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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.

Pizza Place
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“When we moved to Los Alamos over twelve years ago, Flatbread, was one of the only spots in town. Back then this little gem in the rough was only open on weekends, but already had a reputation that spread to our Santa Barbara friends and beyond. Since then they have expanded their hours and their weekend specials are always worth a look. If you can’t decide, our old standby is the Pepperoni and Peppers, add sausage. Wood fired pizzas, including vegan and gluten free options, Sunday suppers (or anything on the specials list), and The Beast for dessert (not on the menu, just ask for it!).”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bakery
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“If you’re up for a very scenic 20-minute drive to Los Alamos: Bob’s Bread… but go early on the weekends, it’s very popular. (Los Alamos is a fantastically funky little cowboy town often featured in Sunset Magazine. Allow time to stroll around the vintage shops and little galleries, as well as check out the Union Hotel - it’s been operating since 1880 when it really was cowboys on the range, packing pistols.)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Most well preserved of all the missions in California on 3000 acres with lots of hiking trails, docent tours, special events and visitors center.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“The rowdiest watering hole in town since the 1880s with a full bar, billiards, burgers and BBQ. The Union is a must visit in Los Alamos, even if it’s just for a drink. You feel like you step back in time when you walk through the door. Play a game of pool, mingle with the locals, have a stiff drink (they make a great whiskey sour), beer or a snack.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“Breakfast at Bell Street, always a good choice. Check it out on Sunday morning.”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Charlies is an icon of Los Alamos! The best damn burgers you will find, as well as the best biscuits and gravy for breakfast around! Eat on the patio as his place is very small. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Small batch wines, specializing in Rhone varietals in a bright, happy atmosphere.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in the historic Los Alamos General Store, Pico (one of Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wine Restaurants 2 years in a row) boasts award winning food by Chef Drew, divine cocktails, and a rotating wine list that includes rare “Unicorn Flights”. We always bring first time Los Alamos visitors and order the whole menu family style (or as much as our stomachs will allow). They have fabulously curated special wine events; be sure to get your tickets in advance. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“This place will kind of remind you of FRIENDS, it has that kind of coffee shop atmosphere. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“13 minutes door-to-sand. This nearby beach is perfect for evening walks or a quick jaunt to the shore when you feel the need for sand between your toes.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“I absolutely love this beach because it is never crowded. Sometimes you are there alone... it is a great place to go for peace and quiet. If you walk south for about a mile or so you'll see a shipwreck; great for Instagram.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“One of my favorite places on earth. I take my dogs there for a long walk to a popular surf spot called Tranchulas. It takes about 45 minutes to get there. People drive there just for a Jalama Burger.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Food
“This quaint tasting room is right between Lo-Fi and Pico. While tasting, peruse their selection of local beans or mushrooms grown right here in Los Alamos, pick up some honey or a book on the history of our town. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Jesper Johansson and Alec Roehl, of the former Café Quackenbush, know how to make you feel at home. Delicious food and a warm welcome make this our go to lunch spot. Look around and you’ll see lots of locals here. Good for breakfast or lunch with vegan options. Soups are always delicious.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“The Lompoc Wine Ghetto has over 20 tasting rooms, beginning at 1500 East Chestnut Ave in Lompoc. Very very popular with many of our guests. It is a short drive (or about a mile walk East of the Victorian) to an amazing array of tasting rooms.”
  • 3 locals recommend