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A Maximus Guide to Walnut Creek, California

Find the best of the East Bay in the growing city of Walnut Creek — a beloved locale that retains both small-town charm and big-city attractions. Nestled among sweeping parklands and vibrant foothills, Walnut Creek is a place that feels cosmopolitan and local. While the city grows and welcomes high-end retail and upscale dining, much of what makes Walnut Creek special remains what is locally-owned and operated. With close proximity to the BART and major shopping and entertainment districts, there’s no better location for Maximus’ Montego Ridge, a friendly, campus-style alternative to high-cost urban centers.

Connect with the land

Those seeking refuge in nature don’t have to travel far in Walnut Creek. Overlooking the city is Mount Diablo and its surrounding parkland. Shell Ridge is a sweeping open space of ridges and valleys that hosts 31 miles of trails, as well as the historic sites of Old Borges Ranch and Howe Homestead Park. Embark on a trek among wildflowers at the neighboring Diablo Foothills Regional Park or picnic at the Castle Rock Recreation Area. There are endless ways to enjoy the natural greenery surrounding Walnut Creek.

Dine your heart out

Food-lovers will find many pleasant surprises in the charming dining scene of Walnut Creek. A local favorite is Telefèric Barcelona, a truly authentic purveyor of Spanish Tapas, Paellas & Pintxos. Run by Catalan locals who immigrated here from Spain, this spot whisks guests away with their small plates and sangrias. Another locally owned and operated restaurant locals love is Ramen Hiroshi, run by husband and wife Hiroshi Tun and Angela Yanase. Swing by for Hakata-style noodles steeped in a delectable Tonkatsu soup broth. For lighter eats, we also love the family-owned Main Street Kitchen for farm-to-table California flavors.

Image: Telefèric Barcelona

A touch of nightlife

Va de Vi translated into “It’s all about wine!” in Spain’s Catalan language, which is quite an apt sentiment for this beloved bistro and wine bar. With a wine list that has been recognized by the publication Wine Spectator, Va de Vi is the destination for a good time. For a more lively locale, head to Retro Junkie for live music and signature cocktails. And for those with a taste for craft beer? Calicraft Brewing Co. has you covered with an open taproom and beer garden.

Whether you’re the type to spend your days browsing Broadway Plaza or wandering the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery, Walnut Creek has a pocket of home for everyone.