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What’s new at the Irvine Spectrum Expansion? Kids Playground and More!

If you’re a fan of the Irvine Spectrum outdoor shopping mall (one of my personal favorites), you’ll be ecstatic to hear about all the great new additions that are now complete at their long awaited expansion.

One of the most prominent additions you’ll notice in the new section is the unique play structure for kids that I absolutely love. It’s netted with multiple layers that’s pretty popular with the kids from what I’ve seen and definitely safe since there are no ledges to fall off of! In addition to that, they’ve moved the Carousel to a corner next to Target near the pop jet fountain for convenience. As you’re walking around, you’ll also notice that there’s plenty of space and seating for families of all sizes, making this new section very kid friendly.


New Kids Play Structure

What are some of the new stores open or coming soon to the Irvine Spectrum?

  • The Apple Store – has moved to a larger store
  • H&M – has moved to a larger 2-story store
  • STANCE – San Clemente based sock store
  • Gorjana – locally designed jewelry store from Laguna Beach
  • Concrete Rose – women’s shoes
  • SoHa Living – Hawaiian lifestyle home decor
  • The Denim Lab – denim store
  • Unaffected Boutique – Women’s clothing boutique
  • RA Yoga
  • Thomas Janes – sun glass store
  • SST&C (COMING SOON)- Milan based Italian menswear
  • Dry Bar (COMING SOON)- a blow dry bar
  • Sephora (COMING SOON)
  • Brigade LA (COMING SOON) – clothing designer and luxury goods

What are some of the new food and dining options?

  • Afters Ice Cream – a popular ice cream franchise known for their unique flavors and glazed milky buns
  • Falasophy – Lebanese restaurant serving falafels, pitas, and more.
  • BLKdot Coffee – cafe serving Vietnamese Coffee, Lattes, teas, pastries, and light entrees
  • 85 Degree Bakery – popular Taiwanese bakery serving self serve fresh baked pastries, coffees, and teas
  • Robata Wasa – Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurant
  • Hello Kitty Cafe – permanent store located near the Ferris Wheel that serves their signature items and spirits/wines

That’s a whole lotta new stores! The shopping mall is also in the process of building a parking structure next to Target. Check out a map and full descriptions of the stores here. 

Need some extra discounts?

I recently discovered the Retail Therapy mobile app and was amazed by all the discounts that are offered on there for many stores in Irvine. From the local 99 Ranch to Boxlunch at the Irvine Spectrum, it’s a FREE app that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area often.

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Pictures courtesy of Irvine Company. 

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