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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The gem of Chico, Bidwell Park. Walk, drive, or bike to explore the gorgeous unique. The third largest municipal park in California. Head to One Mile for a swim and a picnic or Upper Bidwell to Monkey Face for a quick hike and a dip in the natural rock swimming holes of Bear Hole. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Food
“Great beer, food, and tour! Check out their website to see if a concert is happening in the Bigroom! ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Hike, swim, mountain bike, explore! There are numerous trails from easy to advanced. . .Yahi will take you by the creek and the 'rim' trails will take you up in to the hills where you can see Chico and surrounding areas.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“As seen on Diners, Drive Inns, and Dives...Their food though....Philly Cheese Steak, Mac and Cheese, Pho....so good...”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Bidwell Mansion, located at 525 Esplanade in Chico, California, was the home of General John Bidwell and Annie Bidwell from late 1868 until 1900, when Gen. Bidwell died. Annie continued to live there until her death in 1918. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
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“We love Upper Crust's many salads or sandwiches for lunch and quiche and baked goods for breakfast. Need a cake last minute? Drive downtown and pick one up - you can't go wrong with any cake in their case! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This particular Safeway has a fantastic selection of Organic Produce and pretty much everything Organic that most Whole Foods Markets offer and this Safeway is also open 24 hours a day! (A bonus for me as I am often doing errands in town late and miss the other Markets that close earlier). This is the best all around grocer and nicest broad variety market in Chico but I still purchase most of my natural bath and cleaning products at one of the three other natural foods stores here.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great pub food and drinks! You have to try their Trashy Street Tacos and their Duckfat fries. So good! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great little breakfast. Chilaquiles are to die for. And if you like Cafe Mochas this is where to get one!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“You can't go wrong downtown with Tres Hombres' shrimp tacos or anything else on the menu. If there's a wait, ask to sit at the taco bar. The children's park is across the street if you need to entertain little one's while waiting.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great cocktails, wine, California influenced Italian food. Great upstairs patio.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
“Best small theater in the West! Check out the Pageant's latest foreign film, documentary or special event short films! Better yet, get there early and sit on the couch in the front row. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Hip coffee shop with amazing fresh roasted coffee and drinks. Serves beer, live music at night. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you are looking for a fancy dinner, this is the place! Out of this world steaks, the service is amazing, all around - a delicious dinning experience. Call ahead for reservation.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Pastries and Coffee, Local Art and Great Spot to Walk to in the Morning and walk back with coffee in hand.”
  • 10 locals recommend
University
“Voted the most beautiful campus in the whole CSU system, its definitely worth a walk around!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“As seen on Diners, Drive Inns, and Dives...Their food though....Philly Cheese Steak, Mac and Cheese, Pho....so good...”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great pub food and drinks! You have to try their Trashy Street Tacos and their Duckfat fries. So good! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great cocktails, wine, California influenced Italian food. Great upstairs patio.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great little breakfast. Chilaquiles are to die for. And if you like Cafe Mochas this is where to get one!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“You can't go wrong downtown with Tres Hombres' shrimp tacos or anything else on the menu. If there's a wait, ask to sit at the taco bar. The children's park is across the street if you need to entertain little one's while waiting.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“If you are looking for a fancy dinner, this is the place! Out of this world steaks, the service is amazing, all around - a delicious dinning experience. Call ahead for reservation.”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This is one of Chico's finest dining experiences. It's expensive, but Chef Ann will not disappoint. You'll be pampered by the staff and your tastebuds tantalized. This is also walking distance but a very short drive. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“Great breakfast or lunch. Indoor and outdoor seating and nice staff. Art on walls etc.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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