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A Day in San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano is a small town located in Orange County. I am a resident of San Juan Capistrano and thought I would share my favorite things to do here. This is a charming town to live in but also a fun town to visit and explore.


  1. Visit the Mission of San Juan Capistrano

This historical landmark and museum was founded over 200 years ago and is the birthplace of Orange County. The Mission offers many awesome events to attend with friends and family as well as scheduled tours. I highly recommend visiting!


San Juan Mission

2. Have Dinner at One of These Restaurants


Mayfield

Located in downtown SJC, Mayfield offers Mediterranean inspired Californian dishes. It features indoor/outdoor seating with a full cocktail bar. Mayfield sources most of their ingredients locally and provides seasonal dishes which makes their food even more spectacular. They also have a marketplace where they sell products made in-house, natural wines, and homeware.


Trevor's At The Tracks

This restaurant sits right next to the train station! With a charming but large patio with great music, Trevor's is a fun and hip place to dine. They use good quality ingredients for their dishes and source locally as much as possible. They also have a wide variety of gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian options.


Ciao Pasta

If you love Italian food, Ciao Pasta is a must try! Their pastas and pizzas are delicious and their Entrees are even better. I absolutely love their Branzino dish. This is a great restaurant to go with family.


3. Shop on Los Rios Street and Camino Capistrano


San Juan Capistrano has many antique and vintage shops. You will be surprised by what you find. You can spend hours walking down either Los Rios St or Camino Capistrano browsing through the different antique shops.


4. Grab Coffee or Tea on Los Rios Street


Also on Los Rios St you will find a super cute small town vibe coffee shop called Hidden House Coffee. This is a special place to come sit with a coffee for a few hours while you catch up with a friend or bring your laptop to do some work. Their coffee is so incredible, you will most likely go back for seconds.


If you are more of a tea person, Los Rios St has an outdoor tea house called The Tea House. They offer a variety of teas and a full menu for lunch or brunch on the weekends. This is the perfect spot to organize an event or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family.

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