Napa City Guide: Restaurants, Wineries, Art & Bike Rides

The city of Napa is the gatekeeper to the famous Napa Valley, that people travel from all over the world to visit. The downtown area of Napa city itself has gone through a massive revival over the last decade though and has become its own destination for people to see. I got a chance to explore it for a week and here are some of the things you need to check out when you visit Napa. Read more about Napa Valley as a whole in this post.


One of the big pushes the city of Napa has undertaken in the last few years has been to integrate art all throughout the city. They even established a downtown art walk that you can go on, and that has a revolving set of artists that changes every couple of years. Here are a few ways to get immersed in the art culture while in Napa.

Napa Art Walk

Gordon Huether Art Studio

Outdoor Activities

While I have not done as many outdoor activities here as I would like, Napa city has a great public park that I have hiked in and the downtown river area has a beautiful path for biking. You can read about both below and let me know your favorite hiking spot in the comments.

Westwood Hills Park

Biking in Downtown Napa


Whether you are looking for sushi or BBQ, great restaurants are prevalent in the city of Napa. Here are a few of my favorites but be sure to let me know yours in the comments.

Bounty Hunter BBQ

Eight Noodle Shop

Boon Fly Cafe

Alexis Baking Company

Napa General Store


Wineries & Wine Tasting Rooms

Of course in Napa, you will want to taste some wine. You don't even have to fight the traffic of the valley to try them though as the downtown area gas a lot of great tasting rooms. Here are a few.

Jam Cellars

Mark Herold

Capp Heritage

Domaine Carneros

Oxbow Public Market

One of my favorite places to stop for food, drinks, or a sweet treat is the Oxbow Public Market. This space has a dozen restaurants and shops all in one large building and it truly has something for everyone. Check out the post I wrote about my favorite places in Oxbox by clicking the image below.

Chocolate Tasting

I wanted to call out Anette's specifically as they do chocolate tastings at the downtown location if you have a large party and it is a ton of fun. I had never learned how to taste chocolate before visiting here but after 45 minutes I feel like I am a pro. They also have a stall in Oxbow Public Market where you can pick up some chocolates if you do not have time for a tasting.

Anette's Chocolates

Best Sunset Spot

Many of the wineries have great views for sunset, but for me, my favorite place to do sunset photography is at the Grape Crusher Statue. The way the sun lights up the statue as it fades into the sky is hard to beat.

Grape Crusher Statue

Other Fun Adventures

Here are a few fun adventures that don't fit into the list above. Check them out if you are looking for new places to explore in the city.

Bowling at Crush


Here's a video I made of some of my favorite recommendations in the city of Napa.


I have only stayed in one hotel in the city itself, which was the Embassy Suites. It was a great spot with big rooms and a beautiful property. There are a few other popular resorts and hotels though that you can see below.

Embassy Suites


Napa River Inn

Now it is your turn, what did I leave off this list that you love exploring in Napa? Be sure to leave in in the comments to others can find it as well.

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