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Downtown Ventura, or Main Street, has great appeal, with its palm-lined casual streets. The 19th century architecture, painted in pale pastels, is so lovely! There are an abundance of attractive cafes as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants: South American food, Thai food, Peruvian food.
Zoey's Cafe is a particularly gorgeous little eatery. It's located in a delightful paseo off of Main Street. You can sit upstairs under their red and white umbrellas on a tiny, Spanish balcony and look out over the rooftops covered in vines with vibrant red flowers. Young people hang out upstairs, tuned in to their laptops. Zoey's is a mix of a cafe with great food, a coffee shop for hanging out, and a live music venue at night.
A great thing about historic downtown Ventura is that it is completely walkable! Park along Main Street for free, and then walk to your heart's content! There are some beautiful buildings to take in, such as the Erle Stanley Gardner Building on the corner of Main and California. City Hall is a gorgeous Beaux Arts building- you can't miss it as you look uphill on California Street. It was Ventura's courthouse until the 70s. Main Street also has a groovy art-deco theatre that is lit up in neon at night. In fact, the whole of Main Street looks very cool at night, with neon lights twirled around the palm-tree trunks.
Walk west on Main Street and you will come to the prettiest part of Ventura, the mission and plaza. Don't miss this romantic spot.
Walk east on Main Street and you will find a lovely mix of Victorian houses turned into cafes and shops. There is a shop called Rosie Lee Imports that sells everything British: biscuits (cookies), chocolate bars, meat pies, and vegemite.
For some reason, there are also a little too many second-hand and other dowdy-looking stores on Main Street.
Main Street, because it is parallel to the beach, is sheltered, warm, and not windy, so enjoy the sunshine.
Things To Do Nearby
For a lovely new playground in a gorgeous setting check out Plaza Park. For some colorful mini-golf in a garden setting, check out Golf N Stuff. For a hip little beach area check out Seaward Avenue and the Seven Jetties.
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Exit Highway 101 southbound at Main Street. Once you get to around Oak Street, park along the road. Exit Highway 101 northbound at California Street, turn right on California Street, right on Main Street and park along the road.
Zoey's Cafe, 451 East Main Street, Ventura CA 93001, call (805) 652-0091.
Bernadette's on Main, 701 E. Main Street, call (805) 643-6749.
Rosie Lee Imports, 673 E. Main St. call (805) 643-5832.
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|its off dah charts mang!|
|Like a touch of Cambria nearby. Downtown Ventura is nearly perfect, if they could just flush out the bums and the smokers it would be perfect!|
|I love the photos!|
|RE: \"For some reason, there are also a little too many second-hand and other dowdy-looking stores on Main Street.\"|
Hey! EVERYthing doesn\'t have to look like some city planner\'s sterile dream book. Those \"second-hand and other dowdy-looking stores\" serve an economic and a social purpose and obviously keep a lot of otherwise empty buildings occupied and useful. Wake up and enjoy the VARIETY of lively, downtown Ventura!
|Without a doubt, my favourite place in cali to go. I loved it because where I stayed was walking distance to everything the beach, the shoppoing, the great dining, the bars, only place I drove to was the miniature golf place|
A very chilled, relaxed place!!!