Guidebook for Mill Valley

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Guidebook for Mill Valley

Food Scene

Right now, it is closed for renovation work and will hopefully reopen in June, 2020. When it opens, it is a super fun place to go! It is in the heart of the downtown with breakfast, lunch, and light dinner (it closes at 7:00pm). There is both indoor and outdoor seating. Great people watching on the plaza and the place to go for your newspaper, magazine, or books. I personally love the soups and the veggie burgers. The pastries are pretty good as well!
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The Depot Bookstore & Café
87 Throckmorton Avenue
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Right now, it is closed for renovation work and will hopefully reopen in June, 2020. When it opens, it is a super fun place to go! It is in the heart of the downtown with breakfast, lunch, and light dinner (it closes at 7:00pm). There is both indoor and outdoor seating. Great people watching on the plaza and the place to go for your newspaper, magazine, or books. I personally love the soups and the veggie burgers. The pastries are pretty good as well!
Delicious and wide assortment of breakfast choices as well as great lunch's. It can be crowded, but is worth the wait.
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Kitchen Sunnyside
31 Sunnyside Avenue
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Delicious and wide assortment of breakfast choices as well as great lunch's. It can be crowded, but is worth the wait.
Some of the best Indian Food around! Each time I go there, I try to order something different as everything is delicious!
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Prabh Indian Kitchen
24 Sunnyside Avenue
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Some of the best Indian Food around! Each time I go there, I try to order something different as everything is delicious!
A wonderful out-of-the way place in Sausalito. Right on the edge of a Marina with beautiful local bay views. A bit pricer than some, but so worth it! The service and food is great. I have taken friends/family from out of town and they always want to go back!
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Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way
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A wonderful out-of-the way place in Sausalito. Right on the edge of a Marina with beautiful local bay views. A bit pricer than some, but so worth it! The service and food is great. I have taken friends/family from out of town and they always want to go back!
I am going to have to reccomend this under 2 catagories as the food is great (very fresh with a changing menu), and the live music entertainment is incredible! You never know what local famous musician may show up (Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead is a ​part owner). It is also a fun place to be when the Warriors or the Giants are playing!
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Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Avenue
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I am going to have to reccomend this under 2 catagories as the food is great (very fresh with a changing menu), and the live music entertainment is incredible! You never know what local famous musician may show up (Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead is a ​part owner). It is also a fun place to be when the Warriors or the Giants are playing!
This is always crowded and has a huge following. They also deliver! It is a fun place to hang out, enjoy great food, and share a table with the locals.
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Sol Food
401 Miller Avenue
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This is always crowded and has a huge following. They also deliver! It is a fun place to hang out, enjoy great food, and share a table with the locals.
Some of the best high voltage coffee selections in town. Locals love to hang out and the cookies & goodies are delicious.
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Peet's Coffee
88 Throckmorton Avenue
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Some of the best high voltage coffee selections in town. Locals love to hang out and the cookies & goodies are delicious.
Good coffee... but I go there for the delicious and unique waffles. They are gluten free and come either savory (try out the ham & cheese) or traditional sweet (fresh fruit & syrup). The place is usually packed with cyclists and fans of their eclectic and unique menu of many offerings.
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Equator Coffees
2 Miller Avenue
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Good coffee... but I go there for the delicious and unique waffles. They are gluten free and come either savory (try out the ham & cheese) or traditional sweet (fresh fruit & syrup). The place is usually packed with cyclists and fans of their eclectic and unique menu of many offerings.
Lively and delicious! Great Italian/California cuisine including pasta's, steaks, fish, chicken, and wood fired pizzas you can enjoy as well as yummy appetizers and a variety of wines. Save room for their signature desserts!
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Vasco Restaurant
106 Throckmorton Avenue
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Lively and delicious! Great Italian/California cuisine including pasta's, steaks, fish, chicken, and wood fired pizzas you can enjoy as well as yummy appetizers and a variety of wines. Save room for their signature desserts!

Essentials

The Canapa Family has owned and run this remarkable Market for at least 3 (maybe 4?) generations. It was one of the first markets to encourage buying locally and organically. It is a feast for the eyes as well as your belly! Delicious fresh foods as well as fresh made pre-packaged meals to take home and heat up. Their deli is second to none with a huge assortment of hot foods, sandwiches, and bakery choices. The wine department has a vast selection or hard-to-find local wines as well as excellent wines from all over California​ and beyond.
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Mill Valley Market
12 Corte Madera Avenue
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The Canapa Family has owned and run this remarkable Market for at least 3 (maybe 4?) generations. It was one of the first markets to encourage buying locally and organically. It is a feast for the eyes as well as your belly! Delicious fresh foods as well as fresh made pre-packaged meals to take home and heat up. Their deli is second to none with a huge assortment of hot foods, sandwiches, and bakery choices. The wine department has a vast selection or hard-to-find local wines as well as excellent wines from all over California​ and beyond.

Arts & Culture

The Marin Theatre Company has a huge following as the plays that are presented are top notch and riveting. The professionalism is on par to plays you would see in New York Theaters and other highly professional and inovative stages. The acting is superb and the plays themselves are provocitve, and deeply entertaining. Be sure to check out the latest production and try to make time to go see it.
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Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Avenue
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The Marin Theatre Company has a huge following as the plays that are presented are top notch and riveting. The professionalism is on par to plays you would see in New York Theaters and other highly professional and inovative stages. The acting is superb and the plays themselves are provocitve, and deeply entertaining. Be sure to check out the latest production and try to make time to go see it.
The 142 Throckmorton Theatre is a must see and experience! The Theatre hosts live shows from all over. From entertaining plays, to musical shows (check out Django Fest), to lectures, and Comedy. Every Tuesday night is live Comedy that hysterically funny and showcases the top Comedians from all over the world. This has been a favorite place for Robin Williams and Dana Carvey to come try out new material and just hang out. We miss Robin so much. The in-house artist Steve Coleman is a brilliant and beautiful set designer. Don't miss seeing the Tivoli room and the main Theatre to truly experience his masterpieces. Be sure to check out what is going on at the theatre and do try to go see it.
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Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue
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The 142 Throckmorton Theatre is a must see and experience! The Theatre hosts live shows from all over. From entertaining plays, to musical shows (check out Django Fest), to lectures, and Comedy. Every Tuesday night is live Comedy that hysterically funny and showcases the top Comedians from all over the world. This has been a favorite place for Robin Williams and Dana Carvey to come try out new material and just hang out. We miss Robin so much. The in-house artist Steve Coleman is a brilliant and beautiful set designer. Don't miss seeing the Tivoli room and the main Theatre to truly experience his masterpieces. Be sure to check out what is going on at the theatre and do try to go see it.
Every first Tuesday of the month, there is a visually fun art walk through out the downtown area of Mill Valley. You will see local artists work displayed at various businesses and galleries. There is always wine and nibbles to keep you fortified as you experience the wide varieties of art on display. It is a super fun night with everyone out walking around and enjoying the art and each other.
Seager Gray Gallery
108 Throckmorton Ave
Every first Tuesday of the month, there is a visually fun art walk through out the downtown area of Mill Valley. You will see local artists work displayed at various businesses and galleries. There is always wine and nibbles to keep you fortified as you experience the wide varieties of art on display. It is a super fun night with everyone out walking around and enjoying the art and each other.

Parks & Nature

This is a magnificent Mountain. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco ( depending where you are) are just the begining of the experience of being on the Mountain. There are dozens of hiking trails... many of them directly accessible from Mill Valley and just outside our door.
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Mount Tamalpais
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This is a magnificent Mountain. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco ( depending where you are) are just the begining of the experience of being on the Mountain. There are dozens of hiking trails... many of them directly accessible from Mill Valley and just outside our door.
A popular and smaller beach, Muir Beach is a great place to relax and enjoy the ocean. Stop off at the Peilcan Inn for a cozy meal or drink by the crackeling fire. You will feel as if you had stepped back in time on a shire of England.
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Muir Beach
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A popular and smaller beach, Muir Beach is a great place to relax and enjoy the ocean. Stop off at the Peilcan Inn for a cozy meal or drink by the crackeling fire. You will feel as if you had stepped back in time on a shire of England.
A true beach side town and expansive beach. A fun place to picnic and enjoy the wide beach and watch the daring surfers do their thing.
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Stinson Beach
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A true beach side town and expansive beach. A fun place to picnic and enjoy the wide beach and watch the daring surfers do their thing.
A must see! Plan to spend at​ least 2 hours so you can take your time to marvel at the amazing Giant Towering Redwood Trees that can only be experienced in this area. They are nowhere else in the world to be found. If possible, get in on a docent tour, as you will be amazed by the history of these magnificent and rare trees. There is limited parking, and Muir Woods only​ takes cars with prior reservations. Be sure to make your reservation before you go as there is no wifi or cell service there. It is only about a 15-minute​ drive from my house.
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Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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A must see! Plan to spend at​ least 2 hours so you can take your time to marvel at the amazing Giant Towering Redwood Trees that can only be experienced in this area. They are nowhere else in the world to be found. If possible, get in on a docent tour, as you will be amazed by the history of these magnificent and rare trees. There is limited parking, and Muir Woods only​ takes cars with prior reservations. Be sure to make your reservation before you go as there is no wifi or cell service there. It is only about a 15-minute​ drive from my house.
This is a great way to spend part of a day and be on the Bay. Take a ferry over from Tiburon and either rent a Segway, or hike the island. It is easy walking and the paths are well marked. The views of the surrounding bay area are stunning and the History of the Island is fasinating. Bring a picnic or enjoy the Cafe that is open May thru October weather permitting.
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Angel Island
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This is a great way to spend part of a day and be on the Bay. Take a ferry over from Tiburon and either rent a Segway, or hike the island. It is easy walking and the paths are well marked. The views of the surrounding bay area are stunning and the History of the Island is fasinating. Bring a picnic or enjoy the Cafe that is open May thru October weather permitting.

Entertainment & Activities

The Sequoia Theater is the original home of the world renown Mill Valley Film Festival. It hosts first run and art films in 2 theaters.
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CineArts Sequoia
25 Throckmorton Avenue
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The Sequoia Theater is the original home of the world renown Mill Valley Film Festival. It hosts first run and art films in 2 theaters.

Shopping

This a fun and eclectic store filled with greeting cards for every occation and then some! The owner avidly supports the local artists and makes cards of their art, so many of the cards are unique and local. It has Mill Valley Tee Shirts, dog toys, hats, and assorted fun gifts. I love listening to people cracking up while reading a card. It is a bit on the liberal side, so be forwarned!
Two Neat
111 Throckmorton Ave
This a fun and eclectic store filled with greeting cards for every occation and then some! The owner avidly supports the local artists and makes cards of their art, so many of the cards are unique and local. It has Mill Valley Tee Shirts, dog toys, hats, and assorted fun gifts. I love listening to people cracking up while reading a card. It is a bit on the liberal side, so be forwarned!
This is the place to get all your bath and delicious scent needs taken care of! They have a wonderful offering of bath salts, soaps, lotions, shampoo's, and essential oils (hence their name EO), as well as other natural fragrant items for you to enjoy. Say Hi to Sabrina for me!
EO Exchange
84 Throckmorton Ave
This is the place to get all your bath and delicious scent needs taken care of! They have a wonderful offering of bath salts, soaps, lotions, shampoo's, and essential oils (hence their name EO), as well as other natural fragrant items for you to enjoy. Say Hi to Sabrina for me!