The revitalization of Anaheim, especially downtown, is astounding. Walkable, livable, sociable areas have sprouted up in the past decade, making the city a worthy magnet for both locals and visitors.
Things to Do at the Anaheim Packing District
One of the hottest additions to this Orange County city in recent years is the Anaheim Packing District, with revitalized buildings and inviting parkland. Front and center is the restored Anaheim Packing House, a former Sunkist citrus-packing facility built in 1919. Abandoned for decades, the building has been reborn as a multi-story food hall, with entertainment spaces for live music and events. Inside, two dozen food stalls and eateries—many focusing on hyper-local ingredients—tempt you to stop, taste, and enjoy. Drop by The Hammer Workshop & Bar for craft cocktail and maybe a game of Connect Four, then plan your dining strategy. Maybe you’re in the mood for soul food at Georgia’s, ramen noodles at Zabon Ramen, Thai at the White Elephant, or the street foods of India at Adya, one of the O.C.’s top new eateries. Or just forget dinner and go straight for dessert at Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream. Finish the night with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in a restored 1920s railroad boxcar—yes, inside the Packing House—at The BXCR (also known as the Underground Wine Society).
The Packard Building and Farmers Park
Next door is the Packard Building, built in 1925 as a showroom for luxury cars. Today, it houses foodie-favorite Umami Burger (check out the license plate chandelier) and Monkish Brewery & Beer Garden, a second location of the celebrated Torrance brewery, where the selection of hazy IPAs is exceptional.
The Packing District complex goes beyond mere building makeovers with Farmers Park, an inviting two-acre space with room to stroll and relax. Play ping-pong, watch a movie on the outdoor screen, or dine al fresco on modern Chinese at 18 Folds or the vegetarian- and the farm-to-fork eatery Poppy & Seed. The park is also home to the seasonal Makers Hive Market, a gathering of more than 30 local artisan-driven businesses that display their wares along with kids activities and food from local eateries.
Insider tip: The Blind Rabbit, a celebrated speakeasy inside the Packing House, is a big draw, but know that an RSVP (and proper attire) is required.
Hours, Parking, and FRAN at the Anaheim Packing District
The Anaheim Packing District is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There are two self-park lots, as well as street parking, and valet parking services are available. Visitors can request a free ride to the Packing District from another location in the city’s downtown district by downloading the TripShot app and calling up a Free Rides Around the Neighborhood (FRAN) lift.
Things to Do Near the Anaheim Packing District
Anaheim is brimming with things to do, so when you are done eating and shopping your way through the Packing District, make your way to one of the under-the-radar things to do in the city. For more culinary adventures, check out Anaheim’s Craft Beer Scene and Dining in Anaheim. For more inspiration for how to make the most of your time here, see 5 Amazing Things to Do in Anaheim.