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Shopping and Dining

Fine restaurants and intimate top-shelf cafes populate this vintner-culture community at the gateway to wine country. Novato restaurants serve a variety of savory cuisine, from traditional American to California Cuisine and international fare: Italian, French, Southwest and Asian.

Novato also has a variety of coffee shops and bakeries, including downtown’s FlourChylde, Rustic Bakery and home-grown taquerias. Many restaurants feature nightly specials and kids-eat-free offers. Hamilton Landing offers Toast Café with American-style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and at Vintage Oaks, HopMonk. Novato hotels and resorts provide a pleasant alternative, offering delicious meals in attractive settings, including WildFox Restaurant at Novato Oaks Inn and Ricky’s Restaurant and Bar at Inn Marin. Hilltop 1892, Muscio’s Finnegan’s Marin, Mi Pueblo, JJ’s Burger Joint, Marvin’s Restaurant and a dozen more quality dining experiences await you in the vicinity of Old Town and surrounding Novato neighborhood centers.

Novato Old Town/Downtown Discover the charms of Old Town Novato’s distinctive 400 businesses, including boutiques, antique stores, spas and salons, cafes and restaurants located along mile-long Grant Avenue. The tree-lined streets and historic buildings make for an unhurried and relaxed experience. Whole Foods Market Novato anchors the Millworks Novato.

Novato shoppers choose from 15 unique and diverse shopping complexes. There are large venues such as the easy-access Vintage Oaks Shopping Center with major outlets and national boutiques, and smaller centers like the Square, with a quaint small-town assortment of shops. A number of area specialty stores and family-owned retail shops and businesses complete the mix.

Pacheco Plaza Pachecho Plaza’s one-stop convenience for many Novato residents provides easy access and parking to many shops and services. Stop by for groceries, gifts, one-hour cleaners, framers, shipping with UPS, or banking services, among others.

Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Vintage Oaks at Novato is the city’s largest shopping center with more than 59 merchants and several key anchor stores, including Costco, Target and Macy’s Home Store. Select goods and services include clothing, health and beauty, sporting equipment, footwear, craft supplies, home furnishings, business services and more. This open-air setting features nine restaurants ranging from ethnic cuisine to fast food.

Hamilton Marketplace Hamilton Marketplace is a 90,000-square-foot community retail center, anchored by a 55,000-square-foot full-service Safeway grocery store, pet supplies, spa services and a coffee shop.

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