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Downtown Davis: THE Place to Be

burgers, fries, and beers

Imagine your perfect day. Maybe it’s dining in a great restaurant or relaxing at a café. Or perhaps it’s strolling through an art gallery, browsing a boutique, or catching a live band. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it all in Downtown Davis! 

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Downtown Davis is a quaint city center made up of dozens of local businesses, including restaurants, cafes, galleries, shops, live music venues and much more! All are clustered within a 32-block radius, meaning you can easily explore it all on foot. In addition to one-of-a-kind small businesses, Downtown Davis is also host to several community events throughout the year, from cultural festivals to holiday celebrations.

Coffee Shops & Cafés in Downtown Davis

To kick off your day in Downtown Davis, start with a bite to eat. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from that offer breakfast and brunch. Some to consider include Crepeville, which specializes in sweet and savory crepes with every imaginable filling and Café Bernardo, which offers hearty breakfasts with an international flair. The downtown area also has a vibrant café culture with numerous indie coffee shops, including Mishka’s, known for coffee, tea and fresh pastries and Pachamama, a local cooperative with sustainably-sourced beans.

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Visit the Davis Farmers’ Market

If you’re visiting Downtown Davis on a Saturday, there’s no better way to spend the morning than a visit to the Davis Farmers’ Market, located in Central Park. In addition to fresh fruit and veggies, you’ll find gourmet food products like wine and honey, bakery items, and locally made handicrafts. Come summer, the Davis Farmers’ Market is open late on Wednesdays with live music, craft beer, and local wine. 

illustration of the Avid Reader

Downtown Davis Art Galleries

One of the most popular things to do in Downtown Davis is to browse an art gallery. Downtown Davis is home to several world-class galleries, including Pence Art Gallery, which has rotating exhibits of regional artists and John Natsoulas Gallery, which features paintings, sculptures and special events such as poetry readings. Downtown Davis also hosts the 2nd Friday ArtAbout, a monthly self-guided artwalk with receptions, hands-on activities, and live music.

Shopping in Downtown Davis

If retail therapy is more your speed, there are plenty of shops and boutiques in Downtown Davis to explore. The Avid Reader is a longstanding indie bookshop that also sells gifts and toys, while the Growing Groves is a plant shop that also sells unique, locally made products. You can also find shops selling vintage clothing, gifts, collectibles and home goods. 

The Best Restaurants in Downtown Davis

After spending an afternoon in Downtown Davis, you may have worked up an appetite! Luckily there are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a world-class dinner. One of the best is The Mustard Seed, a fine dining establishment featuring local ingredients. For a more laid back option, Burgers & Brews offers hearty fare and of course, craft beer. Another great option is Seasons Kitchen and Bar, a refined space serving California cuisine with a Middle Eastern twist. 

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Bars in Downtown Davis

If you’d like to end your day with a nightcap, check out some of the local hotspots in Downtown Davis. One of the liveliest is Shipwrecked Tiki Bar, a pirate-themed hideaway that serves classic tropical cocktails. Another popular spot is Root of Happiness Kava Bar, which hosts live music and other events. At the Davis Wine Bar, you can get a flight, a glass or a bottle. They also have small bites.

Find it All in Downtown Davis 

No matter how you prefer to spend an afternoon, you’ll find it in Downtown Davis. From restaurants to shops, live music to art galleries, there truly is something for everyone here. Learn more about Davis and plan your trip today!



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