Guidebook for Corte Madera

Susan
Guidebook for Corte Madera

Food Scene

Great coffee shop in Larkspur with a fun outdoor seating area. A lovely 30 min. walk from my house on the bike path or a quick drive. Parking available in the early morning but the parking lot gets crowded by midday.
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Equator Coffees
240 Magnolia Ave
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Great coffee shop in Larkspur with a fun outdoor seating area. A lovely 30 min. walk from my house on the bike path or a quick drive. Parking available in the early morning but the parking lot gets crowded by midday.
Classic Italian cafe in the heart of Larkspur. You'll swear you're in Italy with authentic Italian pastries, sandwiches and decor. A local favorite.
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Emporio Rulli
464 Magnolia Avenue
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Classic Italian cafe in the heart of Larkspur. You'll swear you're in Italy with authentic Italian pastries, sandwiches and decor. A local favorite.
Next to the park, and an easy 10 min. walk from the house. Plenty of outdoor tables, perfect for coffee, a light lunch with a glass of wine/beer.
Cafe Verde pizzeria & Ristorante
502 Tamalpais Drive
Next to the park, and an easy 10 min. walk from the house. Plenty of outdoor tables, perfect for coffee, a light lunch with a glass of wine/beer.
Wonderful bakery with the best quiche, salads and sandwiches. Great for breakfast or lunch. There is a farmer's market next door on Saturdays until 2:00 pm.
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Rustic Bakery
2017 Larkspur Landing Circle
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Wonderful bakery with the best quiche, salads and sandwiches. Great for breakfast or lunch. There is a farmer's market next door on Saturdays until 2:00 pm.
Love the fish tacos and the ceviche! Close by at the Town Center.
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Pacific Catch
133 Corte Madera Town Center
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Love the fish tacos and the ceviche! Close by at the Town Center.
Excellent Italian food!
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Il Fornaio
223 Corte Madera Town Ctr
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Excellent Italian food!
Family owned Italian restaurant. An easy walk- only 2 blocks from the bottom of my hill. Plenty of parking around. Usually have an earlybird special on weeknights.
Benissimo Restaurant & Bar
18 Tamalpais Drive
Family owned Italian restaurant. An easy walk- only 2 blocks from the bottom of my hill. Plenty of parking around. Usually have an earlybird special on weeknights.
Very small but will reserve for parties of 6, go early or be prepared to wait. A nice walk from my house.
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Burmatown
60 Corte Madera Ave
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Very small but will reserve for parties of 6, go early or be prepared to wait. A nice walk from my house.
Great for locally sourced food, excellent breakfast and lunch. A lovely patio for nice days.
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Farm House Local
25 Ward Street
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Great for locally sourced food, excellent breakfast and lunch. A lovely patio for nice days.
My favorite Thai restaurant. Love the fresh spring rolls, green curry and sauteed eggplant. Make a reservation to avoid waiting if you are going on the weekend.
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R'Noh Thai Restaurant
1000 Magnolia Avenue
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My favorite Thai restaurant. Love the fresh spring rolls, green curry and sauteed eggplant. Make a reservation to avoid waiting if you are going on the weekend.
OUTSTANDING SEAFOOD! Very casual outdoor dining on the waterfront with the freshest, best seafood around. A favorite with locals and a bit hard to find so be sure to use google maps. Go early or be prepared to wait a bit.
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Fish.
350 Harbor Dr
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OUTSTANDING SEAFOOD! Very casual outdoor dining on the waterfront with the freshest, best seafood around. A favorite with locals and a bit hard to find so be sure to use google maps. Go early or be prepared to wait a bit.
Classic American comfort food, natural atrium with good light, lively bar and usually a ball game on. Outdoor brunch on the weekends. Popular spot so call for a reservation! Valet parking.
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Perry's on Magnolia
234 Magnolia Ave
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Classic American comfort food, natural atrium with good light, lively bar and usually a ball game on. Outdoor brunch on the weekends. Popular spot so call for a reservation! Valet parking.
Classic French food with CA influence. Excellent pomme frittes! Delicious food, charming patio for lunch or a warm evening, plus a fun bar.
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Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
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Classic French food with CA influence. Excellent pomme frittes! Delicious food, charming patio for lunch or a warm evening, plus a fun bar.
Considered by many to be one of the top restaurants in Marin. A carnivores's delight. If you can't get a table, take your food in the bar and order drinks from Jeff Burkhart, aka the barfly who writes a weekly newspaper column about his experiences tending bar.
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Buckeye Roadhouse
15 Shoreline Hwy
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Considered by many to be one of the top restaurants in Marin. A carnivores's delight. If you can't get a table, take your food in the bar and order drinks from Jeff Burkhart, aka the barfly who writes a weekly newspaper column about his experiences tending bar.
Take a seat in a green naugahyde booth and order steaks, chops, or Joe's special. This a classic midcentury dining experience. The piano bar is not to be missed. If Leslie Harlib is at the piano, you're in luck, she knows every song ever written. Seriously.
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Marin Joe's
1585 Casa Buena Drive
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Take a seat in a green naugahyde booth and order steaks, chops, or Joe's special. This a classic midcentury dining experience. The piano bar is not to be missed. If Leslie Harlib is at the piano, you're in luck, she knows every song ever written. Seriously.
In my opinion the best pizza around, and it's nearby - at the bottom of my hill. Order to go as the place is small. Many people also like Picco's in Larkspur but it's always crowded and usually a long wait.
Stefano's Pizza
225 Corte Madera Ave
In my opinion the best pizza around, and it's nearby - at the bottom of my hill. Order to go as the place is small. Many people also like Picco's in Larkspur but it's always crowded and usually a long wait.
One of my favorite Italian neighborhood restaurants. Approx. 30 minute walk from the house. Love the mussels and the eggplant parmigiana - but everything is great.
Don Antonio Ristorante
455 Magnolia Ave
One of my favorite Italian neighborhood restaurants. Approx. 30 minute walk from the house. Love the mussels and the eggplant parmigiana - but everything is great.
Wonderful authentic Italian food! Delicious homemade pasta, and gotta love the Italian accents of the waiters. Nice patio for warm evenings.
Roma Antica
286 Magnolia Ave
Wonderful authentic Italian food! Delicious homemade pasta, and gotta love the Italian accents of the waiters. Nice patio for warm evenings.

Drinks & Nightlife

Cozy local wine bar with great selections and tasty bites. Easy 20 min. walk from my house but plenty of parking nearby in the parking lot across the street if you drive.
Zinz Wine Bar
207 Corte Madera Avenue
Cozy local wine bar with great selections and tasty bites. Easy 20 min. walk from my house but plenty of parking nearby in the parking lot across the street if you drive.
Excellent local beer, lively sports bar and good burgers and fries. Outdoor seating is great if the weather is good.
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Marin Brewing Company
1809 Larkspur Landing Circle
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Excellent local beer, lively sports bar and good burgers and fries. Outdoor seating is great if the weather is good.
Fantastic craft beer and great small plates.
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Mill Valley Beerworks
173 Throckmorton Avenue
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Fantastic craft beer and great small plates.
A iconic local club with live music of every type. Check the schedule to see who's playing. Excellent food and good outdoor patio for lunch.
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Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Avenue
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A iconic local club with live music of every type. Check the schedule to see who's playing. Excellent food and good outdoor patio for lunch.
Restaurant, lounge and fabulous outdoor entertainment space developed by Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Bands play daily in the lounge everyday and every night. Sound system is unbelievable and you can still have a conversation. Family friendly with a kid's playground outside next to the water, bring your tiedye or buy some - great merch! Excellent food, cocktails, and fine beer selection. A wonderful hangout for anyone. A very unique space.
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Terrapin Crossroads
100 Yacht Club Drive
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Restaurant, lounge and fabulous outdoor entertainment space developed by Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Bands play daily in the lounge everyday and every night. Sound system is unbelievable and you can still have a conversation. Family friendly with a kid's playground outside next to the water, bring your tiedye or buy some - great merch! Excellent food, cocktails, and fine beer selection. A wonderful hangout for anyone. A very unique space.
Stop here on your way to or from the city. A former Army Base, the property has been turned into an upscale restaurant/bar with fabulous views of the city. A fun place to have a drink or go for morning tea/coffee on the deck. There is a classy day spa ($$$) that offers a host of treatments.
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Cavallo Point Lodge
601 Murray Circle
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Stop here on your way to or from the city. A former Army Base, the property has been turned into an upscale restaurant/bar with fabulous views of the city. A fun place to have a drink or go for morning tea/coffee on the deck. There is a classy day spa ($$$) that offers a host of treatments.
Want to see what Sausalito was like in in its Bohemian heyday, then go no further than the No Name Bar. You never know what will happen there. A great band will usually be on stage because many will play there for tips. A local hangout. It's the kind of place Sterling Hayden or Shel Silverstein frequented.
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No Name Bar
757 Bridgeway
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Want to see what Sausalito was like in in its Bohemian heyday, then go no further than the No Name Bar. You never know what will happen there. A great band will usually be on stage because many will play there for tips. A local hangout. It's the kind of place Sterling Hayden or Shel Silverstein frequented.

Parks & Nature

I recommend driving to the top (East Peak) and checking out the nearly 360' view! Take the short hiking trail from the parking lot to see the spectacular view. Then drive down the other side to reach Stinson Beach if you want to have some beach time. See the maps and guides at my house.
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Mount Tamalpais
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I recommend driving to the top (East Peak) and checking out the nearly 360' view! Take the short hiking trail from the parking lot to see the spectacular view. Then drive down the other side to reach Stinson Beach if you want to have some beach time. See the maps and guides at my house.
If you want to see the Redwood trees, Muir woods is close by. Go online to get a parking permit. Best to go during the week and go on the early side. If you must go on the weekend you need to go early, its very crowded.
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Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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If you want to see the Redwood trees, Muir woods is close by. Go online to get a parking permit. Best to go during the week and go on the early side. If you must go on the weekend you need to go early, its very crowded.
This is one of my favorite parks and is not crowded like Muir Woods. It has beautiful Redwood trees and is next to a lovely stream with plenty of picnic tables. There is a paved bike/walking path and some great trail hikes. Pretty 40 min drive from my house.
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Samuel P Taylor State Park
8889 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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This is one of my favorite parks and is not crowded like Muir Woods. It has beautiful Redwood trees and is next to a lovely stream with plenty of picnic tables. There is a paved bike/walking path and some great trail hikes. Pretty 40 min drive from my house.
Absolutely the best place to experience the Northern CA coast. Gorgeous beaches, stunning ocean views, great hiking and charming small towns along the way. See the guidebooks at my house.
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Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd
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Absolutely the best place to experience the Northern CA coast. Gorgeous beaches, stunning ocean views, great hiking and charming small towns along the way. See the guidebooks at my house.
The spot for iconic GG Bridge Photos! Last southbound exit before the GG Bridge, follow the road up the hill for stunning views of the GG Bridge and SF. A short walking trail takes you close enough to practically reach out and touch the bridge, continue up the hill for the highest vantage point. Visit Rodeo Beach and hike above it for great views. The Lighthouse at Point Bonita is a short hike with beautiful views.
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Marin Headlands
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The spot for iconic GG Bridge Photos! Last southbound exit before the GG Bridge, follow the road up the hill for stunning views of the GG Bridge and SF. A short walking trail takes you close enough to practically reach out and touch the bridge, continue up the hill for the highest vantage point. Visit Rodeo Beach and hike above it for great views. The Lighthouse at Point Bonita is a short hike with beautiful views.
Lovely beach and an easy 20 min drive from my house. This beach has a big parking lot with bathrooms, then follow a short trail to the beach. Dogs are welcome. Hike above the beach for a birds eye view.
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Muir Beach
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Lovely beach and an easy 20 min drive from my house. This beach has a big parking lot with bathrooms, then follow a short trail to the beach. Dogs are welcome. Hike above the beach for a birds eye view.

Essentials

I confess - I shop here a lot! If you don't know Whole Foods, it has a wonderful selection of organic food and, fresh produce, meats and a good deli. Take the short cut to Whole Foods by continuing up Chapman to the top of the hill and turning left onto Corte Madera Ave, go down the hill and turn left at the light, then left again at the next light.
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Whole Foods Market
731 East Blithedale Avenue
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I confess - I shop here a lot! If you don't know Whole Foods, it has a wonderful selection of organic food and, fresh produce, meats and a good deli. Take the short cut to Whole Foods by continuing up Chapman to the top of the hill and turning left onto Corte Madera Ave, go down the hill and turn left at the light, then left again at the next light.
Our local Safeway is a great place to shop. A fine selection of everything with lots of organic food and good deals on wine.
Safeway
137 Corte Madera Town Center
Our local Safeway is a great place to shop. A fine selection of everything with lots of organic food and good deals on wine.
A good choice for food shopping .
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Trader Joe's
2052 Redwood Highway
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A good choice for food shopping .

Shopping

The shopping center near my house has great restaurants, causal lunch places, a fine selection of smallshops from clothing to housewares to outdoor gear ( REI). Definitely a fun shopping place.
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Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
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The shopping center near my house has great restaurants, causal lunch places, a fine selection of smallshops from clothing to housewares to outdoor gear ( REI). Definitely a fun shopping place.
This outdoor mall has Macy's at one end and Nordstrom at the other. In between you will find the Apple Store, the Gap, many top designer shops and the Tessla dealer . There is a fun playground for the little ones plus a number of restaurants.
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The Village at Corte Madera
1618 Redwood Highway
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This outdoor mall has Macy's at one end and Nordstrom at the other. In between you will find the Apple Store, the Gap, many top designer shops and the Tessla dealer . There is a fun playground for the little ones plus a number of restaurants.

Getting Around

You can take the ferry to the city by catching it at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
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Larkspur Ferry Terminal
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You can take the ferry to the city by catching it at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.

Arts & Culture

Park in the garage and access is easy to the museum. Go up in the tower for free to see spectacular 360 view of SF! If you enjoy art, there are usually excellent special exhibits as well as the general collection.
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de Young
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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Park in the garage and access is easy to the museum. Go up in the tower for free to see spectacular 360 view of SF! If you enjoy art, there are usually excellent special exhibits as well as the general collection.
SF MOMA has recently completed a fabulous remodel and has ever changing exhibits in addition to their excellent collection of modern art. Well worth a visit. Check online for what is currently showing and for the hours.
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SFMOMA
151 3rd St
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SF MOMA has recently completed a fabulous remodel and has ever changing exhibits in addition to their excellent collection of modern art. Well worth a visit. Check online for what is currently showing and for the hours.