The Irvine Spectrum Center provides something for everyone as it holds over 130 specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. The surroundings are breathtaking with its spacious courtyards and architectural savvy fountains throughout feature stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target, H&M, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Cinemas and IMAX, Improv Comedy Club, plus a magical Carousel and a Giant Wheel that is over 108 feet tall, and perfect for the kid-at-heart. The Irvine Spectrum Center is owned by The Irvine Company and is said to be “Orange County’s premier dining, shopping, and entertainment destination.”
Buy Something Nice!
Some great retail stores to check out for the men out there are electronic stores such as the Apple Store, Brookstone, and GameStop for you gamers. For clothing stores, check out Active Ride Shop, Adidas Sport Performance Store, Aeropostale, DC Shoes, Hollister, Levi’s, Lids, LOFT, Oakley “O” Store, Old Navy, Quicksilver Boardriders Club, Skechers, Urban Outfitters, and Vans for some skater apparel and shoes. Guys, bring the woman in your life here to make sure her shopping experience is just as grand. She will love to visit Barnes & Noble Booksellers if she’s into books. For more clothing options for her, check out American Apparel, Bebe, Charlotte Russe, Claire’s Accessories, Flip Flop Shops, Foreign Exchange, Forever 21, Hot Topic, PacSun, Tilly’s, and Wet Seal.
Share an Unforgettable Dining Experience
There is a wide variety of restaurants that you can take your date to, but there are three that we feature, and for good reason. Johnny Rockets is a 50’s style diner that serves juicy burgers, hot fries, and old-fashioned Coca Cola. The Melt serves ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, some even added with macaroni & cheese inside. Melts are customizable and starting at just $4.95, who can pass up that great deal? For a more light option, try the Veggie Grill, which serves fresh vegetarian comfort food that is plant-based, and free of animal fat, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, hormones, transfat, and high-fructose corn syrup. The menu is full of soups, salads, and burgers, sandwiches, and desserts.
Some other key restaurants to note are the Cheesecake Factory, Izakaya Wasa Sushi, Javier’s Cantina & Grill, P.F. Chang’s, Pieology Pizzeria, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, and of course the Yard House for some spectacular appetizers and drinks. If either of you have a sweet tooth, take a trip to Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, Haagen-Dazs, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, or See’s Candies. Dave & Busters is also a fun place to eat dinner, and then play arcade-style games with your date. Show her your fun side!
Purchase a Gift Card
Gift cards are available for purchase through Guest Services located near the Carousel as well as the Giant Wheel. The cards are good at Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, and The Market Place. Being honored by over 400 merchants, the Irvine Spectrum gift card is easy to order through American Express and standard shipping takes about 6 business days with expedited shipping also available. Call (949) 753-5180 for more details and specials.
If accommodations are needed, there is the Doubletree by Hilton, which holds 252 elegant guest rooms. They also offer shuttle services to and from the Irvine Spectrum Center. The Hyatt Regency Irvine offers modern guest rooms, luxurious amenities, and is a great place to just sit back and relax after a good shopping spree.
Visit a Nearby Attraction for More Added Fun
There are also close by attractions that may gain your attention. There are cultural centers, which include the Irvine Barclay Theatre at University of California Irvine, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the South Coast Repertory Theatre. The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks holds more than 50,000 acres of protected open space in the heart of Orange County and offers plenty of recreational opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching, and picnicking. For the golfers out there, there is the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine that is said to be one of the most beautiful settings among all of Southern California golf courses and is truly an inspiration to say the least.
Head over to the Irvine Spectrum Center located at 71 Fortune Dr. Irvine, Ca 92618. Retail stores are open Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Restaurants and Entertainment Venues are open Sun-Thu 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Fri-Sat 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. Attractions, such as the Giant Wheel and Carousel, are open Sun-Thu 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Fri-Sat 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.