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Guidebook for Santa Rosa

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Guidebook for Santa Rosa

Food Scene
Healthy, organic food with a Mediterranean flavor. Can't get enough of this place!
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East West Cafe
557 Summerfield Road
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Healthy, organic food with a Mediterranean flavor. Can't get enough of this place!
Delicious Thai food that is oh-so-satisfying! Besides having great food and ambiance, there's also a bar if you're just in the mood for drinks.
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SEA Thai Bistro
2350 Midway Drive
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Delicious Thai food that is oh-so-satisfying! Besides having great food and ambiance, there's also a bar if you're just in the mood for drinks.
If you're looking for yummy Italian food, this is the spot. The quattro formaggi is one of our favorites! So good with a glass of wine... mmmm.
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Lococo's Cucina Rustica
117 4th Street
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If you're looking for yummy Italian food, this is the spot. The quattro formaggi is one of our favorites! So good with a glass of wine... mmmm.
If you're looking for something tasty, quick, organic and are near Rohnert Park, give Amy's a try. They have vegan friendly, gluten-free, plant-based fast food! Seriously. You have to try it to believe it. SO YUM!
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Amy's Drive Thru
58 Golf Course Dr W
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If you're looking for something tasty, quick, organic and are near Rohnert Park, give Amy's a try. They have vegan friendly, gluten-free, plant-based fast food! Seriously. You have to try it to believe it. SO YUM!
This is a spot in downtown Santa Rosa that has a cool vibe and outdoor patio you can enjoy on nice days. They have a variety of food and drinks that are tastefully presented... you can't go wrong.
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Bird & The Bottle
1055 4th St
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This is a spot in downtown Santa Rosa that has a cool vibe and outdoor patio you can enjoy on nice days. They have a variety of food and drinks that are tastefully presented... you can't go wrong.
I don't think I've had a single dish here that wasn't tasty...! I also really love the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. This is my go-to sushi spot.
Haku Sushi
I don't think I've had a single dish here that wasn't tasty...! I also really love the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. This is my go-to sushi spot.
One of the closest breakfast/brunch restaurants to our home, Jeffrey's has traditional menu options but really great food and service. If you can make it on a non-busy day, the seating in back next to the "hillside" view can be quite pleasant. :)
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Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe
2901 4th Street
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One of the closest breakfast/brunch restaurants to our home, Jeffrey's has traditional menu options but really great food and service. If you can make it on a non-busy day, the seating in back next to the "hillside" view can be quite pleasant. :)
I love this place for having the option for floor seating and, of course, their great food! I can't get enough of their crispy crab wontons and am happy with the price and food portions.
Thai House Restaurant
525 4th Street
I love this place for having the option for floor seating and, of course, their great food! I can't get enough of their crispy crab wontons and am happy with the price and food portions.
A little over 10 minutes away, Rosso's has delicious Italian food (and also the best fried chicken!) Include the fact that it's a great place to grab a drink with friends as well as sample some wine, Rosso's has it going on.
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Rosso
53 Montgomery Dr
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A little over 10 minutes away, Rosso's has delicious Italian food (and also the best fried chicken!) Include the fact that it's a great place to grab a drink with friends as well as sample some wine, Rosso's has it going on.
A great local pizzeria option for those who are vegan or gluten-free.
Pieology Pizzeria Santa Rosa
2280 Mendocino Ave
A great local pizzeria option for those who are vegan or gluten-free.
If you're looking for a tasty burger, this is the place! Just a short drive away, you can find a ton of burger options here and yummy sides to go with. It can get a bit packed around meal times but they do have a small outdoor area for overflow.
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Superburger
1501 4th Street
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If you're looking for a tasty burger, this is the place! Just a short drive away, you can find a ton of burger options here and yummy sides to go with. It can get a bit packed around meal times but they do have a small outdoor area for overflow.
They have excellent and delicious farm-to-table brunch options here! I think they just moved to a new location on Mendocino Avenue, so be sure to map it.
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the naked pig
435 Santa Rosa Avenue
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They have excellent and delicious farm-to-table brunch options here! I think they just moved to a new location on Mendocino Avenue, so be sure to map it.
One of my favorite places to eat with a group of friends. You can't go wrong with any of the dishes here. They also offer drink specials and homemade sangria! And for dessert.. two words: mango cheesecake!!
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Sazón | Peruvian Cuisine
1129 Sebastopol Road
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One of my favorite places to eat with a group of friends. You can't go wrong with any of the dishes here. They also offer drink specials and homemade sangria! And for dessert.. two words: mango cheesecake!!
Stark's is a classic steakhouse that offers seafood alongside its dry-aged cuts, as well as a huge variety of whiskey in a fine dining setting. So if you're craving a steak or taking advantage of happy hour, Stark's is a great option.
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Stark's Steak & Seafood
521 Adams Street
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Stark's is a classic steakhouse that offers seafood alongside its dry-aged cuts, as well as a huge variety of whiskey in a fine dining setting. So if you're craving a steak or taking advantage of happy hour, Stark's is a great option.
Puerto Rican food at its finest! El Coqui is in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, so if you're in the area it's a convenient (and yummy!) place to grab a bite.
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El Coqui
400 Mendocino Avenue
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Puerto Rican food at its finest! El Coqui is in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, so if you're in the area it's a convenient (and yummy!) place to grab a bite.
Big New York-style pizza with good service. We especially appreciate the fact that they are open late (til 3am)! :)
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NY Pie
65 Brookwood Ave
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Big New York-style pizza with good service. We especially appreciate the fact that they are open late (til 3am)! :)
If you're craving udon, rice bowls, potstickers, etc. this place is great! They give you good-sized portions as well as quick service.
IPPINN UDON
1880 Mendocino Ave
If you're craving udon, rice bowls, potstickers, etc. this place is great! They give you good-sized portions as well as quick service.
You can't go wrong with the breakfast options here! I usually order the Gompa's sandwich... it's delicious (and filling)! They also have plenty of seating as well as another location on 4th Street.
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Dierk's Parkside Cafe
404 Santa Rosa Avenue
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You can't go wrong with the breakfast options here! I usually order the Gompa's sandwich... it's delicious (and filling)! They also have plenty of seating as well as another location on 4th Street.
Buffet-style vegan/vegetarian food, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Great for lunch or dinner, Gaia's Garden is a must-try! We love their nutritious and tasty plant-based dishes and desserts.
Gaia's Garden
1899 Mendocino Avenue
Buffet-style vegan/vegetarian food, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Great for lunch or dinner, Gaia's Garden is a must-try! We love their nutritious and tasty plant-based dishes and desserts.
Wine Country cuisine at its best! This fine dining restaurant is nestled among vineyards and gardens, so it's easy to take in breathtaking views as you enjoy delicious meals prepared with fresh, local foods and produce.
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John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road
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Wine Country cuisine at its best! This fine dining restaurant is nestled among vineyards and gardens, so it's easy to take in breathtaking views as you enjoy delicious meals prepared with fresh, local foods and produce.
Ca'Bianca provides a unique experience with their exquisite Italian food and elegant setting - a 19th century house with patios, gardens, and a full bar! Great for parties or a romantic dinner for 2.
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Ca'Bianca
835 2nd Street
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Ca'Bianca provides a unique experience with their exquisite Italian food and elegant setting - a 19th century house with patios, gardens, and a full bar! Great for parties or a romantic dinner for 2.
Sonoma Wine Shop has two charming locations - one in Sonoma and the other in Sebastopol. Their incredible combination of breakfast & brunch, Italian dinners, and wine tasting make them a one-stop shop!
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Sonoma Wine Shop / La Bodega Kitchen
2295 Gravenstein Highway South
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Sonoma Wine Shop has two charming locations - one in Sonoma and the other in Sebastopol. Their incredible combination of breakfast & brunch, Italian dinners, and wine tasting make them a one-stop shop!
A great stop to pick up unique (and filling) sandwiches for the day while exploring the area! Probably our go-to sandwich spot, they also have vegan and vegetarian options.
Ike's Love and Sandwiches
1780 Mendocino Avenue
A great stop to pick up unique (and filling) sandwiches for the day while exploring the area! Probably our go-to sandwich spot, they also have vegan and vegetarian options.
Drinks & Nightlife
First off, Sebastopol is a unique place to visit (so do go if you get a chance) and HopMonk is by far my favorite place to go around here for dancing. They host a variety of artists and bands, so I would check their calendar to see what the next show is. Besides the live show area, HopMonk also has great food and a bar in their restaurant section. Friends and I also really enjoy their outdoor area!
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HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Avenue
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First off, Sebastopol is a unique place to visit (so do go if you get a chance) and HopMonk is by far my favorite place to go around here for dancing. They host a variety of artists and bands, so I would check their calendar to see what the next show is. Besides the live show area, HopMonk also has great food and a bar in their restaurant section. Friends and I also really enjoy their outdoor area!
So.. I'm going to be honest, there's not much of a nightlife in Santa Rosa. But sometimes you've just gotta dance! Well, this is a decent spot to show off your dance moves, just make sure you get there early because there can be a long line at the entrance on certain weekends!
The Lounge at La Rosa
500 4th St
So.. I'm going to be honest, there's not much of a nightlife in Santa Rosa. But sometimes you've just gotta dance! Well, this is a decent spot to show off your dance moves, just make sure you get there early because there can be a long line at the entrance on certain weekends!
I've been to some pretty cool events at Whiskey Tip. It's particularly fun when the weather is nice enough to hang out in their outdoor section. They have live music and DJs that play every so often so check their calendar to see what's up!
Whiskey Tip
1910 Sebastopol Road
I've been to some pretty cool events at Whiskey Tip. It's particularly fun when the weather is nice enough to hang out in their outdoor section. They have live music and DJs that play every so often so check their calendar to see what's up!
A chic, stylish champagne and wine bar that is fun to end up at after a day of wine tasting or exploring Sonoma!
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SIGH. Champagne & Sparkling
120 W Napa St
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A chic, stylish champagne and wine bar that is fun to end up at after a day of wine tasting or exploring Sonoma!
I love Underwood for their margaritas (although they have plenty of other excellent drinks), delicious food and dessert options, and overall laid-back and cozy ambiance! While I've usually gone here in the for dinner and drinks, they do have a nice outdoor patio (with bocci ball court) to enjoy in the daytime.
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Underwood Bar and Bistro
9113 Graton Road
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I love Underwood for their margaritas (although they have plenty of other excellent drinks), delicious food and dessert options, and overall laid-back and cozy ambiance! While I've usually gone here in the for dinner and drinks, they do have a nice outdoor patio (with bocci ball court) to enjoy in the daytime.
Entertainment & Activities
I'm not much of a gambler but this place has quite a bit to offer. There are some cool restaurants in there as well as all the tables and slots you'd expect in a good casino.
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Graton Resort and Casino
288 Golf Course Drive West
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I'm not much of a gambler but this place has quite a bit to offer. There are some cool restaurants in there as well as all the tables and slots you'd expect in a good casino.
This place has so much to offer (for adults and kids alike) and all under under one roof! Epicenter is huge and features a sports bar and restaurant, a trampoline park, laser tag, arcade, as well as a Sports City and Anytime Fitness. Definitely fun for a family or a group!
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Epicenter
3215 Coffey Ln
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This place has so much to offer (for adults and kids alike) and all under under one roof! Epicenter is huge and features a sports bar and restaurant, a trampoline park, laser tag, arcade, as well as a Sports City and Anytime Fitness. Definitely fun for a family or a group!
If you're into rock climbing, this place is definitely worth checking out! I've only been there a handful of times myself but know friends that can't get enough of this place.
Vertex Climbing Center
3358 Coffey Lane
If you're into rock climbing, this place is definitely worth checking out! I've only been there a handful of times myself but know friends that can't get enough of this place.
This place is great for families, offering plenty of things to explore no matter your age. The man-made tide pool is fun to check out as well as seeing the different animals. It's right next to the park, too, so perfect place to visit on a nice day.
Environmental Discovery Center of Sonoma County
393 Violetti Rd
This place is great for families, offering plenty of things to explore no matter your age. The man-made tide pool is fun to check out as well as seeing the different animals. It's right next to the park, too, so perfect place to visit on a nice day.
If you love animals, Safari West is worth checking out! They have a great walking tour as well as a jeep tour, where you can see many of the different animals across the 400 acre, nature preserved property.
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Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road
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If you love animals, Safari West is worth checking out! They have a great walking tour as well as a jeep tour, where you can see many of the different animals across the 400 acre, nature preserved property.
Ziplining is already thrilling, but combine it with giant redwood trees and you have a truly unique and unforgettable experience!
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Sonoma Canopy Tours
6250 Bohemian Highway
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Ziplining is already thrilling, but combine it with giant redwood trees and you have a truly unique and unforgettable experience!
Essentials
I love Oliver's... not only are they close and convenient but they also have many great, healthy selections on groceries and prepared foods. I usually go here to buy organic fruits and veggies, but will also pop in when I'm craving something sweet... coconut ice cream, anyone?
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Oliver's Market - Montecito
560 Montecito Center
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I love Oliver's... not only are they close and convenient but they also have many great, healthy selections on groceries and prepared foods. I usually go here to buy organic fruits and veggies, but will also pop in when I'm craving something sweet... coconut ice cream, anyone?
Our nearby laundromat conveniently located in Montecito Center, which give us the option to shop or stop at Oliver's Market for any necessary items while laundry is getting cleaned. Only downside is the machines use tokens instead of coins.
Montecito Super Wash
777 Montecito Blvd
Our nearby laundromat conveniently located in Montecito Center, which give us the option to shop or stop at Oliver's Market for any necessary items while laundry is getting cleaned. Only downside is the machines use tokens instead of coins.
Parks & Nature
HUGE, old growth redwood trees!!! Absolute magic... so peaceful, majestic, and serene. Many of the trees are over a thousand years old! There are picnic areas, some great hiking trails and some easy walks in the woods. Check it out! But note: it can get a little chilly under all those trees, so be sure to wear layers. ;)
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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd
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HUGE, old growth redwood trees!!! Absolute magic... so peaceful, majestic, and serene. Many of the trees are over a thousand years old! There are picnic areas, some great hiking trails and some easy walks in the woods. Check it out! But note: it can get a little chilly under all those trees, so be sure to wear layers. ;)
This park is great if you want to get out in nature while still being close to downtown Santa Rosa. Friends and I usually go here to play disc golf as they have a pretty great course! It's also a wonderful spot to check out some spectacular views of Sonoma County.
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Taylor Mountain Regional Park
2080 Kawana Terrace
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This park is great if you want to get out in nature while still being close to downtown Santa Rosa. Friends and I usually go here to play disc golf as they have a pretty great course! It's also a wonderful spot to check out some spectacular views of Sonoma County.
This expansive park is only 10 minutes from our home and has so much to offer, including trails for hiking and mountain biking, and lakes for fishing. I still have yet to explore all this state park has to offer!
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Trione-Annadel State Park
6201 Channel Drive
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This expansive park is only 10 minutes from our home and has so much to offer, including trails for hiking and mountain biking, and lakes for fishing. I still have yet to explore all this state park has to offer!
Grove of Old Trees is a lovely and peaceful nature preserve in Sonoma County. It has easy hikes that meander through old growth and second growth redwood trees. There are also picnic tables in a few areas. For its smaller size, it's still one of my favorite places (and usually much less crowded than Armstrong Woods).
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LandPaths Grove of Old Trees
17599 Fitzpatrick Lane
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Grove of Old Trees is a lovely and peaceful nature preserve in Sonoma County. It has easy hikes that meander through old growth and second growth redwood trees. There are also picnic tables in a few areas. For its smaller size, it's still one of my favorite places (and usually much less crowded than Armstrong Woods).
Arts & Culture
If you adore Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang like I do, you must check out the Charles M. Schulz Museum! You really get to know the incredible man behind the cartoon strip, all while being in his hometown of Santa Rosa. In fact, you may find sculptures of Peanuts characters around town in commemoration of Schultz. ;)
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Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane
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If you adore Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang like I do, you must check out the Charles M. Schulz Museum! You really get to know the incredible man behind the cartoon strip, all while being in his hometown of Santa Rosa. In fact, you may find sculptures of Peanuts characters around town in commemoration of Schultz. ;)
Sonoma State University's Green Music Center has two concert halls as well as a restaurant and outdoor space. What's especially cool is during the warmer months, the Weill Hall opens up to lawn seating so you can enjoy the scenery while taking in the performance. They have shows and events quite regularly, so definitely worth checking out.
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Green Music Center
1801 E Cotati Ave
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Sonoma State University's Green Music Center has two concert halls as well as a restaurant and outdoor space. What's especially cool is during the warmer months, the Weill Hall opens up to lawn seating so you can enjoy the scenery while taking in the performance. They have shows and events quite regularly, so definitely worth checking out.
This is the North Bay's premier arts and events center. Just learned it's "ranked among world’s top 100 performing arts presenters, hosting performances in music, theater, dance, comedy, family programming and renowned speaker events." They host a plethora of events as well as indoor and outdoor art.
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Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Rd
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This is the North Bay's premier arts and events center. Just learned it's "ranked among world’s top 100 performing arts presenters, hosting performances in music, theater, dance, comedy, family programming and renowned speaker events." They host a plethora of events as well as indoor and outdoor art.
Luther Burbank was an incredible horticulturalist from the early 1900s, creating over 800 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and flowers during his lifetime. He also left a lasting impact on Sonoma County, and the world at large. There's no charge to visit his home and gardens, so it's spectacular checking them out on a self-guided tour.
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Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Avenue
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Luther Burbank was an incredible horticulturalist from the early 1900s, creating over 800 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and flowers during his lifetime. He also left a lasting impact on Sonoma County, and the world at large. There's no charge to visit his home and gardens, so it's spectacular checking them out on a self-guided tour.
Local Cafes
One of my favorite coffee shops in the area. The staff has always been really friendly and I like the open, airy feel in the place. It's really convenient to the house as well.
Acre Coffee
615 4th St
One of my favorite coffee shops in the area. The staff has always been really friendly and I like the open, airy feel in the place. It's really convenient to the house as well.
I just recently discovered this spot but the vibe here is cool and eclectic! It's a bit small but was perfect for a small group of us meeting for coffee and a bite. They have an amazing array of baked goods as well as some yummy breakfast sandwiches.
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Criminal Baking Co.
463 Sebastopol Avenue
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I just recently discovered this spot but the vibe here is cool and eclectic! It's a bit small but was perfect for a small group of us meeting for coffee and a bite. They have an amazing array of baked goods as well as some yummy breakfast sandwiches.
Located in Railroad Square, A'Roma Roaster's boasts a larger menu of coffee, tea, sandwiches, and baked goods but they tend to be a bit busier than other local cafes. Still, the area is nice and convenient and the coffee is good.
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A'Roma Roasters Coffee & Tea
95 5th Street
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Located in Railroad Square, A'Roma Roaster's boasts a larger menu of coffee, tea, sandwiches, and baked goods but they tend to be a bit busier than other local cafes. Still, the area is nice and convenient and the coffee is good.
Brew has an assortment of beverages (coffee, tea, kombucha, beer, etc) as well as a variety of food options, some being vegan. Overall, chill vibe and close to downtown Santa Rosa.
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Brew Coffee and Beer House
555 Healdsburg Avenue
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Brew has an assortment of beverages (coffee, tea, kombucha, beer, etc) as well as a variety of food options, some being vegan. Overall, chill vibe and close to downtown Santa Rosa.