All About Bikes
SHOP. Most people see Mount Tamalpais as the birthplace of mountain biking and Fairfax as a world-renowned destination for cyclists of all kinds. Which puts this town in the heart of one of the most active bicycling regions in the United States — a Museum of Bicycling is even coming to town. Here are a few spots to check out.
1. GESTALT HAUS
Beaucoup bike parking, beer, brats, board games and more. What’s not to love? This fun and causal spot attracts bike riders of all stripes and local residents craving a good craft beer and some very tasty sausages. 415.721.7895
2. JAVA HUT
You’ll need to fuel up before or in the middle of your ride on the twisty roads of Marin. Cyclists love to park in the bike racks, sidle up to one of the picnic tables with a latte or cappuccino and get ready to push the pedals. 415.457.4581
3. SUNSHINE BICYCLE CENTER (pictured)
You have to make sure you are tuned up before you roll out. With great service and brands like Trek, Cannondale, Moots and Ibis, Sunshine is the perfect place to stop before you ride, or to buy a bike so you can join the fun. sunshinebicycle.com
4. TAMARANCHO FLOW TRAIL
The Camp Tamarancho trail is a nine-mile single-track trail on Boy Scouts of America land just outside Fairfax. But for even more excitement, mountain bikers love to get the adrenaline flowing on the curves of the one-mile flow trail section finished May 2013. Be sure to get a $5 pass first. facebook.com/tamoflow
EAT. If you’re going out to a movie or to hear some live music, you’ll need to grab a bite first. Downtown Fairfax has a diverse array of options sure to please. There is charcuterie at 123 Bolinas, fresh sandwiches, salads and soups at Good Earth, organic Indian at Lotus, burgers and fries at M&G or authentic Italian at Sorella. Pick any one; you can’t go wrong.
5. 123 BOLINAS
123 Bolinas St, 415.488.5123, 123bolinas.com
6. GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS
720 Center Blvd, 415.454.0123, genatural.com
7. CAFE LOTUS (pictured)
1912 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.457.7836, cafelotusfairfax.com
8. M&G BURGERS AND BEVERAGES
2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.454.0655
9. SORELLA CAFFE
107 Bolinas Rd, 415.258.4520, sorellacaffe.com
10. ROCK ON
PLAY. Fairfax rocks. Not just on some nights, but every night. If you like folk, ska, rock, acoustic, country, reggae, psychedelic, cover bands, open mic or just about anything else you can think of, Fairfax is the place to go to please your ears. Peri’s Bar, 19 Broadway and the Sleeping Lady are the heavy hitters, but Iron Springs Pub and Brewery also has music every Wednesday, and the Fairfax Festival in June offers two days full of music on three stages. No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of music for one small town.