Downtown Alameda Media Stories

7x7 Magazine: A Modern Guide to Alameda

Downtown Alameda at night

Alameda's time warp elements — think vintage arcades and a World War II-era aircraft carrier museum — are being paired with more modern spots: a number of art galleries, craft breweries, and waterfront cafes dreamt up by islanders looking to help Alameda grow without selling the soul of the city.

The area is also becoming a food-and-drink destination thanks to downtown restaurants serving authentic fare from as far away as Lithuania and Ethiopia, plus the solidified reputation of Spirits Alley, a popular stretch of former Navy hangars-turned-urban tasting rooms.

Eat... Drink... Play... Shop... 

Read about Downtown Alameda's featured businesses in the article "A Modern Guide to Alameda: A Small Island on the Path to Revitalization" posted on the 7x7 website:


Best of Alameda 2016:
Downtown Alameda Businesses Take Top Honors

Best of Alameda 2015, Alameda MagazineCongratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2016” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them -- a total of 46 this time around! So it’s no surprise that Park Street was once again selected by island dwellers as the Best Shopping District in Alameda.

Taking top honors are a number of businesses that received multiple "Best of Alameda 2016" awards.

This year we saw quite a number of service-oriented businesses receive “Best of Alameda” honors. These professional service people are definitely worth checking out in addition to the terrific shops and eateries!

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the Best of Alameda 2016 winners located in Alameda's downtown Park Street Business District, visit:


Alameda Magazine: Revisiting Park Street

Pippa & Co and others featured in Alameda Magazine

For as small and quiet as the Island may seem, Alameda always keeps things fresh on Park Street...

It’s no secret that Park Street is one of the—if not the—cutest shopping and dining strips in Alameda County. For as small and quiet as the Island may seem, Alameda always keeps things fresh on Park Street. Last year, some 20 new businesses opened. Ring in 2016 by exploring what’s new in a day along Park Street’s tree-lined blocks.

For those who like a little history, just walk along Park Street to find remnants of the past, including the Masonic Temple and Lodge dating back to 1891 -- the building is one of many reminders of what Alameda looked like at the turn of the 20th century.

Shop... Fun... Eat... 

Continue reading about the featured businesses in the article "Park Street is for Lovers (of Shopping and Dining)" in the Jan-Feb 2016 issue of Alameda Magazine


Park Street featured on CBS’s Eye on the Bay

Some of the District’s hometown businesses were recently featured on CBS Channel 5’s “Eye on the Bay.” Stops included Alameda Marketplace, Alameda Museum, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Dr. Long’s Street Eats, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Toy Safari, Tucker’s Ice Cream, and Zen Restaurant.

If you missed the original episode shown on May 19, 2011, you can view it on this page: 
Eye on the Bay - Day Trip Alameda (5/24/12)


Downtown Alameda 2017
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The Park Street Business District is California's Gold

Huell Howser made a stop in Alameda back in 2009. The Alameda episode of California's Goldfeatures Ole’s Waffle ShopAlameda Theatre & Cineplex, and Tucker's Ice Cream. While strolling along the sidewalk of our historic downtown, Huell exclaims in his distinctive Southern accent, "Look at the windows! Look at the work!... The architecture!" as he points out the buildings that are home to We Are HairBurma SuperstarDaisy's, and Books Inc.

If you missed the original episode, you can view it on the California Redevelopment Association'sYouTube page. It's also available for purchase on the Huell Howser Productions website.