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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.

Bar
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“Great fish and chips and wonderful Gaelic atmosphere! Great Chow duh as well!”
  • 26 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Beautiful, relaxing walk along the cliffside. Views of the ocean and the iconic town. You might see a whale, a seal, fishing boats, etc.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“One of the longtime treasures of the North Coast. Not only are lunch and dinner superb, the weekend brick-oven baked pizza (several creative choices) is a treat to enjoy outside in the beautiful garden.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Gallery with art from talented local artists; periodically hosts outdoor art fairs, check the website for a calendar of events.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Makes excellent breakfast burritos, quiche, and granola and has very solid coffee as well, also has a great outdoor patio for sunny days.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lodging
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“Nice atmosphere with delicious dinners, and bar with a nice variety of wine, mixed drinks and local music on occasion”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
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“This is one of our favorite spots to lunch in Mendocino. Sit outside on a nice day and enjoy the garden and cool ocean breezes. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern California cuisine, using many locally-sourced, organic ingredients. Seasonal menu.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“Pizza & ice cream. Great pizza to take back to the cabin and enjoy on the patio at sunset.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Very fun place in the heart of the action with a view. Catch the local gossip..”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Wonderful place to take kids, get a great read or pick up lovely stationary. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“One of our favorite things to do on the coast is to take one of the outrigger canoes on Big River. These watercraft are untippable. It's lovely to float up river, watch for wildlife and enjoy the great outdoors.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Tiny little community theatre that draws local talent, as well as special guest actors and directors. The seating holds about 80 people, so there isn't a bad seat. Very intimate viewing. The productions are well done and varied. Check the website for latest billing info.”
  • 9 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Kelley House Museum is an ocean-view house museum in the heart of the historic district of Mendocino. Its mission is to collect, preserve, protect and share the rich history of the Mendocino Coast. It houses the only museum-quality storage and research facility open to visitors on the Mendocino California Coast.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Science focus, binoculars, telescopes, and science oriented toys. Mind challengers. I love this store.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Early morning go out to the headlands and look for the spouts. You might even see a back or a tail!”
  • 5 locals recommend