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Female Speaker: Prada, Gucci, Versace and Chloe. If they're on the runways, you'll likely find them here at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.
Step through the Looking Glass and enter a magical shopping wonderland, where every girl is princess for a day, and the shoe always fits. Colorful and imaginative surprises wait around every corner in a symphony of sights, scents and sounds. It's a grownup girl's fairy tale, where a credit card and a bit of cash always ensure as a happy ending.
Built in 1967 on a plot of the Segerstrom family's lima bean fields, South Coast Plaza is located in Orange County at intersections of the 55 and 405 freeways.
This is not your neighborhood mall, South Coast Plaza stores include exclusive locations for 280 of the world's top fashion designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, Escada and Jimmy Choo.
Like Las Vegas, South Coast Plaza is constantly evolving - and you'll something find fresh, new and exciting every time you visit.
When you arrive, I recommend picking up a South Coast Plaza map at the concierge. This is a massive shopping complex, measuring in at 2.6 million retail square feet. It's no surprise that South Coast Plaza is, itself, an attraction, drawing more than 24 million visitors a year. In fact, its stores generate more revenue than any other shopping center in the country.
You won't find any food courts selling hot dogs on a stick here. South Coast Plaza restaurants are as elegant as its boutiques, serving up some of Orange County's finest cuisine.
More than 30 restaurants vie for your attention, from the exquisite Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdales to the homey Antonello Espresso, an Italian sidewalk cafe that's great for people-watching.
One of the best values here at South Coast Plaza is the three-course lunch at Marché Moderne, a nouveau French restaurant here in the Penthouse.
This bistro has quickly become a local's favorite. Two other standouts are Pinot Provence and Antonello.
Kids love it for the South Coast Plaza carousel, which has been a crowd pleaser since the beginning, and if you save your ticket stub, there are some great discounts on the back.
The truth is, South Coast Plaza is unlike any shopping center you've been to. I met in the Penthouse with executive director Werner Escher, who, during the past 42 years, has transformed South Coast Plaza into a tourism site as hotly anticipated as Disneyland.
Werner Escher: What you see in south coast plaza, once you get here is the international midst. And of course the stores that are internationally known appeal to those that come here from Japan, from China, in fact all of Asia, and from Europe. So we are very blessed with the fact here in Orange County is a shopping experience that we'd like to say, it's certainly unequal to that.
It's no wonder that South Coast Plaza is a featured stop on several bus tours in California. In fact, most Disneyland area hotels have shuttle service to South Coast Plaza three times daily.
But if you want to stay in the heart of the action, one of the closest South Coast Plaza hotels is the Westin South Coast Plaza, located right across the street. From here, you can walk practically everywhere, from the best restaurants in The OC to the world famous Orange County Performing Arts Center.
And did I mention the South Coast Plaza spas? The Spa at South Coast Plaza serves up some of The OC's most pampering treatments, from hot stone massages to the bio marine facial. At Spa Nordstrom, you can get a tropical smoothie mud wrap.
Female Speaker: Well, after a long day of shopping, I have found some amazing bargains here at South Coast Plaza. Next time you are in Southern California don't miss this wonderful shopping resort. Thanks for watching!
South Coast Plaza hours are 10-9 weekdays, 10-8 on Saturday and 11 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays.