If you’re looking for things to do in Downtown Napa we have got you covered. On behalf of the Downtown Napa Association and the Do Napa website, we spent a few days exploring all their amazing restaurants, experiences and wineries. Downtown Napa is especially charming and everything is literally within walking distance. You could easily enjoy several days here without ever needing to rent a car. While being hosted by “Do Napa”, I carefully researched, selected, and arranged each experience. Whether you live nearby or are visiting on vacation, here is our top 5 list of the best things to do in Downtown Napa.

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  1. 3D Dining Experience at the CIA’s (Culinary Institute of America) Copia Restaurant

Imagine a dinner that surrounds you with projections and holograms, telling a story about the cuisine you’re about to eat.

For a truly immersive and unique experience, you will want to head to the CIA. You won’t be solving any crimes as this CIA, as this is the Culinary Institute of America. The CIA is the most well known and prestigious culinary school in America. At their restaurant, Copia, guests will be able to enjoy a one of a kind 3D dining experience. This truly unique pre-coursed dinner will immerse all of your senses by introducing taste, sight, smell, and sound. Imagine a dinner that surrounds you with projections and holograms, telling a story about the cuisine you’re about to eat. Each course follows the journeys of Marco Polo as he visits different countries to discover the spices commonly used today. It’s an exceptional culinary adventure that’s not to be missed! Learn More

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2. Morimoto Napa

A must visit on my list was Morimoto Napa.

Downtown Napa has no shortage of amazing restaurants to enjoy. A must visit on my list was Morimoto Napa. We all know Morimoto from his reigning title as the Food Networks’ Iron Chef, but this was my first opportunity to try his cuisine myself. There are several selections on the menu diners rave about like the Toro Tartare and my personal favorite the Spicy King Crab Legs. If you want to try a variation of items, Morimoto Napa also offers an Omesake Tasting menu for $130. This 8-course menu is well worth it and will offer the perfect selection of Morimotos’ award-winning cuisine. Learn More

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3. Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin BBQ

If you’ve never thought to mix wine and BBQ then this restaurant and wine bar will change your mind.

The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar and Smokin BBQ is a favorite among both Napa locals and visitors. They offer the perfect mix of succulent BBQ and numerous wine flights that visitors are sure to love. Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin BBQ is most notably known for their beer can rotisserie chicken which can be carved up and served with a huge array of side dishes. However, Bounty Hunter actually began as a wine store carrying over 400 wines just at their Downtown Napa location. The introduction of BBQ was their clever way to attract guests with the fragrant smell of their smokers. I’d say it definitely worked because during my visit they were packed from the moment they opened the doors at 11am! Learn More

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4. Napa General Store

Visitors can order a variety of different flights, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and find the cutest nick nacks .

Though they call themselves a “store” the Napa General Store is so much more. In addition to special artisan products, they also have a cafe and a complete wine bar with tastings. Visitors can order a variety of different flights, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and find the cutest nick nacks to bring home. This store really represents the heart of Downtown Napa and is well worth the visit when you are in the area. Learn More

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5. Oxbow Public Market

Enjoy fresh shucked Oysters at Hogs Oyster Company or visit a variety of gourmet shops to create the perfect picnic.

Oxbow Public Market is a true gem in Downtown Napa and offers something for everyone. They opened 10yrs ago and are part of the city’s renovation to restore the Napa River, which it boasts a fabulous view of. Whether you are looking to enjoy an amazing sit-down meal at Kitchen Door, some fresh shucked Oysters at Hogs Oyster Company, or visit a variety of gourmet shops to create the perfect picnic, you will find everything your heart desires. For a more in-depth look at this outstanding marketplace, you will definitely want to check out our recent visit. Learn More

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