Top things to do

Top Choice Microbrewery in Arcata

Six Rivers Brewery

One of the first female-owned breweries in California, the ‘brew with a view’ kills it in every category: great beer, amazing community vibe, occasional live music and delicious hot wings. The spicy chili-pepper ale…
Top Choice Modern American in Arcata

Folie Douce

Just a slip of a place, but with an enormous reputation. The short but inventive menu features seasonally inspired bistro cooking, from Asian to Mediterranean, with an emphasis on local organics. Wood-fired pizzas a…
Californian in Arcata

Slice of Humboldt Pie

Pies and cider are the mainstays here, ranging from chicken pot pie to cottage, steak and mushroom and savory empanadas, including chicken coconut curry and Thai chicken with satay sauce. Sweet pastry treats include…
Cafe in Arcata

T's Cafe

Housed in a wonderful early-20th-century mansion, try and grab the table on the front porch if you can. Inside, two cavernous rooms with mismatched furniture, local art, books, toys and magazines provide an informal…
Ice Cream in Arcata

Arcata Scoop

Creamy and wonderful flavors inspired by organic seasonal ingredients. Try the vanilla almond rose. Check out the carousel-style rocking 'rabbit' and swing seat. Operated by the same family that runs the ever-popula…
Art in Arcata

Kinetic Grand Championship

Arcata’s most famous event is held Memorial Day weekend: people on amazing self-propelled contraptions travel 42 miles from Arcata to Ferndale over a period of three days.
Market in Arcata

Arcata Plaza

This lovely plaza is the site of a weekly farmers market as well as being just a great place to grab a chair on the square and watch the world go by.
Food & Drink in Arcata

North Coast Co-op

The gigantic North Coast Co-op carries organic foods and has a superb deli counter and sells freshly made sushi.
Cafe in Arcata

Wildflower Cafe & Bakery

Tops for vegetarians, this tiny storefront serves fab frittatas, pancakes and curries, and big crunchy salads.
Fair in Arcata

North Country Fair

A fun September street fair, where bands with names like the Fickle Hillbillies jam.