Old Oxbow public market location:
Address: 610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559
Side note: Even though we had a good time in Napa, we would easily prefer it to Mendocino and specifically Anderson Valley. In my humble opinion Mendocino coast wines are a bit underappreciated since it take a bit of a drive to get there; although you will be pleasantly surprised with unpredictably flavorful fruit notes while exploring the region. Check out our trip on HWY 128 – from wine to waves.
What will you find at the Old Oxbow market ?
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Oxbow public market is that you have the fruit, the meat and the cheese along with fresh seafood from all over Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties culminating in a appetizing unison all under one roof.
Old Oxbow market houses several gourmet shops with a wide range of affordability to select from. Varying selections of freshly harvested oysters, local beef cuts, as well as bird and fish of the season will perfectly pair with recently selected wines of the area.
Furthermore, the oxbow market (which takes its unusual name from a geographical feature of the river bend reminiscent of an Ox Bow) is a place of many tastes, whatever degustatory preferences you might have. The Oxbow Market in Napa will undoubtedly satisfy your salivary desires.
Most of the wine tasting locations, correct that, all of the wineries simply cannot compete with the amount of tempting brasseries at the market in the downtown Napa.
It’s a community gathering place, and your darn right know it, if the locals come to this spot to relax and indulge in fruitful local harvest of flora and fauna then this spot must be good. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Oxbow market with kids
Hang out at thenearby Fuller Park located just a few minutes away from the Market is an ideal spot for kids to stretch out their little feet and work up the appetite. The Oxbow market is an ideal place to visit with kids in Napa since some of the wineries kida frown upon bringing kids and some outright don’t want you there with little ones. This is understandable given all adult sophisticated scene of some of the taste rooms, so just hand on out to the old Oxbow market on the 1st street instead!
Also if you planning on driving all the way to Santa Rosa, check out Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center – author of everyone’s favorite Snoopy .
What else is there near Oxbow Public market ?
Over the years we had several opportunities to bring our pillaging appetites to the Napa’s Oxbow market for the final exclamation point in the wine tasting of the world renown region in California. There are bunch of restaurants along the 1st street to choose from, here’s a list of some other notable locations you might want to explore.
Back Room Wines – Wine Store & Bar – an excellent place to polish the last glass of wine while in NAPA and take a few bottles of some of the best local wineries home with you. Perfect place to pick up a discounted case of Bond wines.
Trade Brewing – a chill brewery spot right around the corner from the Marker
Jump on the Napa Valley Wine Trolley if you still fresh
Check out Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch – if you feel like getting tipsy while riding a train. It could be a fun experiment, although we have gotten mixed reviews from friends and never attempted the ride.
Napa valley castle winery Castello Di Amorosa – that’s something we wouldn’t recommend. Several of our friends were quite disappointed with experience. Apparently you have to pay literally for everything there. It’s an addition upon an upgrade, etc… – just waste of time and expectations.
Napa Premium Outlets is right across the highway 29, we’ve never been tough since our main goal was to specifically hit the wineries while in Napa.
“An oxbow is a U-shaped metal pole that fits the underside and the sides of the neck of an ox or bullock. A bow pin holds it in place. The term “oxbow lake” is widely used to refer to a U-shaped meander in a river, sometimes cut off from the modern course of the river that formed it.”