Weekend Warriors: Spend a Day in Downtown Mill Valley
There are certain blocks in the Bay Area that are ripe for adventure. Each weekend, we'll highlight a stretch of pavement where you could spend an entire day and night. This week: Throckmorton Ave. between Corte Madera and Creek, Mill Valley.
Located in a historic train station, The Book Depot serves as the favorite hangout for locals and tourists alike. There's a handpicked book selection, including a huge children's area, to browse if you're looking for some quiet time, and a variety of breakfast and lunch items, coffee, and homemade pastries to prepare for the day ahead. Feel free to sun bathe on the outdoor patio, it's the perfect spot to people watch. 87 Throckmorton Ave.
Make your besties love you even more with a sweet postcard from your adventures. Stop into Two Neat stationery to shop their massive inventory of novelty cards, postcards, and other items, and don't worry if you can't help but buy them all. 111 Throckmorton Ave.
The Mint is a constantly evolving boutique, and you'll rarely find the same things twice. One of a kind clothing pieces, design objects, and toys from around the world are just some of the gems you'll find at this unique store. On any given day you could walk out with items handcrafted in three different countries. Stop in to see what they have this weekend. 167 Throckmorton Ave.
A small, local brewery and restaurant Mill Valley Beerworks offers an extensive menu of their own brews (with cute names like “Phil in the Blank” and “Drinkin’ in the Dark”) as well as other Northern California beers. Stop in for a pick-me-up and stay for the killer bar grub, like roasted pig cheek or grilled squid. 174 Throckmorton Ave.
From French copper cookware to boutique Italian olive oils, from the finest antique chopping blocks to local Marin County preserves, you'll find the world's finest culinary tools, accessories, cook books and local artisans all in one space at Tyler Florence. 59 Throckmorton Ave.
With a calendar this jam-packed with can't-miss events, it's easy to find something for everyone at the Throckmorton Theatre. This weekend they're putting on an exciting new rendition of the 80s classic Footloose, but if that's not really your thing you can admire gorgeous shots of the Bay Area at the View Through the Lens of the Moon photography exhibit instead. 142 Throckmorton Ave.
An old fashion wine merchant, Vintage Wines only sell vinos that they like, and since they've been in business for over 50 years, you can definitely trust their palate. If you've been searching for a hard to find label or big money items, this should be your go-to spot. 82 Throckmorton Ave.
For more one-stop adventure ideas, check out all our Weekend Warriors.