I have lived in Downtown Fullerton for about 6 years and love being walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in town. Fullerton also offers a lot of fun, family-friendly community events throughout the year that we try to take advantage of. In celebration of Summer Solstice and the Day of Music event happening all around town today, June 21st, I have put together a list of my favorite things to do and places to eat when spending the day in Downtown Fullerton.
For great pour over coffee and latte's we love Dripp Coffee. The modern, stylish decor and quality coffee make it our favorite in town. They also have a great outdoor patio with plenty of seating. On Tuesdays they have “Happy Hour” from 10am-12pm where you can get 30% off you drink order.
When we have time for a sit down breakfast our go to stop is Kimmie’s Cup in Fullerton. It's not right downtown and not much to look at from the outside but it’s a small classic diner experience with great food and the nicest servers in town. If you come after 9am on the weekends you can expect a small wait but it’s worth it.
DAYTIME OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
One of the most scenic and unique spots in Fullerton to enjoy the outdoors is the Fullerton Arboretum. It’s a beautiful outdoor garden and event space right next to Cal State Fullerton. Grab a friend or the whole family and spend an hour walking through the gardens, and visit the museum and historic Heritage House. They have community garden plots for rent and host all kinds of programs, events and plant and vegetable sales thought out the year.
For a healthy, affordable and filling lunch we head to Rutabegorz. Look for the historic white building and neon sign. There is plenty of indoor seating and a back patio but be prepared for it to be busy during main meal hours. They always have a $3 beer and a 43 cent dip of the month. We eat here almost once a week and our only complaint is that they are only open 6 days a week instead of 7 (closed Sundays).
Harbor Blvd. between Amerige and Wilshire is the main stretch of shops and restaurants. Grab lunch downtown then spend a couple hours shopping. Here are some of my favorites that are all walking distance from eachother:
The Found Shop
Thoughtfully curated gift and home goods shop. You'll even find some vintage items brought back from around the world by the owner who also owns a vintage rental company in town.
Share & Do Good
Small gift shop carrying brands that all donate to charity with every purchase.
Stitch & Feather
Women's clothing store for the free-spirited bohemian .
Clothing, gear and gifts for the outdoorsy adventurer.
Vintage clothing store with something for everyone from every decade.
Two-Story antique mall with a little bit of everything for treasure hunters.
If you are in town on a Thursday stop by the Downtown Fullerton Farmer's Market from 4pm-8:30pm during the months of April-October. Bring the whole family and the dog and shop for produce, baked bread and local honey or stop in for a $4 beer at the Fullerton Museum beer garden and enjoy live music. There is even a park, bounce house and train ride for kids.
There are a ton of dinner options in town and a lot of them are really good. Our new go-to nice dinner spot as a couple or with a group is Pour Company which just opened this Spring and has a great selection of beer, cocktails and food. Our favorite part is the big outdoor patio with its modern, brightly colored decor and fun artsy mural on the wall. Be sure to make reservations on weekend nights or you'll need to look for a spot at the bar while you wait.
For a more casual dinner experience you can’t go wrong with pizza and beer. Head over to Bootleggers, Fullerton’s local brewery for some strong and flavorful craft beers. They don’t serve food themselves but are just around the corner from our favorite pizza place, Two Saucy Broads. Order at Two Saucy Broads first and they will walk it over to you at Bootleggers when it’s ready.
There are a lot of choices of places to grab a drink or experience the nightlife in Downtown Fullerton all within walking distance of eachother. A good laid back spot to grab a drink with friends is Heroes Bar & Grill. They have a huge selection of beers on tap and give you bags of peanuts to eat when you sit down. It’s customary to throw the peanut shells on the ground which adds to the lively atmosphere amongst vintage signs and strings of lights. For a night cap travel underground to The Cellar for a drink at the bar. The inside was designed by the same craftsman that worked on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean offering a unique and unexpected atmosphere for an end to your evening.
Thank you for reading my blog post! This post is made up of my personal favorites based on my own opinions. To learn more about all the shops, restaurants and bars Downtown Fullerton has to offer visit the City of Fullerton's website.