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Old Town Novato

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Address: Grant Avenue, Novato, CA

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My great grandparents built two of the buildings in Old Town in the 1920's and 1933 which are still there and look quite similar to the original building. Almost all of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Novato, California
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Novato, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My great grandparents built two of the buildings in Old Town in the 1920's and 1933 which are still there and look quite similar to the original building. Almost all of the buildings have a real history which is pretty interesting. Variety of shops with unique stuff. The only down side is the lack of parking. It is quite a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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71 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Old town doesn't have much to draw tourists. There are a couple of restaurants, some specialty shops and a McDonalds. Highlights would be Mi Pueblo restaurant, the new Smash Burger and Perry's Deli.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Novato. Old Town, neither old nor Quaint. Thera are a few restaurants and shops within a few blocks but not a destination. Spend a couple of hours here and a few bucks to show support to local business surrounded by sprawl. Great job ruining a nice town,

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San Rafael, California
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256 reviews 256 reviews
89 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

They embrace their heritage by keeping their old town alive. Many of the shops here have been around forever and still keep their old timey look. The selection of businesses drive this neighborhood. I love it.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

Not like many "old town" areas. A little more downmarket than many, but nicely verdant and with a healthy variety of stores. Not at all "touristy," which we appreciated.

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Novato, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I live in Novato and shop here frequently. There are nice women's clothing boutiques, specialty gift shops, restaurants, a great bakery, and antique/consignment shops. There is a nice jewelers and other services. The area is basically one street (Grant), about five level blocks. Parking is free and usually available. It is great for walking and perusing, for gift shopping, for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The shops vary in merchandise, so almost everything can be purchased in Old Town. The merchants are friendly and helpful. There are many unique items to buy which make your home unique and gifts really appreciated.

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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It is clean and has a western historical feel. People seemed a little hippie-ish, but hey it is the Bay area!

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Novato, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Old Town area of downtown Novato is reminiscent of many small towns of the past, yet here you will find everything from fine dining to comfort food restaurants, upscale shopping as well as thrift stores, and establishments of every type. If you find yourself in the area, Old Town Novato is well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Old town is a fun place to walk around and shop. Lots of different kinds of places to eat. Cute little individually own shops. And dog friendly.

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