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Old Town Novato

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Address: Grant Avenue, Novato, CA
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+1 415-897-7707

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In the 19 years I have lived in Novato, Old Town Novato has been transformed from a fairly lifeless place to a pleasant little "strip" town with quite a few eateries and some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
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Novato, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Old Town is reminiscent of small towns with businesses owned by friends and neighbors and city offices at its heart. If you are shopping for the holidays there is much to find on Grant from Redwood down to Rail Road Avenue. Sage on Grant is a wonderful store with jewelry, art glass, home accents and personal accessories. Other shops include... More 

Thank TinaGMc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

In the 19 years I have lived in Novato, Old Town Novato has been transformed from a fairly lifeless place to a pleasant little "strip" town with quite a few eateries and some interesting shops. Trek Winery is off the strip but worth a visit. Batika is a reliable "Indian " cuisine buffet lunch spot or better still a la... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I love Old Town Novato for it's quaint small town feel. Lot's of boutique shops and food options. They also have events that are great for the whole family. I live in Novato and I spend a lot of here. It's a great place to hang out and shop!

Thank MZNelson
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Although our hotel was a little out of the "downtown" area, we drove into the town and toured it. This is a neat place with many small shops of all kinds. Unfortunately we were there in the evening when they were closed and were due to leave early the next morning so we could not do some shopping. It is... More 

Thank gold-vintner
Goldsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I'm biased, because Novato is my home town, however I've lived all over the world and LOVE returning to Old Town Novato! Grant Avenue has the feel of old Novato. Same buildings from years of old, very nicely maintained. Something for everyone! Great restaurants -- My Thai II, Mary's, Grazie's, El Palmar, Marvin's...to name just a few! Amazing (seriously) bakeries!!!... More 

Thank Karen S
Novato, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Old town charm. Shop local. From Redwood Blvd. to Railroad Ave., try a daytime stroll or early evening walk. If you pay attention, the shops are surprisingly cool. Real good eats on every block. A nice area to discover.

Thank psamuels
Novato, California, Usa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Novato's "Old Town" has struggled for years to be a viable consumer destination. It has not quite made it. It has a number of uninteresting, marginal businesses with a scant few that breath life into the streetscape. You could shoot a cannon down the middle of the backbone (Grant Avenue) after 6PM without fear of hitting anything. The revamped derelict... More 

Thank druid113
SF Bay Area
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

You need to park your car and take a walk along Grant Ave. Start at the railroad, soon to be SMART train, and walk west. Highlights are a peak into what's happening with the renovation of the Novato Theater. Besides the restaurants, bars and cafes, there are many discoveries to be made. One block north is one of the largest... More 

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Novato, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Fun to look into each store and shop and stop at Burstop for a bike and beer. Pete's for a haircut and Wells Fargo Bank for cash.

Thank Topspinut
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Old Town Novato is one of my favourite areas to visit in Marin. The neighbourhood is bustling with bars, shops and the best restaurants. It is not touristy at all and it's easy to blend in with the locals. I love Novato!

Thank jackmoore93

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