Chico Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Chico; our list of the best things to see, including Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant, Bidwell Park and Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park.
  • The best place in Chico: Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant

    Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant

    1075 E 20th St.
    T-Th: 11am-9pm; F-Sat: 11am-10pm. This is one of Chico's landmark restaurants. Sierra Nevada Brewery has been a Chico icon since its founding in 1979. Chicoans take great pride in their local brewery and Sierra Nevada can be found all throughout the town. The accompanying taproom and restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat in Chico. Almost always filled to capacity, the wait can be long sometimes, but the prices are reasonable and the food is top tier.
  • Bidwell Park

    Bidwell Park

    1968 East 8th Street
    5:30AM-one hour after sunset. America's seventh largest municipal park offers hiking, biking, swimming, and numerous other options for outdoor recreation. The lower section of the park begins near Highway 99 and extends north-east through the city and continues five miles into the foothills north of the city.
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  • Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

    Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

    525 Esplanade
    Tu-F Noon-5PM, Sat Su 10AM-5PM. 18 and over: $4, 5-17: $2, 4 and under: Free. This 26-room mansion formerly owned by John and Annie Bidwell was the first in the state to have indoor plumbing. 50 minute tours of the mansion depart every hour.
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  • Bird in Hand

    320 Broadway St
    Selling a wide range of products, from Tommy Bahama to toys. Also has a Yo-yo museum, which houses the world's largest wooden yo-yo.
  • Aca Taco

    133 Broadway Street
    Aca Taco is one of the most popular late-night treats in Chico. Their popular buritos are a perfect adendum to a night well spent.
  • Woodstock's Pizza

    166 E 2nd St
    The title of best pizza joint in Chico is a contentious one and no one faults Woodstock's for throwing their hat into the ring. The variety of options and the tasty desserts are the perfect fuel for a night of studying or a night on the town.
  • Pluto's

    210 Main Street
    Pluto's specializes in sandwiches and salads that are both healthy and unbelievably tasty. Anything with roasted turkey is particularly recommended. In addition to the standard fries they have a wide array of other sides such as stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and garlic fries.
  • Windy's Chinese

    1000 W Sacramento Ave # G
  • Madison Bear Garden

    "The Bear" as it is locally known is a favorite of the students of CSU Chico
    A variety of buger variations is enough to keep any student staited for years. For the particularly adventerous the Jiffy Burger (a hamburger with peanut butter!) is a must. At night the Bear transforms from a kitchy burger spot for locals to a late-night party with theme nights, contests, and music on the second floor into the wee hours of the morning.
  • Red Tavern

    1250 The Esplanade
    Chico's premiere dining establishment with expertly made, California-cuisine style meals. Reservations definitely needed on weekend nights.
  • Fifth Street Steakhouse

    345 West Fifth Street
    Arguably the best restaurant in Chico, and certainly one of the most expensive, this small but divine steakhouse is known as much for its extensive wine cellar as it is for its steaks.
  • Sultan's Bistro

    300 Broadway St
    The beef and lamb gyro plates make for one of the best dinners you'll never have.
  • Joe's Bar

    749 West 5th Street
    Sawdust on the floor, music blaring, cheap drinks, a back patio, and a crowd that will be singing along after midnight.
  • Smokin' Mo's BBQ

    131 Broadway St
    They offer tri-tip, chicken, pork, and ribs. You have 4 different sauces to choose from and you can take as much sauce from each type as you want. Its an order at the counter place.
  • Italian Cottage

    2234 Esplanade
    Awesome breakfast omelettes, especially the spicy Italian one with marinara sauce, melted cheese, sausage, and pepperoni.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Chico uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.