11 Best Things to Do in Montclair, CA

October 6, 2022

11 Best Things to Do in Montclair, CA

Up on the western slope of the Oakland Hills, Montclair can feel a world apart from busy downtown Oakland. Yes, it’s quiet here, but you’ll never be bored because this serene neighborhood is filled with restaurants, shops, parks, and trails. If you're looking for the best things to do in Montclair, read on.

Living and playing in Montclair is seriously convenient. Residents of this compact neighborhood live along winding, tree-lined streets that are close to the quaint Montclair Village shops, the Sunday farmer’s market, hiking, playgrounds, sought-after schools, and freeway access via Highway 13.

Our fave things to do in Montclair:

Things to do in Montclair - village street with shopping and restaurants
Exploring Village shops is one of top things to do in Montclair. Photos by Peter Lyons

1. Montclair Railroad Trail

Cycle, jog, or stroll down the beautiful Montclair Railroad Trail, a paved path that leads to charming Montclair Village. There are several access points in the neighborhood and in Shepard Canyon Park. See details on this trail map.

2. Shepherd Canyon Park

Play all day at Shepherd Canyon Park, where the 34 acres include sports fields (lots of youth teams), a climbing structure, and hillside trails that provide dazzling sunset views. Picnic near the creek off Escher Drive and take the rope swing for a spin.

3. Egg Shop

Wake up with breakfast at the perennially popular Egg Shop in the heart of Montclair Village. 6126 Medau Place.

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4. Montclair Farmer’s Market

Start your Sunday fun day at the Montclair Farmer’s Market at La Salle and Moraga avenues.

5. Perle

Do date night at Perle wine bar and bistro, which was recommended by Wine Spectator magazine as one of “12 Fabulous French Wine Restaurants in the U.S.” 2058 Mountain Blvd.

6. Le Bonbon

Need a sweet gift? Craving some gelato? Head to Le Bonbon in Montclair Village, which specializes in Belgian chocolates, homemade fudge, and other locally-made confections. Still can’t satisfy your sweet tooth? Montclair Village is also home to  Colonial Donuts, Tutti Frutti fro-yo, and Yogofina.

7. Taqueria Las Comadres

Your taco Tuesdays will never be the same after you try neighborhood fave Taqueria Las Comadres, an unassuming little spot at 2081 Mountain Blvd.

8. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

Wander around this 241-acre ecological jewel to see native plants found nowhere else in the Bay Area. 7087 Skyline Blvd.

9. Get caffeinated – everywhere, all the time!

Grab a cuppa from Highwire Coffee Roasters, Yellow Door, Paddington Café, Starbucks, or Peets. They're all located in or near Montclair Village.

Coffee in Montclair - Starbucks, Highwire, Peet's, Yellow Door

10. Daughter Thai Kitchen

Experience one of Montclair’s favorite restaurants, beloved for its beautiful indoor-outdoor ambiance, bold flavors, and creative cocktails. 6118 Medau Place.

11. Montclair Golf Course

Practice your swing at this nine-hole course and driving range. No membership is required. The restaurant, which also has a bar, serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. 2477 Monterey Blvd.

What's your favorite thing to do in Montclair? Let us know and we'll add it to this or a future blog post! hello@abioproperties.com.

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