Few know that before Laguna Beach had its current downtown, the heart of the small business district in early Laguna was around Blue Bird Canyon and South Coast Highway. This historic place has been recently reborn as a thriving and exciting business district, we call the HIP District. “HIP” for Historic and Interesting Places and “HIP” because it is!
The HIP District is surrounded by the ocean on the west and a portion of Village Laguna, with its beautifully restored cottages, on the east. For shoppers, there are loads of apparel stores offering exciting fashions; 16 art galleries; 19 restaurants; and several unique coffee shops with outdoor seating. Some of the city’s most enjoyable hotels are located here. There’s a neighborhood bookstore, florists, jewelry, a nursery, home décor and much more. Pamper yourself with the many spas offering massages or enjoy a workout amidst the quaint feel of Laguna. Also, at the end of every street, there’s access to Laguna’s best beaches including stadium seating to view surfing at world-famous Brooks Street.
Scattered throughout the District are some of Laguna’s earliest buildings including the Hotel La Casa del Camino, The Old Pottery Place and The English Garden. To totally enjoy a day in Laguna stroll through this Laguna neighborhood and enjoy the variety of stores where the locals shop, and get a sense of what living at the beach is all about.