Welcome to Fullerton
Fullerton, California, is located 35 minutes southeast of Los Angeles, just north of the city of Anaheim. With around 143,000 residents, Fullerton is a diverse and international spot known for being a quiet and friendly place to call home. Spanish Revival and Mission Revival architecture are common, with a few stunning historical examples like the Muck Center and the Villa Del Sol harkening back to life in 1920’s Fullerton.
Fullerton is a great spot for nature lovers with trails, parks, and gardens to explore. It has a thriving arts and culture scene and plenty of restaurants and venues for a night out on the town.
What to Love
Fullerton is a great mix of urban and suburban living. Part Los Angeles suburb, part college town, Fullerton blends an academic vibe with ample opportunities to engage with the arts. Whether locals want to enjoy a weekly farmers' market or take in the natural beauty, Fullerton gives them the chance to do so while tossing in a few unique surprises.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There’s no shortage of fantastic restaurants in Fullerton, especially if you’re in the mood for Mexican food. Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on North Placentia is a Fullerton favorite. It’s family-owned and has some of the best breakfast burritos you’ll find anywhere. El Camino Real on Euclid was a favorite of Kobe Bryant and family. Tacos Los Cholos is another great casual place to try.
For Taco Tuesdays, Sunday brunch or after work margaritas, try Matador Cantina on North Harbor.
Fullerton is also home to a cozy coffee house, The Night Owl, located in the heart of Downtown on the corner of Harbor and Amerige Blvd. The Owl is another small business where you’ll find organic coffees and teas as well as freshly baked pastries. The Owl hosts intimate events like Jazz Under the Stars, Open Mic Poetry Night and Vinyl Nights. Check out their Instagram page @thenightowlfullerton for their weekly schedule of events.
When you are ready to shop, Villa Del Sol is a landmark of Fullerton history, initially developed in 1922 as a hotel and retail location. The beautiful feat of Spanish Revival architecture is a hub for shopping, dining, and wellness. Stores like Lolo Boutique and Gilding the Lily are there to peruse. For dining, there’s the Brownstone Cafe, the Fullerton Brew Company, and the Cafe Hidalgo, among others. Live music can be found at Mi Vida Loca or the historic Continental Room.
Fullerton has several shopping centers, including the Downtown Fullerton Market, where locals can purchase food, crafts, and artwork from local vendors. The standard market runs from April to October before the Winter Market kicks in toward December.
Events like “First Night in Fullerton,” the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, are also held downtown. The Orangefair Marketplace—once one of the largest shopping centers in the county—is another shopping center in town with various shops, health centers, and restaurants.
Things to Do
All things art and culture occur at Fullerton’s Muckenthaler Cultural Center on West Malvern Avenue. The center, housed in a grand Spanish Revival residence, sits on eight acres of land and hosts seasonal events ranging from unique art exhibitions to live opera and concert performances. Teen and adult art classes are available, as are multi-medium youth summer camp programs.
You can relax in the shade at Hillcrest Park for an afternoon outdoors, a staple of Fullerton recreation since 1930. The park has wide open lawn space with a majestic stone fountain, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Laguna Lake Park also dazzles with over 28-acres of trails and picnic areas. In addition to welcoming fishermen, cyclists, and joggers to enjoy the park, Laguna Lake has an onsite equestrian center.
Located on the Cal State Fullerton campus, the Fullerton Arboretum is a gorgeous 26-acre botanical garden home to over 4,000 plants. With the goal of promoting awareness around conservation and environmental care, the arboretum invites guests to explore their trails and walking paths, observe the local wildlife, and enjoy their wide variety of plants and trees.
Fullerton Uncorked is a unique event that hosts live music, food vendors, and helicopter rides at Hangar 21. They donate part of the proceeds to local charities. If you’re looking for a space to host your own event, RSVP Event Space is a beautiful one to choose. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or an elegant high tea, RSVP can accommodate 68 tables and you’d be supporting a small business owner.
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