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“A Shopaholic's Pilgrimage Destination”
Review of South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Costa Mesa
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Owner description: Exclusive shopping center located near Disneyland.
Huntington Beach, California
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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“A Shopaholic's Pilgrimage Destination”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

A massive, trendy, upscale mall with all of the top stores. The range of stores comes with a range of prices but this is for those looking for quality and service as opposed to deal shoppers. With this said, many stores have some great advanced sales and promotions. Deals might not be easy to come by but when found, they are worthwhile.

There are plenty of great restaurants of all price ranges as well. If you are looking for one store or for one day of shopping, this is the place to be.

Caveats:
1) It is a very large and busy mall. If you are in a time crunch, this could be a challenge.
2)The parking lots surround the mall with plenty of narrow slots - heard of many people getting dings and scrapes on their cars when they come back from shopping. If you value your car, place it in a far spot and content yourself on your walk back with a your smart choice.

Enjoy and try to stay out of debt! ;)

Visited May 2014
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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“Upscale mall”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

If you have never been to South Coast Plaza it offers high end shopping with some average priced stores also.Has interesting dining inside the mall as well as around the exterior.
If you love shopping this may be for you! I would also check out nearby fashion island.
Stores range in the plaza from Sears to Macys to the upscale end with Saks and chanel.

Visited April 2014
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Southern California
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“Beautiful mall - a shopping destination”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

There's a sense of space and openness - huge variety of up-scale shopping that you'd find in Paris or Rome, and there is still a Sears. Includes "famous" Carousel, children's train across at annex, and beautiful stained glass dome ceiling in front of Macy's. Lots of food choices - but NOT a food court kind of place. The annex across street has lots of home stores (Crate & Barrel flagship store, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm etc etc etc) as well as such places as Anthropologie and Wahoo's. Altogether you can't find a bigger selection of shops and restaurants.

Visited April 2014
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Irvine
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“Shopper's Dream”
Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Every brand imaginable is available at South Coast Plaza. From high end brands such as St Laurent, Gucci and Chanel to Forever 21, H&M and Sears, you can find anything and everything you never knew you wanted and/or needed!!!

Visited March 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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“An Experience Not to be Missed”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

I am a husband who can normally find better things to do than visit a shopping mall. In the Orange County area, however, there are two malls that I look forward to visiting on our winter trip to the area. They are the South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island.

South Coast Plaza is a shopping mall like no other that I have visited. Under one roof, one travels from Rodeo Drive to Main Street. Just like Rodeo Drive it's fun to browse the stores whose names one knows from movies and the Oscar's red carpet. Gucci, Feragammo and all the big names are represented. Under the same roof are the names like Banana Republic, Gap etc, where one can actually shop. There's lots of parking, but it can be very busy on weekends and holidays. There is the opportunity for valet parking at a rerasonable price.

We received a pass to the Lounge in the Mall from our hotel concierge. This is similar to airline departure lounges where one can relax, watch TV, read, and enjoy a beverage and snack. For the last couple of visits it has been presided over by Sasha, a most pleasant and accommodating host. It's very worthwhile and resulted in probably my most pleasant "shopping" excursions.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Visited January 2014
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