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Downtown Santa Cruz is packed full of restaurants, shops, bars, live music venues and has a lively street scene featuring an engaging mix of street performers.

The arts are alive downtown with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Felix Kulpa Gallery and other arts spaces.

The historic Veterans Memorial Building reopened in 2013 after extensive renovations and is now the site of community organizations, including those offering classes for veterans and their families.

Popular businesses include Bookshop Santa Cruz and co-working spaces NExtSpace and Cruzioworks. The Kaiser Permanent Arena hosts games by the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors and Santa Cruz Derby Girls.

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American Restaurants


1209 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

MOTIV is a club in Santa Cruz, Ca. committed to promoting an inspired culture; emerging trends & talent, art, fresh food & an energetic atmosphere. Voted SC's #1 nightclub for the last three years!.


The Catalyst Club

1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The classic club in Santa Cruz. The Catalyst is where you will find the hottest artists for all types of music, local and national.


Bookshop Santa Cruz

1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large, general independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California since 1966.


El Palomar Restaurant

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

El Palomar has set a new standard in Mexican Cuisine by combining authentic, homemade recipes from the sunny state of Michoacan in southern Mexico, with the unique abundance of locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood available in the Monterey Bay

Asian Fusion

Hula's Island Grill

221 Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The theme here is Hawaii and surf, which means this tiki-themed restaurant serves plenty of grilled ono, mahi mahi and ahi to enjoy while the surf videos run nonstop.

Arts & Entertainment Venues

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Kuumbwa Jazz has grown from its small beginnings to one of the most highly respected jazz-presenting institutions in the country, attracting artists of national and international renown. We present over 120 concerts per year at our intimate 200-seat venue


Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant

105 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Soif is a Santa Cruz Retaurantm Wine Bar, and Wine Retail Shop providing the opportunity to explore wines in a sophisticated and friendly environment. Our goal has been to provide a comfortable place to drink great wine and eat food that is as good as the


Blue Lagoon

923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

We are a daytime bar, and a nighttime Dance Club and Live Music Venue.

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