Welcome to Brea
A city of unexpected delights
Known as North Orange County’s destination for dining and shopping, Brea is a friendly city full of family entertainment opportunities and culture. Although it’s considered a suburb of Los Angeles, the city is its own community filled with unique festivals and events.
Brea features vast outdoor spaces and large parks perfect for walking, biking, and other outdoor activities. The lively downtown area features entertainment venues, nightclubs, and popular restaurants. The city’s art scene takes advantage of outdoor spaces and displays the occasional sculpture. Brea has various entertainment options to delight residents of all ages.
What to Love
- Biking across the city (or walking along the pedestrian path) at the Tracks at Brea
- A variety of outdoor activities
- New sculptures in the city
- Annual festivals and events
- Adventure at Red Lantern Escape Room
- A short commute to Los Angeles
Once known for crude oil and citrus production, today, Brea is a popular shopping and entertainment destination with something unexpected around every corner. A city with a friendly community feel, Brea offers residents everything from shopping areas to art displays and nightclubs. Residents enjoy low property taxes, mild weather, quality schools, and proximity to Los Angeles.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining and shopping are where Brea shines. Downtown Brea is a unique dining, entertainment, and shopping district with a vibrant combination of modern restaurants, shops, and boutiques. The Brea Mall offers residents 179 specialty shops, boutiques, and a food court in a spacious mall with vaulted ceilings and skylight windows.
The city offers a unique array of savory cuisine to fit every palate. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is a local favorite for Mexican cuisine that offers diners boldly flavored dishes and a lively atmosphere. For upscale dining and the best steaks around, Old Brea Chop House is a venue not to be missed. TAPS Fish House & Brewery is another local favorite that pairs craft beers with sushi and Cajun seafood, among other popular dishes.
Things to Do
Entertainment in Brea involves art, jazz, nightlife, and the great outdoors. An afternoon spent in Carbon Canyon Park provides residents with wide open spaces for every type of outdoor entertainment. The park has four playgrounds, a butterfly garden, and tennis courts. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, and play water sports. Yater Performance Riding offers lessons and riding for every horse lover, from beginners to seasoned riders.
At the center of Brea’s art scene, Brea Art Gallery showcases 6,000 square feet of beautiful art from around the world, including exhibits from local and international artists. To experience Brea’s rich history, residents can take a walk back in time with a visit to the Brea Museum or the Olinda Museum and Trail.
Annual festivals bring the community together for fun, food, and music. The Taste of Brea is a yearly food festival that attracts over 3,000 visitors and showcases the local business community. Participants sample the best of local restaurants and enjoy live music. The Brea Jazz Festival is a small but lively event with many live bands.
Public Schools in Brea are a part of the Brea Olinda School District, which includes six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school, and one alternative high school. Students may attend: