Wellness With Courtnie's Guide To Orange County

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This post is long overdue! Orange County has been my home for almost 7 years now so I’d like to think I know my way around. Whenever someone asks me for recommendations on where to go while visiting the area I always have a hard time answering because there is SO much here. I’ve divided all of my recommendations up by city so that you can get a good idea of where everything is. I’ve included some of my favorite places to eat, where I like to hike/workout and some miscellaneous things like where I get acupuncture & my eyebrows waxed. I hope you find it helpful!

Huntington Beach

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Food & Drink

Ola Mexican Kitchen - Our favorite place to get tacos and margaritas. Located in downtown HB at Pacific City. Great place to catch the sunset and enjoy some chips and salsa.

Mothers Market & Kitchen - Where I get almost all of my groceries! I go at least once a day. A lot of people don’t know this, but Mothers Market also has a small restaurant inside (depending on which location you go to). They serve breakfast all day and offer tons of vegan and vegetarian options. The prices aren’t bad either!

Bear Flag Fish Co - Delicious poke and other fresh fish. They make an amazing skinny margarita. Also located inside of Pacific City.

Secret Spot - Small cafe in North HB with tons of vegan options. Across from the beach.

Vegan Nirvana - Great for late night (open til midnight). Get the vegan fish tacos and the sweet potato fries.

Jan’s Health Bar - Local spot with the best sandwiches in town!

Philz Coffee - Really great coffee, tons of options! I like the mint mojito with no sugar.

Newport/Costa Mesa

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Food & Drink

True Food Kitchen - I get the inside-out quinoa burger every time! It’s so good and something I’m not really able to make at home so it’s a real treat. I also love their cocktails. Located in Fashion Island so it’s a great place to garb lunch and then go shopping.

Vibe - Delicious, organic & plant based dishes. All of their bowls are amazing, but I think the tacos are my favorite.

Outpost Kitchen - Organic, farm to table. Open for breakfast and lunch. Amazing daily specials.

Greenleaf Chop Shop - Wide variety of salads and other healthy dishes. Full bar. They have two locations, I prefer the one on 17th Street.

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Gratitude - Best vegan food in town! The Mucho Bowl and the Magical Burger are my favorites. They also have a pretty good iced matcha (I get it with no honey).

A Market - Upscale deli and market serving fresh and delicious salads and sandwiches. I get Patsy’s Salad.

Malibu Farm - Great for brunch. The restaurant is located in Lido Marina Village so it’s right in the center of some pretty great shopping!

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Playa Mesa - Hip Mexican restaurant with a super cute interior. Great for happy hour. I get the ceviche.

SOCIAL - On one side they have a really cool co-working space and on the other side they have a coffee bar & restaurant. The restaurant serves some really amazing craft cocktails.

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Zinque - Great place to enjoy a glass of wine. Their toast selection is out of this world.

Sejuiced - My favorite little juice shop! Everything is organic and made in house. They also sell raw vegan desserts that are a must try.

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KIT Coffee - Best matcha in all of Orange County (except for at my house of course). Super cute decor and right next to Ra Yoga and Cafe Gratitude.

The Fermentation Farm - Where I get all of my fermented foods! They also sell meat from Diamond Mountain Ranch (the only meat I buy) and have house made kombucha on tap + an amazing bone broth bar.

The Water Brewery - The best water in town! They also sell a wide variety supplements, superfood elixirs, tonics and local organic food.

Workout

Ra Yoga Studios - I might be biased because I teach at Ra, but I can say with all honesty that it’s a really special studio. From the day I took my first class I felt right at home. They offer a variety of different classes. Vinyasa, Strength (yoga with weights), Yogalates, Yin, Pre Natal and more. First week is free for Orange County residents.

Laguna Beach

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Food & Drink

Urth Cafe - Seasonal & locally sourced. Great for brunch. Urth is our go-to spot after a hike.

The Stand - Small roadside stand serving simple, plant based dishes.

Active Culture - Small vegan friendly cafe serving salads and açaí bowls.

The Roof Top Lounge - Great place to have drinks at sunset. The view is magnificent!

Nicks - Located in the heart of downtown Laguna. Great for dinner and drinks. I get the kale and quinoa salad.

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Hike

Valido Trail - Quick yet challenging. Steep incline and a beautiful view of the coast line waiting for you at the top. Parking is also free which is a major plus!

Thousand Steps - Not exactly a hike, but you’ll definitely work up a sweat walking up and down the stairs. At the bottom of the staircase you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County!

Crystal Cove - There are a few different trails connected to Crystal Cove. All with beautiful ocean views. Parking is $15 at the state park entrance.

Other

Magnolia Wellness Center - Where I go for acupuncture! They also offer a ton of amazing classes and workshops.

Perspire Sauna Studio - Where I go for sauna. You can book your own private one hour sauna session. They have 3 locations (I prefer the Costa Mesa location).

Irvine SPA - This place is so cool! It’s a Korean sauna and spa with a ton of different amenities like a salt room, fire room, ice room and more.

The Highbrow - Where I get my eyebrows waxed and tinted. Tinel does an amazing job.

Sugared And Bronzed - Where I go for all of my waxing and spray tan needs. They use all natural ingredients.

Roots Beauty - The spot for non-toxic skincare and makeup in downtown Laguna.

The Shop Laguna - Super cute clothing boutique. Also located in downtown Laguna.

The Chakra Shack - Crystal shop, spiritual books, aura photography and readings.

SEED Peoples Market - My favorite store to buy gifts! They have it all. Everything from active wear, adventure gear, super cute clothing, handmade jewelry, nontoxic candles and a huge home decor section with tons of unique vintage items.

Divine Foot Spa - Here you can get an hour long, full body reflexology massage for only $25! They do a really great job. You don’t get your own private room, but its dark and feels comfortable. I’ve been going for years and have never had a bad experience.




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