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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Asian Restaurant
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“Voted best restaurant in SLO! Enjoy delicious tapas and world famous wine with creekside views. Located in the iconic Cigar Factory building in downtown SLO, Novo’s bar, lounge offers award wining innovative cuisine. Tandoori chicken and Novo lettuce wraps are our favorites! ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Inn
“The Madonna Inn & Steakhouse opened in 1958 and serves as an iconic landmark for the central coast. Tour the grounds for beautiful photo ops and don’t forget to try a slice of their famous pink champagne cake!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Church
“Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the bishop of Toulouse, the Mission is the foundation of San Luis Obispo. The Mission is open to the public for tours of the beautiful church, gardens and school. Be sure to view the small museum that holds a collection of its artifacts. It is still a very popular parish for the town's Catholic community. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A great hike to see San Luis Obispo. There are a couple different trail heads.”
  • 41 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Try the tri tip sandwich and the ABC burger although everything I’ve ordered has always been good.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Thursday night all year long. It's one of the largest and best farmer's markets in the country. Produce, food, music and lot's of fun!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Downtown SLO is a must destination for all visitors. There is so much to do and places to eat. Farmers Market on Thursday Evenings is also a lot of fun!”
  • 19 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Healthy, locally sourced ingredients. Many veggie/vegan options. Call ahead for reservations on the weekends.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Same owner as Novo, similar ambience and outdoor seating. Excellent food with more of a Latin flair.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“This is my FAVORITE Sushi restaurant of all time! There are some great ones here, but this place to me is the best of the best!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The official start of bubblegum alley has been a long debate dating back to the end of WWII. Featured on serval television shows and news programs around the world, Bubblegum Alley is one of the most well known tourist attractions in SLO. Bring your hand sanitizer and nose plug! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cafe
“There are actually two locations for Scout Coffee. The Foothills location is less quaint but has more seating and a lot of parking. Parking in San Luis Obispo is a little more challenging. And this location requires a little walk. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Head downtown SLO to a hip mellow atmosphere and discover unique craft cocktails. Start with scrumptious truffle popcorn served to every table and order their unbeatable Brussels sprouts. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Food
“SLO is home to a huge farmers market every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. Go for great BBQ at San Luis BBQ, try pork dishes at Granada, Mediterrean at Oaisis, buy fresh produce and people watch. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a restaurant and brewery and they often have live bands. Very fun atmosphere!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Not an aquarium or zoo, but a cute little children's museum, good for rainy day activities. They often have some sort of craft project to do right as you come in, and things for little ones to do, toddler age to tween.”
  • 20 locals recommend