Shopping in Napa might remind you of shopping in Provence, where the sun almost always shines and there’s an abundance of interiors and food stores, many of which have a very specific regional point of view and artisanal products. You’ll see many French imports, and the best boutiques artfully combine European and Californian sensibilities. Here is our current short list for shopping in Napa Valley.
Indagare Picks // Downtown Napa
Set along the picturesque Napa River, downtown Napa is home to many of the area’s finest restaurants as well as some of its most fun spots. For a culture moment, visit the Napa Valley Opera House. This jewel-box of a theater with an Italian-style façade was built in 1879. Today it offers a mix of live music as well as shows and films.
- Oxbow Public Market: This incredible farmer’s market-cum-gourmet hot spot sits in the crux of downtown Napa, just along the Napa River and Napa River Trail. It’s a one-stop shop for wine, local produce, casual restaurants and artisan gifts. 610 First Street
- Bounty Hunter Wine: This winery displays more than 400 different bottles of wine from places including Napa, France, Italy and Australia, with more than 40 to taste by the glass. 975 First Street
Indagare Picks // Yountville
Yountville’s reputation as the culinary capital of Napa is no joke: The area boasts a line-up of acclaimed restaurants and experiences and more Michelin-starred spots per capita than any other place in America. But a slew of galleries and shops make it a great stop, even if you don’t have a dinner reservation. While shopping in Yountville, don’t miss some of the area’s best wineries, including Nickel & Nickel, B Cellars and Cliff Lede.
- RH Yountville: This groovy two-level art and interior design gallery, sculpture garden and wine collective showcases the next generation of Napa’s tasting rooms. 6711 Washington St.
- Kollar Chocolates: This shop sells mouthwatering artisan truffles created by the renowned chocolatier Chris Kollar. 6525 Washington St.
- Oakville Grocery: Further north in Oakville, this market serves specialty cheeses, charcuterie meats and excellent take-out sandwiches. 7856 Helena Highway, Oakville
Indagare Picks // St. Helena
The rural charm of the agricultural town of St. Helena is evident in its culinary offerings and its several shops on Main Street. Come for fine wines, ceramics and ballet flats—and everything in between. Also in St. Helena is Cameo Cinema, the charming theater that sells gourmet items and is the oldest single-screen theater in the US.
- 750 Wines: A sleek, loft-like space that hosts tastings, special wine events and private functions. 707-963-0750
- Jan de Luz: Take your pick of linen napkins, aprons and tablecloths and have them monogrammed on the spot. 1219 Main Street
- Olivier: Cooks and gourmands will love the selection of kitchen tools, from French ceramic ware to sculptural wooden mustard spoons, and condiments. 1375 Main Street
- Vintage Home: A wonderful store at the southern end of Main Street, with tabletops lined with Provençal ceramics and brightly colored glassware from Belgium. The children’s section offers charming classic toys. 1201 Main Street
- Flats: Inspired by the shoemaking techniques of Europe and India, Jan Niema opened Flats, a boutique selling elegant women’s wear as well as her own brand of ballet flats. 1219 Main Street