Guidebook for Aptos

Laura
Guidebook for Aptos

Food Scene

It has great coffee and lots of seating with tables for eating or surfing the web. It also displays local artists' work.
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Aptos Coffee Roasting Co
19 Rancho Del Mar
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It has great coffee and lots of seating with tables for eating or surfing the web. It also displays local artists' work.
The Sicilian pizzas are the real deal and similar to L&B pizza in Brooklyn.
Mangiamo Pizza
783 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
The Sicilian pizzas are the real deal and similar to L&B pizza in Brooklyn.
The smoked BBQ is the best and the portions are large enough for two meals. If you like craft beer there are over 30 taps, including local brews. There is live blues music too!
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Aptos St. BBQ
8059 Aptos Street
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The smoked BBQ is the best and the portions are large enough for two meals. If you like craft beer there are over 30 taps, including local brews. There is live blues music too!
It offers quality county French cuisine. It is a bit pricy but if you are an experienced purveyor of French cuisine you will not be disappointed.
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Café Sparrow
8042 Soquel Drive
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It offers quality county French cuisine. It is a bit pricy but if you are an experienced purveyor of French cuisine you will not be disappointed.
This is a not pretentious wine and craft beer bar that also offers tapas. There is a an outdoor deck with great views of the redwoods.
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Cantine Winepub
8050 Soquel Dr
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This is a not pretentious wine and craft beer bar that also offers tapas. There is a an outdoor deck with great views of the redwoods.
Offers yummy breakfasts and brunch. Additional lunch items include pizza, burgers and their famous panini burritos. The place converts to the "Bittersweet Bistro" at 3:00 pm serving a Tavern Bar menu in the bar and outdoor patio. Dinner service starts at 5:00 pm. It offers a generous Happy Hour 3:30-6:00 pm - Tuesday-Friday & Sunday available in the bar, lounge & outdoor patio. The Happy Hour also offers tasty treats to eat!
Café Bittersweet
787 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Offers yummy breakfasts and brunch. Additional lunch items include pizza, burgers and their famous panini burritos. The place converts to the "Bittersweet Bistro" at 3:00 pm serving a Tavern Bar menu in the bar and outdoor patio. Dinner service starts at 5:00 pm. It offers a generous Happy Hour 3:30-6:00 pm - Tuesday-Friday & Sunday available in the bar, lounge & outdoor patio. The Happy Hour also offers tasty treats to eat!
Its on the beach with partial ocean views. Offers a bit pricey seafood dishes and you have to option to eat on the outdoor patio.
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Café Rio Aptos
131 Esplanade
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Its on the beach with partial ocean views. Offers a bit pricey seafood dishes and you have to option to eat on the outdoor patio.
Right next to the Rio Del Mar beach so you can grab a quick bite and a beer and then soak up the rays on the beach. They offer tables outside in the sunshine, and a few indoors for cold days.
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Pixie Deli
111 Venetian Road
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Right next to the Rio Del Mar beach so you can grab a quick bite and a beer and then soak up the rays on the beach. They offer tables outside in the sunshine, and a few indoors for cold days.
It's located next to the Cafe Rio and has the same owner. The Flats Bistro is a much more casual scene perfect for a foggy morning and a walk down the beach with coffee and a pastry. The pizza is special since the crust is made from sourdough and local sourced ingredients.
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Flats Bistro Aptos
113 Esplanade
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It's located next to the Cafe Rio and has the same owner. The Flats Bistro is a much more casual scene perfect for a foggy morning and a walk down the beach with coffee and a pastry. The pizza is special since the crust is made from sourdough and local sourced ingredients.
A favorite Mexican place among locals. Offers traditional Mexican cuisine such as enchiladas & tamales. Has a full service bar with tasty margaritas and other drinks. The space is festive but small so you may have to wait for a table if you go during peak dining hours.
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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
261 Center Avenue
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A favorite Mexican place among locals. Offers traditional Mexican cuisine such as enchiladas & tamales. Has a full service bar with tasty margaritas and other drinks. The space is festive but small so you may have to wait for a table if you go during peak dining hours.
They have great coffee which is provided to all my guests!
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Pacific Coffee Roasting Co
7554 Soquel Drive
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They have great coffee which is provided to all my guests!
Blend of traditional Mexican and seafood dishes with yummy sauces. Ocean views from every dining table and outside patio.
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Palapas Restaurant & Cantina
Seascape Boulevard
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Blend of traditional Mexican and seafood dishes with yummy sauces. Ocean views from every dining table and outside patio.
Great coffee and croissants and. occasionally chocolate filled croissants.
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Norma Jean's Coffee
8043 Soquel Drive
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Great coffee and croissants and. occasionally chocolate filled croissants.
Californian cuisine & cocktails served in a cozy 1930s cottage with a fireplace & outdoor seating. Offers a gluten-free menu!
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The Hideout
9051 Soquel Drive
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Californian cuisine & cocktails served in a cozy 1930s cottage with a fireplace & outdoor seating. Offers a gluten-free menu!
Chill restaurant with Moroccan-inspired decor & a patio offering gyros & other Mediterranean food.
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Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine
7528 Soquel Drive
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Chill restaurant with Moroccan-inspired decor & a patio offering gyros & other Mediterranean food.
Traditional taqueria with a salsa bar.
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Taqueria Los Gordos
7488 Soquel Drive
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Traditional taqueria with a salsa bar.
Its a bakery that offers a large variety of pastries, breads and cakes. Has yummy breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals ready to carry out to the beach or stay and sit by the fireplace.
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Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Avenue
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Its a bakery that offers a large variety of pastries, breads and cakes. Has yummy breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals ready to carry out to the beach or stay and sit by the fireplace.
Offer fine meat entrees. They serve free range chickens fresh, local seafood. It is an ideal place to watch your favorite sports team
Hindquarter Bar & Grille
303 Soquel Avenue
Offer fine meat entrees. They serve free range chickens fresh, local seafood. It is an ideal place to watch your favorite sports team
Wide selection of specialty burgers made with grass-fed beef and other locally sourced and high quality ingredients. It is a beer-centric restaurant with a large draft beer selection and a knowledgeable bar staff. With a large rotation of craft beers. I like to sit outside and look at the view while eating.
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burger. Aptos
1520 Mission Street
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Wide selection of specialty burgers made with grass-fed beef and other locally sourced and high quality ingredients. It is a beer-centric restaurant with a large draft beer selection and a knowledgeable bar staff. With a large rotation of craft beers. I like to sit outside and look at the view while eating.

Essentials

First shopping center off State Park Drive exit from Highway 1 on the way to the Fox's Den.
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Safeway
16 Rancho Del Mar
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First shopping center off State Park Drive exit from Highway 1 on the way to the Fox's Den.
For organic foods and essentials this market has reasonable prices.
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Aptos Natural Foods
7506 Soquel Drive
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For organic foods and essentials this market has reasonable prices.
Locally owned and operated by the Monte family and offers a wide selection of basic groceries to hard-to-find gourmet specialties. Has a huge wine selection, a cheese shop, a deli, a bakery and a Peet’s coffee kiosk.
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Deluxe Foods of Aptos
783 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
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Locally owned and operated by the Monte family and offers a wide selection of basic groceries to hard-to-find gourmet specialties. Has a huge wine selection, a cheese shop, a deli, a bakery and a Peet’s coffee kiosk.
New Leaf Community Market www.newleaf.com 161 Aptos Village Way Aptos It has a large selection of organic groceries. Its mission is to nourish and sustain our Central Coast communities by sourcing the very best, sustainably produced ingredients and products.
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New Leaf Community Markets
161 Aptos Heights
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New Leaf Community Market www.newleaf.com 161 Aptos Village Way Aptos It has a large selection of organic groceries. Its mission is to nourish and sustain our Central Coast communities by sourcing the very best, sustainably produced ingredients and products.

Sightseeing

Offers a long paved sidewalk that stretches miles down the beach. There is also the famous SS Palo Alto aka the cement ship at Seacliff State beach that has recently tipped over from the February 2017 storm surf. You can also walk along the sand and pick up seashells and drift wood. There is a parking lot and restaurants so no need to pack a lunch.
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Rio Del Mar State Beach
201 State Park Drive
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Offers a long paved sidewalk that stretches miles down the beach. There is also the famous SS Palo Alto aka the cement ship at Seacliff State beach that has recently tipped over from the February 2017 storm surf. You can also walk along the sand and pick up seashells and drift wood. There is a parking lot and restaurants so no need to pack a lunch.

Parks & Nature

Located right outside the Fox's Den it consists of pristine 2nd and 3rd growth redwood forest that rises from almost sea level to the steep coastal mountains that gives Aptos its beauty. Visitors can picnic near Aptos Creek or to hike, jog, or bike on 30 miles of trails in  rugged semi-wilderness rising of more than 2,600 feet. Be aware there are wild animals including mountain lions in the forest. Due to severe weather, please call for trail closures updates (831) 763-7063.
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더 포레스트 오브 니신 마크스 주립공원
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Located right outside the Fox's Den it consists of pristine 2nd and 3rd growth redwood forest that rises from almost sea level to the steep coastal mountains that gives Aptos its beauty. Visitors can picnic near Aptos Creek or to hike, jog, or bike on 30 miles of trails in  rugged semi-wilderness rising of more than 2,600 feet. Be aware there are wild animals including mountain lions in the forest. Due to severe weather, please call for trail closures updates (831) 763-7063.