Sausalito City Guide

I have been meaning to write this post for a while as I get asked about my favorite spots in Sausalito all the time. Daniel and I absolutely love living here and if you are not familiar with the Bay Area – Sausalito is directly across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. I am by nature not a city person and he was over living in big cities so we settled on Sausalito for its stunning views and peaceful environment. We both grew up in Marin County, but Sausalito feels incredibly unique to anywhere else. Some mornings when the fog is thick, it feels like a small east coast fishing village, yet the city is less than ten minutes away. Sausalito is very small and very touristy so it can get packed on the weekends, but there are some spots that are not to be missed if you make your way over here. See some of my favorites below!

{the boat docks always make for a good photo op}



Le Garage

Kennebec House Cut Fries, Pain Perdu, Gaufres

Sausalito Equator

Yogurt & Granola, Avocado Toast, Olive Oil Cake

Lighthouse Cafe

Blueberry Pancakes, Home Fries

Bridgeway Cafe

Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Breakfast Burrito, Crepe

{Cocktails & A Meal With  A View and/or Lunch}

Barrel House Tavern

That’s No Moon, Spice Mines, Aperol Spritz

Bar Bocce 

Red Sangria, Berry Mojito


Mint Cooler, Blood Orange Margarita, Italian Lemonata

{Lunch & Dinner Spots}

The Joinery 

Fried Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Potatoes, Harvest Salad

Osteria Divino 

Tortellini Soup, Spaghetti Aglio & Olio, Penne Arrabbiata


Chicken Tinga Taco, Tortilla Soup, Carne Asada


Mele Salad, Margherita Pizza


Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Wagyu Filet

Napa Valley Burger Co. 

Cheese Waffle Fries (seriously..), Crispy Chicken Burger

Sushi Ran

one of Sausaltio’s most popular spots

*Other favorites: Driver’s Market, Taste of Rome, F3 and Sandrino Pizza

{Sweet Treats}

Lappert’s Ice Cream (the coconut and strawberry flavors are my fave!)

Sausalito Bakery & Cafe

Munchies Candy Store

Sausalito Sweets


You would think because Sausalito is so touristy that there would be a sea of great stores, but it is a lot of t shirt shops and art galleries. I dream of a beautiful home store opening up here someday, but for now it is not really a cute shops destination. Although they are not traditional stores, these are the places I visit most frequently for fresh flowers, cool art or small gifts.

Sausalito Stationary

Heath Ceramics

Ladybug Flowers

Mark Ruben Gallery (can rent bikes from here)

Copperfield Books

Tivoli Decor


Sausalito only has a couple hotels and they are all on the pricier side, making it an ideal day trip destination. If you do decide to stay here you can’t beat hotel options!

Casa Madrona (perfect location, great views!)

Inn Above Tide

Hotel Sausalito

The Gables Inn

Cavallo Point ( this is further from town, but you can rent bikes and it is such a stunning property)


Cavallo Point

Houseboat Community

Ferry Ride to SF

Boat Docks – so many pretty boats to swoon over

Marin Headlands (outside of Sausalito)

Walk Along Bridgeway Path

Sea Trek Kayak Rental – such a cool way to see the bay

Bay Model

Dunphy Park (currently under construction)

All Photos by Torrey Fox 

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