As the biggest city in Orange County, Anaheim has become a geographic — and cultural — hub for the area. Hotel Indigo Anaheim sits right outside its best known attraction — Disneyland — and is just a short drive or bus ride from the downtown, putting the city’s hot spots within easy access.
Food & Drink
The Anaheim Packing House, situated in a former warehouse dating to 1919, offers a culinary trip around the world without having to leave downtown Anaheim. Vendors sell everything from Asian-style boba tea drinks to juicy burgers.
The downtown neighborhood of Little Arabia boasts a number of authentic Middle Eastern restaurants. Some local favorites include Olive Tree Restaurant and Kareem’s Falafel for dinner and Knafeh Cafe for dessert. Don’t miss the signature cheese dessert topped with flaky dough and simple syrup.
Anaheim White House is a classic Italian steakhouse that’s a favorite of many locals; it was set to reopen completely in early 2018 following a fire. The Ranch offers a similarly upscale experience, specializing in a 24-hour braised beef short rib and a cowboy rib-eye.
There’s plenty of good music in this entertainment capital. The Juke Joint is a popular watering hole, serving a rotating tap list of 20 local craft and domestic drafts alongside live music acts, six bustling pool tables and a juke box geared to sing-along hits.
The World Famous Doll Hut is Anaheim’s main concert hall, featuring rock acts playing everything from heavy metal to ska. Most nights feature at least a few bands, many of them local, homegrown talent. For national acts, The House of Blues is the place.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of art in Anaheim revolves around animation. WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney features Disney-inspired art and home decor along with rotating exhibits from local artists. S. Preston Art + Design is a small gallery featuring modern paintings by a local artist who specializes in licensed renderings of Major League Baseball parks.
At Muzeo, you can check out a permanent exhibition on the history of animation, as well as changing displays on subjects ranging from Asian calligraphy to King Tut’s tomb to model trains.
Both history and design buffs will want to see the Mother Colony House, which dates to 1857 and was one of the first buildings constructed in Anaheim. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s open for tours on the first Saturday of each month.
Anaheim Brewery occupies the historic Packard building, which served as a showroom and other automobile uses for much of its nearly century-long history. The restored building also is a location of the Southern California-based chain Umami Burger.
For anyone looking to give their home and kitchen a retro touch, RSSA Vintagespecializes in brands that marry traditional form with modern function. Each November, the Anaheim Convention Center hosts DesignerCon, a three-day event featuring designers and vendors for everything from apparel and art to sculpture and toys.