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    The Village at Corte Madera

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    Town Center Corte Madera

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    Downtown Mill Valley

Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler


There are so many reasons to fall in love with Marin County: local farm-to-table dining, beautiful landscapes, outdoor activities, fantastic culture and friendly people.


There’s another great reason to love Marin County, and it’s all about the shopping.

Whether you’re looking for a new piece of art, haute fashion or a gift for someone special, you’ll find it all throughout Marin County. Here’s a list of shopping destinations to help you find what you’re looking for on your next trip to Marin.


Mill Valley

Mill Valley is a must stop for shopping if you’re traveling to Marin. This charming and stylish city is surrounded by natural beauty, which has made it one of the best US cities to live in. There are several distinct shopping areas to check out, but you’ll definitely want to make time for Strawberry Village and downtown Mill Valley near the Depot Plaza.


Strawberry Village is a two-story outdoor shopping plaza with a fine mix of local brands, services and restaurants. Grab an assortment of Iberian foods, wine and cookware at The Spanish Table, or satisfy a sweet tooth at SweetE Organic, a candy shop where you can feel good about indulging.


Take a walk along Throckmorton and Miller Avenue in downtown Mill Valley and you’ll see what makes this city great. Unique storefronts spill out onto the sidewalks during spring, summer and fall. Margaret O’Leary’s designer knit clothing provides a touch of elegance with products produced close by at Margaret's Potrero Hill design studio. For a different kind of treasure, don’t miss the one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from Kathleen Dughi. Using the Italian art of fabrication, Dughi artfully crafts estate-quality pieces that will remain family keepsakes for generations. All this and more awaits in downtown Mill Valley.



Another shopping gem can be found in the casual setting of downtown Fairfax along Broadway, where fashionable storefronts merge with historic buildings to create a scenic and fun day of shopping. This is a great place to visit if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Check out Tibet Moon for Asian-inspired gifts, Fairfax Variety for oddities of all kinds, or the Lost Mountain Gift and Jewelry shop. There are tons of restaurants nearby including a pizzeria along with Thai and Italian cuisine to keep you fueled while you shop.


Corte Madera

Whether you’re looking for name-brand items from your favorite department stores or boutique-style fashions that you can’t find anywhere else, the beautiful town of Corte Madera has it all. The Village at Corte Madera is a fashion lover’s paradise with dozens of retail favorites situated in a beautiful outdoor plaza. From The North Face to J. Crew, everything you need to look your best can be found here.


Also in Corte Madera, the Town Center shopping district is a fantastic place to find unique wardrobe pieces at smaller boutique-style storefronts. Don’t miss lifestyle brands like Louis Thomas for men and Lesley Evers for women.



If you’re shopping for a gift for someone special, Marin Country Mart in Larkspur is a treasure trove for shopaholics. This outdoor shopping venue has something for everyone at unique shops like the Diesel Bookstore, George Pet Store and Toy Crazy.


San Anselmo

This city in Marin is home to more than 130 antique dealers with eclectic collections. One of the most popular places to shop here is along San Anselmo Avenue in downtown San Anselmo.


Along the main street, you’ll discover much more than just antiques. Check out Whytes Booksmith, a classic bookstore with a terrific children’s section, or Fig Garden, known for carrying a fine selection of unique jewelry, hair accessories, stationery, candles and more. For modern boutique fashions in San Anselmo, head over to Kismet, which features quality denim, dresses and blouses.


For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, Facebook page, or download the mobile app.

More information on featured attractions:

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The Village at Corte Madera

The Village at Corte Madera offers an extraordinary shopping experience. The area's upscale shoppers will find luxury, high-end shopping, including Macy's, Nordstrom, The Cheesecake Factory, The Apple Store,...[Learn More]

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Town Center Corte Madera

Town Center is a charming lifestyle center that combines conventional retail and retail service uses to serve its community.  The center is characterized by meandering pedestrian passageways connecting...[Learn More]

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Marin Country Mart

Marin Country Mart is an open-air shopping and dining destination that features a noteworthy collection of appealing boutiques, farm-to-table eateries and convenient services – enhanced by myriad special...[Learn More]

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