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Don’t forget your own backyard: the Claremont Village.

When visiting the Village, students are always surprised to discover that: a) people exist in Claremont who aren’t between the ages of 18 and 23, and b) there are actually things to do here. Rhino Records is a hit with students for its wide selection of pop and obscure music. The Folk Music Store, run by the family of the famed musician Ben Harper, not only sells guitars, ukuleles and banjos, but also holds folk music concerts. Next door is Raku, a funky knickknack and gift store. If you need a quick bite or a caffeine buzz, local favorites include Bert and Rocky’s Ice Cream, Full of Life café and bakery and Some Crust bakery. The Village doesn’t offer much night life, but both The Press and Viva Madrid restaurants are open late. The Press attracts the over-21 crowd as it turns into a bar after 9 p.m. This is a bustling place to hang out, especially when the live music begins. Known for its great variety of Spanish tapas (small plates), Viva Madrid provides an option for all ages.
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