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Downtown Mountain View - Restaurants, Bars and Events

Discover downtown Mountain View, a quintessential small town business and retail district with Northern California charm and Silicon Valley energy. Centered around Castro Street, downtown Mountain View offers a mix of restaurants, cafes, shops, bars, and theater, as well as the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and City Hall. Explore the weekly Farmers' Market every Sunday morning, have lunch with friends al fresco under a cafe umbrella, or stop by the Tied House, one of the Bay Area's first brewpubs. Don't miss the annual Mountain View Art and Wine Festival on Castro Street in September and Thursday Night Live during the summer. From shopping and dining to live music and events, there's much to see and do in downtown Mountain View, located just a few blocks from the Hotel Strata. 

Before You Go

Hours
  • Per individual stores, restaurants and events.
Prices
  • Vary by venue.
Downtown Mountain View Events
  • Sunday Farmers' Market
  • May: A la Carte & Art
  • July & August: Thursday Night Live
  • September: Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
  • December: Tree Lighting Ceremony
Activities
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
  • Sightseeing
  • Spas and Fitness
  • Theater & Art

Questions & Answers

  • What are the best things to do in downtown Mountain View?

    Downtown Mountain View offers plenty to do, including shopping, dining, theater, live music, day spas, yoga, and billiards. The heart of"old downtown Mountain View, Castro Street is a 7-block stretch with shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, a beer garden, and the Center for the Performing Arts.
  • What are the top events in downtown Mountain View?

    Downtown Mountain View offers exciting year-round events, including the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival every September and the Tree Lighting Ceremony in December. The Farmers' Market offers fresh produce every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Caltrain parking lot at 600 W. Evelyn Ave.  Check out the Thursday Night Live, held every other Thursday during July and August on Castro Street with food, live music and classic cars on display.
  • What are the best restaurants in downtown Mountain View?

    Downtown Mountain View offers a vibrant food and dining scene, with the best restaurants and bars in the city. Our favorite restaurants on Castro Street are Flights, Scratch, QBB, La Fontaine, and Rumble Fish. Stop by Blue Line Pizza for the city's best pie or Agave for Mexican food. On Villa Street, you'll find Chez TZ for French cuisine, Steins Beer Garden, and Tied House, one of the oldest brewpubs in the Bay Area, just steps from Hotel Strata. The best place to have lunch in Mountain View is Cascal or Vive Sol.