Where to Eat, Shop, and Play in Alameda
Think Alameda is sleepy?
Alameda may surprise you with its entertainment, culture, and outdoor play for all ages. Here are a few of the many activities in the area around South Shore that will keep you entertained all year long.
KITESURF AT ROBERT W. CROWN STATE MEMORIAL BEACH
2.5 miles of sandy shores envelop gusty winds, making Crown State Memorial Beach one of the best windsurfing spots in the Bay Area, especially in the spring and autumn months. The waters also welcome standup paddle boarders, kayakers, windsurfers, windsailers and swimmers. Crown Beach has a pedestrian-friendly bike path that stretches the length of the sand, perfect for sunset strolls or a morning run.
Local Fun Fact: The site that is now Crab Cove Visitors Center and Aquarium was historically Neptune Beach A.K.A. the Coney Island of the West.
CHECK OUT WEBSTER STREET FOR SHOPPING AND DINING
Locals refer to Webster Street as the new downtown. Recent years have brought new boutiques and trendy eateries. It has great shopping and restaurants (Café Jolie and Calafia Taqueria are among the neighborhood faves for food). If you’re looking for a new favorite fancy cocktail, trying to find a spot to get your avocado toast fix or want to check out the fresh produce from local purveyors (the Alameda Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday and Saturday morning, year-round) then Webster Street should be your destination.
SPEND A DAY AT THE PARK
Washington Park is a major attraction in our community and it's perfect for family outings. The tennis courts, (Warriors) basketball courts, softball, soccer & football fields, BBQ grills and picnic areas, playgrounds and even a dog park offer something for everyone! There are even organized leagues for sports enthusiasts.
SIP IN THE SITES, SUNSETS & SPIRITS
Alameda’s Naval Base was decommissioned in 1997, making way for a battery of spirit companies. Faction Brewery, St. George Spirits: (which just won a James Beard Award), Hanger 1 Vodka and (our fave) Rock Wall Wine Company all call Alameda home. Rock Wall is known, not only, for its selection of red, white and sparkling wines but for its brilliant views of the bay and San Francisco skyline. These companies embrace Alameda’s history and naval ties, which is why we are so proud to have them as part of our community.
Alameda’s Bay Island is home to the recently remastered Corica Park. The public course has bragging rights - their South Course, which opened in June 2018, is the Bay Area’s only Australian sandbelt-style design and its Mif 9 course was named one of the best Par-3 courses in America by Golf.com. Their North Course is currently under renovation and will operate as a 9-hole course until 2020. This facility also offers a driving range, short game area and lessons. And for those that are interested, you can swap the golf cart for Golfboards and play a round of foot golf.
FIND VINTAGE TREASURES AT THE ALAMEDA POINT ANTIQUES FAIRE
The first Sunday of every month, over 800 vendors from all over gather at Alameda’s former naval base, collectively forming the largest antiques show in Northern California. Arrive early (6am does, in fact, exist – even on a Sunday), wear your bargaining hat (since that’s half the fun) and go on a scavenger hunt for home décor, vintage fashions, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books, collectibles and bizarre knick-knacks that are all at least 20 years old. Food trucks are also in attendance so you can get your foodie fix of pork belly, mac ‘n’ cheese or frozen custard.
With so much to do, we're proud to call Alameda home. See you in the neighborhood!