The Insider's Guide To Sausalito, Courtesy Of A Rad Local

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 30.]
Any local knows that one of the sweetest perks of living in San Francisco is definitely the ease of getting out of the city to explore the plethora of cool surrounding towns and scenery. Of course, one of the closest and most popular destinations is right over the famed Golden Gate Bridge, in Sausalito. For those of you with family in town over the holidays (and beyond), the picturesque seaside village is the perfect excursion and it's only a short ferry ride away.
So, what should you do, see, eat, and drink, once you arrive in town? Well, we tapped Sausalito dweller and super-stylish Freda Salvador shoe designer, Megan Papay, to be our tour guide. Click through for her top 20+ picks right here, and we'll see you on the other side of the bridge.
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Photographed by Maria del Rio
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EAT:
1. "Head to Cibo for breakfast or an afternoon latte. They have Blue Bottle Coffee and amazing pastries. The restaurant itself is a cool environment. You can sit outside and people watch, which is fun because many of the patrons are visiting Europeans with incredible style!"
Cibo, 1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito; 415-331-2426.

2. "Or grab lunch at Le Garage. The deconstructed decor right on the harbor is stunning. I love going there when I have time to actually dine. It feels like I'm on vacation, so I always take the time to enjoy one more glass of wine, then a coffee ... and just linger."
Le Garage Bistro, 85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito; 415-332-5625.

3. "Dinner is a tough one because I have so many loves. Angelino's is my go-to 'date night' restaurant. It is fresh, simple, homemade Italian food. You know how some Italian dishes are basically made of five ingredients and still it is the best thing you have ever eaten? Well, that is Angelino's! The orecchiette with broccoli rabe is my favorite. Then, there is Copita, which has slow-cooked carnitas and an amazing tequila selection. It's pretty hard to beat! Finally, if I am with the whole family, Rossetti's Pizza on Caledonia Street is my favorite. It offers super-authentic and delicious brick-oven pizza. Mr. Rossetti imports a lot of his ingredients from Italy, so the pizza is just plain goodness."
Angelino Restaurant, 621 Bridgeway, Sausalito; 415-331-5225.
Copita Tequileria y Comida, 739 Bridgeway; Sausalito; 415-331-7400.
Rossetti Pizzeria, 45 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; 415-887-9526.


Clockwise from left: Megan takes in an afternoon latte at Cibo; the yummy tacos at Copita; Angelino's on the bay. Photographed by Maria del Rio
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DRINK:
1. "I love wine, so one day while being a tourist in our own town, we stumbled upon an incredible wine bar called Bacchus and Venus. It is right in the hustle-bustle of downtown, so it's easy for visitors by ferry. Marcy, the owner, has exceptional taste in wine and focuses mainly on boutique California labels. We have spent hours there talking to her and her über-knowledgable staff, learning about the wine makers. She has an outstanding selection at all price points. I have never been disappointed!"
Bacchus and Venus, 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito; 415-331-2001.

2. "The Trident is back! It's one of Sausalito's landmarks from the '60s and '70s where Janis Joplin, David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, and the likes used to hang out. It still has its original decor, which is cool and you can request Janis' favorite booth. I have not eaten there yet, although the food is supposed to be earthy and organic, but it is super fun to have a drink and imagine how wild it was in its heyday. Not to mention, it's literally on the water overlooking all of San Francisco — the views are breathtaking."
The Trident, 558 Bridgeway, 1st Floor, Sausalito; 415-331-3232.

3. "Smitty's is Sausalito's dive bar and I love it. It has pool tables, shuffleboard, a great juke box and an array of patrons. And by an array, I mean an ARRAY! A lot of the people that live on the boats row themselves in for drinks at Smitty's. It's always interesting and never disappoints."
Smitty's Bar, 214 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; 415-332-2637.

Clockwise from left: Megan chills at Smitty's; The Trident sits pretty on the water; the booze selection at Bacchus and Venus. Photographed by Maria del Rio
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SHOP:
1. "Heath Ceramics! Edith Heath's original factory is still producing gorgeous tile and ceramics. It has factory tours, which are fun, but the store is the best. You can find discounted seconds of anything from mugs to plates to vases. They also have an overstock tile room, where you can get a great deal on tile. I recently went there with the square footage of my kitchen and an open mind. Whatever they had enough of to complete my kitchen was what I was getting. I ended up with a persimmon-orange and white chevron/herringbone pattern floor. I am obsessed — it was meant to be!"
Heath Ceramics, 400 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito; 415-332-3732.

2. "Studio 333 and the antiques store next to it are two different venues, but the antiques often spill over, so it seems like one place. Studio 333 is an awesome co-op-style space filled with art and jewelry. The artists rotate, so it's always fun to see who is there and what is new. It has a great vibe and I love that the founder is committed to providing affordable wall space for artists. The combination of these two places are just quirky enough to keep me happy every time I am there."
Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; 415-331-8272.
John Wilmer Antiques, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; 415-331-3037.


3. "Nostalgia keeps me popping into Benetton from time to time, and I'm always surprised how much I like it! They have plaid wool jackets right now that are adorable, they're very bright with interesting cuts."
United Colors of Benetton, 3 Princess Street, Sausalito; 415-332-1188.

Clockwise, from left: Megan explores the dreamy John Wilmer's Antiques; the art scene at 333 Studio; racks of vivid coats at Benetton. Photographed by Maria del Rio
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PLAY/SEE/DO:
1. "One of my favorite things to do in Sausalito is to stroll the waterfront. It is great people watching and more often then not you will find a street-performer musician that will entrance you as you admire the view."

2. "Go see Van Bo and the art car in Dunphy Park. Van Bo is kind of a local celebrity. Or at least he is to me! Rumor has it he played football for the 49ers and was also a porn star in the '70s. Now he's a homeless artist that finds random pieces of wood to paint on. He tends to leave his paintings all over town, leaning against trees, etc., but you can always find him and pay him at the park. His paintings are pretty incredible and cheap! I got a very wacky Picasso-esque painting on a huge piece of plywood for $40. It is one of my favorite things in my house!"
Dunphy Park, at Bridgeway and Napa Street, Sausalito; no phone.

3. "The ICB building is one of the coolest art-studio spaces I have ever seen. It is a co-op and contains three floors of individual art, photography, and design studios. There are Open Studio days, but I always just wander in and the artists are super friendly and willing to show off their work."
ICB, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito; 415-332-0730.

4. "The Spa at Cavallo Point is heavenly. One of my favorite things to do is to get a massage and then a glass of bubbly at Farley Bar. They have fire pits outside where you can watch the tankers go in and out of the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, I am not a yogi, but a friend says the yoga class at the Mission Blue Chapel is fantastic."
The Spa at Cavallo Point, Farley Bar, and Mission Blue Chapel, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito; 415-339-4700.

5. "If you have kids, you definitely need to go to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, right next to Cavallo Point and at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. It has so many different areas — inside and out — for kids of all ages to explore."
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito; 415-339-3900.

Clockwise, from left: Megan takes in the view from the waterfront; the crazy toy-embellished art car at Dunphy Park, both photographed by Maria del Rio; the Bay Area Discovery Museum at the base of the Golden Gate, photo courtesy of the Bay Area Discovery Museum.
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STAY:
1. "Cavallo Point is absolutely beautiful and worth visiting even if you don't stay there. It was developed by the same group as The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. They did such a great job of restoring the old barracks that were there and blending them with very modern, green buildings. It is a very special place."
Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito; 415-339-4700.

2. "The Inn Above Tide has waterfront rooms and the location is hard to beat. It's right in the center of town, so you can walk everywhere."
The Inn Above Tide, 30 El Portal Street, Sausalito; 415-332-9535.

3. "Hotel Sausalto is a great option if you want to throw your stuff in a room and hit the town. The rooms are actually great — very clean, but on the smaller side. The prices are really reasonable and the location is prime."
Hotel Sausalito, 16 El Portal Street, Sausalito; 415-332-0700.

Clockwise, from left: The views from The Inn Above Tide and Hotel Sausalito, photographed by Maria del Rio. And Cavallo Point, photographed Kodiak Greenwood.
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