Santa Ana Shopping and Districts
(Santa Ana, California - CA, USA)
There really are shops sprinkled all over Santa Ana and around its suburbs, meaning that if you are planning a shopping expedition, you likely won't have far to travel to spend your hard-earned cash.
Within downtown Santa Ana itself, East 1st Street is a sensible place to start looking for shops, as well as intersecting South Main Street and parallel East 4th Street. There are easily more than enough shops along these busy thoroughfares to fill a leisurely day of window shopping, particularly if you are planning to stop off for refreshments along the way, at one of the many coffee shops and bakeries.
Located on East 1st Street is the East End Promenade (formerly named the Fiesta Marketplace Shopping Center), where shops such as Don Roberto Jewelers, Famsa (electronics), a Food4Less supermarket, M S Clothing, Payless ShoeSource, RedBox (DVDs and games) and Sierra Sports are accompanied by various fast-food eateries and restaurants. These range from McDonald's and Taco Bell, to Golden Gate Chinese Food and Little Caesars Pizza.
Where to Shop
Lying on the far northern side of Santa Ana, on North Main Street, is the Westfield MainPlace, which opened here in 1987 and was previously named MainPlace Santa Ana. Today, there are close to 200 different stores, eateries and services onsite at this indoor shopping mall, spread over three floors, with the principal anchors being JC Penney, Macy's and Nordstrom.
Other notable stores at the Westfield MainPlace include Abercrombie and Fitch, Bath and Body Works, Brighton Collectibles, Claire's, Disney Store, Forever 21, Gap, GapKids, H&M, Hallmark, Kay Jewelers, Men's Wearhouse, New York & Company, Shoe Palace and Victoria's Secret.
On the other side of Main Street is the Orange Town and Country South Shopping Center, which is a much smaller operation and stands alongside the Santiago Park Nature Reserve. You may also like to consider paying a visit to the Santa Ana Artist's Village, next to Broadway and Spurgeon Street. Here you can check out the Art Walk and its plentiful galleries, stores and coffee shops.
Less than 5 miles / 8 km to the south of Santa Ana is the South Coast Plaza Shopping Center on Bristol Street. The South Coast Plaza dates from the late 1960s and is something of a retail giant, with over 250 stores, including Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears. There are also numerous luxury brands in residence at the plaza, such as Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rolex, Tiffany's, Versace and Valentino.
Nearby Huntington Beach (southwest) and also Newport Beach (south) are both known for their shopping venues, as well as their fine dining and excellent surfing conditions.