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A Weekend In Laguna Beach

a garden with water in the ocean
Laguna Beach remains one of the best places in California for a weekend getaway. This artistic beach town has a slow pace that allows you to unwind without getting too bored. With the beautiful beach alongside their green canyon, Laguna is a beautiful seaside town you’ve got to check out. Read below for some of our recommendations for where to eat, walk and explore.

Places to Eat

Nick’s Laguna Beach is one of the more popular spots in town, with the other locations being in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Pasadena, and more. Make sure to get a reservation in advance as this small restaurant fills up fast, no matter the time of day. Nick’s is great for a more formal, sit down meal where you can truly take in and enjoy your surroundings. While they offer a range of delicious salads, your eyes will likely be drawn straight to the seafood selections. Indulge yourself with a cocktail or wine and make sure to end the evening with their sundae or yummy butter cake for dessert.
Get to explore the beautiful golf course and property of The Ranch while treating yourself to an incredible brunch at their Harvest restaurant. The outdoor seating provides an incredible view of the Aliso Canyon while the inside boasts a lovely interior design. Their menu changes with each season, as it integrates fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from their own garden.
If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, stop by Zinc for a range of delicious treats and meals. Opened in 1988, the Zinc in Laguna Beach is the franchise’s first location. Featuring daily specials like tomato saffron rice soup and red bell pepper squash quiche, Zinc has a quality option for whatever you’re in the mood for.
When traveling, it can be easy to indulge in heavier foods, leaving you feeling groggy or simply not your best. Stop by the iconic Stand Natural Foods for a flavorful vegan meal that will leaving feeling filled and satisfied without feeling lethargic. Established in 1975, The Stand Natural Foods restaurant offers just about everything from fresh juices and smoothie bowls to incredible bowls and salads. Made fresh daily, you can truly taste the difference in all of their menu items.
Chantilly Ice Cream
A weekend in Laguna isn’t complete without a quick stop at Chantilly Ice Cream, just across from the beach. This spot is cash only, so come prepared and treat yourself to one of their many delicious ice creams, sorbets, or smoothies!

Things To Do

Walking along the beach is sure to be high on your list of things to do on your weekend in Laguna Beach. The beach in the center of town is great, but it’s worth going a little further up or down for a less crowded, more scenic experience. Stop by The Montage to experience their stunning property and walk along the beach near the resort as well.
In addition to its incredible beaches, Laguna is known for its thriving art scene. When walking in town, you’ll come across a plethora of galleries everywhere you look – there are over 100 art galleries in town! Even if you’re just browsing, stop by the Dr. Seuss Gallery, Pascual Gallery, and the Dawson Cole Fine Art gallery to view some incredible pieces of art.
No matter what you choose, we know you’ll have an amazing day exploring the artistic village by the sea. Looking to explore more of the coast? Hop on our Coastal Tour so you can see all the sights from Huntington Beach to Dana Point!