OC’s Hottest Instagram Spots

Angel Zhu, Opinion Editor

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Urth Caffe (Laguna Beach):

Recently opened in Laguna Beach, this LA-based cafe specializes in organic coffees, teas, and pastries. Whether you’re just grabbing a bite to eat before going to the beach, or are looking for a satisfying, yet healthy, meal, Urth Caffe will surely satisfy your palate.

Lemonade (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Irvine):

Lemonade is a cafeteria-style restaurant that serves the freshest seasonal veggies and of course, lemonade. From sandwiches and braises to the vast variety of lemonades to choose from, Lemonade boasts the diverse and creative flavors of California.

Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream (Newport Beach):

Founded by Candice Nelson, a judge on the Cooking Channel’s Cupcake Wars, Sprinkles specializes in baking the finest cupcakes (for humans and dogs) in classic, seasonal, and uniquely Sprinkles flavors. Classics include red velvet (also offered in gluten free and vegan), black and white (a Belgian dark chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla frosting), vanilla, and chocolate. Sprinkles originals include Cuban coffee, banana dark chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, peanut butter chocolate, and triple cinnamon. The menu changes daily, and seasonal flavors are always on the rise, so keep an eye out for new, delicious cupcakes! Next door, Sprinkles Ice Cream sells rich ice creams in their cupcake flavors, as well as cookies and brownies. Can’t get enough? You can purchase Sprinkles cupcakes mix and Sprinkles merchandise at any store!

Pacific Coast Highway (Newport Beach – Laguna Beach):

This scenic road that connects Newport Beach and Laguna Beach is one of the prettiest drives in all of Orange County. Whether you’re going from place to place or making the trip just to see this view, make sure you cruise on this one — you’ll want to enjoy every second of it.

Montage Laguna Beach:

Montage Laguna Beach is a 5 star resort in south Laguna. It has a pool and multiple coves that boast some of the cleanest beaches in all of Orange County. Whether you’re strolling along the pathway above the beach, swimming in the blue waters, or sitting on a bench, taking it all in, Montage Laguna Beach surely will not disappoint.

Piers (throughout Orange County):
A killer view and a popular surf spot in the center of whatever city you’re in… What’s not to love? With various places to eat near piers, you won’t go hungry when you’re enjoying the sunset or hanging out with friends.

32nd Street Beach (Newport Beach):
A popular hangout spot for the beach-goers of Orange County.

Bayside (Newport Beach):

There’s nothing more fun than spending a day with your besties on a boat in Newport Beach. Soak up the sun and enjoy the views in multiple locations throughout Newport.

Afters Ice Cream (throughout Orange County):

The hype is real. Afters Ice Cream serves ice-cream filled donuts in all the wacky flavors you can imagine — such as Cookie Monster, jasmine milk tea, and banana walnut fudge!

Inspiration Point (Newport Beach – Corona del Mar):

Sit and enjoy the view of the ocean from above and get ready to be inspired.

Top of the World (Laguna Beach):

There are many places to hike in Orange County, but Top of the World is one of OC’s best known, and for good reason. Scenic, challenging, yet fun, and a great way to enjoy California’s beauty, the Top of the World hike is a must for all.


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