Most of our posts take place in Sonoma, but recently, Kelly and I drove into Napa to make a stop at Oxbow Public Market. Napa is going through a renovation phase, and I have to say, it’s looking great! Oxbow Public Market is located right off the river, just down the street from downtown Napa & the Westin Verasa. The market features a sprawling deck for outdoor dining along the river, and a public seating area for indoor bites.
From restaurants to grocers, and dry goods to small gifts, the market is much like an arcade that you might find in Paris. You will find more than just tourists there daily; home to Ritual Coffee Roasters, many start their day at the market; also home to the Hog Island Oyster Bar, many opt to end their day at the Market too.
The market is a great spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just because. Kelly and I stopped for tacos at C Casa, whose homemade tortillas creep into my dreams on a weekly basis. I grabbed a glass of wine and we sat outside on the patio. I was reminded of one of my very first visits to Napa, when I discovered the market...and C Casa's tortillas, only this time, I know so much more about the area!
Down the market's corridors you can find everything from chocolate at Anette's Chocolates (great toffee!), barrel aged cocktails from Napa Valley Distillery, Italian pastries at Ca'Momi Enoteca, and even a steak at 5 Dot Ranch.
With 40,000 square feet to explore, you should plan on carving out some time to sip, eat, and shop. The market's full list of merchants include: two butcher shops, a fish market, a local organic produce store, an artisan cheese and wine shop, a spice market, a chocolate company, an olive oil purveyor, multiple bakeries and dessert producers, a coffee shop, distillery, a variety of ingredient driven and ethnic restaurants, an oyster bar, and tabletop retail shop.
It's no wonder that the market has become one of the key working pieces of Napa's newly found groove, the developer Steve Carlin is also the mastermind behind San Francisco's Ferry Building, as well as helping Oakville Grocer expand its footprint in California. His background in agriculture and sustainable farming are the heart of Oxbow Public Market:
"Oxbow Public Market and its artisans and purveyors passionately support the concept of sustainable agriculture and local harvest—promoting a healthy environment, and social and economic equity within our community."
Which is something we can get behind. Local's night takes place every Tuesday, where you can find happy hour & food specials at nearly every merchant. Click here for a detailed list of the market's many events!
Open from 7am-9pm (sometimes a little earlier, and sometimes a little later | check for individual merchant hours).