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3 Days in Newport Beach for Foodies

Curated by Elisa Parhada travel writer based in Los Angeles who loves coastal getaways.

I head to Orange County for beautiful beaches, charming coastal villages, and chill vibes. I especially appreciate that while Newport Beach has some of the same glitz and polish that Los Angeles does, it’s tempered by a laid-back surfer lifestyle—which is true of its culinary offerings, too.

With many converging influences, including large populations of Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders, Orange County's wide-ranging food scene is one of its best features. From high-end boba shops to Balboa bars to long-running seafood classics, you can find just about anything that you’re craving. Here’s how to sample a bit of everything in three days.

While most days are sunny and warm, be prepared for cool temperatures thanks to the city’s proximity to the ocean.

If you only have time for one thing, visit Balboa Island to try a Balboa bar.

Day 1

Boating is a way of life in Newport Beach, whether you cruise on a yacht, sail on a sailboat, or putter around with an electric Duffy boat (invented in Newport Beach!). Spend this morning enjoying a champagne brunch on the water.

Balboa Island is like a charming seaside town from days of yore. Take the afternoon to walk its streets, nibble on its treats (hello, Balboa ice cream bar!), and watch the boat traffic.

Day 2

The nearby city of Westminster has a sizable Vietnamese population. Explore the eateries of Little Saigon and be sure to check out the fried tofu options at Dong Phuong Tofu, a local tofu factory. The soy milk here is superb!

Spend the evening getting a taste for the wide variety of coastal California brews at local breweries up and down the coast. Some favorites include Blackie’s by the Sea (known for having the coldest beer in town), Chihuahua Cerveza, and Helmsman Ale House.

Day 3

Oenophiles should definitely head to the Temecula wine region, 90 minutes away by car. Spend the day enjoying great food and memorable tastings at a few beautiful wineries. One of my favorites is Europa Village Wineries, boasting wines inspired by Spain, Italy, and France.

Alternatively, spend the day at the beach and end it with a cooking class in a beautiful setting. Enjoy Californian wine while learning how to use fresh, local, and sustainable foods like a SoCal local.

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