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Buzz-Worthy Spots to Visit This Winter in Newport Beach

December 21, 2023

Is finding the coolest spots in town is a challenge you’re always up for? From chic hotels to cutting-edge restaurants, you relish any opportunity to explore, discover and snap some stylish photos. And while a guided tour may not pique your interest, we’re here to drop a few hints on the hippest places to visit in Newport Beach this winter. So slip into your chicest ensemble and grab your Polaroid camera—we’ve pieced together the ultimate itinerary for those in search of a stylish vacation.

Stay at Pendry Newport Beach

An icon of urban luxury, Pendry Newport Beach is the newest addition to our city’s collection of hotels and resorts, and there’s no better place to take refuge this winter. Situated just a stone’s throw from world-class retail destination Fashion Island, this stunning property is the epitome of cosmopolitan elegance. Four dining concepts dot the property, including the already buzz-worthy SET Steak & Sushi—which blends contemporary coastal fare with American steakhouse classics. Wellness enthusiasts can unwind at Spa Pendry, and sun-seekers can lounge poolside under the palms. The resort also features a members-only lounge called The Elwood Club—a hub for socializing and entertainment—and even has a signature kids club for the little ones. Pendry Newport Beach is the place to see and be seen this winter, whether you’re traveling solo, with family or with your entourage.

Morning Workout at Ekam Yoga & Pilates

Kickstart your morning with a class at Ekam Yoga & Pilates! With everything from Vinyasa and Heated Flow classes to SUP Yoga & Pilates (classes on stand-up paddleboards), this studio in Newport Beach is sure to help you break a sweat. After your class, stop by Ekam’s in-studio boutique to shop a curated collection of activewear, home goods, unique gifts and accessories. And before you leave, don’t forget to snag a pour of their on-tap Fermensch kombucha!

Grab a Coffee at Vacancy

Next stop? Coffee! Get your caffeine fix at Vacancy—a popular PCH pit stop that brews up a variety of avante-garde beverages, including lavender lattes, creamy matchas and “Gothic” mochas infused with activated charcoal. Grab a seat on the back-alley patio under the umbrellas and savor the winter sunshine!

Shop at Lido Marina Village

For an afternoon of seaside shopping, head to Lido Marina Village! This charming, open-air center is home to a handful of local boutiques that’ll have you smitten. Stop by The RealReal for a selection of pre-loved designer goods, Cos Bar for a bounty of beauty essentials or Eberjey for cozy loungewear! Then, once you’ve filled your shopping bags, kick back and relax on the Lido Deck, which features live music every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 12 p.m.

Enjoy an Alfresco Lunch at Malibu Farm

Next, make your way over to Lido Marina Village’s Malibu Farm for a bayside bite. This harbor hotspot whips up various farm-to-fork dishes, including Swedish mini pancakes for brunch and shareables like crab cakes, cauliflower crust pizzas and Korean short ribs for lunch and dinner. Pair your meal with one of their signature cocktails like the Pink Peppercorn Margarita or Coffee Manhattan, and cheers to an afternoon well-spent.

Cruise the Harbor With Vision Electric Boat Rental

Once the sun begins to set, hop aboard an electric boat for a golden hour cruise on the bay! Vision Electric Boat Rental offers a dynamic fleet of electric boats that are easy to drive and don’t require a drivers license. Bring a bottle of wine aboard and sip the evening away as you witness an iconic Newport Beach sunset. Seafarers also have the option to dock and dine at one of Newport Beach‘s many bayside restaurants!

Wine and Dine at Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

For a taste of Baja right on the Balboa Peninsula, make a reservation at Palmilla Cocina y Tequila—one of Newport Beach’s newest dining concepts! This coastal Mexican restaurant was designed by award-winning architect Gulla Jónsdóttir and was inspired by the picturesque coasts of Cabo San Lucas. Palmilla is not just another Mexican eatery; it’s a foray into the art of modern Sonoran-style cuisine. The space itself features a fully retractable ceiling, along with custom-made furniture and decor. And for those with a penchant for spirits, get ready to explore Newport Beach’s most extensive collection of tequilas and mezcals. This isn’t just dining; it’s a culinary journey that promises to be as vibrant and dynamic as the destinations that inspired it.

Grab a Cocktail at Topside Roof Deck

After an action-packed day, nothing compares to a craft cocktail and a little rooftop relaxation. Head to Lido House for a sky-high libation at Topside Roof Deck! This beach house-style bar is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy time with friends. Settle into a comfy lounger and sip on a warm Topside Hot Toddy with sesame clove-infused bourbon or an Espresso Martini with La Colombe cold brew. And most importantly, don’t forget to snap some photos!

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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