Best Laguna Beach Shopping
Laguna Beach, located halfway between the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and San Diego, contains many of Orange County’s best-kept secrets. The 7 miles of scenic coves and incredible beaches, as well as more than 20,000 pristine acres of wilderness, provide the perfect backdrop for this seaside resort town featuring a mild year-round climate.
The town, however, is just as unique as its surroundings. Quaint and eclectic shopping opportunities abound. Getting around the area is easy, as you can drive, walk, bike, or ride the free trolley. Find out where the best shopping is while visiting Laguna Beach.
The HIP District
The HIP district — aka Historic and Interesting Places district — in Laguna Beach is home to some of the town’s earliest structures. Examples are a decades-old hotel, a set of commercial buildings with distinctive shops, and an English Tudor building that houses a floral shop. Within the district’s seven blocks, you’ll find approximately 24 eateries and 40 retail shops. Additionally, the area is home to 20 art galleries.
Shopping at The Old Pottery Place
To kick off your shopping journey, head to The Old Pottery Place, located at 1200 S. Coast Highway, where you’ll find a variety of interesting shops to browse.
Visit Sapphire Pantry, Suite 102, for the finest in gourmet supplies. Items like fine wines and exotic spices can be procured here. Freshly made to-go meals are also available.
For delicious, handmade confections, stop in at the Chocolate Soldier, Suite 103B. No matter what your pleasure — truffles, turtles, melt-a-ways or toffees — this chocolate shop will deliver. Plus, there’s a viewing window directly into the kitchen where the chocolates are created.
Nuance, Suite 103A, carries a unique assortment of home goods. Here, you’ll find furnishings, lighting fixtures, bedding, gift items, and more.
Book readers will delight in finding Laguna Beach Books, Suite 105A. This full-service bookstore carries a wide array of books and periodicals. It even houses a generous children’s section.
For comfortable, high-quality clothing and accessories with a coastal bohemian vibe, Blue Eyed Girl, Suite 106 is a perfect choice. Fashionistas will find it easy to create their own unique looks. Choose from brands like Gorjana, Show Me Your Mumu, and Wildfox.
Other shops in The Old Pottery Place include Tootsies, Suite 104A, which offers footwear, handbags, and pedicures. You’ll also find the award-winning Vogue Salon, Suite 104 and Sapphire Laguna, Suite 101, offering globally inspired comfort food.
From home to beach
Tuvalu Home is considered a coastal-themed emporium of sorts. Shoppers will discover an eclectic collection of accessories, bath products, furniture, lighting, and decorative accents. Whether it’s a mermaid accent piece, a unique chandelier or an art print that resonates, shoppers can find it at Tuvalu.
Visitors to Hobie Surf Shop don’t have to be in the market for a surfboard: A variety of beachwear and gear await. From flip-flops to sunglasses, board shorts to wetsuits, everything you need for the beach is here.
Other Laguna Beach Shopping Options
Lala Boutique, at 1145 S. Coast Highway, showcases the unique handmade home goods, apparel and accessories lines of owner and designer Kerry Cassill. Discover ultra-soft and airy cotton prints throughout.
Merrilee’s Swimwear, 790 S. Coast Highway, offers its famous swimwear line. The line is designed by mother-and-daughter duo, Merrilee and Felicia Madrigal, and handmade in Laguna Beach. Women’s apparel is also available.
Music lovers can find hundreds upon hundreds of CD and vinyl selections in the district’s music store, Sound Spectrum, at 1264 S. Coast Highway. The store made its debut to the area in 1967. Posters, T-shirts, and other music memorabilia round out this store’s offerings.
For chic style that appeals to locals and visitors alike, Laguna Supply located at 210 Beach St. is worth a visit. You’ll discover brands like Isabel Marant, Current Eliot, and Nili Lotan. Whether you’re looking for something casual or more upscale, you can find it here.
Plenty of other stores grace the HIP district — from one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques to custom jewelry shops. However, don’t miss the art scene in Laguna Beach, which features a collection of work from local artisans housed in galleries throughout the town. From wood art and sculptures to prints and paintings, there’s something for everyone.
Getting Around Laguna Beach
Ready to head out on your shopping adventure?
If you have a car, you can drive right into one of the town’s parking lots and then take the free trolley to the shopping areas.
Free weekend summer parking is available at the lot where the 405 Freeway meets Highway 133. Parking hours are on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until midnight from June 30 through September 2.
Also, in the summer, you can catch a trolley from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Trolleys run 7 days a week, from June 26 through September 2. To enhance your visit, download the Visit Laguna Beach app for a real-time trolley tracker.
After September 2, the free trolley only runs on the weekends. You can catch a ride at the following times:
- Friday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The city has various parking lots, but from September into June, free spaces are located in the Forest/Laguna Canyon Lot’s north side.
If you don’t have a car, you can get to town by heading to the nearest bus stop and taking the city’s mainline bus service, which runs from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Whichever way you get here, with plentiful and unique shopping opportunities, beautiful outdoor venues with countless activities, and resort-style world-class lodging all at your fingertips, you’re sure to enjoy your visit to Laguna Beach.