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Top Choice Live Music in Placerville

Cozmic Café

Located in the historic Placerville Soda Works building attached to a mine shaft: ask staff if you can have a peek. The upstairs hall is a fantastic venue for high-quality homespun gigs, including a Thursday open mi…
Top Choice Museum in Placerville

El Dorado County Historical Museum

On the El Dorado County Fairgrounds west of downtown (exit north on Placerville Dr from Hwy 50), is this complex of restored buildings, mining equipment and re-created businesses telling the story of old 'Hangtown.'…
Top Choice Antiques in Placerville

Hangtown Antiques

Specialists in kitsch and highly collectible Americana, with Hawaiian shirts, alternative vinyl, guitars, ukuleles and even pinball machines. In their words: 'no dishes, no dollies.'
Mediterranean in Placerville

Farm Table Restaurant

A lovely deli-style place dishing up well-cooked farm-fresh food with a Mediterranean feel, alongside homespun fare such as rabbit pot pie. It specializes in charcuterie and preserving, and has plenty of gluten-free…
Winery in Placerville

Boeger Winery

Amid vineyards that were planted in the gold rush era, relegated to producing sacramental wine for the local church during Prohibition, and then restored in the 1970s, this historic winery pours a mind-boggling numb…
Breakfast in Placerville

Sweetie Pie’s

Ski bunnies and bums fill this diner and bakery counter on the weekends en route to Tahoe, filling up with egg dishes and top-notch homemade baked goods including heavenly cinnamon rolls. Breakfast is the specialty,…
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…
American in Placerville


With its whimsical take on the all-American comfort-food staple, this casual stop stuffs flaky, butter-crusted pot pies with a gourmet flourish (steak Cabernet! Thai chicken! tomatillo stew!). California beers are o…
Winery in Placerville

Lava Cap Winery

A family of oenophile-geologists picked this spot for its volcanic soil, which grows very fine wine grapes. Free tastings, though sips from their limited reserve wines cost a small fee. Picnic baskets of cheeses, cr…
Antiques in Placerville

Placerville Antiques & Collectibles

Of Placerville’s many antique shops, the collective of dealers in this brightly lit space is a favorite. Reasonably priced mid-century dishware is a particular strength, plus there are lots of attractive spice tins …