Best Downtown Orange County 2011 - Orange Circle
The intersection of Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street in Orange used to be a place where groups would gather for a weekend afternoon of antiquing, wandering from shop to shop and purchasing dated treasures. But the plethora of antique shops has been reduced to a mere handful, as the city of Orange has reworked the area into one that attracts families and the college crowd, too. An eclectic mix of restaurants and shops moved in, complementing the few bars and one of the most compelling reasons to visit: Felix Continental Cafe. Just a few years ago, the only reason students from nearby Chapman University would even bother making their way toward the area was for Thursday-night debauchery at Paul's Cocktails, the International Street Fair in September or a dunk in the circle's fountain during the Undie Run, but the makeover has made it possible to breach the age divide. Well done, Orange.