Backed by hillsides that bloom with lilac in spring, this vibrant, downtown neighborhood is Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s Historic Old Town Foodie District. Dozens of delectable, food-centric establishments cluster in this perfectly compact, 12-block, pedestrian-friendly community. Restaurants, bistros, and cafés abound with upscale white-tablecloth dining rooms, contemporary and industrial environs, and patios and sidewalk tables along bustling Old Town streets.
Steadfast locavore artisans are very much for discovery and delight in the Historic Old Town Temecula Foodie District. Excellent Temecula Valley wines – from the clean and youthful to the elegant and complex, and those with power and structure – are for savoring with food or sipping solo. Likewise are the local, proprietary craft beers – handcrafted ales, lagers, pilsners, stouts, and IPAs – crafted by award-winning Temecula brewmasters. Also with a strong sense of story and place, are treasures like handcrafted, premium extra-virgin Temecula olive oil and locally grown Temecula lavender.
Old Town Temecula’s authentic spirit endures and thrives with majestic gateway arches, vintage boardwalks, iconic lampposts, and historic structures. Like the historical Old Town facades, recent Old Town structures reflect different architectural styles. This almost eclectic variety of styles is one of the catalysts for Old Town eateries’ and specialty stores’ individual expression and creativity.
The historic neighborhood melds genuine respect and appreciation for the Old Town Temecula legacy with casual, cosmopolitan enthusiasm. Visitors enjoy the Historic Old Town Foodie District for its relaxed restaurants and upscale bistros with delicious, one-of-a-kind menus; artisanal food emporiums, wine tasting rooms, and unique specialty stores and boutiques. Looking east up Main Street, the hilltop, California mission-revival style Temecula City Hall and verdant Town Square Park are an impressive site. Four blocks north in Old Town, is the Temecula Valley Museum, an excellent place to learn local history and appreciate reverence for the past.