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Guidebook for Alameda

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Guidebook for Alameda

Entertainment & Activities
A must-see gorgeously restored gem of a building!
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Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
2317 Central Avenue
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A must-see gorgeously restored gem of a building!
Oakland Restaurants, Farmers' Market, Jack of all Trades- every 2nd Saturday 11-5 for Handmade Goods and Food Trucks.
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Jack London Square
Broadway
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Oakland Restaurants, Farmers' Market, Jack of all Trades- every 2nd Saturday 11-5 for Handmade Goods and Food Trucks.
Vintage coin operated hand cranked games from "Playland- By- the- Sea". Say "hello" to Laughing Sal for us!
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Musée Mécanique
Sausalito - San Francisco Pier 41
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Vintage coin operated hand cranked games from "Playland- By- the- Sea". Say "hello" to Laughing Sal for us!
Play vintage pinball! in a museum!
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Pacific Pinball Museum
1510 Webster Street
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Play vintage pinball! in a museum!
Getting Around
What a gorgeous way to get around ! Get there early enough to park -by 15 minutes- or take an Uber or Lyft and enjoy not waiting! Buy your tickets on the boat. Stop at the Ferry Building in SF to shop and eat to later set foot onto Market St. towards the City Center or onto the Embarcadero towards the Wharf. Check times for ferries that go all the way to Pier 41- near Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf. Pier 33 will get you to Alcatraz if you've pre-booked tickets and you need to prebook!!!
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Alameda Main Street Terminal
2990 Main Street
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What a gorgeous way to get around ! Get there early enough to park -by 15 minutes- or take an Uber or Lyft and enjoy not waiting! Buy your tickets on the boat. Stop at the Ferry Building in SF to shop and eat to later set foot onto Market St. towards the City Center or onto the Embarcadero towards the Wharf. Check times for ferries that go all the way to Pier 41- near Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf. Pier 33 will get you to Alcatraz if you've pre-booked tickets and you need to prebook!!!
Food Scene
Casual Shopping, dining, nightlife.
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Park Street
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Casual Shopping, dining, nightlife.
Great Tea and garden seating
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Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park Street
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Great Tea and garden seating
Great coffee, eats, and outdoor seating
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Wescafe
1518 Webster Street
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Great coffee, eats, and outdoor seating
local produce, mostly pesticide free, and small batch specialty foods
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Alameda Farmers' Market
710 Haight Avenue
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local produce, mostly pesticide free, and small batch specialty foods
Tea Leaf Salad. Rainbow Salad. They make these a hundred times a day and they're the best on the island! Go early to put your name down on the list...there are no reservations. Walk around and shop Park Street until your dinner time or go for lunch.
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Burma Superstar
1345 Park Street
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Tea Leaf Salad. Rainbow Salad. They make these a hundred times a day and they're the best on the island! Go early to put your name down on the list...there are no reservations. Walk around and shop Park Street until your dinner time or go for lunch.
Best Mediterranean / Special Occasion Restaurant on the Island. Duck Leg. Lamb. mmmmmn!
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Pappo
2320 Central Avenue
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Best Mediterranean / Special Occasion Restaurant on the Island. Duck Leg. Lamb. mmmmmn!
German food. All good. All the time plus music, and a thousand beers.
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Speisekammer
2424 Lincoln Avenue
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German food. All good. All the time plus music, and a thousand beers.
Waterside seating. Garlic Noodles. Catfish Claypot.
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Dragon Rouge
2337 Blanding Ave
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Waterside seating. Garlic Noodles. Catfish Claypot.
Walk to a great little breakfast spot. Strata- Savory or Sweet.
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Blue Dot Cafe & Coffee Bar
1910 Encinal Avenue
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Walk to a great little breakfast spot. Strata- Savory or Sweet.
THE ZAGAT REVIEW Look for hearty American breakfast favorites, big burgers and sandwiches for lunch and a robust coffee and tea list at these affordable Mid-Market and Alameda cafes from the owners of Little Griddle. The spaces exude cozy vibes and are decorated like homespun living rooms.
Homeskillet Alameda
1363 Park St
THE ZAGAT REVIEW Look for hearty American breakfast favorites, big burgers and sandwiches for lunch and a robust coffee and tea list at these affordable Mid-Market and Alameda cafes from the owners of Little Griddle. The spaces exude cozy vibes and are decorated like homespun living rooms.
Small Mom and Pop, always the best sushi and never overcrowded. Black Dragon, Kona Krunch, Godzilla, seaweed salad and spinach salad!
Sakura Sushi Bar & Grill
2408 Santa Clara Avenue
Small Mom and Pop, always the best sushi and never overcrowded. Black Dragon, Kona Krunch, Godzilla, seaweed salad and spinach salad!
Brown butter cookies, "the Specialty" croissants, cream puffs, Best coffee in Alameda. Gene is making it his goal to keep them in business!
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Crispian Bakery
1700 Park St
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Brown butter cookies, "the Specialty" croissants, cream puffs, Best coffee in Alameda. Gene is making it his goal to keep them in business!
Really good and copious amounts of Mexican Food, family run business. Busy , busy busy! Oh- and an apparently peerless tequila selection.
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La Penca Azul
1440 Park Street
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Really good and copious amounts of Mexican Food, family run business. Busy , busy busy! Oh- and an apparently peerless tequila selection.
The closest restaurant (5 minute walk). Excellent margaritas and salsa (do not mix)
Acapulco
2100 Lincoln Avenue
The closest restaurant (5 minute walk). Excellent margaritas and salsa (do not mix)
Crab fried rice, fried mushrooms, chicken tofu curry noodle
Spice I Am
1353 Park Street
Crab fried rice, fried mushrooms, chicken tofu curry noodle
Dim sum
Chef's Wok
1821 Webster St
Dim sum
Best Vietnamese
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Sidestreet Pho
2304 Encinal Avenue
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Best Vietnamese
Tacos
Cholita Linda
1337 Park St
Tacos
Best pizza on the island. Get their Spicy Diablita! You’re welcome!
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East End
1650 Park Street
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Best pizza on the island. Get their Spicy Diablita! You’re welcome!
Great Cheap Eats.
In-N-Out Burger
555 Willie Stargell Avenue
Great Cheap Eats.
IMPOSSIBLE WHOPPER!
Burger King
2200 Otis Drive
IMPOSSIBLE WHOPPER!
Shopping
My favorite grocery store.
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Trader Joe's
2217 South Shore Center
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My favorite grocery store.
My favorite way to shop!
Salvation Army Thrift Store
1918 Park Street
My favorite way to shop!
Gifts for everyone or self!
Whales & Friends
2060 Lincoln Ave
Gifts for everyone or self!
Very Hand-Made, Very Local Artisan gifts for yourself or others.
Modern Mouse
2223 South Shore Center
Very Hand-Made, Very Local Artisan gifts for yourself or others.
Stock up on essentials for those of you here for awhile...
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Target
2700 5th Street
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Stock up on essentials for those of you here for awhile...
Half-off everything retail prices...what's not to love!?
T.J. Maxx
2250 S Shore Ctr
Half-off everything retail prices...what's not to love!?
Great bargains for food , wine great and sometimes t-shirts.
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
730 Buena Vista Avenue
Great bargains for food , wine great and sometimes t-shirts.
Parks & Nature
Bike path or Walk - nice beach views.
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Shore Line Drive
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Bike path or Walk - nice beach views.
Nature Learning Center
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Crab Cove Visitor Center
1231 McKay Avenue
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Nature Learning Center
bike or walking bath
Bay Farm Island
bike or walking bath
Rent a $5 bike from us, take them on the ferry and ride across the bridge. Take the Sausalito ferry back to the city, ride to the Ferry Building and on back to Alameda.
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Γέφυρα Γκόλντεν Γκέιτ
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Rent a $5 bike from us, take them on the ferry and ride across the bridge. Take the Sausalito ferry back to the city, ride to the Ferry Building and on back to Alameda.
Just a lovely ride to the beach, not to mention the DeYoung Museum, The Asian Art Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, Lands End for a Hike, and the ruins of Sutro Baths. Eat at The Chalet, home to some of the city’s murals from the WPA and some mighty fine food AND views!
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Γκόλντεν Γκέιτ Παρκ
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Just a lovely ride to the beach, not to mention the DeYoung Museum, The Asian Art Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, Lands End for a Hike, and the ruins of Sutro Baths. Eat at The Chalet, home to some of the city’s murals from the WPA and some mighty fine food AND views!
Drinks & Nightlife
the tasting. But really if you have the time taste Hangar One Vodka, the brand that put them on the map, St. George's Spirits: Eaux de Vie, Grappa, Gins! , Whisky, and Gene says they're always experimenting. Fun fact: their view of the city was grandfathered in when they began business! Let me know if you hear this has somehow changed because of all the new developments on the island, would you?
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St. George Spirits
2601 Monarch Street
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the tasting. But really if you have the time taste Hangar One Vodka, the brand that put them on the map, St. George's Spirits: Eaux de Vie, Grappa, Gins! , Whisky, and Gene says they're always experimenting. Fun fact: their view of the city was grandfathered in when they began business! Let me know if you hear this has somehow changed because of all the new developments on the island, would you?
Great view and local handcrafted brew
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Faction Brewing
2501 Monarch St
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Great view and local handcrafted brew
Admiral Maltings
651 W Tower Ave
Great wines with views! Grab some grub at Scolaris next door.
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Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch Street
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Great wines with views! Grab some grub at Scolaris next door.
Any burger, any specialty fries to eat with your brew from Faction or wine from Rock Wall!
Scolari's At The Point
2301 Monarch St
Any burger, any specialty fries to eat with your brew from Faction or wine from Rock Wall!
Essentials
Great destination shopping and Farmers' Market. Take the Ferry!
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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
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Great destination shopping and Farmers' Market. Take the Ferry!