1. Top Shops and Restaurants
A $250 million reinvestment at Irvine Spectrum attracted 30 new shops and restaurants. Apple grew its footprint with a new stand-alone building that is mesmerizing. And the all-new Hello Kitty Cafe – the first of its kind in the United States – is fun in its purest (and sweetest) form.
2. Creating Experiences
The latest evolution at Woodbury Town Center is an expanded central green with play areas where kids climb on giant oranges that symbolize Irvine Ranch’s agricultural history. It’s the place to meet family and friends on Saturday mornings.
3. Beautiful Places
Some of the most important reinvestments are experiential. A fountain is just as much art as a soothing water feature dotting new courtyards. A majestic row of Phoenix palms creates the right shade at certain times of day. It’s all subtle, but defines the experience.
4. Innovation & Shopping Combined
It’s fitting that one of the most innovative shopping centers in Irvine is at the doorstep of UC Irvine. Lights appear as you walk by. Appropriately hip music flows in. Free Wi-Fi attracts professionals and students alike. And it’s home to Orange County’s only Amazon storefront.
5. Open-Air Experiences
Orchard Hills Shopping Center’s hundreds of mature olive trees, trellises and comfortable seating make outdoor dining feel like you’re in a secluded mediterranean countryside. The center takes its design cues from its surrounding village.