About Downtown San Rafael

San Rafael Mission

San Rafael is at the center of things. The oldest, largest and most culturally diverse city in Marin also enjoys the best weather. San Rafael is a lively business and cultural center located in an area of incomparable natural beauty. 

Visit Our Vibrant Downtown

Our eclectic downtown business and shopping district runs the length of Fourth Street and its side streets.

Come experience it, Downtown to the West End. A lively blend of Victorian buildings, ethnic restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and wine bars.

And don’t miss our unique retailers—from books and furniture to clothing, art, jewelry and collectibles.

Make the West End Village… Your Holiday shopping village!

Family-friendly shops & eateries



Mayflower Pub
Kitchen Table Italian
Bordenave’s Bakery
Peru Groceries
Shiro Kuma Sushi
Sugar Pie Baking Co
Dee’s Organic Catering
Sabor a México Restaurant
Johnny Doughnuts
Pink Owl Coffee
Tender tenders, chicken
Whippersnapper Restaurant
Pint-size Lounge
Moonlight Deli
Krumbs Cakes Bakery
Bella Luxe Caterers
A Mailbox Plus Services
Lily’s Cleaners & Tailors & gifts
Jack Hunt Automotive
Cain’s Tires
Auto Marin Used Cars
A & L Optometry
Willow Salon
Kim’s Nails
Lashart Brow Studio

Anne Tran Super Beauty
Polish Nail Spa
Red Dragon Yoga
Abbot Kinney Clothes/Salon
Tempest Hair Salon
Xclusive Barber Shop
Proof Lab Skateboards
Blue Moon Comics
Gold Hill Coin
Sling-it! La Crosse
Seawood Photo
Rebound Bookstore
Red Hill Pets
Trek Bike Shop
Ace Hdwr gift, décor, tree lot!)
Atelier Marin (Yarns)
Silk Road Odyssey (Persian Rugs)
Istanbul Rugs
Studio 4 Art (Kid’s art)
Dharma Yarns/clothing
Bloom clothing
Sofa Creations
West End Studio Theater


San Rafael is proud to be one of 14 California Cultural Districts recognized by the California Arts Council, highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.

Downtown San Rafael Arts District

An urbanized nerve center for culture in the suburban outpost of Marin County.

Learn more about upcoming events: Cultural Arts District Fall launch update

san rafael 2040

Downtown Precise Plan Taking Shape

The City of San Rafael is preparing a Downtown “Precise Plan” that will establish new zoning standards, design guidelines, public space priorities, and transportation and housing strategies for Downtown San Rafael. A Downtown Profile Report has been completed and is available here. The Plan, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2020, is being funded by a grant from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The Precise Plan is part of a broader effort to update the San Rafael General Plan. For more information on the General Plan Update, including links to the City’s online engagement platform, visit sanrafael2040.org.