Retail Therapy, Shorebreak Style

Shopping in Huntington Beach

Shopping is an artform in Huntington Beach

When you can tear yourself away from our postcard-perfect beach, the HB area has some amazing retail therapy in store for you. Think inviting boutiques with the latest designer finds, surf shops with top brands for your best moves in and out of the water, major retailers under one roof, and even an “anti-mall,” where small local producers rule. It’s all here in Huntington Beach, where shopping is an artform.

Main Street: It doesn’t get better than this – grab one of our rental bikes and cruise right outside our door down buzzing Main Street where you’ll find yourself in the pulse point of Surf City USA. That means rad surf shops, hip boutiques and flip flop-friendly eateries where you can soak-up the scene with locals. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel suggestions: Huntington Surf & Sport, Jack’s Surfboards, 1 Look Vintage, Havaianas.

5 Points Plaza: Just three miles from the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, this is where locals go for everything from the coolest new Vans kicks to a tasty California Pinot. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel suggestions: Vans Huntington Beach, Tilly’s, GAP stores, Trader Joes.

Fashion Island: Imagine being stranded on a Fashion Island. Could be worse, especially if you pretend you want to be rescued while browsing top retailers and some serious local eateries. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel suggestions: Anthropologie, G-Star, Kate Spade, Lululemon Athletics, TravisMathew.

South Coast Plaza: When the Real Housewives of Orange County talk about dying and going to heaven, this is what they have in mind. Pack some serious plastic for this high-end mega-mall with floor-to-ceiling luxury goods and fine dining. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel suggestions: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Camp: Hip and full of indie, locally owned wonders, this is where you can get your yoga on, buy a mini-cactus garden planted in a recycled pot or nosh on vegan specialties in a yurt-shaped diner. Pro tip: Check out “Last Tuesdays” ARTwalk, film screenings and special events.

The OC Mix: The mantra here is shop and eat local. And it’s all served up with a youthful, intelligent vibe that will definitely make this one a keeper for your HB shortlist. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel suggestions: Cloth and Metal, Local Fare.

The Lab: Billed as the local “anti-mall,” the LAB is a playful, open-air mix of major retailers and local purveyors with a dash of live performances and graphic arts to keep it real. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel suggestions: Cafecito Organico, Seabirds Kitchen.

Pacific City: Blend a local, laid back vibe with oceanfront views and trendy shops and services, you’ve got Pacific City. Pro tip: start with a blowout at Dry Bar, shop at Cariloha and Sephora and finish your day with a beachfront cocktail and poke from Bear Flag Fish Co.