Paso Robles Shopping

Paso Robles Shopping


1. Downtown Paso Robles

Paso Robles has changed dramatically in the past ten years. Mom and Pop appliance and hardware stores have been replaced by fine art galleries, boutiques, tasting rooms, and sidewalk bistros. Surrounding the lovely oak-shaded city park there are candy, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, along with great restaurants and Park Cinemas, a nine screen movie theater. Clothing boutiques, like Velvet, at 801 12th Street and antique stores, such as Great American Antiques, 1305 Spring Street, are but two of the many great shopping venues to browse downtown.

For a quick and satisfying lunch, try Yanagi Sushi and Grill at 1221 Park Street. It’s excellent food, serve you with a smile and besides sushi, they have teppan grills, crispy tempura and the salmon and tuna ahi are delectable. They serve dinner, too.

Check out the “Guide to Restaurants, Cafes and Spirits in Downtown Paso Robles” at www.pasoroblesdowntown.org for a complete list.

2. Wineries

Great souvenirs, gifts and food are available at some of the larger wineries with their own gift shops and specialty stores. Tobin James has a selection of men’s and women’s shirts, hats, glasses, mugs, and western items in their tasting room surrounding the 140 year old bar. Harmony Cellars on the coast below Cambria, in the tiny artist enclave of Harmony, has a large selection of gifts and gourmet foods. Even if you don’t drink, drop into the local wineries to check out their tasting rooms which can include quality food, kitchen and gift items.

3. Fruit, Nut and Olive Shops

Jardine Ranch’s Country Nut House gives you a taste of what it was like when Paso Robles was nicknamed, “Almond City,” back in the 1880’s. There is an incredible variety of nuts, candies, dried fruit, and munchies that they can pack into a basket or decorative tin of your choice, to take home or to give or ship as a gift. They pack, shrink wrap and ship all over the country and take orders over the phone or via their internet site. But the most fun is to go to their store and sample the goodies yourself. Almost everything on display has a bag or dish of accompanying samples. They chocolate coat all kinds of nuts and fruit, too, and you just can’t appreciate the products without tasting them yourself. They even have a Nut of the Month Club. For $15/month, they’ll send out 4 items, two fruit and two nut, for a total of one pound, to that lucky someone you choose.

910 Nacimiento Lake Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 931-6887
Open Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. www.jardineranch.com

Pasolivo on Vineyard Road in Paso Robles has a tasting room, not for wine but for award-winning olive oil. Their product is extra-virgin olive oil, estate grown and pressed, from 45 acres of Tuscan olive trees in their own orchard.

The shop and tasting room are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Open Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
www.pasolivo.com

4. Antique Shops

Antique stores have been a staple in Paso Robles for many years. Two antique malls, Great American Antique Mall, at 1305 Spring Street, and Reminisce, 1344 Pine Street, have enough inventory to poke through to spend an afternoon or two. Both are good places to find vintage items without having to run to various locations all over town. In fact, one of the attractions of coming to San Luis Obispo County, besides the wineries, is the abundance of vintage and antique stores in every town on the Central Coast. You’ll find a treasure trove of vintage trinkets, clothing and furniture throughout San Luis Obispo County.

5. San Luis Obispo

There are three main shopping areas in San Luis Obispo. First and foremost, is downtown, along Higuera. The site of Thursday night Farmers Market, is also the place to shop the rest of the week, too. Rife with shops, galleries, antique stores, coffee houses, restaurants, and bars, this is definitely the place for window shopping and strolling.

Downtown San Luis Obispo is not only a prime people watching area it’s also the prime shopping area. The best reason to be downtown is the Thursday night Farmers Market. Four blocks of Higuera, the main street are closed to traffic and a weekly block party begins with a horn blowing at 6:00 p.m. and the party lasts until 9:00 p.m.

Stores downtown include well known ones like Victoria’s Secret, Barnes and Noble, the Gap, Express, Ross, and the Apple Store. Lesser known, independent stores are more prevalent in the downtown area. Tom’s Toys, Campus Camera, Crazy Jay’s clothing store, Beverly’s, a craft and fabric store, Coverings, an upscale women’s clothing shop, and a multitude of good restaurants are located in the downtown area. Rated San Luis Obispo’s best restaurant, Novo, serves a fusion of Brazilian, Indian and other international flavors with multi level patio seating beside San Luis Creek. Tapas shared on small plates is the way to eat here but individual entrees are available, too. Try the incredible seared scallops, as well as the Tandoori Spiced Prawns and get a side order of their Garlic Roasted Baby Potatoes with chipotle aioli. Fantastic food served in a splendid setting. Night time is especially stunning here with dining, not only under the trees and stars but under tiny, romantic white lights.

The second area is the outdoor mall along Madonna Road with its Kohl’s, Sears, Borders, Best Buy, and smaller stores. While parking meters tether shoppers downtown, parking is free here.

The last main shopping location is off of Los Osos Valley Road in the south end of the city with the big box stores of Costco, Home Depot and Bev Mo. Old Navy is here, too.

6. Morro Bay

Take a quick trip over to Morro Bay and you’ll find an environment very different from Paso Robles. The pervasive heat of the inland city (especially in the summer) is replaced by cool, sea breezes. Stroll along the Morro Bay Embarcadero and browse the eclectic shops and galleries with their enticing window displays. You’ll find some of the usual tourist bait: postcards, t-shirts, and because it is a seaside town, lots of shells made into lamps, jewelry and ornaments. But it’s a little different here. Morro Bay prides itself on being a real working fishing community.

There’s a great garden and gift store, The Garden Gallery with plants, paintings, gifts, and plenty of garden and decorative items. Don’t miss the fabulous Shell Shop with millions of stunning shells and fossils. Inland from the Embarcadero, are antique shops, thrift stores, a leather shop, milliners, a coffee shop, and small restaurants that serve fish and chips, pizza and sandwiches.




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