Mill Valley Market: Lots of Choice
If you dont fancy a restaurant meal you can pick up something prepared and ready to eat from the Mill Valley Market.
This gourmet market is a one stop shop for the weary traveller incorporating a supermarket, gourmet delicatessen and wine cellar. You can even buy gifts to take home.
I chose a curry from the good variety of pre-prepared dishes. The curry was fine similar to one I cook at home. I also spent ages choosing from the great selection of cheeses to go with my wine. Spirits/beer are sold as well for you non wine lovers.
If you want another choice besides the usual fast food joints then this may be worth checking out. Prices seemed about average.
What to buy: Grocery items, gourmet meats and cheeses, pre cooked ready to eat meals. Wine, beer and spirits.
What to pay: As little or as much as you want.
Village Music: Vinyl Heaven!
You may have never heard of it, but record collectors around the world know about Village Music. It is not uncommon to see the likes of Elvis Costello or (the late) Joe Strummer in here, digging throught the racks next to the local music nuts. The walls are covered with memorabilia from all eras, and the huge split level space is CRAMMED with thousands upon thousands of unique titles from all genres.
What to buy: Remember that one album in your parents' record collection that you always wanted to listen to? Chances are they have it!
Vinyl junkies can spend hours and hours here pouring through the many racks of records. Outstanding collections of old jazz, blues, big band, 40's, 50's, and vintage comedy. And that barely scratches the surface (no pun intended!). There is a huge international section with albums separated by country of origin. There is an entire wall of 78's! And just about every obscure thing you can think of, including entire bins of old movie stars taking a shot at singing! And if the records themselves aren't enough, there is also a large collection of old music magazines (pre-60s) that is truly amazing.
For you under 35s, they have a very respectable rock and pop section. The dance music section is clearly an afterthought, and they have virtually no rap or hip-hop (THANK GOD!).
What to pay: Actually pretty good prices, about $5-7 for most used vinyl, $8-11 for most new, and a bit more for really old stuff in good condition. Every genre has its own bargain bin as well. The CD prices are a little high, but it's all about the vinyl here.
WARNING! Bring cash! They do not take credit cards, but they will take checks.
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