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Top Choice Food Hall in Huntington Beach

Lot 579

The food court at HB's stunning new ocean-view mall offers some unique and fun restaurants for pressed sandwiches (Burnt Crumbs – the spaghetti grilled cheese is so Instagrammable), Aussie meat pies (Pie Not), coffe…
Top Choice Club in Huntington Beach

Bungalow

This Santa Monica landmark of cool has opened a second location here in Pacific City, and with its combination of lounge spaces, outdoor patio, cozy, rustic-vintage design, specialty cocktails, DJs who know how to g…
Top Choice Bar in Sunset Beach

Don the Beachcomber

This been-there-forever, seriously kitschy tiki bar spreads over numerous rooms for dining, dancing, drinking or all three. The Vicious Virgin and Missionary’s Downfall drinks may knock you off your head. And there …
Top Choice American in Sunset Beach

Harbor House Café

High-school skaters, 30-something beach bums and old-timers mix easily under ramshackle walls slathered with movie posters at this classic neon-lit roadside diner from 1939. The menu is long, portions huge and waits…
Top Choice Mexican in Huntington Beach

Sancho's Tacos

There's no shortage of taco stands in HB, but locals are fiercely dedicated to Sancho's, across from the beach. This two-room shack with patio grills flounder, shrimp and tri-tip to order. Trippy Mexican-meets-skate…
Nature Reserve in Huntington Beach

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

You'd be forgiven for overlooking Bolsa Chica, at least on first glance. Against a backdrop of nodding oil derricks, this flat expanse of wetlands doesn't exactly promise the unspoiled splendors of nature. However, …
Beach in Huntington Beach

Huntington City Beach

One of SoCal’s best beaches, the sand surrounding the pier at the foot of Main St gets packed on summer weekends with surfers, volleyball players, swimmers and families. Bathrooms and showers are located north of th…
Mall in Huntington Beach

Pacific City

Just south of downtown HB, this flashy, futuristic new mall sits right across Pacific Coast Hwy from the ocean. Besides large, chain retailers like H&M, Urban Outfitters and Tommy Bahama, there are interesting l…
Beach in Huntington Beach

Bolsa Chica State Beach

A 3-mile-long strip of sand favored by surfers, volleyball players and fishers, Bolsa Chica State Beach stretches alongside Pacific Coast Hwy between Huntington Dog Beach to the south and Sunset Beach to the north. …
Historic Site in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Pier

The 1853ft Huntington Pier is one of the West Coast's longest. It has been here – in one form or another – since 1904, though the mighty Pacific has damaged giant sections or completely demolished it multiple times …