2585 California St. | Mountain View, CA 94040

About The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View

About Us


The Milk Pail Market first opened way back in February of 1974. Until 1984, we were just a drive thru dairy! Since then, we have grown into a popular open air European market. Our roots are in dairy, and some of those roots have allowed us to become a cheese shop with an unbelievable selection of both local and faraway cheeses. The expansion into produce began back in the late 1980s, and now we purchase seasonally from many growers on the coast, in the central valley, and down in the Hollister-Salinas valley. Read more details about our market below!

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The Market

At The Milk Pail Market, you are bound to find something fresh and unique for that savory recipe you’ve been meaning to try. Our open air market in Mountain View always has a wide selection of delicious ingredients and other products. Come visit us to find adventure on every aisle! You will find world-class flavor at neighborly prices. For fresh air, fine foods, and friendly people, stop by today. Come to The Milk Pail Market with any special requests, we will do are best to find the product you are looking for and special order it for you!

Cheeses from Near and Far Away

We stock over 300 types of cheeses. 7 days a week, we have a robust amount of different cheese samples. French cheese from Paris is even ordered every other week – there’s always something new to taste at The Milk Pail Market! Be sure to come in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, as we feature something different each day.

Peanut Butter

Our peanut butter is ground fresh right here. Our recipe calls for no salt, no additives, and no salt. Just pure roasted peanuts!

French Hand-Rolled Croissants

The croissants at The Milk Pail Market are handmade with real butter and stored frozen. Be sure to pick some up today!


We sell Peter James gourmet coffee in bulk, Jeremiah’s Pick Coffee Co. in pre-portioned 1 pound bags, and many other international brands! We have many blends and strengths to choose from to get you read for the day ahead. Stop on by and check out our selection!

Milk and Cultured Dairy Products

At our market in Mountain View, we sell authentic 1950s ½ pint milk bottles! Enjoy deliciously cold, old style milk with your next meal or recipe.

The next time you’re shopping here, remember the independent business. Our prices aren’t always the lowest, but our personal service, extra flavor, charm, and beloved community connections all up to the value that chain stores will never match.

Community Partners

The Milk Pail Market supports other local businesses in the Mountain View area. While we are dedicated to creating a uniquely exceptional grocery shopping experience, we are also working to support those who work alongside us as well. When you shop with us, not only are you supporting the Milk Pail, but these local businesses, too:

For the second year running, The Milk Pail Market has collected donations for the Palo Alto Weekly’s annual Holiday Fund, and has taken the idea of holiday donating one step further by offering to match each dollar donated, up to $500! Any donation made to The Milk Pail Market will be doubled by us, and doubled once again by the fund’s major supporters – the Hewlett and Packard foundations and the Peery and Arrillaga family foundations.


Read through the testimonials and customer reviews below to learn more about what The Milk Pail Market is all about! We are proud to serve some of the happiest, loyal customers around. If you would like to submit your own story, click on the button below and let us know what you think!

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The Milk Pail Market
2585 California St.
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-941-2505 cow@milkpail.com

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Our Hours

  • Sunday 8AM - 6PM
  • Monday 8AM - 8PM
  • Tuesday 8AM - 8PM
  • Wednesday 8AM - 8PM
  • Thursday 8AM - 8PM
  • Friday 8AM - 8PM
  • Saturday 8AM - 7PM