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Balboa Peninsula

Establishment neighborhood
Alchemy Works
3408 Via Oporto, Balboa Peninsula
Alchemy Works is the brainchild of LA-based husband-and-wife duo Lindsay and Raan Parton. The industrial-style shop doubles as a gallery and events space, so there’s lots of room to peruse the hand-picked apothecary pieces, letterpress prints, and indie-designer accessories, including Heidi Merrick velvet bodysuits, Janessa Leoné hats, Clare V clutches, and Grace Lee jewelry. Also sharing the space is a Warby Parker shop-in-shop and a Blacktop coffee counter. The original location is in DTLA.
Bear Flag Fish Co.
3421 Via Lido, Balboa Peninsula
The NY Times may have deemed the fish taco as the unofficial fast food of Laguna, but that's doesn't mean they're all equal. This restaurant-market hybrid continues to impress us with theirs—Baja-style with the freshest catch and house-made slaw. Also on offer: incredible poke, chowder, seafood plates, and one of the best grilled seafood sandwiches we've had. Get here early and be prepared to wait—but trust: it's worth it. (Or if you're looking to cook, head to the market section for the daily seasonal catch and a few lemons, then head home to make the perfect meal.)
goop GIFT Newport Beach (Closed)
3446 Via Oporto, Balboa Peninsula
From now through Dec. 24th, goop GIFT has set up shop in Lido Village, a new shopping and dining compound on the water in Newport Beach. With the goal of making the seasonal shopping as stress-free as possible, goop editors have done all the hard work for you, and with twelve personality-driven gifting categories there's something for everyone (and we mean everyone—pets included). Whether you need a special gift or token for the health nut, the cook, the dreamer, the host, or the lover in your life—to name but a few—we've got you covered. Shoppers will find everything featured in our goop gift guides IRL, alongside the very best of the goop shop across skincare, homewares, clothing, and accessories. The Newport Beach outpost (other locations include Miami and New York City) operates as a legit one-stop-shop. Once you've completed your shopping, enjoy the convenience of in-store wrapping, personalization (why not?), plus, local delivery to your home.
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