Brea Travel Guide

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Brea Things to Do

  • Have a Laugh at the Improv

    Here's a fun place to go at night. See the best on stand-up comedy and , yes- improv! At Birch Street Promenade is the Improv Brea, the premier north Orange county laughter factory. I suggest to get tickets early to a show. Surprising, there have been big acts that have performed in little ol' Brea! Some of (several) them include Dave Chappelle,...

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  • Do the Jazz festival at Promenade (late...

    Little Brea is host to a jazz festival that is on a rather grand scale locally. What's best about the month long festival is that the performances are absolutely free. Brea oputs on the big party for days. Of course, there is enticement to spend dollars at the beer and wine garden, Promenade restaurants and food stands while being entertained. The...

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  • Do the Summerfest ! (Pre-Summer only)

    Come one, come all to the big, kicking off the summer party in little old Brea! Over 30,000 people flock here in northeast Orange county to enjoy free concerts (by many famous, national acts, surprisingly). In 2005, Brea has booked the Temptations and Rick Springfield! These are the biggest names yet! Look at the website which has many old pics of...

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Brea Restaurants

  • French in Orange County

    UPDATE: Unfortunately the restaurant closed down. Their last day was Saturday January 28th, 2011.The setting is a reproduction of Normandy farmhouse. The restaurant features several dining rooms with different settings. It's like eating in a french farm house in a french countryside. Very beatifully decorated. I visited during Valentine's week. You...

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  • Sam's salads

    Main street Brea has been under a bit of reconstruction for a while. There is still a lot of retail space open due to the high rents however Sam's has survived and reopend in the new area. What caught my eye as I walked down Birch Street was the sign saying DOGS WELCOME. Since our 5 pound Yorkie is a constant companion I checked in for lunch. Mandy...

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  • Fish House and Brewery

    The restaurant is rather large with a boisterous "sports bar" on one side and a somewhat quieter (this is relative) dining area on the other side. The two sides are split partially with a low wall but if a championship game is going on the bar noise can be overwhelming.Still the service is excellent, the staff friendly, attentive and knowlegable...

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  • Try a mall fave (yes, it's in the mall!)

    If you can get over the buzz of the mall crowd, then head to Le Dplomate, a unique and actually beautiful little restaurant situated on the second level of Brea Mall, near Nordstrom. The menu is quite eccletic, mainly offering sandwiches and salads done in a very Euro-Mediterrean tradition. Service and table setting is remarkably upscale. Come here...

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  • Tempt your taste especially on Sunday at...

    File this under American, Seafood, Buffet and Brewery!! Taps is a local favorite where I will be coming back for more and more! Taps is my kind of place- charming, exquisite but not terribly expensive (at least for a seafood place) and with a fun atmosphere. In the swanky bar area, there are plenty of big screens for sports games and live music on...

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  • POOR QUALITY MEATS !!!!!!

    LETTER TO OWNER...PLEASE READ !!!!I attended the restaurant on 11.17.07 for dinner (party of 6)on a scale from 1-10 ...I honestly gave you a 2, I'll explain why:I ordered 2 parillas (mixed meats) for 4 persons, 1 veggie soup & 1 steak with crumbled bleu cheese.for starters our mashed potatoes were brought out super cold as well as our...

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  • Come to the fun sandwich shop!

    This is a 50s theme eaterie that serves up mainly cheaper- gourmet sandwiches, burgers and more. If you want to try American food but don't want to go to McDonalds or Burger King, come to the orginal Hat! Picture to come, I promise! The fries and onion rings are good here..or as Orange county folk may say ...they are "killer"! :-)

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  • Come to Mamma!

    There's a claim of close-knit family atmosphere here - and it lives up to this! What I love here is that I can stop in for your lunch and get a hot slice of gourmet pizza- not just plain, unfresh and greasy pepperoni or cheese only!!slices are about $3.00 (one slice is really like two smalls)whole pizza $10+ get plain cheese, pepperoni or really...

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  • Stick with traditional Mex food

    good ambience for off beat stop. great place for an after hike, bike or run day in the canyon. typical mex style and music. serves alcohol. courteous staff. I liked my dish but my partner did not care for the chicken tostada he had. Chicken tasted funky, maybe it was boiled. Better to stick to the traditional dishes with sauce. They advertise...

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  • Come on down for exciting special events

    I relish having Brea closeby for some nightime fun downtown- at the movies (Edwards Theaters), at any restaurant (there are a dozen from which to choose), at Tower records for cd flipping and book browsing, at the Improv for laughs and at any spot for people watching and enjoying the usually cool open air.Brea has several special events happening...

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  • Quality of Curtis

    I make it a habit to tout wonderful theater houses of southern California, and can undoubtedly dote on nearby Curtis Theater at the civic center by the popular mall. I have see a few productions here, including my nieces' recitals. The theater is definitely small town but has big time quality and prestige. Perfomances are well directed, performed...

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  • Where Brea Loves to Eat and be Seen

    For such a relative little town (for some, a place of tens of thousands of people is not little), Brea has several restaurants. Just in the Birch Street Promenade and immediate area , there about at least few dozen options. Many of the eateries citywide have been succesful for many years but the new Cheesecake Factory by Brea Mall is sweeping...

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Brea Transportation

  • Go for a loop

    When travelling by bus in north Orange county, a good place to launch your trip is in Brea, at the mall's popular transit loop. Several OCTA buses come and depart here, as well as the Foothill Transit bus (Los Angeles county based) that heads off to Brea's northern neighbor Pomona. The loop is located off State College Blvd, between Imperial and...

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  • Get to Brea via Anaheim/Disneyland

    One visiting the Anaheim area would love to explore nearby Brea. By car, just head north on the 57 freeway, via the 5 or 22 fwys in Anaheim/Orange area. Depending on teh time of day, the trip is only about 5-10 min. If traveling by bus, Brea is very reachable. From the Disneyland area (catch at Katella Ave/ Anaheim St., you can take the 47 heading...

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Brea Shopping

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    by marinarena Written Jul 10, 2006

    Well, if locals know about Brea, it is usually because of the much hyped mall located here. All right , it is typical to mention it but to leave out the mall when bringing up Brea is just cardinal sin! (ok, maybe not but....you get the idea).

    The common dept stores are here: Macy's, JC Penny, Sears and Nordstrom. Some smaller stores come and go here. For more unique shopping, there are a few boutiqes to satisfy. Maybe the most notable place in this mall is the spa. Oh my God, after walking for hours, a nice pedicure would be perfect.

    Warning to visitors. This mall is particularly busy and congested, especially on the weekends. If you are impatient, you may want to avoid this place in the early afternoon times then, when car and foot is at their peak. Also, don't come throughout special busy occasions, like on the 2 days after Thanksgiving, Mother's Day (and the day before it), Valentine's Day and of course the last frantic days leading up to Christmas.

    Driving around the mall can get a bit tricky when crowded. The main circle path causes some headaches especially on the points where it can be hard to yield. Hmmm..better to see this for yorself here.

    What to pay: a little to a lot. This is a medium -upscale mall.

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Brea Off The Beaten Path

  • Camp at Carbon Canyon

    Need a little escape from the city and suburbs? Well if in Brea, head NE in the Carbon Canyon area to get "away from it all"- it, being the hectic life where the people are. Head out to the hills and near the wildlife.See pics on website!

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  • A Picnic Right off the Freeway

    Ted Craig Regional Park I went here for a party for one of my nieces. This is a beautiful park that is easy to miss although it is off the freeway. The lush forest of trees are only visible while on the 57 freeway going south. Many locals go here for jogging, fishing, other recreational sports, barbeques and birthday parties. Take a break from the...

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  • Come to a Hip Hangout and park for...

    OK, this is not a major tip but in car-loving southern California, this is a very nice thing to know. Downtown Brea's Birch Street Promenade has free parking! Woo-hoo! Try to park at or near Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and I'll beg you to tell me how this is possible. There is a nice-sized parking structure by Edwards Theaters (and...

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  • Brea Public Art Figures- Modern "Family"

    Like in any suburb, the family as a unit is a main feature here. This public statue, located near Brea's Birch Street Promenade, is a wonderful piece called, "The Family" by Gregory Hawthorn. I have passed this by many times. Located on the NE Corner of Brea Blvd. and Ash- near the Brea Improv and Birch Street Promenande.There are many other public...

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  • Sidewalk Bus Benches

    Brea is a city that takes pride in its own beautification. This is evident in viewing the sidewalk bus benches along streets, like Birch, which has this colorful , nautical theme mural.

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