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Everyday after school, students rush out of class and pile into their cars to drive to a local spot for a bite to eat. Here are some of the newest locations around town to have a cup of boba, or even just to hang out with friends.

Morning Lavender Cafe

As a combination of a retail boutique and classic cafe, Morning Lavender Cafe, a popular Instagram location, was designed to inspire, bringing friends and family together. The cafe features an assortment of coffees, pastries, teas and even boba drinks. Adorned with gold embellishments and floral decorations, the whole cafe is located in a white setting. Morning Lavender definitely wins the go-to hangout spot for the summer and deserves a visit with friends.

Location: 330 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

Omomo Tea Shoppe

Recently opened on Sept. 1, Omomo Tea Shoppe may not be as well-known as the others, but its flavors deserve much more recognition. Adorned with dried citrus fruits, plants and wooden features, the interior of the store has a minimalistic feel to it. With a variety of unique flavors, Omomo has items like a yakult drink (for those “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” fans) and fruit tornadoes. Definitely on the list of places to watch, Omomo is well worth a quick stop for a drink!

Location: 5365 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604

Somi Somi

Somi Somi, famous for their taiyaki soft serve, is one of the newest go-to hangout spots. Their fish-shaped waffle, served with a warm filling and topped with ice cream, is definitely a crowd pleaser. There is sure to be a line whenever you go, but the wait is definitely worth it. Even though there are only six flavors of soft serve, including matcha, black sesame, ube and milk, they have different combinations, so you can pick and choose what you want. The best part about the whole ordeal? Unlimited toppings! Everyone enjoys coming here for a yummy dessert to satisfy their cravings. P.S. Even better with friends!

Location: 640 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

TRADE Food Hall

If you have not heard of TRADE, you might have seen its white building decorated with signs that say “eat” and “drink” in huge capital letters. TRADE Food Hall is foodie heaven. Designed like a food court, TRADE features all the trendy foods that you see on Instagram: waffle pops, loaded fries and avocado toast, just to name a few. Not satisfied? You can find many different cuisines including Asian, Mexican and Greek. Whether it’s to hang out with friends, have lunch with family or even just to pig out, TRADE has it all. The possibilities are endless.

Location: 2222 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612