A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Lompoc
Lompoc’s quaint downtown has restaurants, shops, and art, all encompassed in a small-town vibe that many cities have lost. The historic downtown, known as Old Town, is home to family-owned restaurants, eclectic shops, and murals that span entire buildings. With everything so close together, it’s a great place for a self-guided walking tour.
On your next trip to Lompoc, be sure to carve out some time to follow this walking tour around Old Town:
Start off with some lunch
There are some great restaurants in Old Town, but we suggest parking your car at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce on South I Street and heading to Sissy’s Uptown Cafe. The Springer family owns this spot, where they’ve been dishing up fabulous meals since 2002. Locals and visitors alike rave about the food here. Try a staple, like meatloaf, or go for something a little more exotic, like the warm mushroom salad.
Take in the city’s iconic murals
Sissy’s is the perfect launch point for a mural tour. The city of Lompoc has 30+ murals scattered about the city, many of which are along Art Alley, which is steps from the cafe.
On the Northside of Sissy’s, you’ll see your first mural called, The Boatman. Head back towards the chamber of commerce to see Lompoc Pioneers, a mural on the old Moore Store, which used to be the largest retail store between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The mural Feeding Time is close by too. This almost-life-size painting of a T-Rex is a visitor favorite.
Head east along Art Alley to see more murals. This handy mural map from Explore Lompoc will help you see a few more artistic wonders before heading towards a local art gallery.
Visit the Cypress Gallery
You’ve seen massive murals, now it’s time to check out art on a smaller scale. Inside the Cypress Gallery, just a block south of Art Alley, you’ll find art on display from 60+ local artists. You’ll see a variety of fine art, which includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more.
The gallery is only open on the weekends or by appointment.
Grab a quick drink
After walking for a bit, it’s time to take a break. Head north on South H Street and enjoy a drink.
If you’re in the mood for a beer or cocktail, stop by Jasper’s. You can order one of 20 different local brews that are on tap and play a quick game of pool before heading to your next stop.
If you’d rather have an ice coffee or a latte, South Side Coffee Co. is a good choice.
Check out a vintage sign
It’s time to wrap up your walking tour, but before you head back to your car, walk a little farther north to West Ocean Avenue. Along this street is one of five neon signs in Lompoc. The vintage sign sits above the Rice Bowl, a Chinese restaurant, with a funky picture of a bowl decorated with vibrant letters.
After snapping a picture of the retro sign, head back to your car at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce.
A walking tour of Old Town is one of the many things you can do in Lompoc. When you’re ready to book your stay, be sure to check out some of these additional adventures that will make your getaway even better.