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A Weekend Escape to Alameda

The city of Alameda, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is adjacent to Oakland — but it’s a world apart. Separated from the mainland by an estuary and connected by bridges, Alameda has a small-town, family-friendly appeal. Kids play outside on streets lined with large trees and striking Victorian homes; there are parks and beaches with million-dollar views fronting the bay. Visitors and locals can bike along the bay front, kayak or kite surf, or enjoy a picnic while watching the sunset.

Alameda Island, often overlooked in the high-wattage glow from its hip San Francisco and Oakland neighbors, has been discovered by popular Bay Area restaurateurs, betting that this city of young families will gobble up new offerings.

Get the scoop on popular Downtown Alameda eateries visited by Irene Lechowitsky, a Los Angeles Times travel writer:

The Star on Park Alameda

The Essential Guide to Eating and Drinking in Alameda

Mama Papa Lithuania Alameda restaurant

Only a quick drive from the East Bay or a 22 minute ferry ride from SF, this island community has long offered a slower pace of life than its rambunctious neighbors Oakland and San Francisco. However, the tiny town of Alameda has seen an explosion of activity in recent years that’s turned it into a Bay Area dining and drinking destination in its own right.

The sunny island offers a surprisingly diverse range of cuisine for a land mass measuring only six-by-one square miles, from Japanese classics to the west coast’s only Lithuanian restaurant. Pair that with an ever-growing number of distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and it’s no wonder people have caught on to what was once known as the Bay Area’s best kept secret.

From breweries to old-school diners and tiki bars, this island has it all. Make it a day in the East Bay at one of these 38 essential restaurants: (half of them are located in Downtown Alameda!)

7x7 Magazine: A Modern Guide to Alameda

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:

7x7 magazine and alameda

This One Street In Northern California Has Every Type Of Restaurant You Can Imagine

It’s undeniable that Northern California has a thriving food scene. We’re home to an endless amount of talented chefs and unique restaurants. It’s pretty much a foodie’s paradise. However, there’s one specific town that contains almost every type of restaurant you can imagine. Whatever you find yourself in the mood for, there’s likely a restaurant that can satisfy your craving. The best part is they are all within walking distance of each other. You might just find that you have trouble picking one place out of all the amazing restaurants that line this street.

Park Street in Alameda, California could easily be considered a foodie's paradise. There's no chance you'll go hungry in this town because it's full of amazing places to eat:

Park Street, Alameda CA

Oakland Restaurateurs Are Opening in Alameda


Some of the East Bay’s most iconic restaurants are flocking to the Island for its family atmosphere and high foot traffic. Oakland is sharing some of its favorite tacos, pizza, and Asian fare with Alamedans by opening restaurants on the Island.

Restaurateurs are betting that customers will be willing to cross over bridges, barrel through the Webster Street tube, or just travel across town to indulge in some favorite East Bay dishes. The restaurant owners agreed that Alameda — booming with young families looking for affordable eats and, increasingly, visitors from around the Bay Area — was a logical next step in their evolution.

What once was often referred to as a Bay Area best-kept secret is a secret no longer:

Zagat: 10 Island Gems for Food & Drinks in Alameda

Oakland may grab the East Bay dining headlines these days thanks to a surge of restaurant and bar openings. But the adjacent residential island, Alameda, reflects the same growth and is equally rewarding for diners.

Mornings are made brighter with top-tier pastries at Crispian. Black Bull has several enticing taco creations. Diners will be satisfied by honest, straightforward cooking at Pappo. The island's distilleries and breweries alone could fill up your afternoon with beers and craft spirits.

Here are 10 delicious reasons to check out Alameda:

Zagat likes dining in Alameda

Best of Alameda 2017: Downtown Alameda Businesses Take Top Honors


Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2017” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them -- a total of 55 this time around!

Winners were selected in four categotries: Food & Drink, Retail, Services, and Lifestyle & Leisure. A number of service-oriented businesses, along with some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses, received “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list. We encourage you to take time to check them out the next time you're in Downtown Alameda.

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 2017 winners located in Downtown Alameda, check out our blog site at:

Alameda: Your Next Weekend Day Trip

If you mention “The Island” to most Bay Area locals, they might think you’re talking about Alcatraz and not the island just off Oakland. The City of Alameda (which is also in Alameda County) was once a sleepy town home to a Navy base and the Del Monte cannery. Today, it’s bustling with bars, restaurants, shopping, and, of course, the beach.

The Island hosts two major annual fairs on Park Street. Alameda also has a lot to choose from when you’re craving food from around the world, and it's mostly concentrated in the downtown district.

Take a break from the grind and head over to Alameda -- there’s a lot to dig about The Island’s vibe:

Sidestreet Pho Alameda

Alameda Magazine: Revisiting Park Street

Angela's Kitchen Alameda

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

A number of Downtown Alameda businesses have been featured on CBS Channel 5’s popular show “Eye on the Bay.”

If you had been on Park Street in the 1950’s you would have seen soda shops and old diners. Actually, you still see those remnants of days gone by, alongside the modern businesses of today. 

Stops included Alameda Marketplace, Alameda Museum, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Toy Safari, and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

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

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The Park Street Business District is California's Gold

shop for books in Alameda

Huell Howser made a stop in Alameda back in 2009. The Alameda episode of "California's Gold" featured Ole’s Waffle Shop, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and Tucker's Ice Cream.

While strolling along the sidewalks of our historic downtown, Huell exclaimed in his distinctive Southern accent, "Look at the windows! Look at the work!... The architecture!" while pointing out the historic buildings that are home to We Are Hair, Burma Superstar, Daisy's, and Books Inc.

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