The Skyway Through Paradise Ridge
Running from Chico to Butte Meadows, The Skyway is the main road running through Paradise and Magalia.
More than that, though, The Skyway is the heart running through these communities—where restaurants, retailers, and events thrive as the community continues to rebuild after the 2018 Camp Fire.
More and more businesses are calling this main strip home, so these are just a few of our recommendations on your journey along the Skyway.
Authentic Thai Cuisine of Paradise
A Ridge staple since 2005, Authentic Thai Cuisine of Paradise serves up some of the best Thai food in Butte County. Generous portions and authentic flavors coupled with an ideal location in the center of town make this a popular spot for a tasty meal after a day of Ridge adventures.
Looking for a heartier meal while exploring further up the Ridge? Hilltop Cafe in Magalia is a great option. Featuring all-day breakfast favorites, classic diner lunch options, and stick-to-your-ribs dinner plates, everyone will leave Hilltop Cafe away satisfied and full.
Lynn’s Coffee & Crepes
On the north end of Paradise, Lynn’s Coffee & Crepes makes for a great stop before heading to Paradise Lake. Trying one of their sweet or savory crepes is a must, of course, but you can also get your pick of a variety of coffee and espresso-based drinks to get the energy for a day exploring outdoors.
The closest you’ll get to a place where everyone knows your name, Nic’s is the go-to spot to enjoy a meal and catch up with friends. Its simple menu of salads, sandwiches, charcuterie, wine, and beer is delicious at any time, but especially great when enjoyed on the patio while watching a local parade pass by on the Skyway.
Most people don’t expect to find great sushi in the mountains, but you’ll find it at Sakura Sushi in Magalia. Find your favorite rolls, bento boxes, and other Japanese-inspired dishes, along with a selection of Chinese plates for those who prefer a different type of Asian cuisine.
At 10,000 square feet across two floors you could spend hours exploring the collection at Attic Treasures. On the top floor, you’ll find furniture, kitschy décor, glassware, and more, while the bottom floor showcases a massive display of tools, Christmas décor, and jewelry, just to name a few of the items available.
Whether you need a tune up before hitting the trails or are inspired to upgrade, Paradise Bikes has you covered. The knowledgeable and passionate owner is always ready to help everyone get out and exploring on two wheels.
Treasures from Paradise
Ok, Treasures from Paradise may technically have a Bille Road address, but it's a prime location at the intersection of Skyway and Bille makes it impossible to miss. Find antiques, unique locally made gifts, collectibles, and more—including their popular hand-carved wooden bears. With their rotating inventory, there’s always something new to find!
Terry Ashe Park & Recreation Center
Arguably the heart of all activity in Paradise, the Terry Ashe Park & Recreation Center is home to the Paradise Recreation and Park District as well as the homebase to many of the events that happen in town. Paradise Chocolate Fest, Johnny Appleseed Days, and Paradise on Ice are just three of the many events that take place here, in addition to a full slate of year-round school programs and youth and adult activities.
Gold Nugget Days
Every April, the town of Paradise celebrates their Gold Rush past—and the discovery of a 54-pound gold nugget in Magalia—during the Gold Nugget Days. Activities, food trucks, and vendors fill the Terry Ashe Center, while the beloved Gold Nugget Days Parade marches down the Skyway on the Saturday of the full weekend event.
Paradise Truck Parade of Lights
A holiday favorite, the Paradise Truck Parade of Lights features trucks and other vehicles covered in their best and most festive Christmas lights and décor. Also a canned food drive, it is one of the kick-off events of the holiday season on the Ridge and lights up the Skyway annually in early December.
Butte Creek Watershed Overlook
Finally, a visit to Paradise Ridge isn’t complete until you’ve stopped to take in the view at the Butte Creek Watershed Overlook, the last stop out of town down the Skyway. Overlooking a “mini-Grand Canyon,” the overlook showcases epic vistas of the Butte Creek Watershed. You’ll definitely want to snap a few photos as one last memory of your time on the Ridge.