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Bay Area’s Top Downtowns For Boutique Shopping

November 9, 2010 12:29 PM

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Downtown Los Gatos

Downtown Los Gatos (City of Los Gatos)

Some of the best shops in the Bay Area are tucked away in towns you may never have visited. Eye on the Bay’s Liam Mayclem has selected three unique Bay Area bergs that are full of charm and loaded with boutiques. Shoppers will encounter a wealth of restaurants, parks and points of historical interest as they stroll through these scenic small towns.

Downtown San Anselmo

Downtown San Anselmo (Courtesy: City of San Anselmo)

SAN ANSELMO

This quaint town is a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Many of the towns one-of-a-kind shops are located on a single block of San Anselmo Ave. Here are a few of Liam’s favorites.

Ludwig’s

431 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 456-1820
Ludwig’s

Wine and cigar aficionados will feel right at home at this decades-old San Anselmo shop. The family hand-selects the merchandize to provide discerning shoppers with top-shelf products.

Sax’s

629 San Anselmo Ave
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 456-7655
Sax’s

This consignment and vintage shop offers designer labels at a fraction of the cost off the rack. Pick through the full collection. You never know what treasures you might uncover.

Gunning’s Hobbies

538 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 454-3087
Gunning’s Hobbies

Planes, trains, automobiles and even rockets can be found to suit children and adult hobbyists.

Fig Garden

421 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 457-9443
Fig Garden

For shoppers who don’t know exactly what they are looking for, the Fig Garden has a little bit of everything. Unique dishware, cards and clothes and treats for the kids are all worth browsing.

Dogville

954 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 454-2090
Dogville

Every dog has it’s day at this downtown shop. Bring your pooch and they’ll put its photo up on the wall. Shiny new tags, designer dishes and colorful collars are among the wardrobe upgrades available for your companion.

Body Time

611 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 459-5806
Body Time

Find everything you could possibly want to turn your home into a spa. You can even create your own scents.

Downtown Los Gatos

Downtown Los Gatos (City of Los Gatos)

LOS GATOS

This town has nearly 30,000 residents, but still keeps a small town feel. The outdoor farmer’s market makes summer Sundays perfect for people watching. Largely rebuilt after the 1989 earthquake, the town’s architecture retains a classic feel that makes it perfect for a window browsing stroll. Here are a few shops worth a stop:

Backyard Winery

45 West Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 399-5640
Backyard Winery

To get you in the mood to open your pocket book, start your tour with a quick wine tasting pit stop. This tasting room features the wines of Clos LaChance and Flemming Jenkins.

DOMUS

40 N Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 354-6630
DOMUS

This one-stop shop for houseware needs has long been a fixture on the Los Gatos shopping scene. Over 35,000 products are available on the floor each day. It’s a great place to pick up some trinkets during the holidays.

Petroglyph Inc

37 North Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030-5916
(408) 395-6278

Let our your creativity at this paint-your-self ceramic studio. Choose from a variety of pieces that are just waiting for you to add your own style.

Los Gatos Cinema

41 N. Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 395-0203
Los Gatos Cinema

This 1916 theater still has the ticket price listed from the 1930′s. Take in a film and rest your feet after a day of tromping down North Santa Cruz Ave.

Burlingame Avenue

Burlingame Avenue (Copyleft Wikimedia Commons)

BURLINGAME

Burlingame has a ton of shopping and dining packed into just a few short blocks. From unique local shops to trendy small restaurant chains, Burlingame’s vibrant main drag is an enjoyable place to spend a shopping day.

Retail Therapy

1109 Burlingame Ave
(650) 292-4455
Retail Therapy

This contemporary shop for women calls itself a boutique liquidator, boasting lower prices than many competitors.

Copenhagen

1216 Burlingame Avenue
(650) 342-1357
Copenhagen

This 30-year-old bakery and cafe is an ideal place to refuel with a sweet treat or a filling sandwich.

Plaza de Paws

1429 Burlingame Ave
(650) 579-3647
Plaza de Paws
This marketplace for pets and their friends is an upscale retailer for pet goods.

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