Neighborhood Guide: Mariner’s Mile / Westcliff
The automotive and nautical heart of Newport Beach, Mariner’s Mile inhabits a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, offering an abundance of bayfront dining options and things to do. Just east of this coastal enclave lies Newport Beach’s Westcliff neighborhood—an often-overlooked nook with stylish shops and trendy restaurants. So whether you find yourself near the water’s edge or on Westcliff Drive, we’re here to help you make the most of your day.
Treat yourself to a sumptuous staycay at Balboa Bay Resort! Perched on the harbor’s edge, this grand bayfront hotel features 159 contemporary guest rooms, a stunning sea-to-table restaurant, a full-service spa and access to a variety of on-the-water activities. If you want the waterfront “wow” factor, Balboa Bay Resort is your best bet.
There’s no shortage of places to sip and savor in Mariner’s Mile/Westcliff (just ask the locals). If it’s a craft coffee drink you crave, swing by KIT Coffee; if it’s a hearty stack of syrup-soaked pancakes, Haute Cakes Caffe is a must. For lunch and dinner, we love Gracias Madre’s plant-based Mexican cuisine, Olea’s seasonal eats, Louie’s by the Bay’s sleek Italian steakhouse vibe and The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar’s upscale comfort food. If you plan on docking and dining, pull up to Billy’s at the Beach for one of their world-famous mai tais!
Throughout the Mariner’s Mile/Westcliff neighborhood lies several hidden gems, such as Penelope Pots (the perfect place to spruce up your home), Love Lola (a globally-curated women’s clothing store) and Yokishop—a locally owned sustainable apparel brand. Mariner’s Mile is also home to the renowned A’MAREE’S, a family-owned store set in a historic Ladd and Kelsey-designed building. Stocking high-fashion brands like Céline and Balenciaga, you’re sure to find something chic.
Jumpstart your morning with a class at BE Fit Modern Pilates, where you’ll learn to “embrace the shake.” Then, treat yourself to a post-workout “Glow Like Woah” facial from Facialworks. If you’re craving some vitamin sea, rent your very own vessel from Duffy Electric Boats and enjoy golden hour on the bay. City Cruises by Hornblower also offers festive ocean excursions with food and live music if you’re looking to kick things up a notch.
In the coming months, Salt + Straw, a popular Portland-based creamery will open its doors on Westcliff Drive. Stop in for a scoop of their creamy Freckled Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream this fall!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger