Ventura’s Historic Downtown Cultural District is permeated by early California history. Historic homes, museums, boutiques, Mission San Buenaventura, antique shops and restaurants adorn our palm tree-lined streets. Things are changing in this historic district. In the last few years, Downtown Ventura has welcomed many new shops, restaurants, galleries and day spas.
A thriving cultural district of artists and performers of all disciplines is also influencing the momentum and direction of downtown’s development. The award-winning Rubicon Theatre is attracting big name talent to its intimate auditorium set in an old church. Art galleries have blossomed and a wide, and eclectic, range of restaurants too.
So what makes Downtown Ventura different? The unique merchants, one-of-kind dining experiences, and the friendly nature of the people — that friendly face behind the counter could very well be the owner (90 percent of our downtown businesses are locally owned). Downtown epitomizes Ventura’s loving embrace of all things unique, as well as its sensibility in preserving California’s rich heritage. Enjoy a cappuccino in a local cafe before taking in some of the breathtaking old buildings scattered throughout downtown. Shop The Downtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market, the original Ventura County certified farmers’ market with over 45 California farmers and food vendors. Intimate wine bars, breweries, and a variety of restaurants with delicious nibbles are all within walking distance.
From surfer-chill to sophisticated, nestled beneath hillsides and just off the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Ventura has something for everyone. Known for family owned-stores, cultural arts, thriving music and foodie scene and perfect weather, Downtown is the ideal place to spend the day, weekend or week. With more than 65 restaurants, 110 shops, 35 salons and relaxation venues, miles of beaches and mountain trails, you are destined to create a home away from home.
Downtown Ventura can be easily be accessed by Highway 101 or Amtrak Surfliner.