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. 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 staycation.
Stay at Lido House
For a coastal-chic retreat, check into the one and only Lido House hotel. This Cape Cod-style destination sits on the bustling Balboa Peninsula in the heart of it all. The property’s all-American feel and pristine palette of nautical blues exude an unbeatable beach house vibe that’ll you’ll love from the minute you pull up. Reserve one of their 130 coastal-inspired guest rooms or, if you’re traveling with more people, stay in one of Lido House’s five three-story cottages complete with fully equipped kitchens, rooftop terraces and ample living space. Whichever room you choose, you’ll also have access to all of the hotel’s amenities, like the pool, rooftop bar, spa and on-site signature restaurant, The Mayor’s Table.
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 Coffee Manhattan or Coco Negroni, and cheers to an afternoon well-spent.
Cruise the Harbor With Lido Electric Boat Rental
Once the sun begins to set, hop aboard an electric boat for a golden hour cruise on Newport Harbor. Lido Electric Boat Rental offers a dynamic fleet of electric boats that anyone can drive – boat license not needed! Bring a bottle of wine aboard and sip the evening away as you take in the iconic Newport Beach sunset. Seafarers also have the option to Dock & Dine at one of the many waterfront restaurants!
Wine and Dine at Zinqué
Pull up your fantail boat to Zinqué for a cozy, sit-down meal. With its industrial-chic decor, beautiful bar area and vine-covered patio, this dining destination steals the show in terms of ambiance. Start off with a glass of red, white or rosé, then feast your eyes on a menu of French cuisine featuring dishes like Smoked Salmon Tartine, Asparagus Niçoise, Quiche Lorraine, Moules-Frites and more.
Grab a Cocktail at Topside Roof Deck
After an action-packed day, nothing compares to a craft cocktail and a little rooftop relaxation. Head back 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 Lido Toddy with pressure-infused apple bourbon or an Americano with sweet vermouth. And most importantly, don’t forget to snap some photos!
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger