The Napa Valley Guide
As total winos, we’re constantly taking notes on the best spots in Napa (cue Escapes for Foodies and Winos). The classics, like The French Laundry, Opus One, and Auberge du Soleil, will always rank high on our list for continuing to set the bar for food, wine, and ultimate luxury. That said, discovering new-to-us wineries, restaurants, and mom-and-pop boutiques is just as exciting. A short drive from San Francisco (45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge), and a quick flight from LA, Napa continues to be an easy long-weekend getaway for West Coasters and visitors alike.
Ana’s Cantina1205 Main St., St. Helena | 707.963.4921
Sometimes the best way to get a taste of the local scene (especially in a tourist-centric place like St. Helena) is to seek out the busiest hometown dive. We think it's fun just to belly up to the bar and chat with the regulars, but Ana's also has a pool table, a jukebox, and performances by local bands to mix things up a bit.
Bouchon Bakery6528 Washington St., Yountville | 707.944.2253
If you're hoping to experience some of Thomas Keller's Napa magic but don't have time or the budget for a full meal in Yountville, take a quick stop at Bouchon Bakery, where the Keller team makes the baked goods (starring unbelievable baguettes) for all of his restaurants. It's a great option for a light breakfast if you’re wandering around Yountville, and no one should leave without a big box of their famous macarons. The line can get a little lengthy on the weekends, but it’s so worth it.
Dean & Deluca607 S. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena | 707.967.9980
The Rudd family has deep roots in the area (they're also the owners of Clos Pegase and Rudd Winery), so it's no surprise that the only Dean & Deluca on this coast is in St. Helena. The space is especially large, and you’ll find their typical selection of international foods as well as local treasures: Unsurprisingly, the wine shop is pretty out-of-this-world.
Foot Candy1239 Main St., St. Helena | 707.963.2040
Napa is not particularly known for its retail, but the long-standing Foot Candy is enough to justify the drive. It's sweet and jewel-box-like, and lined with all the classics like Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, and Jimmy Choo.
Forty Five Ten6540 Washington St., Yountville | 707.346.4510
We've long been fans of this exceptional boutique since we discovered its original location in Dallas. Founded by Brian Bolke and his late partner, Shelly Musselman, the space brings some of the world’s best designers and homeware all under one beautiful roof. Like its Texan sister store, you’ll find Rochas, Marni, Proenza Schouler, Delpozo on the shelves, along with Diptyque and Cire Trudon candles—and most recently, our very own goop by Juice Beauty skincare.
Martin Showroom1350 Main St., St. Helena | 707.967.8787
Erin Martin is one of the most respected interior designers in the area, thanks to her dark, industrial, cool-girl style. Her shop on Main Street in St. Helena showcases some of the bigger stuff like couches, along with art books, unique jewelry, and other knick-knacks.
Model BakeryOxbow Public Market, 644 1st St., Bldg. B, Napa | 707.259.1128
Okay, we know it's random, but Model makes the best English muffins (yes, they're that good). Oversized and layered with cornmeal, they're insanely light and often-copied. Model has been an institution in the area for almost 100 years, which means you can also trust them for great bread if you're putting together a picnic with other items from Oxbow. They also have a location in St. Helena.
Napa Valley Vintage Home1201 Main St., St. Helena | 707.963.7423
Laura Rombauer pretty much has Napa style nailed, and her store reflects it. Housed in a historic brick building, she specializes in items for tabletop decorating, like rainbow-hued Claude Dozorme steak knives, Simon Pearce serving bowls, and imported linens in wonderfully subdued colorways.
Oxbow Public Market644 First St., Napa
Oxbow Public Market is kind of like a gourmet farmers' market that's open 24/7, with vendors ranging from a vegetable grocer, to a wineshop, to an ice cream parlor. It's also home to some of our other favorites in the area, like Gott's and Hog Island Oyster.
St. Helena Olive Oil Company1357 Main St., St. Helena | 707.967.1003
While the focus in Napa is understandably on wine, the region is also fantastic for growing olive trees (and, of course, making olive oil). This spot is located in an old bank, and the vault has been converted to a tasting room where you can try oils from the surrounding region or greater California.
W F Giugni & Son1227 Main St., St. Helena | 707.963.3421
This Italian deli has been serving build-your-own sandwiches since the 1970s. Pick your bread base (we recommend the dutch crunch roll), and then take your pick from the endless meat, cheese, and fixings choice, including “Giugni juice”, the deli’s famous homemade balsamic vinaigrette, which we suggest adding to anything and everything you order. Arrive before 11am or call ahead to order, as the line can be long, and remember to bring cash. Photo @whatgraceeats
Woodhouse Chocolates1367 Main St., St. Helena | 707.963.8413
Downtown St. Helena is filled with adorable stops, and this local chocolatier, where all the goodies are hand-made by a husband-and-wife duo and their daughters, is one of our favorites. Their boxes are the perfect finishing touch for a picnic lunch.