Costa Mesa


Called the City of the Arts, Costa Mesa is a hub of world class culture. From internationally celebrated musical and dance performances to award-winning restaurants and high-class shopping that you'll find few other places in the world, Costa Mesa will delight your senses and spark your imagination!

Take in a show at the Segerstrom Center or visit South Coast Repertory, one of the nation's foremost producers of new plays. Shop designer retail at South Coast Plaza or quirky local shopping at the LAB or CAMP. While you're out and about, take some time to stroll along the Costa Mesa Art Walk and snap a selfie with one of the city's inspiring art installations!

And make sure to stop for a meal! Costa Mesa is home to many amazing chefs and award-winning restaurants from the irresistible Taco Maria to delectable Din Tai Fung. The food here is so good, you may want to take take for what Travel Costa Mesa calls an "Eatcation."

There is so much to see and do in Costa Mesa that you may need to extend your stay to take it all in. Scroll down for more details on some of our favorite local things to do!

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Things to do and see in Costa Mesa:

The Segerstrom Center

Home to three resident companies, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, The Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale, The Segerstrom Center also hosts Broadway shows, international dance companies, and other artists from around the world! From the family fun of Disney musicals to solo performances by classical and cabaret artists, there's a lot to see at the Segerstrom!

Check out the event calendar and learn more here.

Costa Mesa Art Walk

Get your steps in and visit some of Costa Mesa's public art installations by visiting the Costa Mesa Art Walk. Along the Art Walk you will not only see inspiring sculptures and architectural installations, but also have abundant photo opportunities, especially at Isamu Noguchi's California Scenario. This minimalist garden sculpture is one of the most photo-worth spots in the OC, so don't miss it!

There are many ways to approach the Costa Mesa Art walk, but one of the easiest is to park at South Coast Plaza and follow South Coast's Art Walk guide . You can also download a map and guide from Travel Costa Mesa here .

South Coast Plaza

The high-end collection of retailers at South Coast Plaza is only equaled by a few other shopping locations in the world, making this an international shopping destination. 250 shops including luxury brands and department store staples, 30 restaurants ranging from fine dining to family favorites, currency exchange, foreign language assistance, and even a carousel for the kids, make South Coast an incredible experience for all. Learn more and plan your visit here.

Photo by Nandaro - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The LAB and CAMP

Looking for a more off-beat and eclectic shopping experience? Make sure to visit the LAB Anti-mall, a "Little American Business" created to combat retail monotony. Relax in the quirky hangout spaces and sample some hip and tasty cuisine. Check it out here .

Across the street you can visit the CAMP. This eco-friendly retail venue is another eclectic campus dedicated to providing the community with  food, fashion, and local services beyond the ordinary. Check it out .

SOCO Collection & OC Mix

The SOCO Collection and OC Mix appeal especially to designers, decorators, and chefs, with an emphasis on interior design, furnishings, incredible restaurants, and specialty food stores. Here you will find Carlos Salgado's Taco Maria, rated one of the top restaurants in SoCal by the LA Times, as well as ST Patisserie Chocolat, headed by Stephane Treand, one of the top pastry chefs in the country!

Learn more and plan your visit here.

Local Dining

From the critically acclaimed chefs at the OC Mix, to the delectable dumplings at Din Tai Fung, to the local restaurant and bar scene on 17th street, dining in Costa Mesa is an adventure unto itself!

To help you make the most of your meals in Costa Mesa, Travel Costa Mesa has put together recommendations and itineraries for the best "Eatcation" of your life! Check it out and plan to please your palate!