June 2, 2014

Anaheim Packing House Grand Opening

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On May 31, 2014 was the grand opening of the Anaheim Packing House in downtown Anaheim on the corner of Anaheim Blvd and Santa Ana Street.  We have been anticipating the opening since we moved to Anaheim over a year and half ago.  Living about a block away, we have monitoring the progress of this renovation. This was the original orange packing house since 1919 and has now been re-imagined into a food hall and market place. The original building has been preserved and renovated into a beautiful rustic community gathering spot.  

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The Anaheim Packing House is right next door to a new farmers park, where a weekly farmer market will be held every Sunday. All this just a short walk away from my loft, in the center of downtown Anaheim. 

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The inside is filled with places to eat, have a drink, coffee and dessert.  Plenty of sitting areas all around the two story building to hang out.  Not all the vendors have opened yet, with about half still in the process of construction.  There is also a few retailers where you can buy different goods such as flowers, candies and kitchen wares. 

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Its very bright and rustic with modern touches, the decor is very inviting and a relaxing environment. I really just wanted to hang out and spend the whole day there, eating and people watching. 

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One of the places I was excited to try, is Cafecito Ogranico (organic coffee) a coffee bar right in the middle of the packing house.   After having 2 different types of coffee drinks, I can say we are definitely fans. There is also a bar, speak easy and juice bar for those non-coffee drinkers.

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There is a flower cart full of gorgeous blooms which brighten up the entire space. You can go grab a bunch of flowers, have some lunch and coffee or dessert all in one location.

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One of my other faves is the Buy n' Bulk where you can buy spices, nuts, candies and granola in bulk at good prices. The bulk spices and seasonings is genius, just buy what you need, who needs a whole jar of fennel seeds or turmeric for just one recipe.  I really love this concept!

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When we arrived the place was so crowded and full of people enjoying all it has to offer.  Unfortunately since most of the eateries were serving a limited menu, many had sold out of food.  Good for them, but sad for us we didn't get to try any food on opening day.

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We did get try Popbar, hand made sorbetto, gelato and yogurt pops, dipped in you choice of chocolates and toppings like nuts or sprinkles. We had the pistachio gelato pop with milk chocolate and pistachios.  Yup it is as delicious as it looks! 

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The packing house is very charming with lots of cute and nostalgic touches all around. It has a social room, a old time film room and outdoor sitting area made out of old train car as well as an outdoor venue with fire place and orange grove. I plan to go often and try out all the other eateries and of course have more coffee and desserts.  This is a great place to hang out for the whole family. If your in the Orange County area you need to come check it out, I promise you will not be disappointed.  For more info and list of all the merchants go here.

5 comments:

  1. This looks like such a fun place. I can't wait to check it out for myself; good to know about the Farmer's Market on Sundays there too--I love going to those too!

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  2. This is amazing! I never knew it existed. Will have to take a little visit soon. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. This place is great addition to the area. Residents needed it.

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  4. I love pistachio gelato! And that flower cart is adorable. Next time I am in town, we need to meet up at this Cafecito!

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