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San Anselmo

The top San Anselmo picks for Editors' Choice 2014.

1. VISIT WITH YODA: Imagination Park

PLAY. Think not, do. Thanks, Yoda; your advice to Luke Skywalker is precisely our suggestion, too. Think not about the travails of Star Wars creator (and Marin resident) George Lucas over his plans to build a museum in San Francisco. Instead, do take time to visit Imagination Park (535 San Anselmo Avenue, next to City Hall), where you can marvel at (and take selfies with) the life-size bronze statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones. Lucas bought the land, razed an existing building and donated it all to the city, creating a whimsical downtown green space. sananselmopark.org

Rise and Shine

EAT. Breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s certainly the most comforting. Eggs, pancakes, bagels, o.j., coffee (half-decaf low-fat cap for us, please) — downtown San Anselmo is the place to dine before noon.


New York it ain’t, but good it is. Barton’s aficionados praise its classic bagels (plain, egg), as well as its nouveau types (chocolate, jalapeño), but our favorite is sesame loaded with lox, cream cheese, red onion and capers. 415.458.8818


Early risers can not only grab the luscious red-leather window booth but also order the Early Bird Special (eggs, pancakes, bacon, $5.95). Counter stools (also red) provide a view of the grill. Small place, big menu. bubbasfinediner.com

4. HILDA’S COFFEE SHOP (pictured)

An old-school local hangout that’s been family-owned for decades. Take a seat at the long counter, pick up one of the leftover morning papers, eyeball the regulars and, above all, order the German-style pancakes. 415.457.9266


The new kid on San Anselmo’s breakfast block(s), S.F.’s former Tartine Bakery baker Nathan Yanko opened this cafe/bakery last year. For breakfast think scones, chilaquiles or poached eggs with avocado toast. mhbreadandbutter.com

Park ’n’ Shop

SHOP. Like the city for which it is named, San Anselmo Avenue (the main downtown drag) is an eclectic mix of old and new. Here you can shop for vintage books, midcentury furnishings, colorful gifts, bright totes of all types or summery and seductive swimwear.


570 San Anselmo Ave, 415.258.9844

7. FIG GARDEN (pictured)

421 San Anselmo Ave, 415.457.9443


310 San Anselmo Ave, 415.456.8194


635 San Anselmo Ave, 415.456.3960, eamescollector.com


343 San Anselmo Ave, 415.455.8677, tossdesigns.com

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