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Guidebook for Santa Cruz

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Guidebook for Santa Cruz

Food Scene
The Butter has the BEST pastries and cakes in the county. They also have breakfast and lunch items and homemade bread. Good coffee and espresso too. Tables both inside and outside. For bakery items you need to take a number upon arriving...it's very busy, but goes fast. Sundays there's live music outside.
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locals recommend
The Buttery
702 Soquel Avenue
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The Butter has the BEST pastries and cakes in the county. They also have breakfast and lunch items and homemade bread. Good coffee and espresso too. Tables both inside and outside. For bakery items you need to take a number upon arriving...it's very busy, but goes fast. Sundays there's live music outside.
Small Italian family restaurant. Excellent food. Always a line but you can put your name down and they will call your cell when your name comes up. They are expanding to a larger building just down the street...soon, I hope.
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locals recommend
Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1148 Soquel Avenue
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locals recommend
Small Italian family restaurant. Excellent food. Always a line but you can put your name down and they will call your cell when your name comes up. They are expanding to a larger building just down the street...soon, I hope.
Yum! Breakfast, brunch, lunch. They also have a bar. Old building with wood floors, but the back patio is where you want to go. All kinds of crepes.
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locals recommend
The Crêpe Place
1134 Soquel Avenue
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Yum! Breakfast, brunch, lunch. They also have a bar. Old building with wood floors, but the back patio is where you want to go. All kinds of crepes.
Healthy noodle house. Small but delicious. Good choice of noodle bowls with or without meat and tofu. Order at the window sit inside or in the canopy area. Outdoor heaters for colder weather. Very casual.
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locals recommend
Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Avenue
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Healthy noodle house. Small but delicious. Good choice of noodle bowls with or without meat and tofu. Order at the window sit inside or in the canopy area. Outdoor heaters for colder weather. Very casual.
Great Indian food. A bit of a walk from the Bungalow, but good food.
Maharaja
270 Soquel Ave
Great Indian food. A bit of a walk from the Bungalow, but good food.
Best sushi in town! Check out their website though to make sure they are open. Good service. Owner is sushi chef.
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locals recommend
Shogun Japanese Restaurant
1123 Pacific Avenue
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locals recommend
Best sushi in town! Check out their website though to make sure they are open. Good service. Owner is sushi chef.
Very good, fresh, simple basic taqueria. Tacos and burritos only. Meat and vegetarian. They are not open late tho....
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Tacos Moreno
1053 Water Street
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locals recommend
Very good, fresh, simple basic taqueria. Tacos and burritos only. Meat and vegetarian. They are not open late tho....
Ok, you can go to the restaurant or you can go to the fish window and get the best french fries, corn dogs, calamari, and sit and watch the boardwalk lights, the sunset, the seals or just people watch. The window also serves beer. The restaurant is very good too!
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locals recommend
Stagnaro Bros.
59 Municipal Wharf
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Ok, you can go to the restaurant or you can go to the fish window and get the best french fries, corn dogs, calamari, and sit and watch the boardwalk lights, the sunset, the seals or just people watch. The window also serves beer. The restaurant is very good too!
Situated right on the corner of the entrance to the wharf. This is the place to sit outside and watch the beach goers, the ocean, or just the day go by. Nice big patio. They have a bar and specials everyday.
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Ideal Bar & Grill
106 Beach St
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Situated right on the corner of the entrance to the wharf. This is the place to sit outside and watch the beach goers, the ocean, or just the day go by. Nice big patio. They have a bar and specials everyday.
THEE BEST CLAM CHOWDER in town! It's in Pleasure Point area (surf spot), not in walking distance from the Bungalow. It also has fresh pizza and the owner likes to serve fresh, healthy meals. They serve breakfast on the weekends and outdoor seating.
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locals recommend
Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery
800 41st Avenue
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locals recommend
THEE BEST CLAM CHOWDER in town! It's in Pleasure Point area (surf spot), not in walking distance from the Bungalow. It also has fresh pizza and the owner likes to serve fresh, healthy meals. They serve breakfast on the weekends and outdoor seating.
Best Latte in the county!
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locals recommend
Coffeetopia
1443 Capitola Road
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locals recommend
Best Latte in the county!
Great coffee. Drive thru or walk up. Lulus has two locations downtown also, both of those have patios in front to people watch on Pacific Avenue. An experience in itself!
Lulus Midtown
925 Soquel Avenue
Great coffee. Drive thru or walk up. Lulus has two locations downtown also, both of those have patios in front to people watch on Pacific Avenue. An experience in itself!
Sightseeing
West Cliff Drive is a gotta go place. You can walk it, bike ride or drive over and sit on a bench. You will see the Lighthouse and Steamers Lane surf spot, It's Beach (dog beach), and lots of crashing waves. At the far north end is the famous Natural Bridge and Monarch butterfly nesting (seasonal for butterflies).
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West Cliff Drive
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West Cliff Drive is a gotta go place. You can walk it, bike ride or drive over and sit on a bench. You will see the Lighthouse and Steamers Lane surf spot, It's Beach (dog beach), and lots of crashing waves. At the far north end is the famous Natural Bridge and Monarch butterfly nesting (seasonal for butterflies).
Go check out all the wharf has to offer. Lots of seals barking that you can see under the wharf. Pelicans and lots of sea gulls. Views are spectacular. You can sometimes see Mosslanding smoke stacks and Monterey.
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Santa Cruz Wharf
21 Municipal Wharf
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Go check out all the wharf has to offer. Lots of seals barking that you can see under the wharf. Pelicans and lots of sea gulls. Views are spectacular. You can sometimes see Mosslanding smoke stacks and Monterey.
Entertainment & Activities
Well if you haven't been to Santa Cruz its a no-brainer. Even if you have been to Santa Cruz, you will at least want to experience the Boardwalk's activity. There's an arcade, beach to hang, wharf right next door. You can walk or bike from the Bungalow but going all the way down Seabright to Murry, then over the trestle which crossed over the San Lorezo River.
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
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Well if you haven't been to Santa Cruz its a no-brainer. Even if you have been to Santa Cruz, you will at least want to experience the Boardwalk's activity. There's an arcade, beach to hang, wharf right next door. You can walk or bike from the Bungalow but going all the way down Seabright to Murry, then over the trestle which crossed over the San Lorezo River.
Parks & Nature
Trees! Big tall Redwood trees, the river, walking/running paths. Nature at it's finest. We have it all in Santa Cruz!
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
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Trees! Big tall Redwood trees, the river, walking/running paths. Nature at it's finest. We have it all in Santa Cruz!
access to the harbor through this park. nice green lawns, dog section, toddler play area and kid pay area. Best city park in Santa Cruz!
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locals recommend
Frederick Street Park & Dog Park
168 Frederick Street
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locals recommend
access to the harbor through this park. nice green lawns, dog section, toddler play area and kid pay area. Best city park in Santa Cruz!
access from harbor, from Frederick St, or from Frederick St Park. the trail also lease out to 7th Ave on one side and Soquel Ave on another side. A hidden piece of nature in the middle of Santa Cruz. Watch for cows and animal life.
Arana Gulch Trail
access from harbor, from Frederick St, or from Frederick St Park. the trail also lease out to 7th Ave on one side and Soquel Ave on another side. A hidden piece of nature in the middle of Santa Cruz. Watch for cows and animal life.