Have you ever visited somewhere for the first time and wondered, “how did I not know this place existed”? Well, that’s exactly what happened last weekend when I met a few of my girlfriends at the new Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. This place is a hidden gem to say the least, from the architecture and design to the shops, restaurants and cafes-and let’s not even get started on its dreamy marina-front location.

The shopping is to die for, with trendy boutiques like Steven Alan, Planet Blue, Jenni Kayne and Bailey44. There are also charming little cafes, including the totally-Instagram-worthy Honor Coffee Roasters and Project Juice. If you’re looking for more of an upscale dining experience, there’s Zinque, a French restaurant where you can sit and enjoy fine wines and hors d’oeuvres al fresco alongside million-dollar yachts. Not a bad way to spend your Saturday, huh?

Along with the boutiques and restaurants, there’s a cozy bookstore, Lido Village Books, an apothecary and salon, Tress and a health club, Curl Fitness. Sounds like it has everything, right? Well, the best part is, there’s more to come. The village is still under construction, with hot spots like Malibu’s famous Nobu expected to open this spring. Unfortunately, the day I went was a little cold and gloomy, but I think it’s safe to say I’ll be spending A LOT of time here when the weather starts to warm up this spring.

Have you been to Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village? If you have, I’d love to hear about your experience! If you haven’t and are in the Orange County area, I highly suggest you pay it a visit.