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About Novato

Located just 30 miles north of San Francisco and a short drive from wine country, Novato provides easy access to some of Northern California’s top destinations, while also offering so much on it’s own: mountain biking, fishing, hiking, mushroom foraging, museums, to name a few. No wonder it’s on multiple lists of the best places to live in the country!

Despite some hurdles, the pandemic couldn’t stop us from opening our fourth Active Culture location in Novato in late October, 2021. We joined the lively Pacheco Plaza community and are so excited to have been embraced as a much-needed complement to the local culinary scene.

Here we were able to expand our kitchen and smoothie bar space, so we can offer our full range of menu items and reduce the time you wait! Pick up a quick meal before exploring all Marin County has to offer or dine in and enjoy an al fresco experience, thanks to our glass garage door. Sit on our patio and pair a glass of local wine or draft beer with one of our hearty bowls or crisp and nourishing salads.

Rest assured your kiddos will be entertained by the puzzles, games, and coloring books in our Kids’ Corner. Treat them with some soft serve in an organic cake cone after your meal. Come by and see us…we are so excited about fueling the families and visitors of Novato!

Kids eating froyo


“Ordering from Active Culture is always a treat. This is one of my favorite food spots in Novato. I’ve had the wholesome bowl, not your mama’s nachos, eastern trade winds, the bay bowl, the potato tacos and the breakfast bowl. I highly recommend all of them. I don’t feel guilty whenever I eat here a they don’t skimp on flavor. They have açaí bowls, tasty shakes and froyo! The service is always great. They are tucked on the side of the Pacheco Plaza shopping center next to Marin Coffee Roasters and Boca Pizzeria. There is plenty of parking. Be sure to sign up for their e-newsletter because they have several discounts and specials every month.”

-Rebecca C., Yelp Review 2024

Novato Favorites


Wholesome Bowl

Not Your Mama’s Nachos

House Burrito


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