Sacramento Neighborhood Guide
Sacramento is a city of diverse neighborhoods, like Downtown, Midtown and East Sac, each with something unique to offer. Here’s a guide to some of the different neighborhoods you can stay in during your trip to Sacramento.
"We have the opportunity to create the Next Great American City. I think of Sacramento as the city of the future,” said Vivek Ranadivé, Owner of the Sacramento Kings. “Our arena is the communal fireplace for the city, and it's our ground zero for the city of the future. It's where people will come and celebrate and connect with other people. We're using the arena as the catalyst and we've built other things around it. We're entering a new era, where people are moving back into the cities, where cities have the potential to be for people to work and to live and to watch sports and enjoy art, culture and food and music. All of that is happening in our Downtown, right now, and it's just the beginning. There is a lot more to come!"
Midtown is a hip area with a vast array of food and nightlife options. "Midtown is Sacramento's center for food and art. It has such a walkability factor, which can't be underestimated. I rarely get in my car, even to go to work,” said Patrick Harbison of Patrick Harbison Public Relations.
“The Farm to Fork scene in Midtown is through the roof, there's so much good food! Mexican, Thai, Japanese, American, anything that you could want is here, and it's locally-owned and locally-sourced, which is amazing."
A more residential neighborhood, East Sacramento can be a great choice for those who want a bit more tranquility during their visit. The food is also worth checking out. "There's kind of this resurgence of people who are either understanding food a little bit better or a younger demographic moving in,” said Brad Cecchi of Canon.
“There's a little more progressive cuisine coming this way, which has given us the ability to hit a little bit of the reset button. East Sac is developing its own food identity within Sacramento."
Home to the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, Land Park can be a fun destination for families and travelers of all ages. Michael Thiemann of Mother said, "Land Park is an older neighborhood. It's one of the first housing areas outside of the grid of Midtown and Downtown. Land Park just has these nice cottages and a lot of trees. It's Sacramento because basically there's a canopy of a billion trees. Fall is insane.”
Old Sacramento is a historic area on the riverfront. Old mansions, museums, and a historic riverboat harken back to a bygone area. Many major tourist attractions are walkable from the Old Sacramento neighborhood, including the highly Instagrammable Tower Bridge.
According to Track 7 Brewing's Ryan Graham, “Curtis Park is more laid back. It's artistically-driven and more creatively-driven than other neighborhoods in Sacramento. There's a level of community and neighbor-knowledge in Curtis Park that you might not get in neighborhoods like Land Park or East Sacramento."
Local Patrick Harbison shares that, "The Lavender Heights District has a ton of LGBT owned businesses and shops and restaurants and bars. It's all very exciting and encouraging! Plus, Lavender Heights is a hub for night life."
Rob Archie runs Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse and he told Visit Sacramento that, "Richmond Grove is a kind of industrial, redesigned area. About 6 years ago they started putting a lot of different businesses and artists lofts in the area, and now it's a really happening nightlife."
Arden Park is home to some of the best shopping in Sacramento. It is also the location of Cal Expo, which holds several large events every year – including the California State Fair. There are several hotels located here in close proximity to shopping, movie theaters and more. It is also within a very short drive to the attractions in Downtown, Midtown and Old Sacramento.
Oak Park is one of Sacramento’s largest neighborhoods, featuring more tree-lined streets and local schools. If you want to see how the locals live and relax, take a stroll around the neighborhood and stop in some of the local bars and restaurants. Here you will find locals going about their daily routines and neighborhood spots just for locals. Sacramento has been called the “City of Trees,” and Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood doesn’t disappoint.
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