Welcome to Lafayette
Charming rural escape for a high-quality lifestyle
Known for its hip downtown and beautifully cresting hillsides, Lafayette is one of East Bay’s most desirable suburbs. This city, draped in a warm, rural ambiance and surrounded by a bedazzling natural landscape, stands out for its excellent schools, vibrant downtown, beautiful climate, and charming oak tree-studded streets.
Home to its own BART station, San Francisco lies a mere 30-minute ride away. With a public library serving as its major cultural centerpiece, sprawling parklands for outdoor recreation, and a cluster of high-end stores downtown, Lafayette is the perfect place to call home, whether you want to live, work or play. Discover the town’s architecturally outstanding homes, from vintage ranch-style homes with California adobe influences to midcentury moderns set against the backdrop of hills.
What to Love
- Gourmet dining scene
- Sprawling green spaces
- Top-rated public schools
- Scenic natural beauty
- Ample opportunities for outdoor recreation
Noted for its beautiful landscape, clean air, and excellent schools, the quality of life in Lafayette is irresistible. A city of intellectuals and affluent families, Lafayette brims with culture and understated elegance. Outdoor living is a norm with plenty of open space to explore, and locals revel in the warmth of a community where everyone feels included.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The vibrant ambiance at The Social Bird complements the selection of meals served. From upscale fusion cuisine to soulfully spiced burgers savored indoors or on the patio.
The satisfying food and the people-watching at Cooperage is a hit with the locals. With tasty rotisserie chicken worthy of sinking your teeth into or juicy prime steak offerings, your taste buds are guaranteed to be pleased! Visit Sideboard to revel in a homey atmosphere where guests order at the counter and orders are delivered to your tableside indoors, out on the patio, or to your picnic blanket on the lawn. Whether it's their homemade mac and cheese with bacon, pulled pork sandwich, or colorful beet salad with seared tuna, everything here is made from organic ingredients.
Stop by Wine Thieves to pick up bottles of fine wine for your dinner party, or include a private wine-tasting session in your event to delight your guests. Self-defense classes are available all year round at East West Kung Fu. The dojo focuses on improving kids' discipline and interaction with different events while being a great stress reliever for adults after a long day’s work.
Things to Do
Prepare for a fun weekend at the Lafayette Arts and Wine Festival. With eclectic displays of handmade arts and crafts in the park, step into any of the wine tents for samples of the best wines from across the world, or grab a quick bite from the numerous food trucks present for the festival while you bop to the sound of the music blasting from the live musical performances.
The Lafayette Reservoir is a breathtaking stretch of water bounded by natural green spaces and forests, with hiking and biking trails running through. Catch a glimpse of the area’s wildlife or spend a quiet evening bird-watching while eating a small picnic with the family.
Lush green and beautiful, the Briones Regional Park abounds with plenty of trails to hike, and prime spots for romantic pictures backdropped by nature. The French-inspired decor at the Lafayette Park Hotel contributes to its charm. An impressive wine collection accompanies their classic French cuisine. Guests enjoy access to the golf course, rejuvenating sessions at the spa, and a sparkly pool.
Public schools in Lafayette are some of California’s top-rated, a huge draw for families moving children into the area. A few of Lafayette's prestigious academic institutions are:
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