by Samantha Nguyen

What’s New at the Mall?

December 4, 2021

Southern California is home to some of the most popular malls in the state, including the Grove of Hollywood, the Glendale Americana, the Irvine Spectrum, and Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The most popular local shopping mall is Westfield Santa Anita, also known as the Arcadia Mall. This mall is filled with fun attractions like Bowlero, AMC theaters, Fun Box LA, Dave & Buster’s, and Jump’n Jammin. Our favorite stores at the Arcadia Mall are H&M, Forever 21, PacSun, Uniqlo, Cotton On, Zara, and Sephora. Jovie feels that H&M offers the best value on clothes and accessories. Sage likes the zip ups and jeans, which are perfect for staying casual and comfortable at school.

Earrings by Brandy from PacSun (by Sage Lin)

PacSun is great too with selections from Brandy Melville, Converse, and Adidas but unfortunately, their clothes can be overpriced with t-shirts as high as $50 each.The Brandy jewelry is always on trend and cute, especially the earrings which are top quality. The PacSun staff has been welcoming and helpful during our frequent visits. Cotton On offers the best hoodies, tops, and sweatshirts with an appealing color palette of neutrals and soft tones priced at $20-$30.  The best graphic tees at Cotton On sell out fast.

At the Arcadia Mall teens can explore big department stores like JCPenney, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. As regular Arcadia Mall shoppers, our closets are filled with great finds throughout the year.

In addition to shopping, the mall offers a great selection of food choices including, Chick-fil-A, Charley’s Cheesecake, and McDonald’s. If we have to pick one absolute favorite, it is Potato Corner. A visit to the Arcadia Mall always involves a bag of Potato Corner fries in our hands with spicy BBQ or sour cream & onion.

For those who don’t mind paying more money and waiting in longer lines, there is Din Tai Fung, Kirin Buffet, and The Cheesecake Factory. These are great for dinners and dates. After dinner, a refreshing dessert can be found at Holy Roly, Meet Fresh, and Dippin Dots. We recommend all of these places. We first tried Holy Roly with my friends and we ordered the Matcha Base ice cream. For a killer strawberry mango shaved ice visit Meet Fresh.

If you are at the Arcadia Mall this weekend, you will probably see us and our friends, Christmas shopping at our favorite spots.

Ice skating at the Spectrum
Santa sighting at the Beverly Center

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