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Best things to do in San Luis Obispo

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Asian Restaurant
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“One of my favorites - fresh, delicious, local foods - try their salmon bisque or lettuce wraps. Lovely patio next to San Luis Creek. ”
76 locals recommend
Inn
“Dancing, Eating, Great over the top desserts, and a crazy pink Hotel, this place is a must-see if you are in the area.”
53 locals recommend
Church
“Start your tour of downtown San Luis Obispo at the famous Mission which is surrounded by unique local shops and restaurants.”
52 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A great hike to see San Luis Obispo. There are a couple different trail heads.”
44 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Try the tri tip sandwich and the ABC burger although everything I’ve ordered has always been good.”
39 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Every Thursday....live music, great food, and LOTS of local produce! Entertainment at each street corner. ”
43 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Healthy, locally sourced ingredients. Many veggie/vegan options. Call ahead for reservations on the weekends.”
36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Same owner as Novo, similar ambience and outdoor seating. Excellent food with more of a Latin flair.”
38 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Downtown SLO is amazing! Farmers market on Thursday nights has everything you need: entertainment, delicious food, and so much fun! ”
17 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a restaurant and brewery and they often have live bands. Very fun atmosphere!”
22 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Sidecar is another favorite for rich filling foods and very unique cocktails with some harder to find liquors and tinctures. Also great for brunch. They do not accept reservations. ”
27 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“This is my FAVORITE Sushi restaurant of all time! There are some great ones here, but this place to me is the best of the best!”
23 locals recommend
Café
“Sweet little coffeeshop downtown that offers delicious coffee and pastries. ”
24 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Bubblegum Alley is worth a trip past it. Highlighted in many movies and shows, it's simply a wall where people have left their gum (I recommend NOT touching it)”
20 locals recommend
Museum
“Not an aquarium or zoo, but a cute little children's museum, good for rainy day activities. They often have some sort of craft project to do right as you come in, and things for little ones to do, toddler age to tween.”
20 locals recommend
Food
“SLO is home to a huge farmers market every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. Go for great BBQ at San Luis BBQ, try pork dishes at Granada, Mediterrean at Oaisis, buy fresh produce and people watch. ”
29 locals recommend