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 Fusion in Arcata

3 Foods Cafe

A perfect fit with the Arcata dining scene: whimsical, creative, worldly small plates (think Thai-style tacos or buttermilk fried chicken) at moderate prices (a prix fixe is sometimes available for $20). The lavende…
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…
Market in Arcata

Wildberries Marketplace

Wildberries Marketplace is Arcata's best grocery, with natural foods, a good deli, bakery and juice bar.
Art in Arcata

Kinetic Grand Championship

Arcata’s most famous event is held Memorial Day weekend (late May): people on amazing self-propelled contraptions travel 42 miles from Arcata to Ferndale in three days.
Food & Drink in Arcata

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival

A magical celebration of oysters and beer happens in June.
Market in Arcata

Arcata Plaza

Groceries in Arcata

North Coast Co-op

The gigantic North Coast Co-op carries organic foods and is a community staple; check the kiosk out front.
Cafe in Arcata

Wildflower Cafe & Bakery

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

Japhy’s Soup & Noodles

Big salads, tasty coconut curry, cold noodle salads and homemade soups – and cheap!