So lovely to roam around the square in Sonoma. So many nice restaurants and shops, along with the beautiful park in the center.
Nice little plaza in this beautiful town! Lots of restaurant options to grab lunch/dinner after wine tasting
Two playgrounds, surrounded by great restaurants. Quite and nice sunset.
I've never experienced such community love. Every Wednesday they get together for a community wide "festival" That is held at the plaza. Food trucks, live music, nearby stores attract over 800 people with their lawn chairs. Chairs the main attraction is each other. Folks just sit down and start talking. Enjoying the food and the music. This is what downtown's across America want to look like. Diverse, united, fun.
Such a wonderful clean park rich in history. Ww were there during the music festival and the whole place had a wonderful community vibe. Great access to good food vendors and quiet seating.
Nice place to walk aroud stores restaurants wine tasting etcc
My favorite place to go put of the city also if you have friends visiting town it’s the best place to go and with kids too!You have so many options to eat, wineries close by, also places that sells wine, ice cream, shopping and more!The plaza it’s an amazing place they also has parking around the plaza and for me every time I go there it’s easy to park.
Sonoma Plaza is always an amazing place to visit. 20 plus tasting rooms, tons of amazing food options and a well shaded park in the middle. Check out Prohibition Spirits, Darling wines and Vella Cheese. You will not be disappointed!
Beautiful and historic. Restaurants, wine bars, shops, wonderful fun!
U mostly only go through it for the ice cream shop, and Pokémon GO but, is it really pretty place,volunteer opportunities and amenities, it can get super crowded. There's never enough parking and I advise against going there at night. Unless you're a drinker.
Beautiful shopping area in the center of Sonoma. Clean, safe, friendly, and tons of great restaurants, shops, the historic fort and big beautiful trees to stretch out under.
I love spending time at the square. There are a ton of restaurants, bakeries, and shops to occupy your time, plus the square itself is a wonderful place for a picnic. If you're here on a Tuesday night there's also a fun festival with a street food and music!
Summer // Tue Night Farmers Market with live music. Charming.Throughout plaza park goers (couples, families, small groups) gather- laying out blankets, chairs, some with their own mini picnic tables, others go all out decorating with e-lamps, flowers. Pack picnic food/wine or enjoy pop-up food/beverage vendors or grab “to-go”from local restaurants on square. Also lining plaza are pop-up stands: Farmers market produce, jewelry, soap, local crafts, etc. Relaxing Tuesday summer night in wine country.
Plaza was nice but relatively quiet for a summer Thursday. Decent shops but lacked energy.
I have lived in sonoma for 37 years and the plaza is always welcoming and beautiful. There is something for everyone there. Great food, parks, and even a free daddy day care (town square). Great place for the family or a getaway with friends.
Sonoma Plaza in downtown Sonoma is a fantastic place to visit! It's a beautiful park with a well preserved historical building and lots of shops, wineries and restaurants. You can walk around, eat delicious food. It's a perfect mix of history, culture, and yummy food. There are bathrooms next to the amphitheater. I highly recommend it!
Really nice place to have a leisurely walk around. My husband and I went on a Sunday. There was live music and a very good atmosphere. Only drawback is the parking. It was difficult to find a space but on the upside it was free. 👍😁
Nice walk with different selection of shopping and some Historic buildings.
Sonoma is a beautiful town in the Valley of the Moon, just over the hills from Napa Valley. It is one of California's best wine regions. The center of the town is old and beautiful, with a green central park surrounded by shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, a theater, and more. There are some historical places of interest right in the center of town: the Sonoma Mission, and Presidio of Sonoma where the Mexican army gave up without a fight in the Bear Revolt to claim California for the US. There are many great wineries in Sonoma Valley, with an emphasis on zinfandel. A visit to Jack London State Park is recommended.
Always a good place to visit. The roses were blooming and there were a few ducks in the duck pond. I love to get a coffee and a pastry at the Basque Bakery and then sit in the park. The Mission looked beautiful today, too, with lots of poppies in bloom.
We had just wrapped up an olive oil tasting across the street and couldn't help but make our way into this lively and lush park on the town square. What a...
The plaza is beautiful anytime of year. Locals can still enjoy it too. And they have a Living Nativity on Christmad Eve!
Th Sonoma Plaza Park is one of the most lovely parks in Sonoma. In the square you'll find a little bit of everything:- plenty of paths to walk and...
If you visit the City of Sonoma, you have to visit Sonoma Plaza. That is an absolute must if you come here. Sunday is a great time to visit because you can...
Really good square, on Tuesday from 5-8 they have the farmers market and live music/food trucks/stands. Fun experience if your visiting during the week. It is very quiet and most spots around don't open until 11am.
Nice place for relaxing walk or a picnic. The city is done a good job by having restrooms available. There are many shops and nice restaurants around the plaza. This place is definitely worth a visit.
My friend and I went to Sonoma Plaza on our last day in wine country, and it was a great stop! There are so many places to eat and drink. There were cute shops along the way, too. It is a great place to do a walking tour for foodies and those who love wine!
Beautiful park in the middle of the town of Sonoma. Two kiddie parks, a duck pond, and plenty of space for picnicking. Food stores close by around the square including the Sonoma Cheese Factory
Charming place! I visited Sonoma with friends about 30 years ago, so long ago that I'd almost forgotten where it was. I'm glad I found it again. As most people probably know, Sonoma county is filled with good wineries. Some have tasting rooms on the square, or very close by....meaning, that you don't have far to stagger from one to another if you are that way inclined.Tasting wines not for you? Try the 'last' mission instead, situated at the north side of the square. What else? An awesome cheese shop - appropriately named the Sonoma Cheese Factory, which was definitely worth checking out.Finally, one of the store owners told us that most places close on Tuesday. However, instead the city holds a party of some kind on the square. Must come back some time...
Historical center of Sonoma is undeniably charming and beautiful place. 1800’s building surround the little park offering everything you may want from strolling downtown. Here you will find wine tasting rooms, the best restaurants in the area, art galleries, shopping and even little museum. Absolutely charming place it is!
Growing up in San Francisco, my family visited Sonoma many, many times. This was over 60 years ago and to this day, I still love the place! I've seen a lot of changes from being a sleepy town to being a destination place. I love that it's kept the small town feel and the locals are so welcoming. Great restaurants too!
Always fun to visit. So much history and many different types of shops to browse, including a book store which sells new and used books for all ages, greeting cards, stationary, etc. and many restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Also beauty salons. Ladies, if your looking for a unique piece of clothing or outfit, you will find it here. It will cost more but it will be fabulous! We love the museums (only a $3.00 fee and you can get in any of the museums that entire day!) and the huge, shady, park right in the middle of the square. Take a blanket or chair and read, rest, or eat your snack or meal there. Every Tuesday the park side fills with at least a hundred different kinds of vendors and there is a live band concert. It’s fantastic. Go early and take your seating and umbrellas if you want to sit on the outskirts of the park or in case all the shaded areas are taken. Tons if people show up. I’ve been to the plaza 4 times in 4 months (!) and have learned to: go early in the day as it gets hot in the afternoon, wear walking shoes, take your water bottle. Lots of people out on the weekends so I prefer to visit during the week. If you visit in the weekend, get there before noon time to beat the crowds and get a parking spot. There is plenty of free parking but most around the plaza has a 3 hr time limit.
I love shopping/walking around this area. The beautiful park is an entertaining and also restful centerpiece to the mix of boutiques and fine dining. Walk around the square and discover the old town's history...walk through the park...stop for lunch at a critically acclaimed restaurant or a casual meal off the alleys on the square, then sample the local wines (or spirits-a somewhat recent and welcome addition). The shops and galleries offer a variety, whether your interest is fine arts, cheeses, chocolate, apparel, the home, bath/body. They also have a fair trade market, a kitchen store (craft cocktail infusers and salt blocks highly recommended), a consignment and vintage goods. If you're bringing children, check out the mini donut store, the ice cream parlors, park and visitor center (as well as other tourist attractions within walking distance).
Loved walking through the park like setting with all the flowers, benches, trees and beauty of buildings mixed with nature. Surrounding the square is a great mixture of history, wineries, shops and restaurants. A great way to spend the day!
We took the trolley from this beautiful park. Went on a wine tasting excursion to several locations and got dropped off here as well! We loved every minute of it.
Lovely and lots to see. Shopping and dinning is abundant! Or you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine while you take in the atmosphere. LOVED IT.
As a visitor from Oregon, we were only planning to stay as long as our visit with a relative. She has to go back to work, so we bum around by ourselves, and...
If you like historical sites and/or taking pictures you should consider dropping by the plaza. The court house, Presidio, Mission, Blue Inn and Bear Rebellion Statue are all right there. The General Vallejo Home and Train Depot Museum are within easy walking distance of the square. Presidio has nice displays. Mission has some displays, a chapel and mission paintings from the 1800s. The Square has lots of shops and eateries. Went on a Friday in April and place was busy. Imagine weekends would be pretty packed.
I fell in love with the Sonoma Plaza many many years ago. It is not only the site of the most northernmost of the California missions but the historic Square contains a beautiful park with ponds play areas and picnic areas with green lawns and huge ancient trees. The shops cater to tourists but they are quality shops with well priced quality items.
Beautiful plaza with lovely flowering trees and groomed square during the spring. Would be really nice if you're into wine sampling. Otherwise, there are some nice small shops to peruse but won't take long.
Beautiful place to be in the heart of Sonoma. Very clean and well maintained, as well as the public restrooms. Many things to do from having a bite to eat in one of the many local restaurants/shops or picnic on the grass, to catching the local Sonoma County Transit for a free ride around town.
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Great little park in my hometown. There are two small playgrounds, a duck pond, a rose garden, a small amphitheater, and a fair amount of grassy areas.Starting in the spring and running through the fall there is a Tuesday night market which is quite a bit of fun.The county buses use the city hall driveway as the endpoint for the local runs and the intracity bus route.There's usually some sort of art exhibit spread around the plaza as well as periodic entertainment events.The plaza is smack downtown surrounded by a variety of eclectic businesses, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants.Highly recommended.
A charming, historic area to spend the day when visiting Sonoma. Parks and playgrounds for the kids, wine tasting rooms for adults, shopping and amazing restaurants for all. Pretty dog friendly
Delightful little town square centered around the old Sonoma City Hall. I believe this is also a California landmark area since it dates back almost 200...
This was such a cute place to visit. It has a little bit for everyone. There is a playground for the kids in the center, nice benches to sit on, and several cute shops and unique restaurants. The Cheese Factory is something you shouldn’t miss!
The Sonoma Plaza is a great downtown area that includes many restaurants, cafes, shops, wineries, bars, hotels and much more. The plaza includes a large...
Always love coming back to Sonoma Plaza. Cute little area with shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Can't forget Sonoma State Historic Park and Mission.
A small square that really gives Sonoma a historic feel.The old city hall lies right in the center and still has that classic Spanish feel to it.All around, there's life happening. Seniors throwing a football around, families watching their kids playing in the playground, ducks swimming in the pond. Just a perfect little spot to spend an evening.Even better is that it's surrounded by all sorts of delicious restaurants, art galleries, variety stores, etc. You'd be hard pressed not to find anything of interest in a 20 minute stroll
Ice cream, pizza, wine, pastries ,art, shopping and wonderful history all in one beautiful setting. My favorite place to visit at least once a week. I feel blessed to live here where I can be in this special place when ever I want.
Great place to walk around. Lots of interesting shops and nice restaurants! There’s a beautiful park in the middle, which is perfect for a picnic lunch. It was quite a find as we were driving through town.
The plaza is a great spot for families and just to sit and chill in a very well shaded park. It is big enough to have several good spots, like the rose garden and duck pond and two kid playgrounds. Sometimes it's very busy but not always.
Sonoma plaza is a fun spot to grab a bite from downtown and sit in nature!They've got tons of shady spots to spread out and social distance at this time!...
Lovely, peaceful area with nice restaurant selections, great food, drinks and a pleasure to be in. I don't remember the name of the Italian restaurant we ate at there but the food was amazing and the outdoor seating was just perfect for us to enjoy! My family and I loved Sonoma and hope to return again soon.
The plaza is a great spot for family and just to sit and chill in a very well shaded park. It is big enough to have a several good spots, like the rose garden and duck pond and two kid playgrounds. Sometimes it's very busy but not always.
I've always enjoyed walking the square, taking photos of the sculptures and animals. It a bunch of friends met up at the farmer's market the other night and it was amazing.Loved the (overpriced for me but seems to be normal for Sonoma) food options. Wished there was a winery booth set up, I know there used to be one because some of the friends there worked for a winery that used to have a booth. Two stages set up with live music, the sound didn't compete which was great.It's a great park. They really do support Sonoma local businesses. There's a lot of community in Sonoma and it was definitely on display.
Love the plaza for so many reasons! It's a great place to meet friends for a quick happy hour after work, or an evening at the Tuesday Night Farmers Market. It's also a perfect place for a kids birthday party, or a family event. Will always recommend 👌
One compact spot with restaurants, shops, plaza and history. I’m awed at the fact that a lot of historical buildings are preserved in one area. Its has maintained a touch of the old west flavored with the modern flare. It’s a good place to sober up from all the wine tasting. Got to visit the northernmost California mission. The surrounding neighborhood has lots of Victorian type architecture.
Amazing place to visit! Beautiful park with lots of space surrounded by fun and interesting little shops. I would highly recommend coming on a Tuesday evening. Starting around 4 or 5pm, they have live music and lots of food/gift/produce stands from local shops and organic farms! Fun for kids and for adults.
A nice place for small children as there are 2 separate playgrounds. A lot of space for bigger kids to run around and play. However there are usually a lot of people here, which is a downside for me personally. There is also places to eat very close by, including a pizza place and ice cream place. Good park, would come again.
Extremely cute place to explore, to taste the good restaurants there is around the plaza. If your into brunch like I am I totally recommend to try sunflower Cafe! The food is beyond amazing and the patio is so cute ! Totally recommend!
We always enjoy visiting Sonoma Plaza and the shops/restaurants surrounding the square. We were a little surprised on May 30 2020 that very few visitors were wearing face masks. But it remains a great place to visit
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Grew up here. It's changed a lot. Feel free to consume wine or beer within the park. It's one of the only parks in CA where it is legal to do so. 🍺🗽
Love the plaza. Beautiful place to relax, walk, dine, shop and meet friends and family. It changes with the season making it a great place to visit any time of the year.
We stayed at The Lodge for three nights. The hotel is located in a nice place in Sonoma about a mile from Sonoma Square. There is plenty of free parking on the property as well as good high speed WiFi. In the evenings there was free wine tasting so that was nice. Breakfast was available for take away but the lines were very long as it appeared to be manned by one person. Currently the property is undergoing renovations so there is a lot of noise depending on exactly where your room is.Property location is good and It’s an easy walk to the square and we did it several times during our stay. The Lodge also has free bike rentals so we also cycled into the square one morning.
A National Historic LandmarkDesignated in 1961 as a National Historic Landmark, the eight acre plaza is the largest of its kind in California. It was...
Great place to play tourist. You have history - California Mission, and art stores (mostly on the east side of the plaza near the theater, and the hotel restaurant (west side of plaza), and lots of shopping and eateries. Also the plaza itself is a beautiful destination.
Beautiful downtown plaza. It is decorated so pretty with lights for the holidays. It's a great place to go shopping, find food, or grab a coffee and pastries, or just hang out. Everyone is out and wearing their masks. The Mission and General Vallejo's home are must sees. Truly lovely plaza and surrounding areas.
Sonoma Plaza is a go to spot when I'm visiting the area for its relaxing village green and plethora of shops and restaurants that circle the plaza. Before...
According to our tour operator, this is where California was born. The illegal immigrants from the United States raised a flag that is almost exactly what...