A former Sunkist orange warehouse is now home to some of the neighbourhood’s hippest eats. The Anaheim Packing House’s light-filled atrium boasts more than 20 restaurants, but our pick of the pack are the toasties from the Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar. Follow them with a pick-me-up brew from Cafecito, which will please even the snobbiest of Aussie coffee drinkers.
Just across the neighbouring Farmer’s Park (where you can take a picnic or paddle up for some ping pong) you’ll find Anaheim Brewery, one of the area's many. Restored to its formed glory by husband and wife duo Barbara and Greg Gerovac, the craft beer joint takes its cues from the original namesake brewery that was dismantled during Prohibition in the 1920s. Order a fruity Hefeweizen or sit back with a malty Coast to Coast IPA. Beer lovers are spoilt for choice if they want to keep going, too. The boys over at Bottle Logic are equal parts awesome, creative and geeky – from the comic book-inspired labels to small batch collaborative brews, these guys are total beer nerds in every way, and they own it. You’ll also find sour beers at the Bruery and some zany combos (think Chai and creaming soda-infused numbers) at Noble Ale Works.
For a no-holds-barred, all-American meal, head to the Ranch. You can order a steak bigger than your dinner plate, a killer lobster mac’n’cheese as a side, and they’ve got a wine list with a cool 500 options. After you’re finished, line dance off your dinner in the adjoining bar, which is one of the only saloon-style bars in California. For a lighter meal head to Pour Vida back Downtown. Head chef Jimmy Martinez is all about putting big, punchy flavours into his custom tortillas – think ahi tuna with whipped guacamole or a zippy mango pork. Pair your tacos with mango Margaritas or a tequila-infused beer, and you’ve got a classic Cali lunch in your hands.