A Local’s Guide to Downtown Napa Valley, CA


While Napa Valley is famous for its vineyards and wineries – and for very good reason – many visitors miss out on the city of Napa itself. With a walkable downtown district and exceptional dining options, there are a host of fun ways to spend the day. Discover what locals love about downtown Napa.


Dining in Downtown Napa

The Oxbow Public Market is an undeniable favorite in downtown Napa where you can find both in-restaurant dining and take-out choices from over 20 vendors. Angèle Restaurant & Bar is a classic French bistro with a riverfront patio, the perfect setting to enjoy fresh oysters, and a specialty cocktail. From celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Napa is a riverfront spot for sushi, seafood, wagyu beef, sake, and Japanese whisky. 


Tasting Rooms in Downtown Napa Valley

Home to more than 40 wine tasting rooms, Downtown Napa allows you to sample the best that Napa Valley wine country has to offer, all within a few city blocks. Be Bubbly is a champagne lounge serving sparkling wines from around the world. Mayacamas serves their classic California wines in a sleek, modern setting with exquisite views. At Vintner’s Collective, enter a historic 1875 saloon and enjoy wine from boutique wineries that are hard to find anywhere else. For a real treat, Vintage Sweet Shop is a famous Napa staple that produces handmade chocolate confections and offers chocolate and wine tastings.


Shopping in Downtown Napa Valley

In Napa Valley, you’ll find all kinds of specialty boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops. Browse everything from limited edition books to new bestsellers at independent bookstores like Napa Bookmine or Copperfield's Books. The Olive Press helps you take home some of the tastes of Napa, including garlic and rosemary dipping oil, peach balsamic vinegar, and a range of locally made bath and body items. Shop Tay and Grace for women’s clothing and accessories that perfectly capture the upscale, casual lifestyle of Napa.


Things to Do in Downtown Napa Valley

Get the complete Napa Valley wine experience on the Napa Wine Train, a 36-mile tour where you’ll pass breathtaking vineyards and taste exceptional wines. The Napa Riverfront is great for strolling with friends or biking along the water, and if you want to try something a little more special, take the Napa Valley Gondola for a ride. Housed on the ground floor of the Napa Valley Opera House, Blue Note Napa Jazz Club hosts some of the biggest names in jazz music and offers a series of outdoor concerts in the summer. Napa also has a thriving art scene, with popular stops such as the Art Gallery Napa Valley, the award-winning Jessel Gallery, and the First Street Napa Artist Alley.


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