Neighborhoods

West Marin North

San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Inverness, Marshall & Tomales West Marin North Top 5 1 Point Reyes Books The community’s intellectual center. Owners Steve Costa and Kate Levinson not only sell books, they helped sponsor the West…

West Marin South

Muir Beach, Stinson Beach & Bolinas West Marin South Top 5 1 Coast Cafe Fresh fish and chips. Salads with greens from Paradise Valley. Burgers with Niman Ranch beef (from just up the road). Sit in the sunny courtyard or…

Novato

Novato Top 5 1 Mara A diva’s dream: Donald J. Pliner and Aquatalia shoes; Versace and Cavalli apparel; European belts, scarves and jewelry. Most of the inventory is in the back, and if you bring in pieces from your wardrobe,…

Fairfax

Fairfax Top 5 1 Fairfax Variety Owner Polly Knox can set you up with an amazing array of items, including Hula-hoops, Pop Rocks, salt shakers, crystal animals, lunch boxes, fake barf, music boxes and much more. 415.457.2580 2 Fairfax Scoop…

San Anselmo

San Anselmo Top 5 1 Comforts is a shoe-in for best Chinese chicken salad, but the restaurant’s catering menu, with favorites like the bite-size panko-crusted chicken or tofu okasan, shouldn’t be overlooked. comfortscafe.com 2 Kismet Shoes Seasoned retail veterans Erica…

San Rafael

San Rafael Top 5 1 Art Works Downtown With changing exhibits at rotating venues, Art Walks happen the second Friday of the month. Pick up discount coupons at Art Works for food and drinks. Don’t miss the underground “catacombs” of…

Greenbrae, Kentfield & Ross

Greenbrae, Ross & Kentfield Top 5 1 Half Day Cafe The place to chat with friends over a fresh fruit plate, veggie-tofu scramble or coffee-Kahlua-battered brioche French toast with orange butter. The house-baked cinnamon buns and scones are delicious, too.…

Larkspur & Corte Madera

Larkspur Top 5 1 Rick’s Wine Cellar Sample a wine flight and one of Rick’s famous cheese plates at this neighborhood spot, run by Rick and his wife, Candy. Skip the corkage fee at select restaurants by picking up a…

Tiburon & Belvedere

Tiburon Top 5 1 Koze Darla Fisher’s boutique in downtown Tiburon (the ideal place for a cozy wrap) has thrived and expanded with Koze Beginnings for children. getkoze.com 2 Christopher Salon New York stylist transforms Ark Row beach cottage into…

Mill Valley

Mill Valley Top 5 1 142 Throckmorton Theatre Whether you are there for a famous musician, a comedian or a wedding, this restored venue is a gem. It opened as the Hub Theater in 1915, when tickets to Charlie Chaplin…

Sausalito

Sausalito Top 5 1 Cavallo Point Historic accommodations in a national park, a Michelin-rated restaurant, cooking classes, hiking, biking—can it get any better? Oh yeah, how about a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from your room? cavallopoint.com 2 Green…

Mill Valley

Modern life in the hills and valleys of an old mill town.

Sausalito

Houseboats, hilltops, hit songs and history.