Park Street | Alameda
The heart and soul of Alameda, Park Street offers a myriad of shops, restaurants, and entertainment for everyone. From tacos and wine bars to an arcade and miniature golf, vibrant and bustling Park Street is a destination unto itself. There are also a variety of events that take place along Park Street regularly, keeping the area a hub for community gatherings. Some past events include the famous Fourth of July Parade, Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire, Rock & Roll Beer Stroll, Whiskey Stroll, and Small Business Saturday.
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Short History of Park Street — From Railroad Stop to Downtown Hub
Around 1864, the local San Francisco & Alameda Railroad stop in Alameda was located at what is now the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Park Street. Alameda was a residential suburb at the time, but shops and commerce hubs started appearing along the transportation route. In the late 1880s, commercial buildings were being built on Park Street, and by 1905 there were over 150 structures in the area. In 1935, a huge development to the area came in the form of the Park Street bridge, connecting Alameda to Oakland for those in automobiles. Take the downtownalameda.com’s self-guided walking tour to learn more, and to see what original structures still exist today.
Park Street Restaurants & Eateries — It’s All Here (Really!)
What are you hungry for? Because changes are, you’ll find it on Park Street. New eateries are always popping up, and there are a host of tried and true favorites that have been around for years — everything from Mexican, Burmese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine to pizza, burgers, tacos, and sushi.
Some of the staples along Park Street include Dragon Rouge Vietnamese Bistro, East End Pizza (currently take out only), La Penca Azul, Lola’s Chicken Shack, The Star on Park (pizza), Poke Koma, Alley & Vine, Burma Superstar, Cholita Linda, Yellowtail Sushi, Hobnob, Scolari’s Good Eats, Julie’s Tea Garden, and Spinning Bones.
Want to experience a breakfast/brunch spot that’s also a local institution? Ole’s Waffle Shop has been around since 1927 and is an Alameda favorite. Go early to avoid the line. This busy diner is old-fashioned and charming, and yes, the waffles and pancakes are worth the hype.
Visit downtownalameda.com to view all of the current (and new) eateries, coffee shops, and more.
Fun for Kids on Park Street — Games & Toys
Good news for parents! Bring the kids along when you head to Park Street, as there’s lots to do! Reopened in 2022 in a new space, Subpar Miniature Golf offers hours of fun with its 19-hole mini golf course, arcade, laser maze, and pool tables. Speaking of arcade, High Scores Arcade has been offering Alameda a retro-inspired good time since 2013. Asteroids, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Pole Position, Super Mario Brothers, Tempest, and so many more - you’ll find over 400 playable games here!
Looking for games and toys? Toy Safari is a wonderland of all types of new, used, and collectible toys. Plan to spend some time here, as the inventory is plentiful and there’s a lot to experience!
Before you head home, don’t forget to stop by Tucker’s Ice Cream. Tucker’s has been an Alameda favorite since 1941. From fudge and brownies to sorbets and sherbets, a trip to Tucker’s is always a treat!
Fun for Adults on Park Street — Bars & Live Music
Yes, there is life after dark along Park Street, and there’s several destinations to choose from! Town Tavern is a delightful neighborhood corner bar known for its craft cocktails and shareable plates. The Preacher’s Daughter offers live music, events, wine, and fresh eats. Karibu Wine Lounge by Wachira also hosts live music. Hobnob, along with offering California comfort food, has seasonal craft cocktails and karaoke on Fridays.
On any given night, pop into Lucky 13 for a drink with friends and neighbors. This popular bar (with patio) is a great place to enjoy a meal from Scolari’s Good Eats located next door. A beer and a blueberry bacon blue cheese burger, anyone? Yes, please!
Other popular spots along (or close to) Park Street include Alameda Island Brewing, Speisekammer traditional German meals and beer, Monkey King Pub & Grub (one location is a to-go only spot next to Alameda Island Brewing), McGee’s Bar and Grill, and Wine and Waffles.
Shopping on Park Street — Gifts, Books, & More
It’s easy to support local businesses along Park Street! Books Inc. has been around since 1851, making it the “West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller.” It’s a fantastic spot not only for books and magazines, but also for cute and quirky gifts. Make sure to check the store for a list of upcoming events!
From scented lotion and jewelry to small home decor and special gifts, Daisy’s is a wonderfully-curated shop filled with something for everyone. Curated is the place to go for mid-century modern furnishings and accessories, and Rocket Reuse is filled with used movies, music, and vintage clothes. Lauren’s Closet also offers new and used clothing, accessories, toys and more.
In the market for some new wheels? Find your new ride at Alameda Bicycle. Looking for something a little faster? Scooter Importer may be the place for you! Like we said, you can get just about anything on Park Street! There’s even a few auto sales and auto repair shops along the main strip.
Visit downtownalameda.com to view all of your shopping options on Park Street.
The Southern End of Park Street — South Shore Center & the Beach
The South Shore area, with its beaches, walking and biking trails, water sport opportunities, shopping, lagoon-side homes, and views of San Francisco, is a quintessential part of the island of Alameda.
The East End neighborhood consists of the area East of Park Street, Fernside and Marina neighborhoods.
The park has a swimming pool, basketball courts, field, bocce, playground, picnic areas & BBQ pits.
Bustling and vibrant, Park Street offers a mix of boutiques, restaurants, shops, pubs, bars & more.
Just minutes away and features a walking and biking trail complete with views of the San Francisco skyline.
Renovated in 2008 it is now a modern multiplex that serves beer and wine & option to have food delivered.
South Shore has major grocery and department stores and hosts a variety of events year-round.
Since 1938, homes are elaborately decorate from animated characters to a full-blown light shows.
East End is the most walkable and bikeable neighborhood in Alameda.
Easy access to three bridges leading to the freeway and the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. AC Transit bus lines O, OX, and W offer service to San Francisco.
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