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Things to do in Fairfax

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Ice Cream Shop
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“No matter the season, there’s always a line at the Fairfax Scoop. And for good reason. The ice cream is delish!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“The food and service at Sorella is great and the atmosphere can’t be beat. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“It’s hard to get in here. Call ahead to be put on the long waiting list. But it’s worth the wait—so good!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“The Hummingbird Cafe is a lovely New Orleans-style diner. Beignets, Shrimp & Grits and all! Great place for breakfast.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great cheap dinner! Excellent bratwurst and a solid tap. Mountain biker place to be!! Definitely a place to hang out at and one of the only places you can get food late at night.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Iron Springs has the most variety of food on the menu, the food is delicious, and the beers are, too. Family atmosphere and games on big screens. It’s our local brewery, what’s not to love?”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“Breakfast lunch or dinner - they do it all and do it well. Personal favorites are the variations on eggs Benedict”
  • 20 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Incredible Italian dishes with charming atmosphere. Feels like Little Italy in NYC. Favorites: local red wine blend, Pasta primavera & cheesecake. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great Coffee drinks, Chai, etc and a nice case filled with quiche, pastries, etc.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“This place is everything bikes, the first mountain bike was actually created here in Marin county so it’s a neat place to stop by on your way to the coast”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fast, casual Mexican street food restaurant with outdoor seating. Pork tacos are excellent.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Cafe Lotus is one of our staples. We think it’s the best food in town—if you like Indian. Great for take-out, too. Sometimes we have it twice a week.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Cozy little wine bar with great food. Nice place for a more upscale night out. We like to go there for champagne and an appetizer or two. Only a block from the Casita! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Market
“Local grocery store with everything you could need. Kind of pricey because it's not a chain, but not terrible. Great deli with made to order sandwiches, great sides, cakes, bakery donuts , good coffee, and fresh sushi. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Fun local atmosphere and bands, occasional dancing, pool room and beer garden.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“They have so many yummy options for breakfast & lunch and the baked goods are wonderful! They have gluten free options too! I recommend the gluten free focaccia!”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“The food and service at Sorella is great and the atmosphere can’t be beat. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“It’s hard to get in here. Call ahead to be put on the long waiting list. But it’s worth the wait—so good!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“The Hummingbird Cafe is a lovely New Orleans-style diner. Beignets, Shrimp & Grits and all! Great place for breakfast.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Great cheap dinner! Excellent bratwurst and a solid tap. Mountain biker place to be!! Definitely a place to hang out at and one of the only places you can get food late at night.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Brewery
“Iron Springs has the most variety of food on the menu, the food is delicious, and the beers are, too. Family atmosphere and games on big screens. It’s our local brewery, what’s not to love?”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“Breakfast lunch or dinner - they do it all and do it well. Personal favorites are the variations on eggs Benedict”
  • 20 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Incredible Italian dishes with charming atmosphere. Feels like Little Italy in NYC. Favorites: local red wine blend, Pasta primavera & cheesecake. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fast, casual Mexican street food restaurant with outdoor seating. Pork tacos are excellent.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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