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Small-Town Spotlight: Danville

Small-Town Spotlight: Danville

By Alejandra Saragoza
November 19, 2019

Danville is an upscale enclave tucked away in the verdant hills of the San Ramon Valley, roughly 45 minutes east of San Francisco. While the surrounding region has boomed in recent years thanks to a growing number of tech workers moving out to the East Bay Area, the small town of Danville has managed to maintain its charm, boasting a bevy of chic boutiques and beloved eateries that draw locals and visitors alike. 

The suburban oasis also beckons with its ample outdoor recreational opportunities. Residents can often be seen biking on the 32-mile-long Iron Horse Trail, traversing the pathways of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, and spending time with their pups at Hap Magee Ranch Park. Danville features numerous cultural attractions, too, including a handful of art galleries; renowned theater groups; the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, housed inside a restored 1891 train depot; and the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, which preserves the home of the Nobel Prize–winning playwright. 

If you have yet to explore Danville, here are some top spots to visit in the idyllic downtown area.  

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Hartz Avenue runs through the heart of downtown Danville, where there's an impressive assortment of locally owned restaurants, fashion-forward boutiques, nightlife destinations, and cultural institutions. 
Tucked inside a historic home, Christina's Fine Clothing is one of the many chic shops lining Hartz Avenue.
A fairly new addition to downtown Danville, Lemon offers adorable baby clothes, apparel for men and women, organic spa products, and home decor items.
Specializing in affordable, used bicycles, California Pedaler has been Danville's community bike shop for more than 40 years.
Cocina Hermanas is a Danville hot spot serving up Mexican cuisine made with Northern California flair. 
The award-winning Locanda Ravello is another popular dining destination that brings the flavors of Italy's Amalfi Coast to Danville. 
Situated along Hartz Avenue, Elliott's is a Danville institution that's been a local favorite since 1907. 

Tell us about your favorite Danville destinations in the comments below! And if you're looking to explore more East Bay towns, here's what to see in downtown Walnut Creek


Alejandra Saragoza

Alejandra Saragoza

Alejandra is the managing editor of California.com. She's a California native based in the Bay Area and enjoys writing about all things food and travel related. Her work can also be seen in Diablo, T…

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