Paint the Town Red...ding!
History comes alive in Downtown Redding, and not just in museums. We’re relaxed, sure, but the district buzzes with local restaurants and quirky boutiques to explore in and around Market Street. Compact and easily walkable, it’s an oasis of civilization when visitors are pausing their adventures. Friendly locals and lively coffee shops provide a healthy balance to the calm and solitude of nature. Plus, you gotta eat eventually! Overlooking the river, nature’s never far, but with just under 100,000 inhabitants, Redding provides cultural offerings and shopping to give you big city vibes with small town charm.
Even More to Love
From dining to shopping to entertainment, check out some of the top things to do when exploring Downtown Redding.
We’re not just proud of Downtown Redding. We’re all part of it! Local volunteers formed Viva Downtown to promote business, culture, and events in Downtown Redding. They’re making life better for visitors and locals alike through live music, art gatherings, restorations, and other events.
Theater and Art
Wine and Beer
Coffee and Treats
Dent That Wallet and Lighten that Purse
Find out what local shopping means at Enjoy the Store. We like our quirky crystals at Juniper Stones Gallery and browsing the vintage goods at Memory Lane. Abode sells homewares and dried flowers while Bogbean is your stop for vinyls and other media. Women love the clothes racks at Carrousel and Common — housed in the city’s oldest building — while everyone can find something of interest at Gather Downtown, a collaborative shopping experience. Explore unique concepts like Abe’s Haberdashery selling a variety of odd gifts and vintage clothes that you didn’t know you needed. Zoe’s Travel Shoppe will have all your wants and needs for the next leg of your journey.
Dine, Don’t Dash
From the new food trucks of The Park to a historic landmark Jacks, Redding offers up true tastes of Northern California cuisine. A stroll through Downtown Redding makes that clear. Take a break from the watersports and hiking to enjoy a meal at one of our institutions like Vintage Public House or Market Street Blade and Barrel. Restaurants like La Cabana bring a Mexican flare while Cinders Wood Fire Pizza serves up tastes of Italy. International flavors abound but you’ll also find slices of classic Americana at Trendy’s diner or more gourmet fare at Carnegie’s.
It’s OK to Be Inside
All the world’s a stage but you’ll find the real shows in Downtown Redding. Riverfront Playhouse showcases local talent while bigger performances like comedy shows and concerts are on the agenda at the nearby Redding Civic Auditorium. The iconic Cascade Theatre has been welcoming visitors since 1935 and is still Redding’s premier stage and film venue. Local museums like the Behrens-Eaton House Museum call Downtown Redding home, so you’re never far from some arts and culture.
Have Another Round
Downtown Redding is the spot to relax, order a drink, and plan your next adventure. Craft beer is popular in Redding, with bars like The Dip showcasing some local brews. Or head to Cedar Crest Brewing to see what sorts of limited edition brews they’re concocting with hops this season along with Woody’s Brewing Company and Final Draft Brewing. Family-run spots like Westside Wines and Hops keep the drinks flowing and The Grape Escape is a reliable one-stop shop for a few bottles to take back with you.
Caffeine and Spice and Everything Nice
We welcome you if you don’t drink coffee, but we may have a few questions. For many of us, it’s a way of life. Brew Craft Coffee, Downtown Java and Cafe, and Evergreen are just a couple of local coffee joints to get a morning (or afternoon) jolt of caffeine in Downtown Redding. Theory Coffee also makes sure you are pairing your coffee with the right pastry. If in doubt, a half dozen, or heck, a dozen donuts from Heavenly Donuts will fuel your next outdoor adventure. For a truly discerning sweet tooth, a few scoops at Taste and See Creamery are also requisite, and they even team with Theory for a coffee-flavored ice cream to drive home that “only in Redding” flavor.