Guidebook for Irvine

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Guidebook for Irvine

Food Scene
17th street has tons of great food without the touristy feel of most places on balboa: Kean coffee (great roaster with Blackmarket Bakery treats), Pandor Bakery (best baguettes and eclairs), Beach Pit BBQ (almost as good as Texas), to name a few of my favorites.
17th Street Promenade
270 E 17th St
17th street has tons of great food without the touristy feel of most places on balboa: Kean coffee (great roaster with Blackmarket Bakery treats), Pandor Bakery (best baguettes and eclairs), Beach Pit BBQ (almost as good as Texas), to name a few of my favorites.
Sightseeing
Take the ferry over from Balboa island, You can visit the Original Banana Stand (as seen in Arrested Development :) and go to the original Ruby's Diner at the end of the pier. This is where all the whale watching and catalina boats leave from. Cute little boardwalk and boat/SUP rentals.
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Balboa Pier
1 Balboa Pier
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Take the ferry over from Balboa island, You can visit the Original Banana Stand (as seen in Arrested Development :) and go to the original Ruby's Diner at the end of the pier. This is where all the whale watching and catalina boats leave from. Cute little boardwalk and boat/SUP rentals.
Parks & Nature
Beach with free parking if you go to the Beachcomber Cafe. There are extensive trails up into the mountains too if you want to work up a sweat before jumping into the clear blue waters.
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Crystal Cove State Park
8471 North Coast Highway
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Beach with free parking if you go to the Beachcomber Cafe. There are extensive trails up into the mountains too if you want to work up a sweat before jumping into the clear blue waters.
Drinks & Nightlife
Tons of bars, very touristy. Some great restaurants, and some medicore ones with wonderful views. Bear Flag Fish Co. is the place for the best fresh Poke you'll ever have.
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Newport Pier
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Tons of bars, very touristy. Some great restaurants, and some medicore ones with wonderful views. Bear Flag Fish Co. is the place for the best fresh Poke you'll ever have.
Shopping
As seen in the New York times. I think people actually plan trips around coming here. Drop the kids at Disney and shop the day away.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
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As seen in the New York times. I think people actually plan trips around coming here. Drop the kids at Disney and shop the day away.
For some reason there is a whole foods here. ANd tons of great restaurants. We like True Foods.
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Newport Center/Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
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For some reason there is a whole foods here. ANd tons of great restaurants. We like True Foods.
Essentials
Trader Joe's. Need I say more? Lot's of inexpensive and delicious food options for the students. We love Blaze Pizza ($8 build your own fast fired pies), and Yushoken Izakaya & Ramen. But there is a new Indian place going in that we are V. excited about.
Campus Plaza
4501 - 4547 Campus Drive
Trader Joe's. Need I say more? Lot's of inexpensive and delicious food options for the students. We love Blaze Pizza ($8 build your own fast fired pies), and Yushoken Izakaya & Ramen. But there is a new Indian place going in that we are V. excited about.
Everything Else
Great restaurants and diverse scene. Lots of concerts
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4th Street Market
201 East 4th Street
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Great restaurants and diverse scene. Lots of concerts