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Celebrate Halloween in Midtown!

Bewitching brews, a boo bash, a vampire ball and the annual Midtown Sutter Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade are all taking place in Midtown Sacramento this October, distinguishing Midtown as a Halloween hotspot for you, your friends, and your pets to have a ghoulishly good time.   

Check out our list of must-attend October events in Midtown to celebrate your favorite scary month and scroll down to enter your pup into the pooch parade and win great prizes.  

Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade
Saturday, October 29, 12 PM
Marshall Park 

Did someone say happy HOWL-oween? This year, make sure your favorite four-footed friends get to indulge in some Halloween festivities! The restaurants of Midtown Sutter have joined forces once again to present the Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 29 from 12 – 3 pm at James Marshall Park. 

Presented by Midtown Sutter restaurants –including Barwest, Blue Cue, Café Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Four Palms, Harlow’s, INK Eats & Drinks, Paragary’s Midtown, Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar, and Tea Bar & Fusion Café – the canine-friendly event is highlighted by a much-anticipated “pooch parade” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.  

Furry friends will strut and stroll while competing in an always-entertaining costume contest that will include prizes, like gift cards to Sutter Midtown District restaurants and Midtown Love swag, for the winning pooches. Make sure to register your pooch in advance here: https://exploremidtown.org/pooch-parade/

Before the highly anticipated parade of costumed pooches, there will be plenty of family-friendly outdoor activities such as live music presented by Harlow’s, DIY plant jars presented by Paragary’s, arts & crafts from Café Bernardo and Four Palms, a magician and puppet show presented by B Street Theatre, pumpkin bowling brought to you by Blue Cue, a face painter brought by Ink Eats and Drinks, lawn games like Giant Jenga from Barwest, a fun photo-booth from Tea Bar, dog treat guessing game from Centro, and even a fabulous bounce house from Red Rabbit! 

After a spirited day of Halloween fun with your pets, make sure to stop by the many eateries across the street from the park and throughout Midtown Sutter.

Barwest – 2724 J Street | Saturdays 10 am–2 pm
Blue Cue – 1004 28th Street | Saturdays 5 pm–1 am
Café Bernardo and Four Palms – 2730 Capitol Avenue | Saturdays 10 am–midnight
Centro Cocina Mexicana – 2730 J Street | Saturdays noon–10 pm
Harlow’s – 2708 J Street | Saturdays ______
INK Eats & Drinks – 2730 N Street | Saturdays 9 am–2 am
Paragary’s Midtown – 1401 28th Street | Saturdays 10 am–2 pm, 5–9 pm (only humans allowed here, unless your pup is a registered service animal)
Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar – 2718 J Street | Saturdays 3 pm–1 am
Tea Bar & Fusion Café – 2700 Capitol Avenue | Saturdays 11 am–8 pm


View a map of all restaurants here: https://goo.gl/maps/vFrUQBK7bnxWUXf69

Learn more about some of our favorite and read our blog about Midtown Sutter.  

 

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op

The community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of live music with ACME Soundtracks plus Gabe Nelson and Hannah Lingrell, and Hans Eberbach.  Plus, guests will enjoy activities for the whole family including a free photo booth, a vintage clothing market, wine tasting, food sampling, and local community groups, too. For more, visit www.sac.coop. 

Paint Nite: The Haunted Mansion
Saturday, October 8, 12:15 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub  

It’s time to plan a cool yet creative night in Midtown where guests can paint a creepy haunted mansion to get into the Halloween spirit. Starting with a blank canvas and ending with a completed masterpiece, participants enjoy wine, tasty snacks, and upbeat tunes. To register visit Paint Nite Registration 

Sugar Skull Decoration Night
Friday, October 21 at 7-9 p.m.
Kolores at 108 L Street 

Sugar Skull Decorating Night is back! Have your early Día de Los Muertos celebration at Koloros and decorate some sugar skulls. The event sells out quickly and is only $25.

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HarryWeen
Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The Starlet Room at Harlow’s 

What do you get when you combine Harry Styles and Halloween? HarryWeen of course. A fun way to kick-off Halloween weekend is by dancing the night away in the Starlet Room at Harlow’s to the sounds of Harry Styles. For more, visit www.harlows.com/events. 

XOSO Annual Halloween Pub Crawl
Saturday, October 29, beginning at 4 p.m.  

14th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl 2022

Sacramento’s biggest Halloween Bar Crawl is just around the corner! Registration includes one complementary drink at check-in, drink/food specials at participating bars, and entry into the costume contest. Dress up in your funniest, cutest, or scariest Halloween costume for the longest running Halloween pub crawl featuring several Midtown locations. For more, visit XOSO Halloween Pub Crawl. 

Halloween Boo Bash
Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m.
Self Designs Art Gallery  

Visit Self Designs Art Gallery to experience an art gallery that transports guests to another dimension with creative sights and sounds. Attendees are welcome to participate in their Paint for Pride in the upstairs glow room.  Plus, there will be live body painting demonstrations by local artists and a two-level tour of the glowing atmosphere with amazing music, awesome projector visuals and complimentary party treats to fill Boo Bags. For more, visit www.selfdesignsartgallery.com. 

Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball
Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.
Harlow’s 

Calling all vampire lovers…Harlow’s annual Vampire Ball returns this year as they celebrate 14 years of all things Anne Rice, a famous author of gothic fiction and all the vampires chronicled through the history. For more, visit www.harlows.com/events 

Now that you’ve got your calendar booked this month, are you ready to have a fangtastic Halloween?! Time to dust off your scariest, funniest, or cutest costume and get ready to have a memorable Midtown experience for Halloween this year. Remember to #ExploreMidtown or tag us on social media for a chance to be featured!  

 

10 Reasons Why You Should Live in Midtown

 A walk in the neighborhood has a whole new meaning when you live in Midtown. Living in Midtown means being a short walkable distance to restaurants. It means the Farmers Market is often your grocery store. It means brunch on weekends. And that coffee shops are often also your office. The perks of being a Midtown resident are endless.

Here are our top 10 reasons why you should live in Midtown!

1. Foodie haven

         

 There is a reason Sacramento is known for being the farm-to-fork capital! From mouth watering brunch (check out our blog on our Favorite Brunch Places in Midtown), to fresh and locally sourced entrees, to several  amazing dessert shops to satisfy any sweet tooth, Midtown is bursting at the seams with talented restaurants and cooks. Foodies are in absolute heaven when visiting the grid.

2.  Endless coffee chops

When you live in Midtown the neighborhood coffee shops are often an extension of your office. I mean, what is a city without some great coffee shops?! If you’re looking for a coffee place in Midtown, we got you covered, read our blog on Iconic Coffee Shops so you can become a Midtown coffee connoisseur.

3. The Midtown Farmers Market is in your backyard

Not to brag, but Midtown has one of the most impressive Farmers Markets in California, spanning more than five blocks and featuring more than 160 plus vendors. Who needs Walmart or Safeway when you can stroll down to the Farmers Market every Saturday to get fresh vegetables, home-made bread and the most gorgeous flowers to place on your kitchen table.

To make the most of your visit at the Farmers Market, you’ll want to check out our blog that has everything you need to know about the Midtown Farmers Market!

4. Beautiful parks & free workout classes

How great and safe a community is, can often be measured by their public parks. Midtown Parks features six beautiful parks (Fremont Park, Winn Park, Sutter Park, Truitt Park, Marshall Park and Muir Park) complete with beautiful art and engaging programming.

How many cities can you say offer free park programming almost every day throughout the Summer? Read about our Fresh Air: Fremont Park series to learn more about our everyday exercise programming at Fremont Park. Or plan to visit Winn Park on Wednesday to find great local artisan and food vendors, live music, yoga and yummy food trucks (pssst I heard that sometimes they even have a wine garden!) Learn more about all our parks at MidtownParks.org.

5. Walk & bike everywhere

Sacramento is one of California’s most accessible major cities, and Midtown in particular provides many different options from scootering to biking that make traveling to and around our central city effortless.

Read our transportation blog for more tips and information on how to travel the grid like a pro!

6. Fun nightlife

How many cities can you say have a bar inside a pink Victorian house? Whether you are partying in the Golden Hub or the Lavender Heights District or perhaps catching some live entertainment in the Sutter District we have unique bars and fun nightlife that make Sacramento an exciting place to go out on the town. Time to dial up your besties for a night of dancing!

7. Art around every corner

It is impossible to drive down a street in Midtown and not spot a beautiful mural on the outside of a building or even in unexpected places like an electrical box.

Initiatives like Art in Unexpected Places and Wide Open Walls have made Midtown a destination for art lovers and artists. The art not only beautifies our city, it helps represent our diversity and culture in Sacramento.

8. Dog friendly

How does the saying go? Happy dog, happy life? Living in Midtown is a dog’s dream, complete with dog friendly patios, events like the Pooch Parade that highlight our cute puppies and of course our favorite dog park: The Truitt Bark Park.

9. Midtown Love

     

 In Midtown we like to use the phrase Midtown Love, which means being in action to actively celebrate, include, and proudly protect our fellow community members. In Midtown we have no place for prejudice, sexism, racism or bigotry. We only have space for learning, love and inclusivity. You’ll often see our banners hung up on our light poles in Midtown that showcase our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Learn about other ways we are spreading love in the grid in our DEI blog!

10. A city lifestyle that you can afford

For many living in a city is a pipe dream because of how expensive big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose have become in recent years. Living in Midtown is the perfect balance of city and suburban … and you’re bound to see many Victorian homes living in Midtown too!

Now that you know the perks of living in Midtown are endless; click any of the available properties in Midtown below to find your next home.

Follow us on @exploremidtown to find new happenings, businesses and events happening in Midtown! If you #exploremidtown remember to tag us, we may share your photo on our social media!

Best Stays for a Getaway in Midtown

Planning your next weekend getaway in Sacramento? Midtown Sacramento is home to food markets, fun nightlife, specialty coffee shops, popular boutiques, and casual and upscale dining. This lively city has it all, with the added benefit that it is nestled in a vibrant neighborhood famous for its Victorian homes, historic buildings and tree-lined streets. Because of its largely residential community you may be surprised that Midtown is also home to some impressive stays and unique hotels.

To make your search for the perfect stay in Midtown easy, here are our favorite hotels in Midtown Sacramento.

Fort Sutter Hotel | @fortsutterhotel

1308 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

Fort Sutter Hotel reflects the unique, creative and vibrant energy of Midtown! The hotel has an urban style with modern designed rooms and is all about showcasing our impressive art scene in Sacramento. It is immersed in the thriving arts-centric Sutter District, and is a short walk to many restaurants, parks, art galleries and shopping. 

Amenities include: 55” flat screen HDTVs, oversized windows, high speed WiFi, in-room dining, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea, and premium Malin + Goetz bath products.

Why we love it:  Our favorite part about the Fort Sutter Hotel is that it celebrates local artists year-round. Each floor of the Fort Sutter Hotel pays tribute to local artists with striking guest room prints. The hallways also display rotating art, carefully curated from local artists that embody the spirit and energy of Midtown. 

Places nearby to explore: The Midtown Sacramento area has beautiful parks, foodie-favorite dining, and an abundance of entertainment options.

If you’re staying at the Fort Sutter Hotel, we recommend having brunch downstairs of the hotel at Cafe Bernardo (insider tip that their toast with jelly is a must order!). Other favorite dining options include Hawks Public House, recognized as a “new discovery” on Michelin’s famous recommendations list in 2022. Lounge on their purple velvet couches while sippin’ one of their refreshing cocktails, like their martinis with hand-stuffed blue chive olives! Or treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Paragary’s in their garden-like patio that features waterfalls, lush plants and decades-old olive trees (plus some of the best cinnamon rolls we’ve tasted in Sacramento.) For a late night snack, we recommend trying Kasbah for delicious middle eastern food and a tapas snack and possible hookah. 

If you’re looking for entertainment you can take a three-minute walk from the hotel to The Sofia Center for the Arts, home of the B Street Theatre to enjoy an intimate theatre experience, laugh at a comedy show, or listen to an impressive concert or live podcast!

 

Hyatt House | @hyatt

2719 K Street

Located in the heart of Sacramento, Hyatt House in Midtown is the perfect haven for your Sacramento adventure. Their modern rooms with vintage touches like exposed brick showcase a modern and chic aesthetic. 

Amenities include: Pet friendly accommodations, a fitness center, free internet access, 32” flat-screen TVs, individual climate control, 400-thread-count bed linens, blackout curtains, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Why we love it: Hyatt House in Midtown is the perfect balance of home and hospitality. The apartment style rooms have fully equipped kitchens, a dedicated workspace, separate sitting area, and a modern bathroom! What more can you ask for? Plus, this is the hotel for all you dog lovers, as it is pet friendly.

Places nearby to explore:The hotel is ideally situated across from Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and is a short walk to upscale boutiques, lively bars, live entertainment and the most delicious dining spots that solidify why Sacramento is the Farm-to-Fork Capital!  

Our recommendations include a stroll down the street to Sutter’s Fort where you can take a self-guided tour and learn more about the 19th century history of Sacramento. If it’s Spring make sure to admire the tulip trees blooming or if timing lines up plan to watch the sunset near the duck ponds for a perfect instagrammable moment. 

When you’re on the hunt for a good place to eat, Midtown has no shortage of great restaurants that are in the area. Mobility options are endless in Midtown with jump bikes and scooters on every other corner and many eateries and bars within walking distance. We recommend checking out OBO’ for a great authentic experience of Italian food or Inks Eats & Drink for some of the best brunch and late night bites in Sacramento.

Looking for a fun night out during your getaway? You have to check Harlow’s, one of Sacramento’s best independent live music venues where you can jam to nationally renowned artists and acclaimed local acts alike in a casual art deco setting!

If you got this far, without booking your next vacation, extended stay, weekend escape, or even a well-deserved staycation, then take this as a sign to book your stay now! 

If you need our help on finding information on fun things to do in Midtown, places to eat, businesses to support and more then check out our other blogs here.

 

12 Black-owned Businesses to Support in Midtown Sacramento

Uplifting Black business owners while finding new favorite spots to eat and shop? We’re here for it. Supporting and shopping at Black-owned businesses in Midtown is one of the easiest (and by the looks of our list below, the hippest) ways to elevate and support entrepreneurs in our small business community.

Our list of more than ten Black-owned (and co-owned) businesses in Midtown will help you shop local and build economic vitality and diversity in Midtown. Whether you are looking for a beer to watch your favorite football game or want to connect with your community while sippin’ coffee, there is something for everyone on our list. Keep scrolling to find incredible businesses to check out on your next visit to Midtown! 

Streets Pub & Grub | @streetspubandgrub
1804 J St

A classic English sports pub on J street near the entertainment district of Midtown, Streets Pub & Grub has trivia, karaoke, and a casual all-encompassing menu. This is a fun patio to people-watch later in the evening as the entertainment in Lavender Heights heats up.

Midtown Bakery | @midtownbakery
2301 J Street

A desserterie tucked into the most adorable Victorian home on J Street, Midtown Bakery has cakes, cookies, brownies, and pies. Make this a stop before or after the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturdays for fresh morning pastries.

Pressed Record Cafe | @pressed916
1725 L Street

Pressed Record Cafe offers a sanctuary for audiophiles to enjoy yummy food (including their famous presses, their twist on a panini sandwich) and drinks paired with the greatest music that was ever pressed to vinyl. Enjoy their beautiful patio or lose track of time digging through their bins of records.

Drip Espresso | @dripespresso
1004 24th Street

A Black-, woman-, and sister-owned coffee shop on 24th Street, Drip Espresso is on a mission to center espresso, community and culture. Come connect, learn and engage with your friends and community while enjoying delicious drinks and pastries with ingredients sourced locally from BIPOC, women, or LGBTIA+ vendors. 

D20 Dental | @d2odental
1816 L Street

Sacramento’s first dental spa, D20 Dental, is a green dentist practice committed to minimizing their environmental footprint while offering their patients a spa-like tranquil setting including relaxing aromatherapy products, noise cancellation headsets and five star service. Book an appointment today to optimize your dental health in the most relaxing setting possible. 

Locs2Lashes Hair | @locs2lashes
1812 J Street,  Suite 2

A salon on J Street, Locs2Lashes specializes in natural hair care, locs and braids including butterfly locs, soft locs, knotless braids, box braids and more. Elevate your hair and experience great service from a Sacramento braider and licensed cosmetologist. 

Studio 64 Photography | @studiio64
805 16th Street

A fully equipped photography and rental studio, Studio 64 offers artists the tools and properties to help photographers and videographers achieve their dreams. The uplifting studio is a judgment-free zone that allows members to build their skills and portfolio without breaking the bank. 

Bloom Photography | @bloomphotographyca
1812 J Street, Suite 22

Live out your dream photoshoot with Danielle, founder of Bloom Photography, a California wedding and portrait photographer who is passionate about documenting and capturing love during every phase of life behind her lens. 

The Flamingo House | @flamingosac
2315 K Street

One of Sacramento’s most vibey bars, Flamingo House located on K street, renovated an old Victorian home painted pink into a fun social club/bar. Dance the night away with friends sippin’ on delicious cocktails in their lounge area or enjoy their spacious back patio and flamingo-inspired decorations. 

Brandon’s Barbershop | @brandonsbarbershop3
916 21st Street

With nothing but stellar reviews, Brandon’s Barbershop located on 21st offers professional grooming for men, women and children. The barber shop is known for its precise cuts and shaves, excellent customer service and friendly atmosphere. 

Waxing Crescent | @thewaxingcrescentsac
1009 22nd Street, Suite 100

If you’re anxious about body waxing, Waxing Crescent on 22nd Street specializes in thorough, non-rushed, minimal pain body waxing. Jazmin Davis, owner of Waxing Crescent, greets every client with open arms and loves to work individually with clients to clear up issues about their skin. 

Soul Shine Bodywork | @soulshine_bodywork
2528 I Street

If you’ve been feeling stressed out lately, relax and ease your tension at Soul Shine Bodywork, where they offer massage therapy and Reiki healing. Combining massage therapy with energy healing is sure to make your soul shine! 

 

In addition to the businesses listed here, there are more than fifteen Black-owned microbusinesses that are vendors at the Midtown Farmers Market and Wednesdays at Winn Night Market. Highlights include Black Lily Naturals with incredible candles and body butters, Sankofa Center with accessories and wraps benefiting AIDS/HIV awareness, Yummy Honey featuring local honey, Black Coffee Roastery, Ink Black Cat Apothecary and AstroloTea Herbal Blends both with tea, and Yisreal Family Farm

When you support Midtown businesses, you are part of celebrating our diverse culture, creativity and vibrancy of Midtown. Don’t forget to follow these businesses on social media and check out their websites. Share your photos on Instagram and tag us @ExploreMidtown for a chance to be featured!

Solid Gold Entertainment, Art and Dining at Midtown Sacramento’s “Golden Hub”

Pop quiz—how many of these trendy Midtown destinations do you know? Historic homes turned bars, shipping container beer gardens, forgotten alleyways reclaimed by art and cuisine, and towering trees filled with disco lights, all of this and more are found in the heart of Midtown Sacramento’s “Golden Hub” at the intersections of 24th and K streets. 

Area Murals, History, and Art

The 24th and K Golden Hub features more than ten art installations within one block. Discovering art as you Explore Midtown is one of our favorite pastimes so while we won’t reveal every single mural or unexpected art installation, here are three that are not to be missed for a perfectly Instagrammable and Midtown-y moment. Tag @ExploreMidtown on your photos as you discover these incredible lighting, art and statue art installations. Extra credit if you find Amy Winehouse in the alley! 

The Disco Tree at 24th and K Streets 

Located right on the golden corner, this tree came about through a partnership between Midtown Association, SMUD and local artist and creator Michael Sestak. Featuring color changing “disco ball” lighting features, the tree has become one of Midtown’s hidden gems. The best time to view the tree is at sundown or after from urban beer garden DerBiergarten with a pretzel, stein of beer or cider, or a Schnitz n’ Waffle. Historically, this corner was a blighted and empty piece of land following a fire in the converted home/restaurant prior. The now owner Thomas Roth and operator Sean Derfield created the first shipping container garden in Sacramento.

Midtown Sacramento lettering on K Street 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located below the speakeasy at Cantina Alley (yes there is a speakeasy and yes there is also an authentic cantina in an alley..), these iconic and colorful Midtown letters are best photographed during happy hour or early evening to catch the vibrancy and detail of each letter. Upstairs above the letters is a special Mexican speakeasy, directly to the east of the letters find a mercado in a converted church complete with imported furniture and handicrafts, and right behind the letters find the locally famous Cantina Alley restaurant and bar. Featuring traditional Mexican street foods in an art-filled and garden-esq converted alley, Cantina Alley’s elote and fruit filled cocktails are not to be missed. Interesting historical note, the converted church was originally a Mormon church erected around 1929, became the Spiritual Life Center in the mid-1990’s, evolved to be the Ancient Future Urban Sanctuary, to now become the PlacitaMX mercado.

Take Flight on K Street 

Best photographed during day-time hours and especially with a little one or pup in tow, the Take Flight wings mural was painted by JM Knudsen in the late 2010’s, and is steps away from the Golden Hub. This mural features a city streetscape with wings above and Knudsen’s signature lettering and messaging, “You are Great.” 

Cultural Street Parties

Not a day goes by without something fun going on at the Golden Hub, but a few days are especially notable. Cinco de Mayo hosted by Cantina Alleyway is a celebration with music in the alleyway between J and K streets and some years it spills out to a street closure on K street between 23th and 24th streets. Oktoberfest hosted by DerBergarten is in late September and features a large array of local and imported beers, authentic entertainment, and incredible German foods. Banana Sundaes hosted by Flamingo House is a later evening street party with music and drinks a plenty hosted in June and October each year.

Eating, Drinking and Live Entertainment

Each restaurant at the Golden Hub has a perfectly curated menu and experience ranging from fully plant based at the Burger Patch to the best pizza in town at Pizzasauras Rex. All locations offer food to go or on site, most offer live entertainment in the evenings, and all are equipped with beautiful outdoor dining. 

Burger Patch | @theburgerpatch
2301 K Street | Open everyday 11 am – 10 pm, until midnight Friday and Saturday, for breakfast at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. 

The perfect mixture of flavor and sustainability, Burger Patch provides a fully plant based burger, fries and shakes experience with the best vegan milkshake on the planet. The fresh baked cookies, vegan breakfast and tots are also not to be missed. Open from early to late on the weekends, and everything in between during the week, Burger Patch is a great stop for any meal.

Cantina Alley | @cantinaalley

2320 Jazz Alley | Open Tuesday – Thursday 4 pm -10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 1am and Sunday 11:30 am – 10 pm

Originally an 1800s era two story home with a large run down backyard, Cantina Alley is now a shaded garden-esque patio featuring traditional Mexican street foods with a soon to launch speakeasy in the still standing Victorian structure. 

DerBiergarten | @midtownbeergarden

2332 K Street | Open Monday – Thursday 3 pm – 8:30 pm, Friday 3:00 pm – 10:45 pm, Saturday 11 am  – 10:45 pm and Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Der Biergarten is Sacramento’s spot to socialize over some great German beer and light German fare. This Midtown Sacramento beer lover’s spot is a twist on the traditional German beer garden. It’s authentically German in its extensive beer selection and light German food menu, with 32 beers on draft and sausages brought in fresh from Sacramento’s #1 German Butcher.

The Flamingo House | @flamingosac

2315 K Street | Open Monday – Friday 6 pm – 1:30, Saturday and Sunday 2 pm – 1:30 am

The Flamingo House is an intermingling of midtown culture and coastal leisure offering a unique California approach with plates and exceptional cocktails. Two patios along with a bar and lounge offer ample opportunities to listen to the evening’s DJ, hang out on the swinging hammock, or enjoy a handroll or two.  

The Golden Bear@thegoldenbear
2326 K Street | Open Monday – Friday 12 pm – 2 am, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am – 2 am

Since 2004, Golden Bear has been a casual bar and kitchen in Midtown with a welcoming staff and a laid back vibe. TGB has delicious food made from scratch, cold craft beer and stiff cocktails along with hosting weekly Wednesday open mic nights and popular annual events like the annual Hot Toddy Competition. 

Pizzasaurus Rex | @eatpizzasaurusrex

2322 K Street| Open Mondays 2 pm – 9 pm and Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 9 pm

Pizzasaurus Rex specializes in one-size-only, 18-by-13-inch rectangular pies, fired for six to eight minutes at 475 degrees in the restaurant’s brick deck oven. The menu includes staples like a melty three-cheese version topped with mozzarella, provolone and ricotta, as well as a hearty vegan combo with faux pepperoni, mushrooms, olives and bell peppers. They offer 12 beers on tap to wash down your meal or to take home in a growler for later. The “dino” sauce is a cilantro jalapeno dipping sauce that is a must on the side no matter what you order.

Experience this uniquely Northern California destination on any evening for bustling nightlife, one of the above culturally diverse events, or enjoy a happy hour stroll to see artwork and enjoy a watermelon filled with margarita, a vegan burger, or even a German beer stein filled with pilsner. 

Remember to snap a photo and hashtag #ExploreMidtown for a chance to be featured on our social media @ExploreMidtown or our next blog!

A Dessert for Every Sweet Tooth at Midtown Sacramento’s “Sweet Spot”

Psst…want to know our favorite places for delicious desserts? It’s no secret that the 2400 block of J Street has emerged as a real “Sweet Spot” for sugary treats in Midtown. Dreamy and delicious ice cream and doughnuts (some plant based), rich european style chocolates and pastries, iconic cupcakes, and the best dessert shop for 34 years running are all on one block in Midtown. An easy stroll in the heart of Midtown – along with a parking protected bike lane in front to encourage cyclists – tempting treats available at these five shops are sure to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Babes Ice Cream & Donuts @babes_vegan
2417 J Street | Open every day 8 am – 9 pm  

Already a hit among dessert aficionados, the newly opened dessert shop was founded by the owners of the popular Pushkin’s bakery and offers 100 percent vegan and gluten-free ice cream and donuts in addition to plant-based milks at the espresso bar. 

Ginger Elizabeth Patisserie @gingerelizabeth
2413 J Street |Open Tuesday through Saturday 7 am – 3 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

This shop is the famous Ginger Elizabeth’s second location in Midtown and offers locally-made desserts and breakfast pastries (and a selection of her melt-in-your-mouth chocolates of course), all made from fresh, carefully sourced ingredients. Note that Ginger Elizabeth has one of the best hot chocolates in the nation according to Yelp!

Icing on the Cupcake @icingonthecpcke
2416 J Street| Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

With an amazing array of cupcake choices, brownies, pies and more, this sweet shop also offers custom cupcakes, desserts for weddings, and even offers set-up services for an eye-catching dessert bar at local events.

Midtown Bakery @midtownbakery

2301 J St | Open Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 2 pm

The latest addition to this sweet block, Midtown Bakery offers cookies, brownies, cakes, scones, and muffins, all nestled into the cutest little Midtown historic home there ever was. This boutique desserterie is also a hot spot on Saturday mornings before or after the Midtown Farmers Market for their French Puffs, a light butter muffin doused in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. 

Rick’s Dessert Diner @ricksdessert
2401 J Street |  Open Monday through Thursday 10 am – 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am – 12 am and Sunday 11 am – 11 pm

Opened in 1986 and voted #1 in the “Best Desserts” category by Sacramento magazine readers for 34 consecutive years (in addition to many other accolades), Rick’s has a welcoming vibe and retro atmosphere. The dessert shop offers a dazzling variety of European and American desserts (such as cakes, fresh fruit tarts and tortes, decadent chocolate desserts, cheesecakes and more), all made fresh daily from scratch. Open late into the evenings, custom cakes are also available to make any occasion extra special.

While not on the same block on J Street, there are plenty of other dessert shops and tasty treats available to enjoy nearby including late night churros at Cantina Alley, refreshing pineapple frozen Dole Whips at The Jungle Bird, lovely natural wines and snacks at Ro Sham Beaux, and beautiful coffee and tea options at Drip Espresso, just to name a few.

Parking is plentiful near the Sweet Spot and adjacent parking protected bike lanes make it easy to park your bike and then peddle off the sugar. To learn more about other transportation options

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14 Delicious Brunch Destinations in Midtown Sacramento

Arguably the most important meal of the week and what Midtown Sacramento is made for–brunch. It’s a time to gather with friends and catch up over lattes and shared pancakes or kick off a fun afternoon of day drinking with mimosas and Bloody Marias (that’s Mary’s sister, only made with tequila). Whichever your vibe, brunch is a social affair that provides an opportunity to connect, face-to-face, and good food and drinks are a must.

Thankfully, here in Midtown there’s a spot for everyone. Whether you’re feeling like one of the classics, such as eggs benedict and country potatoes, or are craving comfort food, like chicken and waffles, it’s guaranteed that you will find what you’re looking for. Midtown also boasts vegan and gluten free options and if you’re really hungry you can try out a breakfast burger.

Check out some of our old favorites, along with a few new haunts to the neighborhood, below. Most Midtown spots have dog friendly patios, but if you’re not sure, just give them a call ahead of time.

 

Paragary’s @paragarysmidtown

The Sutter District | 1401 28th Street | Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

With one of the most sought after patios in Midtown, complete with waterfalls, fireplace, and mature olive trees, everything at Paragary’s is presented just perfectly. This neighborhood bistro in the Sutter District specializes in seasonal French-inspired cuisine with a local twist. We insist you order a cinnamon roll or lemon ricotta pancakes to share, and ask about the special rose bottle pricing.

The Morning Fork @themorningforksacramento

Midtown Central District | 1111 21st Street | Brunch: Everyday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Midtown’s favorite Mom & Pop spot, the Morning Fork is a retro-themed breakfast and lunch joint! Co-owner + Chef Keith serves traditional American diner favorites with culinary flair. Take a seat in cozy booths with walls lined with local art, or dine at the bar to see his partner in love and live Co-owner + Waitress Extraordinaire Jennifer in action.

Sibling by Pushkin’s @sibling_restaurant

The Handle District | 1813 Capitol Ave | Brunch: Everyday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Nestled in the Handle District of Midtown with views of the State Capital, Sibling specializes in daily gluten-free brunch. They also have an extensive Vegan Brunch Menu for our plant-based friends! Dine-in and try a basket of baked goods from parent restaurant Pushkin’s rotating bakery menu.

Hawks Public House @hawksprovisionsandpublichouse

The Alhambra District | 1525 Alhambra Blvd | Brunch: Sundays Check Times Online

Not just the home of the best blue cheese hand stuffed stuffed olive Bloody Mary in town, Hawks brunch food menu is enough to put them on the map alone. Add an egg to their famous burger and call it a breakfast food or treat yourself to the incredible pork hash. Their menu rotates seasonally so we think it’s important to stop by at least four times per year. Hawks Provisions is immediately adjacent to the Public House which offers coffees, pastries and prepared items to go.

The Porch @porchsactown

1815 K Street | Brunch Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This Midtown eatery transports you to the south with Cajun, Creole, and other southern regional dishes. Their full bar has a “Whiskey Library” with dozens of bourbons, ryes, and other whiskeys from around the world which pair perfectly with fried tomatoes, chicken and waffles, or even…get this…a waffle sandwich.

Crepeville @crepeville

The Handle District | 1730 L Street | Brunch Everyday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Did someone say Crepe? Crepeville serves breakfast and lunch favorites daily including eggs, sandwiches, bagels, soups, salads, and of course — Crepes! With sweet or savory crepes, we recommend ordering one of both. Try the Banana Chocolate, Strawberry Nutella, Chicken Pesto, or Florentine, or even design your own Crepe. Random but amazing, this restaurant has a server your own water infusion area where you can have standard items such as mint or orange water or an unexpected jalapeno water.

Ink Eats & Drinks @inkeats

The Sutter District | 2730 N Street | Brunch Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

One of our favorite late-night bite spots in the Sutter District also serves brunch! Ink is known for their iconic Bloody Mary Bar which pairs perfectly with a Loco Moco or Hawaiian Bread French Toast. If you are verging on hangry, this is a great spot to go as their wait time is shot and their kitchen cranks out the bites quickly.

LowBrau @lowbrau916

Midtown Central District | 1050 20th Street | Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Get your brunch on in the heart of Lavender Heights. Taste German-inspired fares and sip on mimosas with a view of the bustling Saturday Midtown Farmers Market. We like to have the lox and rye plate, order a side of duck fat fries, bring a pup for a dog-friendly patio experience, and people watch on Saturdays.

Café Bernardo @cafe.bernardo

The Sutter District | 2730 Capitol Ave | Brunch Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 10:30 am, Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Located in the beautiful and brand new Fort Sutter Hotel, local favorite restaurant Cafe Bernardo has a breakfast and brunch that is hard to beat. There are no bad seats at this café — dine inside at a buttery leather booth, sit at the California shaped wooden table, or relax outdoors on the dog-friendly patio with patio heaters!

Zocalo @zocalorestaurant

The Handle District | 1801 Capitol Ave | Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Do yourself a flavor and try weekend brunch at this Mexican restaurant in the Handle District. Zocalo proves tacos are a good idea any time of day with their Brunch Tacos, serves authentic dishes like Chilaquiles, or try our personal favorite – the enchiladas con huevos with extra cilantro rice. Housed in a converted auto repair shop, you will be astounded by the architecture and ambiance with high ceilings, a beautiful patio and fountain, and a wrap around bar.

Red Rabbit @sacrabbit

The Sutter District | 2718 J Street | Brunch Everyday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Across the street from Marshall Park and next to the local favorite music venue Harlows, Red Rabbit does Avocado Toast exceptionally well along with all the breakfast classics. The juice options are extensive to pair with your mimosa or just get the bottle of bubbles and skip the mixers. Save the date and visit Red Rabbit for the holidays and enjoy their iconic egg nogs which we’ve decided is a breakfast drink.

 

Limelight @limelightsac

Alhambra District | 1014 Alhambra Blvd | Brunch Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
In business for more than 60 years, this classic pub and card house is a local gem in the Alhambra Corridor. The diner-esq menu has hometown favorite written all over it. The Tot Bowl is not to be missed and is just as incredible as it sounds. Limelight’s long time bartenders are ready to make the perfect Bloody Mary to complement your meal and the incredible collection of sports memorabilia will give you something to gawk at.

Revolution Winery & Kitchen @revolutionwines

2831 S Street | Brunch Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring on the bubbles! With sparkling wines and gourmet dishes, many available as a vegan option, Revolution Winery & Kitchen pairs well with brunch. Their outdoor patio connects to Temple Coffee and sets the scene for picturesque wine tasting in Midtown!

The Zebra Club

1900 P Street | Breakfast Everyday 7:00 am

We are not going to sugar coat this because our friends over at Zebra wouldn’t want us to. Your feet might stick to the floor as you walk in and your bartender will be your server, your chef and your surly guide to all things Midtown. But here’s the deal, the food offerings are a slew of very tasty breakfast basics for less than $10 a plate and you will without a doubt hang with the Mitown locals here. Watch out on the drinks or you just might be closing down the bar at 2 am.

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10 Iconic Midtown Coffee Shops

True or false: Coffee makes everything better. If you’re like us, coffee is as essential to the day as your morning routine. Looking for a caffeine boost before heading to the bustling Midtown Farmers Market on a Saturday? Or are you plotting a midday escape from your work, or perhaps catching up with an old friend at your local neighborhood cafe? With so many ways that coffee intertwines with our day-to-day lives, it’s imperative to have the best spots scoped out around town. The good news is, Midtown Sacramento has you covered.

Midtown’s coffee—and tea—scene is buzzing with locally owned shops, serving sustainably sourced beans, many of which are roasted on site or at local Sacramento roasteries and presented beautifully with creative fusions as well as tried and true blends. Many shops also feature locally made pastries, each with their own unique spin.

Having a cup of coffee can be a powerful ritual and everyone’s perfect coffee shop looks a little bit different. For some it might mean a moment of peace with minimalist ambiance and calming herbal tea, while others might be seeking a bustling dog-friendly patio with a robust food menu for the perfect connection time with a friend, or you might be looking for a spot to hunker down and work with plant covered walls, deep booth seating and outlets galore.

The best thing about grabbing a coffee or tea in Midtown is that there are so many spots to choose from and you don’t have to settle on just one. To make it easy, we have compiled a list of ten iconic coffee shops and cafés in Midtown for you to try out.

The Mill Sacramento | @themillsacramento
1827 I Street | Open everyday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Mill provides great coffee, handcrafted tea, and a growing menu of house-made offerings to eat. A few things really stand out at The Mill–incredible herbal teas, the most instagrammable front windows with seasonal decor, and we insist that you try their signature Waffle In Hand to pair with your drink of choice. The ambiance is cozy and peaceful.

Temple Coffee Roasters | @templecoffee
2200 K Street | Open everyday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
1615 16th Street | Open everyday 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
2829 S Street | Open everyday 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

Temple’s three Midtown locations brew high-quality coffee drinks, are open late and serve local pastries from Midtown’s Pushkin’s Bakery and other gluten free treats daily. Your biggest challenge will be picking just one location. The 16th Street location has incredible access to one of Midtown’s most popular parks–Fremont Park, home of Fresh Air: Fremont Park programming. The K Street location welcomes you with a floor paved with pennies and breezy outdoor seating. The S Street location patio is an urban oasis with succulents and a wine bar next door, should afternoon coffee time spill into happy hour. The ambiance for all of them is busy and bustling with plenty of plugs at the 16th and S Street locations.

Old Soul in the Alley | @oldsoulco
The Handle District | 1716 L Street | Open everyday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

This cafe tucked into one of Midtown’s special mural-filled alleyways behind 1716 L Street  features on-site baking and coffee roasting. Their specialty coffee drinks rotate every season along with their display of work by local artists. Added bonus, their menu is enough to make a full meal for a breakfast or lunch meeting!

Drip Espresso | @dripespresso
1004 24th Street | Wednesday – Sunday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Three sisters opened Drip Espresso in 2022 to create a space for coffee, community, and culture to come together. This Black-owned family business is not to be missed. Try their Cardi Rose, a cardamom and rose latte which comes hot or iced and don’t forget to grab a snack, like the Jaeda (named after their beautiful vegan powerhouse momma), featuring a black-eyed pea hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and crunchy garlic on toast.

The Trade Coffee & Coworking | @thetradecollab
2220 K Street | Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trade’s signature phrase is “Great ideas start at the Trade.” But this coworking space is anything but work with a side of coffee. At Trade, experienced baristas bring out the best seasonal or classic coffee drinks. We recommend the iced New Orleans Style and a photo with the pixelated Mona Lisa mural, by local artist JM Knudsen, out front.

Milka Coffee Roasters | @milka_coffee
1501 G Street | Everyday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Speaking of iconic, a visit to Midtown must include a stroll through the iconic historic Victorian homes spread throughout the community. Milka is the perfect way to experience this Midtown cultural moment. Roasted and served right in their 1861 Victorian building, Milka Coffee feels like home. The simplicity, the play of light and shadows in the interior decor and the bright open patio make this a perfect spot to work or have an afternoon date.

Pachamama Café Orgánico | @pachamama_coffee
919 20th Street | Everyday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Located in the former Explore Midtown headquarters, this local roastery is 100% farmer owned. The shop roasts on site and serves organic coffee from smallholder farms in Africa and Latin America. They are on a mission to build a community dedicated to sustainable, quality coffee. We recommend trying the Honey Bear Cold Brew, though you can’t go wrong with their specialty drinks and seasonal delights.

Bober Tea & Coffee | @boberteausa
1801 L Street | Everyday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Explore Vietnamese coffee and boba drinks from Bober Tea and take a photo with their iconic pink floral wall and swing, the perfect Instagrammable moment!

World Traveler Coffee Roasters | @worldtravelercoffee

Come for a coffee or tea, and see their Geisen Roaster in action as they roast their green beans from around the world!

When it comes to the best coffee in Midtown, it may be too hard to choose. Whether you are an avid coffee drinker and looking for a new place to buy your regular cup of joe or someone that just enjoys getting a quality latte to take away, Midtown has something for everyone.

Be sure to check out each coffee shop’s Instagram and follow us on Instagram (@exploremidtown) for updates on new business openings, events, and more!