Top things to do

Top Choice Californian in Nevada City

New Moon Café

Pure elegance, Peter Selaya’s organic- and local-ingredient menu changes with the seasons. If you visit during spring or summer, go for the line-caught fish or their house-made, moon-shaped fresh ravioli.
Top Choice Californian in Plymouth & Amador City


Book a table at Taste, where excellent Amador County wines are paired with a fine menu of California-style cooking. There's open seating in the wine bar.
Top Choice Antiques in Placerville

Gothic Rose Antiques

The most interesting antique and curiosity shop in Gold Country likely frightens the wigs off the other dealers in town with its collection of haute gothic house wares, antique occult goods and flawlessly macabre se…
Top Choice Mexican in Downieville

La Cocina de Oro Taqueria

Chef-owner Feather Ortiz uses herbs and peppers from her garden and sources everything else from local growers to make the freshest food around. The burritos are the size of chihuahuas. No credit cards.
Top Choice American in Coloma-Lotus Valley

Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe

Truly delicious soups, sandwiches and coffee from well-known Sacramento and local purveyors find their way to this little wooden house in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Crowds of schoolkids waiting for…
Market in Auburn


If you’re cruising this part of the state without time to explore, the best pit stop is this expanded farm stand off I-80 a few miles north of Auburn. Thick, grass-fed beef or veggie burgers, homemade pies and the s…
Historic Site in Grass Valley

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Atop 367 miles of mine shafts tunneling almost a vertical mile beneath the surface, Gold Country’s best-preserved gold quartz–mining operation is worth a solid half-day’s exploration. From 1850 to 1956 the miners he…
Creole in Nevada City

Ike’s Quarter Cafe

Right out of New Orleans' Garden District, Ike’s serves splendid brunch fare with a sassy charm. There's eggs Sardou, jambalaya, vegetarian po' boy sandwiches and more. It’s an excellent place to get 'Hangtown Fry’ …
Health Food in Placerville

Cozmic Café

In the historic Placerville Soda Works building attached to an authentic mine shaft, this feel-good cafe spotlights organic, vegetarian and healthy fare backed by fresh-fruit smoothies. There’s a good selection of w…
Historic Site in Placerville

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Mine

About 1 mile north of town via Bedford Ave, this historical park stands on the site of four mining claims that yielded gold from 1849 to 1888. You can descend into the Gold Bug Mine with a self-guided audio tour, do…