Top things to do in Occidental

Californian in Occidental


Occidental's newest restaurant is small, unassuming and serves absolutely delectable food. The menu only features a few starters, pizzas and mains but you cannot go wrong, particularly with the scallop ceviche (fres…
Italian in Occidental

Union Hotel

Occidental has two old-school American-Italian restaurants that serve family-style meals. The Union is slightly better and serves a delicious, complimentary bruschetta with the purchase of any main. Monday nights me…
Forest in Occidental

Grove of the Old Trees

Outside Occidental and up on a ridge off Fitzpatrick Lane, Grove of the Old Trees is a peaceful, 28-acre forest of old-growth redwoods. The forest and its trails are managed by a local nonprofit.
Market in Occidental

Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market

Meet the whole community at Occidental's detour-worthy farmers market, with musicians, craftspeople and – the star attraction – Gerard’s Paella ( of Food Network TV fame.
Winery in Occidental

Bohème Wines

Drop in to this little tasting room in downtown Occidental for free swigs of dry Chardonnay, earthy Pinots and a big Syrah, all from the cooler climes. Bottles range from $39 to $49.
Pub in Occidental

Barley & Hops

Serving around 40 beers, sandwiches, burgers, giant salads and amazing bacon-cheddar fries. Mains $10-15.
American in Occidental

Howard Station Cafe

Big plates of comfort-food cooking and freshly squeezed juices. Cash only.
Bakery in Occidental

Wild Flour Bread

Organic brick-oven artisan breads, giant sticky buns and good coffee.
Deli in Occidental

Bohemian Market

Occidental's best grocery store has a good deli which prepares sandwiches from 10am to 7pm. There's also a coffee bar open daily until 1pm.
Ceramics in Occidental

Hand Goods

Collective of ceramicists, potters, jewelers, fine artists and more.