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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…
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…
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 that tell the story of Old Hangtown.
Cafe in Placerville

Heyday Café

Fresh and well-executed, the menu here leans toward simple Italian comfort food, made all the more comfortable by the wood-and-brick interior. The wine list is long on area vineyards. Locals rave about lunch.
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…
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 like heavenly cinnamon rolls. Breakfast is the specialty, but …
Bar in Placerville

Liar's Bench

The Liar's Bench survives as the town’s classic watering hole under a neon martini sign that beckons after dark.
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.
Books in Placerville


A great used-book store to stock up on vacation pulp.