Local’s Guide to Downtown St. Helena, CA

Main Street is the heart of St. Helena where locals and visitors alike enjoy the charm of this small town. St. Helena is famous for its many wineries but also features upscale shopping, dining, art scenes, and nightlife which make this city one of the state’s most desirable locations. Check out these downtown spots if you want to experience St Helena like a local.

Shopping in St. Helena

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One of the best aspects of St Helena is the plethora of one-of-a-kind shops you'll find downtown. Whether your taste leans bohemian or more high-end, there's something for every sensibility.

Clothing and accessories

Check out Pearl Wonderful Clothing to get Napa Valley’s signature casual-chic look with sophisticated women’s fashions from well-known designers as well as a collection of jewelry crafted by local artisans. La Boheme is known for its thoughtfully curated selection of vintage furniture, original art, and high-end apparel. Nearby, Bespoke Napa Valley is a favorite shop for fun gifts, stylish accessories, and more. Whether you’re in the market for a diamond ring, sapphire earrings, or a Hermes timepiece, Palladium Fine Jewelry has an impressive collection of gorgeous pieces to consider.

Outdoor adventures

Visit Sportago for outdoor gear, hiking boots, and apparel, then head to  St. Helena Cyclery, where you can buy or rent a hybrid, electric, or road bicycle. Mountain bikes are also available for purchase.
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Visit Napa Valley Vintage Home for unique and artistic home decor, linens, and more. Their selection changes seasonally so there’s always something new to explore. Another one-of-a-kind shop is New West Knife Works which manufactures and purveys professional-quality handcrafted knives for the serious home chef. There’s also Carter and Co. which carries a line of locally made dinnerware.

Chocolates and baked goods

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If you’re craving something sweet, stop into the family-run Woodhouse Chocolates for handcrafted chocolate confections. Another local favorite is The Model Bakery which, for over ninety years, has been Napa Valley’s best-loved maker of artisan bread and delicious pastries.

Art galleries

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St Helena has a thriving art and culture scene. Take a break from the bustle of downtown in the hushed quiet of an art gallery and select special pieces produced by local artists for your home. Popular art galleries in downtown St. Helena include Meuse Gallery St. Helena – which features the largest collection of Simon Bull artwork, the Christopher Hill Gallery, and Caldwell Snyder Galleries.


Residents of St. Helena are fortunate to enjoy an extensive and high-quality culinary scene. Favorite downtown establishments include:
Acacia House - seasonally driven menu featuring local, organic ingredients in a restored Georgian farmhouse
Goose and Gander - upscale gastropub with craft cocktails
Cook St. Helena - a local favorite for handmade pasta and fresh seafood; family-style Northern Italian dishes
Pizzeria Tra Vigne - enjoy thin crust, sourdough pizzas al fresco
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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch and Garden Cafe - exceptional farm-to-table dining experience; they also have a cafe for your morning coffee or an informal meal

If you want to learn more about what downtown St. Helena offers or about Napa homes for sale, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley for expert guidance. Their team would love to show you homes and Napa Valley houses.

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