"While in the Disneyland area , Go to Brea!" Brea by marinarena

Brea Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 44 photos

A Brea Good Time

Meet Brea...

whose name means "tar" but she is very pretty and quite charming.

Forgive the namesake of Brea, based on tar rich fields in eastern areas of town

Though it is very much a residential suburb of Los Angeles, Brea is worthy to see for a tourist who would happen to be in the Disneyland area. There is much attraction especially from its entertainment value, the biggest draw would be the fairly new Improv comedy club and overall, the shopping zones.

People looking to find old town charm in Orange county come to live here. Shoppers in the county and many nearby in southeast LA county and the Inland Empire frequent Brea for its popular mall and shopping centers off Imperial Highway.

Highlights in Brea

Birch Street Promenade
(and immediate area)
Two vintage style Edwards theaters, semi-posh clothing boutiques, a variety of cafes and restaurants and an Improv comedy club, featuring well- known comedians

Brea Mall
shopping galore, one of the busiest malls in Orange county.

Curtis Theater
featured here are many fabulous local theater productions.

Me Posing in Brea

I'm happy to be close to Brea, a fun little town coming into her own, like me!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:old town charm in modern city, much entertainment & nightlife attraction for a small town, many good dining options, close to bigger sites like Disneyland
  • Cons:nothing major except that dreaded traffic on Imperial Hwy, Birch St and Brea Blvd
  • In a nutshell:This Orange County town is developing into a wonderful arts and culture community, a shopping town and an eccletic eaterie and nightlife spot.
  • Intro Updated Mar 3, 2012
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  • Sep 17, 2009 at 2:45 AM

    The reason there's ample free parking on the 'promenade' is because re- developers razed all the historical "old" section of town and illegally claimed eminent domain to seize elderly Breans' property to erect "trendy" 'entertainment' venues.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2005 at 2:38 PM

    Great tips! But you left out the Guacho grill, one of my favorites.

  • Dec 29, 2004 at 10:22 PM

    Wishing you a happy and great New Year . May 2005 year bring you wonderful moments, happy travels as well as great happiness. "Greetings from India."Great phtographs.

  • abc_of_freedom's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2004 at 1:29 PM

    Nice page. happy new year & Merry X-mas Greetings from Turkey :))

  • londonlover's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 7:26 PM

    Brea looks great! My aunt lives in Irvine--must visit Brea next time I'm out there to see her. :) Merry Christmas!

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