Guidebook for San Rafael

Maika

Guidebook for San Rafael

Food Scene
Food from Puerto Rico, super popular, lunch or dinner, no reservations, long lines unless you avoid lunch/dinner hours. Also to go and deliver!
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Sol Food
901 Lincoln Avenue
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Food from Puerto Rico, super popular, lunch or dinner, no reservations, long lines unless you avoid lunch/dinner hours. Also to go and deliver!
Amici's has great pizzas, not inexpensive but we do have a $2 coupon on a drawer on top of recycling bins. They deliver!
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Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
1242 4th St
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Amici's has great pizzas, not inexpensive but we do have a $2 coupon on a drawer on top of recycling bins. They deliver!
This is a great venue for food and live music next to the water in the canal. Sunday brunch is also fun and they have a lovely deck. Reservations highly recommended. Founded by lead singer from the Grateful Dead!
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Terrapin Crossroads
100 Yacht Club Drive
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This is a great venue for food and live music next to the water in the canal. Sunday brunch is also fun and they have a lovely deck. Reservations highly recommended. Founded by lead singer from the Grateful Dead!
If you are serious about coffee this is your place. Definitely one of our top coffee shops, mainly to buy coffee. Best if you drive there.
Weaver's Coffee & Tea - San Rafael Cafe
40 Louise Street
If you are serious about coffee this is your place. Definitely one of our top coffee shops, mainly to buy coffee. Best if you drive there.
Best place to buy fresh local fruit/vegetables! If you have time, stop by. One of our favorite places in Marin! Please note this summer the Farmer's market will be host at the Northgate mall parking lot. A smaller version of this market is also available on Thursday mornings. https://www.agriculturalinstitute.org/directory/listing-details/sunday-san-rafael-market
The Sunday Marin Farmers Market
3501 Civic Center Dr
Best place to buy fresh local fruit/vegetables! If you have time, stop by. One of our favorite places in Marin! Please note this summer the Farmer's market will be host at the Northgate mall parking lot. A smaller version of this market is also available on Thursday mornings. https://www.agriculturalinstitute.org/directory/listing-details/sunday-san-rafael-market
Decent mexican food. We just love the fact we can walk there!
Mi Casa Café
85 Woodland Ave
Decent mexican food. We just love the fact we can walk there!
Another of our favorites for mexican food!
Picante
340 Bellam Blvd
Another of our favorites for mexican food!
Our favorite Thai place. Hole in the wall and only cash!
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Bay Thai Cuisine
809 4th Street
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Our favorite Thai place. Hole in the wall and only cash!
French new restaurant, not so fancy but good food, ambiance, wines and not too pricey. Highly recommend it. If you go tell the manager or owner that Maika sent you and maybe they'll give you a treat ;)
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Le Comptoir
1301 4th St
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French new restaurant, not so fancy but good food, ambiance, wines and not too pricey. Highly recommend it. If you go tell the manager or owner that Maika sent you and maybe they'll give you a treat ;)
Great outdoor terrace, very good food, can be pricey but lovely!
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Panama Hotel
4 Bayview Street
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Great outdoor terrace, very good food, can be pricey but lovely!
Drinks & Nightlife
Live music and pretty fun if you would like to go for a drink in San Rafael.
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Fenix Restaurant and Bar
919 4th Street
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Live music and pretty fun if you would like to go for a drink in San Rafael.
Sightseeing
Church of Saint Raphael / Mission San Rafael Arcangel
1104 5th Avenue
Shopping
Great place to buy a book and/or have a nice cup of coffee/tea. You can walk from our home. From there you can walk around 4th street, which is downtown San Rafael.
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Copperfield's Books
850 4th St
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Great place to buy a book and/or have a nice cup of coffee/tea. You can walk from our home. From there you can walk around 4th street, which is downtown San Rafael.
If you are bringing your pet, this is our favorite store to buy supplies or doing your own grooming. If you have a dog, you can walk there, bath him/her and walk back. Super friendly staff!
Woodlands Pet Food & Treats
902 3rd St
If you are bringing your pet, this is our favorite store to buy supplies or doing your own grooming. If you have a dog, you can walk there, bath him/her and walk back. Super friendly staff!
Parks & Nature
Nice little park with play structure for little and big kids. Generally very peaceful with local neighbors. Our little secret gem!
Bret Harte Park
Nice little park with play structure for little and big kids. Generally very peaceful with local neighbors. Our little secret gem!
Hiking, biking, beach, it is a great drive. McNears beach also has a swimming pool and fishing!
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China Camp State Park
100 China Camp Village Rd
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Hiking, biking, beach, it is a great drive. McNears beach also has a swimming pool and fishing!
Entertainment & Activities
Best state of the art venue with amazing sound system and very interesting movies. Not your usual blockbuster movie theater! http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/
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Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street
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Best state of the art venue with amazing sound system and very interesting movies. Not your usual blockbuster movie theater! http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/
Essentials
A bit more pricey but great for specialty food and fruits/vegetables. Another one on my weekly list.
United Markets
515 3rd St
A bit more pricey but great for specialty food and fruits/vegetables. Another one on my weekly list.
Much pricier but great salad bar and specialty items.
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Whole Foods Market
340 3rd Street
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Much pricier but great salad bar and specialty items.
Hybrid between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Lots of organic choices at reasonable prices. This is the latest addition to San Rafael, and you can even walk!
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Sprouts Farmers Market
655 Irwin Street
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Hybrid between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Lots of organic choices at reasonable prices. This is the latest addition to San Rafael, and you can even walk!
Good prices and quality. This is one of my weekly stops for groceries. In my opinion not the best choice for fruit/vegetables. Too much packaging.
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Trader Joe's
337 3rd Street
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Good prices and quality. This is one of my weekly stops for groceries. In my opinion not the best choice for fruit/vegetables. Too much packaging.
Closest pharmacy and you can walk there.
Walgreens Pharmacy
830 3rd St
Closest pharmacy and you can walk there.