Put Mill Valley at the top of your list when exploring the Bay Area this season. This gem, nestled under the redwoods at the base of Mount Tamalpais, is a vibrant arts and culture destination with an ever-growing abundance of galleries, boutiques, artisan shops, top-notch restaurants, outdoor activities, and a thriving music scene.
Grab a copy of the 2022-2023 Enjoy Mill Valley Guide and use its comprehensive directory to help you explore all this oasis offers. Don’t miss these unique Mill Valley shops, venues, and experiences:
Shopping & Dining in Downtown Mill Valley
After exploring the redwoods or hiking Mount Tam, head to the famously picturesque downtown Mill Valley. Stroll its charming streets to discover chic clothing boutiques, delightful home stores, specialty shops, and delicious restaurants. Enjoy lunch at Piazza D’Angelo or Kitchen Sunnyside. Grab a boost of energy at B12 LOVE. Stop by Sofia Jewelry and Poet and/the Bench for custom pieces. Drop by the Mill Valley Chamber, in the heart of town square, for additional recommendations.
Mill Valley Lumber Yard
This century-old space on Miller Ave. near downtown has been renovated to host one-of-a-kind shops, dining, and community events. From jewelry to art, hand-crafted goods to ebikes, wood-fired pizza to crepes, to gluten-free bread and pastries at Flour Craft Bakery, the Lumber Yard has it all.
While you’re here, Mill Valley is overflowing with amazing art from the likes of the acclaimed Seager/Gray Gallery, Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery, Desta Gallery and the newly arrived ÆRENA Gallery, all downtown, and the O’Hanlon Center, among others. Check out ‘Art About’ on pg. 37 of the EMV Guide to discover the array of outdoor art installations that grace our town.
Sweetwater Music Hall
This magical Mill Valley venue has been drawing music lovers into its space for five decades. With its rich history of artists, including legends like Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, and many more, it is one of the Bay Area’s most treasured music venues.
Arguably the most up-and-coming part of Mill Valley, Tam Junction at the intersection of Shoreline Hwy & Almonte Blvd features shops and restaurants that are quintessential Bohemian Mill Valley. Of course, you can’t leave Mill Valley without a trip to Good Earth Natural Foods, where you’ll discover a diverse selection of organic, sustainably sourced foods.
2023 Mill Valley Music Festival
Following the massive success of last year’s inaugural event, the Mill Valley Music Festival returns on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13-14. The two-day event celebrates a multi-genre mix of international and local musicians alongside first-rate food, drinks, and art.
Whether you’re looking for incredible hiking, unique shops, one-of-a-kind gifts, delicious dining, or world-class music & art, the beautiful town of Mill Valley truly has something for everyone!
Check out the annual Enjoy Mill Valley Guide, highlighting “all things Mill Valley” including shopping, arts & culture, music, dining, and an annual calendar of events and celebrations taking place throughout the year. Visit enjoymillvalley.com or follow @EnjoyMillValley.