Downtown Davis is generally considered to consist of the dense collection of local businesses that lie where the lettered streets intersect with the numbered streets. The downtown also includes a number of apartment buildings and private residences. Downtown Davis is cute, sweet and quiet—most of the time, anyway. There are a number of helpful map signs in case you get lost or are looking for something in particular. It's one of the best places to spot town characters like the dude that lives in his bike.
Downtown is easily walkable. Parking is available throughout downtown, so you can drop off your car and brave the streets on foot. Most of downtown is subject to 60, 90, or 120-minute parking restrictions on weekdays until either 6pm or 10pm (generally, the closer you get to campus, the shorter the time limit and the later it lasts into the evening). Watch out for the paid parking lot by the E Street Plaza—there are signs clearly labeling it as paid parking, but they're possible to miss if you're focused on not running over pedestrians and cyclists on a busy day.
The area is also very bikeable! There are bike racks all over downtown and, in case you run into any trouble, a number of bike shops. Keep a sharp eye out, though, since there can be a lot of traffic, cars parking and de-parking, and car doors opening suddenly. The city has even started painting "sharrows" or shared lane markers that'll direct bikes out away from the curb, into the center of the lane, in some of the more hazard-prone areas. For the uninitiated, the bicycling tips page is worth a read before venturing downtown on two wheels.
Downtown is bordered in part by the train tracks, and it's home to a very attractive train station. Railroad aficionados can go railfanning there, while travelers can catch a ride on Amtrak. You might even spot some people protesting (or climbing) the controversial Olive Drive Railroad Fence. The station has a fairly large parking lot that can come in handy on busy evenings when street parking gets scarce.
If you're looking for something to do downtown, don't worry. You'll find it. Wander around and check out some of the art, both in galleries and out in the open. Central Park is a great place for a picnic or, if you're there on a Wednesday eve or Saturday morning, you can check out the Farmers Market. Many of the restaurants and cafes have both indoor and outdoor seating if you want to relax with a drink and do some people watching. There's all sorts of shopping, and all three movie theaters are right downtown.
This list can occasionally get a little bit out of date. If you see something that doesn't look right, fix it! If you want to keep an eye on the comings and goings downtown—and you don't want to get out of your chair and actually go downtown—you can check out the Arriving Businesses and Departed Businesses pages.
- Barista Brew Cafe
- Cloud Forest Cafe
- Delta of Venus
- Farmer's Kitchen Cafe
- Mishka's Cafe
- Panera Bread
- Peet's Coffee and Tea
- The Posh Bagel
- tea list
- see Davis Cafes
California/New American/Light Dining
- Bistro 33
- Cafe Bernardo
- Fish's Wild
- Monticello Seasonal Cuisine
- Mustard Seed
- Our House
- Cultivé Frozen Yogurt
- Let Them Eat Cake
- Sugar Daddies
- Sweet and Shavery
- Lazi Cow
- Vampire Penguin
- Davis Sushi Buffet Japanese Restaurant
- Fuji Chef
- Shabu Extreme
- Yakitori Yuchan
- Zen Toro
- Caffe Italia
- Original Steve's
- Uncle Vito's Slice of N.Y.
- Village Bakery counter service pizza slices
- Village Pizza & Grill
- Woodstock's Pizza
- Absolute Cellular
- Akasha Yoga-Vinyasa yoga studio
- APEX Cycles-Custom bike shop
- Armadillo Music - Music
- Artery-unique and contemporary gifts
- The Avid Reader - Books
- Bath and Body Works
- Bizarro World - Comic book shop.
- Cable Car Wash - Full-service car wash
- Creme de la Creme - exquisite gifts & home accents for every occasion
- Cut Loose, inc
- Davis ACE Hardware - Hardware store, sometimes referred to as "Davis Lumber."
- Davis Copy Shop
- Davis Lock & Safe Co.
- Davis Mattress and Futon Outlet
- Davis Psychic
- Davis Shoe Shop & Pedorthic - Shoe repair.
- Dead Zone Novelties - Head shop.
- Dimple Records - Music, Movies and Games (where Tower Records used to be)
- Downtown Chiropractic
- Fast and Easy Mart - Convenience Store
- Fleet Feet - Specialty running store
- Haute Again- Consignment Clothing + Vintage + Handmade Goods
- Heron Technologies - Computer equipment store.
- Hibbert Lumber
- Ken's Bike & Ski
- Kim's Mart - Asian food market
- Massage Retreat
- Mother & Baby Source
- Next G Wireless
- Newsbeat - Newspaper/magazine/cigar shop. Clever high-quality greeting cards and imported candy.
- Nina and Tom
- Outdoor Davis
- Peachy Lady - Women’s Fashion Boutique
- Pinkadot - Designer clothing store.
- Rocknasium - Rock climbing.
- The Secretariat - Secretarial service.
- Sit Sleep & More
- Sole Desire
- Tracy's Karate Studio - Martial Arts instruction
- Tibet Nepal - Incense, curios
- Urban Body - Tattoo parlor.
- Valley Wine Company - great spirits selection
- Volleys Tennis Shop - racquet stringing and more
- The Wardrobe - A women's modern vintage fashion salon
- Watermelon Music - musical instruments/etc.
Banks and Credit Unions
- Bank of America
- First Northern Bank
- Golden 1 Credit Union
- Premier West Bank
- River City Bank
- Union Bank
- US Bank
- University and State Employees Credit Union
- Wells Fargo
- Citizens Who Care
- Davis Commons - The mall-ish area just on the edge of Downtown.
- E Street Plaza
- The Lofts
- Train Station
- The Work Shop