Thinking about your holiday plans? In Claremont, California, you can EAT, DRINK and SHOP! The season is well underway, surrounding us with its festive spirit and poised to unfold in a burst of celebrations. Immerse yourself in the ‘merry and bright’ atmosphere of Claremont, a city that invites you to indulge in all the season’s delights.

In Claremont, you can sip, savor, and explore all the boutiques and specialty mom-and-pop stops till the twinkling holiday lights fade away and the last jingle bell jingles. With its unique blend of charming boutiques, delectable eateries, and cozy drink spots, Claremont becomes a festive haven for those seeking a fantastic holiday experience. Join us as we EAT, DRINK and SHOP through Claremont this winter. Enjoy culinary delights, festive libations, and unique holiday shopping experiences.

EAT

Candlelight dining at Whisper House, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

The Whisper House

Start your culinary adventure at The Whisper House, a prohibition-style restaurant and bar known for its cozy atmosphere and innovative menu. For the holidays, indulge in their festive dishes like the Braised Short Rib or the Butter-Roasted Mahi Mahi. They also serve comfort foods to remind you of home, like the Chicken Pot Pie or the Short Rib Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. The warm and inviting ambiance makes it a perfect spot for a holiday gathering.

Back Abbey burger, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

The Back Abbey

Expand your culinary horizons at The Back Abbey, a gastropub focusing on Belgian craft beer and gourmet burgers. Indulge in the Spicy Chicken Schnitzel or their world-famous Back Abbey Burger for a festive twist. Don’t leave without ordering a side of Fhun Diip, Pommes Fries or Biergarten Brat. Of course, paired with a seasonal craft beer, their menu offers the perfect blend of flavors.

Clams and mussels on a plate from Tutti Mangia, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Tutti Mangia Italian Chophouse

Tutti Mangia invites you on a sensory journey through the rich flavors and traditions of Italian cuisine this holiday season. The warm Tuscan-inspired decor sets the stage for a remarkable dining experience where every dish, from the Prosciutto & Burrata to the handcrafted Paccheri Pasta to the savory Truffle Lobster Roll, is a masterpiece. With an impressive wine selection and a commitment to quality, Tutti Mangia promises an authentic taste of Italy, blending modern sophistication with timeless charm.

Cheese rounds at Cheese Cave, a place to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Cheese Cave

The Cheese Cave is a haven for connoisseurs of delectable cheeses, and seriously, who doesn’t LOVE cheese during the holidays! This artisanal cheese shop offers a curated selection of fine cheeses from around the world, creating a sensory experience the minute you walk in the door. Explore the well-stocked shelves adorned with wheels of cheese, each with its own unique story and flavor profile—their Gourmino Gruyere was named world champion. The knowledgeable staff at the Cheese Cave is always ready to guide you through the extensive selection, ensuring you find the perfect cheese to suit your palate or to gift to a cheese-loving friend. Whether you’re a seasoned cheese aficionado or a cheese novice eager to explore, the Cheese Cave has something that will satisfy every taste.

DRINK

Whiskeys at vomFass, Casa 425, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Vom Fass Claremont

Kick off your holiday spirits exploration at Vom Fass, a specialty store offering abundant oils, vinegar, and spirits, perfect for your holiday hostess gifts or to enjoy yourself. Choose from their premium selection of oils and vinegar and personalize to all the different foodie personalities you know. Or you can try before you buy and pick up a bottle of rare whiskey for the connoisseur on your list. Need another gift idea for those who have everything? Gift an experience such as “Mastering the Art of Classic Cocktails” or “Olive Oil and Vinegar Basics: A Simple and Tasty Class.”

Beer at Claremont Craft Ales, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Claremont Craft Ales

Continue your libation journey at Claremont Craft Ales, a local brewery with a rotating selection of handcrafted beers. Enjoy their seasonal brews, like the S’more, with Marshmallow Chocolate and Graham Crackers. Yes, that is on tap! Or soak in the festive atmosphere with these community favorites, Raspberry Gose and Pepper & Peaches. Of course, they’re famous for their Jacaranda Rye IPA, so add that to your list whether you’re naughty or nice this year.

Cocktail on a bar with a liqueur, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Walters Restaurant

For a classic cocktail experience, head to Walters Restaurant. Known for its expertly crafted drinks, Walters offers a special holiday cocktail menu featuring seasonal flavors. Sip a Harvestberry Twilight, a Dancing Bear or a Punkin’ Spiked Latte to elevate your holiday spirits. Walter’s Lounge, consistently staying abreast of the latest trends, just introduced the Barbie World, made with Convite Una’mezcal, strawberry puree, lemon, Combier rose liqueur and egg whites. Life in Walter’s “dreamhouse” is always fabulous!

Fire with drinks at Lounge 425, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Casa Lounge 425

Add a touch of sophistication to your drink experience at Lounge 425, located at Hotel Casa 425. Enjoy their signature holiday cocktails in a chic and relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for unwinding during a season of cheer! The Casa-Politan and the Dirty Duchess are local favorites. Craving something new? Ask about the Bartender’s Secret. Designated drivers need not despair; the No Tequila Sunrise and Watermelon Basil Smash are among the ‘Zero Proof’ choices available at this trendy neighborhood lounge. 

Grafted Cellars, wine on a table in glasses, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Grafted Cellars Winery and Restaurant

Newcomer Grafted Cellars is an ‘urban winery’ making delicious craft wines sourced from sustainable and non-commercially farmed vineyards. The comfortable yet chic ambiance provides a backdrop for discovering craft beers, local brews and live music. They are true artisans offering a tasting room for flights or your favorite wine or beer. The spirit barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon in Barbados Rum, and the Graphite Apreritif Wine in Woodford Bourbon are perfect for that after-dinner holiday get-together. Of course, you can always pair their wines and beer with one of their Cheese Charcuterie spreads or the Goat Cheese and Pear Pizza or the Caprese Toast. Grafted Cellars invites patrons to sip, savor, and socialize in the heart of Claremont.

SHOP

Rio de Ojas

Now that you’ve indulged your taste buds, it’s time to explore Claremont’s unique Fair Trade shopping scene. Begin at Rio de Ojas, a boutique offering handmade jewelry, accessories, and art. Find the perfect artisanal gift, whether a handcrafted necklace or a locally made pottery piece.

Rio de Ojas shop, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Nectar

Continue your shopping spree at Nectar, a delightful store featuring a curated selection of clothing, gifts and accessories. Browse their holiday collection, including festive decorations, scented candles, and cozy throws that make for thoughtful presents.

Nectar shop, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

The Grove Clothing and The Grove Home

Discover a haven of trendy clothing and fun novelty items at sister stores the Grove Clothing and The Grove Home in Claremont. These two boutiques, just footsteps away from each other, offer a curated fashion and home essentials collection. From chic clothing seamlessly transitioning from casual to refined to cozy home accents, The Grove stores combine style with trends, comfort and amusing gift ideas. Both stores ensure a shopping experience transcending the ordinary. Whether you’re seeking a statement piece for your bestie or unique decor for gifting the fam, The Grove Clothing and The Grove Home invite you to explore a world where every item weaves its own narrative of charm and fashionable flair.

The Grove Home with novelty items displayed, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

The Giving

Immerse yourself in the heartwarming shopping experience at The Giving, a gem in Claremont that transcends traditional retail. This boutique goes beyond curating products; it’s a haven for meaningful purchases. Each item tells a story of purpose and philanthropy, with a commitment to supporting local artisans and charitable causes. The Giving invites shoppers to find the perfect item and make a positive impact with their purchase. The warm and inviting atmosphere echoes the spirit of giving back that defines this unique shopping destination in Claremont. Discover the joy of mindful shopping at The Giving, where every purchase becomes a gift to both the recipient and the community.

 

Claremont Artisans and Farmers Market

Searching for an immersive experience that combines snacking, sipping, shopping, and local flair? Discover the Claremont Artisans and Farmers Market, a hub of local craftsmanship and fresh produce. This vibrant weekly Sunday market not only features farm-fresh foods but also showcases an array of handmade goods from local artisans. From artisanal foods to handmade soaps, candles and crocheted toys, it presents a diverse selection of unique gifts. Explore the market for a delightful blend of flavors and crafts—and of course, food, drinks and fun shopping!.

Farmers Market, one of the best places to eat drink and shop in Claremont

Every Sunday, from 8 am to 1 pm, the Claremont Artisans and Farmers Market beckons locals and visitors to Claremont with a  vibrant experience that withstands all weather.

Eat, Drink and Shop: Create Memories in Claremont This Holiday

Claremont—with all its gastronomic wonders, spirited beverages, and one-of-a-kind retail adventures—offers holiday revelers and travelers alike some of the unique experiences that are quintessential to the city of Claremont, This charming village provides the perfect backdrop for creating holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Embrace the season’s joy, where every street corner, boutique, and eatery sparkles with holiday magic. 

STAY

Casa 425, one of the best places to stay in Claremont

As you wrap up your day of eating, drinking, and shopping in Claremont, consider extending your stay to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit fully. Claremont boasts fabulous hotels, each offering a unique experience. Choose from Hotel Casa 425, DoubleTree by Hilton, Motel 6 Claremont, or Claremont Lodge—all offering a comfortable and festive stay.

Living room area in Casa 425, one of the best places to stay in Claremont Bathroom with champagne on tub at Casa 425, one of the best places to stay in Claremont Hotel Suite Casa 425, one of the best places to stay in Claremont

Cheers to a season filled with warmth, laughter, and the joy of discovery in Claremont!

Lobby of Hotel Casa 425 one of the best places to eat, drink and shop in Claremont