San Luis Obispo Places

TripWhat's travel guide to San Luis Obispo; our list of the best things to see, including Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and History Center of San Luis Obispo County.
  • Located just south of downtown, it can be reached either by the Madonna Rd. exit off the 101 or by taking Higuera Rd south and turning right onto Madonna Rd.
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  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

    San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

    1010 Broad St
    Every day (except Tu from Labor Day through July 3) 11AM-5PM. Free.
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  • History Center of San Luis Obispo County

    History Center of San Luis Obispo County

    696 Monterey St
    Every day except Tu 10AM-4PM. Free.
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  • Linnaea's Cafe

    Linnaea's Cafe

    The large patio and garden out back is an excellent place to relax, and the back room often hosts musicians and poetry readings. Delicious dinner is served five nights a week. Monday is waffle night [21]. Wi-Fi is available for free.
  • M-W 7AM-9PM Th-F 7AM-10PM S 8AM-10PM Su 8AM-9PM. $10-15. This used to be one of the best places to eat in San Luis Obispo but in recent years it has slipped from its former glory. The food is often disappointing and the service is bearable at best. While they used to lock up the "Best of SLO County" readers poll for many years they're no longer up to that standard and at best are coming in as a runner-up. The Yelp reviews also show that there's been a dramatic increase in the number of poor experiences.
  • Splash Cafe

    Splash Cafe

    1491 Monterey St.
    Su-Th 7AM-8:30PM, F-Sa 7AM-9:30PM. A hip bakery that serves breakfast/lunch. Excellent baked goods and seafood lunches. Award-winning clam chowder. Be sure to check out the upstairs chocolaterie after your meal.
  • Bliss Café

    Bliss Café

    1035 Chorro St.
    Mon 11AM-4PM, Tues-Wed 11AM-9PM, Thurs: 11AM-4PM in the cafe & 6PM-9PM @ the SLO Thursday Farmer’s Market (right around the corner on Higuerra St.), Fri 11AM-9PM, Sat 11AM-9PM, Sunday 11AM-4PM. This cafe offers a "yogi style, karma free" vegan menu to provide healthy options for those seeking a conscious and compassionate life style.
  • hike

    a volunteer organization that creates and maintains trails countywide
    The Santa Lucia mountains and the "Nine Sisters" offer many beautiful views of the city and the countryside. The two most popular hikes are Bishop Peak (no bikes allowed) and Cerro San Luis (multiple biking trails). If you're interested in other mountain biking trails around the county check out the list at CCCMB [16], a volunteer organization that creates and maintains trails countywide.
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  • San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

    Nipomo and Monterey
    The Children's Museum is an interactive, family experience, inspiring learning through play. Great for families with young children. [www.slocm.org]
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  • Koberl at Blue

    998 Monterey Street
    This elegant downtown restaurant features "wine country dining" on the ground floor of an attractive Victorian-era office building near the courthouse. A great meal can be made from appetizers at the bar, which is one of the few watering holes in town not overrun by students. $23-50 for entrees.
  • Sidecar

    1127 Broad Street
    This hip offering by the folks from Kreuzberg, CA (see budget listing) serves an adventurous seasonal menu using fresh local "farm-to-table" ingredients; Sidecar may be the best value in town. Enjoy an excellent bloody mary along with brunch on the weekends.
  • McClintocks

    686 Higuera Street
    Popular saloon serves a range of quality California ranch food in huge portions. The pulled pork sandwich and "steak bites" are excellent.
  • Novo Restaurant And Lounge

    726 Higuera St
    Open until midnight on Saturdays, with last reservation time 9:30PM. This eatery is beloved by locals, although the expense of a visit is justified more by the truly lovely atmosphere than by the middling quality of the menu, which features "international" foods prepared with fresh local ingredients. Novo is most noted for its beautiful creekside patio; often overlooked is the romantic dining in the basement.
  • Firestone Grill

    corner of Higuera and Osos
    Known locally as the best Tri-tip sandwich in the State of California. A must have for anyone who wants to understand West Coast BBQ. Noisy -- try for a table outside.
  • Downtown Brewing Co

    1119 Garden
    2 story old brewery, has at least 10 homebrews from Ipa, honeyblonde, blueberry.. best brews in town.. Happy Hour m-f 3:30 - 6:30 half price and good late night specials during the week too!Also has lots of live music, from rock to reggae.
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