Providing freshly baked breads and deserts for Chef Thomas Keller's Yountville restaurants: The French Laundry, Bouchon and ad hoc, Bouchon Bakery delights its customers with many of the same treats. The bakery is small and quaint. Inside you'll find a small display case filled with macaroons, tarts, cookies and Chocolate Bouchons. The delicacies of sweets doesn't end there, though, more often it starts with Chocolate Bouchons. Chocolate Bouchons are up-right, moist brownies with a warm chocolate center that bursts into your mouth with the first bite, all lightly sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. On weekends, the bakery serves decadent donuts. The "TKO" (Thomas Keller Oreo) is an unusual treat of two buttery chocolate cookies with a white cream filling sandwiched in between. The bakery also serves ready-made sandwiches on baguettes. Prices may seem high, but sweets are so rarely made or packaged with so much detail and passion.
This 40,000 square-foot (3716 square-meter) market is located in downtown Napa. The new venue along the Napa River features around 30 vendors selling the freshest of local products. Fish, poultry and other goods along with cheese, wine, candy, bread and grocery items are available. Besides these, gift articles, ceramics and kitchen items are also on offer. There are four eateries on the premises, so you can relax over a delicious snack or meal, after your shopping bout.
A trip to wine country isn't complete without a trip to this outlet center, located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco in beautiful Napa Valley. Discover upscale outlet shopping at 50 designer and name brand outlet stores and enjoy savings of 25 percent to 65 percent every day. Stores include Banana Republic, Barneys New York, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Visit their website for a complete list of stores, sales, events and more.
Walk in and feast your eyes on antique European furniture at Sonoma Country Antiques. Hand-crafted furniture, upholstery, bed spreads, lamps, chandeliers, pewters, treasure chests and scores of other stuff can be found here. And if you think you've seen it all, think again: Sonoma Antiques gets new stuff five times a year. Interior designers can get in touch with this store and become a part of the Working Partners family.
Vintage 1870 is one of the most special places to shop in the Napa Valley, and offers an array of boutiques huddled within a 23-acre (9.3-hectare) vintage estate, in the quaint village of Yountville. You will find many upscale specialty shops that offer things ranging from handmade chocolates and children's toys to fine jewelry, art and sculpture, along with antique surprises around every corner. The complex also features four restaurants, a full service spa and its own inn. Plan to spend the better part of an afternoon.
Napa is full of all kinds of artisinal delights to please your taste buds and your tummy, and the Fatted Calf is certainly no exception, if not one of the most popular! At the Fatted Calf, you can pick up all kinds of cured pork and other meat products, sure to make any picnic or day at the winery just that much more gourmet. In addition to the tasty offerings for sale, The Fatted Calf also offers classes on how to make charcuterie, everything from learning how to butcher a whole hog, to duck workshops and salumi-making classes. The Fatted Calf is Napa's veritable cured meat wonderland, so if that's your thing, don't miss a stop here.
This retro candy shop also includes retro games, books and postcards. Who wouldn't want to go here? Flashback to your childhood days and soak up the cuteness and the fun in the ambiance. Buy what you loved as a kid. Happiness guaranteed!
Half Pint is located in the heart of the shopping district of Sonoma. It has become famous because of the wide variety of children's clothes it sells. Located on the ground floor of the building, Half Pint is a place where children would want to spend time. It is an ideal place to shop for clothes for infants, boys and girls and fashionable accessories. This area also has some great restaurants and cafes, so when you're done shopping, you can spend some time trying out the awesome food.
This well-stocked store in Sonoma features an enormous collection of cooking essentials: gadgets, knives, glassware, cutlery and crockery, among a host of traditional and modern kitchen appliances. Despite its limited space, they shop is unflinchingly charming and the incredible array of wares is artfully displayed to inspire even the most novice of chefs. This is also a great place to find original and useful gifts for inspiring foodies or for an upcoming wedding. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and they are always ready to answer any questions or share their favorite recipes.
Readers' Books is an independent bookstore in Sonoma that is known for its vast and varied collection of cookbooks, fiction and children's books. New, used and bargain books are sold alongside postcards and magazines as well. While the selection on offer is varied and fairly large, the store is nowhere near the size and scale of the usual bookstore chains. Instead, Readers' Books offers a curated and thoughtful selection, with something for everyone. You are welcome to browse to your heart's content. The bright and friendly store is well-organized and managed by knowledgeable staff who are always happy to share helpful recommendations. Book signings, readings, author events and other fun activities are often organized here as well.
In a region saturated with wine shops, this little gem distinguishes itself by emphasizing their selection on local small-production wines. In fact, most wines found here are exclusive to northern California and some are exclusive to this particular wine shop. Excellent quality and friendly service make Sonoma Wine Shop a popular venue for locals and also the visitors to California's lush wine region. Aside from wine you'll find tasty vegetarian dishes from the small kitchen, prefect for a quick lunch for those exploring the Sonoma valley.