OK, while not technically in Los Angeles, The CAMP in nearby Orange County is absolutely worth a visit. I grew up in Orange County and am there to visit family on a fairly regular basis. The CAMP, located in Costa Mesa’s SoBeCa District, (South on Bristol Entertainment, Culture and Arts) offers customers a nontraditional retail community in a casual and lively atmosphere. Modern meets Mother Nature. Not far from popular South Coast Plaza, this green gathering spot offers wellness and personal styling services, unique and purposeful shopping as well as healthy, local and international dining.
The CAMP has whimsical details and little surprises almost everywhere you look.
From tractor seat benches to metal sculptures to knit trim on chairs and sweaters on the light poles, The CAMP just puts a smile on your face.
The architecture and design elements at The CAMP are an eclectic mix of structures.
There are even charming little trailers here and there, serving as small shops.
At The CAMP, you will find a variety of culinary delights for you to enjoy as an alternative to the typical restaurant experience. Native Foods offers gourmet vegetarian cuisine that gives old favorites a new taste with a health–conscious twist. Umami Burger is also a favorite. Grab a menu and see what tempts you!
Old Vine Café offers fresh, locally sourced organic cuisine in the style of southern Italy, with dinner wine pairings and an incredible Sunday brunch. If you are looking to enjoy a nice warm cup of coffee or tea, Milk+Honey is just the place for you.
Be sure to stop by the Blackmarket Bakery. Amazing baked goods and whimsical details.
There are wonderful shops and restaurants have a little something for everyone. Most of the stores here are health conscious or fitness related, with a strong emphasis on an active lifestyle. “Green” is everywhere, from the native vegetation to the progressive and select retailers offering their organic wares in the first-known environmentally sensitive retail campus in the United States.
Many of the products at Seed are environmentally friendly, handmade or are designed to give back. (Or all three!)
One of the few drawbacks to The CAMP is that parking can be a challenge. However, if it is possible for a parking lot to be charming, well… this one is!
With a large wall stating “community” and each individual parking space labeled with a positive word or message, you might not be so bothered that you had a tough time getting a spot. Get there early or take advantage of the valet.
Throughout the year, The CAMP hosts several educational events, art shows and exhibits to bring the community together and provide information on how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Locals come for the monthly “Last Tuesdays” Sobeca ARTwalk, film screenings and special events.
Have you been to The CAMP?