Fashion Island Shopping Center

Fashion Island Shopping Center, located in the heart of Newport Beach, California, is a shopping oasis seated in a beautiful center, with lush appointments and enjoyable activities. The center opened in 1967 as a high-end shopping destination, and has undergone renovations to keep it current and stylish. The center is a meeting place for locals and a popular date-night destination. The architecture bears a Mediterranean feel, with fountains, landscaping and lounge areas throughout.

Must see/do at Fashion Island Shopping Center
Visitors to the center should stroll the area, taking in the unique boutiques and eateries. Don't limit your shopping to the big stores, check out wares presented in the many unique kiosks that surround the walkways. A great day can conclude with a movie at the Island Cinema, featuring over-sized leather seats and exceptional sound and projection systems.

Types of stores at Fashion Island Shopping Center
The center features flagship stores, including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's. Also located at Fashion Island are terrific specialty stores, including the Apple Store, Muttropolis Dog and Cat Boutique, and Marbles: The Brain Store.

Food at Fashion Island Shopping Center
The Island is a diner's delight, offering something for every mood and budget. Leisurely meals can be enjoyed at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Canaletto Ristorante Veneto and Café Beau Soleil at American Rag Cie. Informal dining is delicious at California Pizza Kitchen, Five Guys Burger and Fries, or The Cheesecake Factory. Grab to-go at Casey's Cupcakes, Gelato Paradiso or Auntie Anne's Pretzels.

Parking and public transportation at Fashion Island Shopping Center
This outdoor mall provides free lot and garage parking, and valet service for a few dollars. Public transportation is available through the Orange County Transit Authority.

Other places to visit near Fashion Island Shopping Center
Visitors should make time to visit Newport Beach sites on the Newport Beach peninsula and on Balboa Island.

Insider tip for visitors to Fashion Island Shopping Center
The center is a great family destination. Parent/child fashion shopping is actually fun as you browse the new fashions in the boutiques. The Apple Store can entertain for hours, and little ones enjoy catching "raindrops" from the patio floor-based fountains near Macy's.

Connie Jankowski is an award-winning writer and a seasoned traveler. She has lived in Orange County, California for about 30 years.