cream
Honey & Butter
Mr Matcha
Earth Bowl Superfoods
Banzai Bowls
Fill Bakeshop & Creamery
Blue Bowl Superfoods

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