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Goodwill Brea Store Guide | Thrifting & Things To Do

July 29, 2022

Brea, CA  is the destination for all your shopping, entertainment, and dining needs. There is so much to do and explore in this vibrant city. With trendy restaurants and cafes, a wide variety of shops and boutiques, spending a day in Brea will for sure leave you wanting more of this lively city.

We rounded up our favorite local places to visit the next time you go thrifting at our Brea #OCGoodwill store!


634 South Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 92821

No. 1 – Brea’s Best Burgers

Over the last 40 years, this family owned business has worked long and hard to curate the best burgers in Brea. Established in 1980, Brea’s Best Burgers takes a classic American burger and adds a unique twist, creating elevated burgers at a great price. Don’t forget to pair your burger with their amazing onion rings or fried zucchini. The burgers at Brea’s Best Burgers certainly live up to its name, and are definitely worth stopping by on your next thrifting trip to our OC Goodwill store. 

📍 707 S. Brea Blvd Brea 92821

burgers and french fries

No. 2 – Downtown Brea

Downtown Brea is a quaint area that is always decorated for the season and features popular shops, eateries, and entertainment venues. There is so much to do in just a miles radius! From watching a comedy show by top-notch comedians, to having a beautiful dinner outdoors, to even catching the latest popular movie, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

📍Birch Street and Brea Blvd

eateries and entertainment venues at Birch Street and Brea Blvd

No. 3 – Carbon Canyon Regional Park

If you’re looking for your next favorite hiking spot in Orange County, we have the perfect hidden gem for you! Carbon Canyon Regional Park is a regional park in Brea, California that was created after the Carbon Canyon Creek was dammed. Stretching across 120 acres, the park also is home to a small forest of Redwood trees! 

📍 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823

Redwood trees in Carbon Canyon Regional Park

No. 4 – Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

Using only quality organic ingredients, Cha Cha’s Latin inspired menu adapts the culinary heritage of Mexico and Latin America to a fresh modern style. With their open kitchen, guests can watch savory dishes being prepared in the wood-fired oven and tacos being topped with house-made fire roasted salsas. You can’t have a true Cha Cha’ experience without tasting one of their hand-crafted, freshly-squeezed cocktails. Hands down, this restaurant holds the title of the best margaritas with their specialty margaritas that are garnished with fresh fruit. 

📍110 W Birch St #7, Brea, CA 92821

cocktails and other delicious platter of tacos and salsas

No. 5 – Brea Improv

Need a good laugh? The Brea Improv Club is a comedy club where well-known comedians and up-and-corner performers have graced the stage. They also offer a full food and  drink menu so you can dine while watching a performance. Fun fact, Showtime and Comedy Central have both filmed television specials at the location.

📍 180 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821

 Brick wall and lights inside Improv Club

No. 6 – Toast Kitchen & Bar

Brunch enthusiasts, your next brunch outing at Toast Kitchen & Bar awaits you. This chilled‑out eatery showcases California‑inspired brunch, New American plates and vegan options. Let’s not forget about their specialty mimosas of various fruity flavors. We recommend joining their online waiting list as everyone and their mothers are trying to brunch it up at Toast Kitchen and Bar on the weekends. 

📍 190 S State College Blvd Brea, CA 92821

Healthy food table with drinks like orange and eggs and bread

No. 7 – Protein Lab

Calling all gym rats or anyone who enjoys a healthy smoothie bowl, we found the best protein shake juice bar in town for you. Protein Lab was inspired by love and passion for living well‑balanced lives through healthy eating and fitness. They offer a menu of unforgettably delicious shakes, smoothies, superfood bowls and grab and go bites. Each bowl contains a serving or two of protein and will be customized to your liking. After a long day of thrifting at the Brea Goodwill store (and yes, thrifting is an exercise), fuel up by grabbing a healthy, customizable, superfood bowl packed with protein goodness. 

📍 2500 E Imperial Hwy STE 106, Brea, CA 92821

smoothie bowl with strawberry

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