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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 diall 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.

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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.

 

Getting To & Around Midtown Is Easy!

Wondering how to get around Midtown? Sacramento is one of California’s most accessible major cities, and Midtown in particular provides many different options that make traveling to and around our central city effortless. Midtown is set up as a grid with numerical streets from 16th to 30th running north and south, and alphabetical streets from B to V running east to west, making it an incredibly easy part of town to navigate. Additionally, with so many transportation options available—like driving, public transportation, biking, walking, rideshare, and micromobility—Midtown’s mix of timeless and trendy restaurants, bars, cafes, entertainment venues and art galleries are easily accessible.

To make getting to and around Midtown even easier, we’ve compiled resources below that will help you navigate Sacramento’s urban core, allowing you to focus instead on building your itinerary for the day and exploring all the fun things to do in Midtown.

Want to drive?

It’s easy to grab a spot on the street or reserve a guaranteed spot in advance of an event. To make parking your car easier and friendlier for everyone, here are several City of Sacramento resources for finding the perfect spot to park:

Additionally, the East End Garage, on 17th Street between L Street and Capitol Ave, offers discounted parking in the evenings and on weekends, with a $2 flat rate ($5 for second Saturday of each month). The garage currently is cash pay only but keep an eye out for the transition to multi-pay options in the near future.

Individuals commuting to Sacramento can take advantage of the SacPass Commuter Parking Special. The program is available at select parking garages including Memorial Garage at 801 14th Street. Time restrictions and reservations apply. To learn more about the program click HERE.

Finally, be sure to use the City of Sacramento’s site to stay up to date on parking services and road closures.

Prefer public transportation?

SacRT makes public transportation easy with the light rail connecting our suburbs, convenient bus lines throughout the city, and the SmaRT Ride service that offers on-demand ridership from door to door. Midtown is easily accessible via the 29th Street, 23rd Street and 16th Street light rail stops and at $2.50 a ticket, you can’t beat this option!

  • Check out SacRT’s How to Ride Guide for tips using the system
  • Plan your trip ahead of time and make visiting Midtown a breeze with SacRT Trip Planner
  • Get more information about SmaRT Ride services and download the app
  • Learn about basic and discounted fares here

Want to bike?

Our region’s mild winters and warm summers create the perfect environment to bike year-round. With bike culture being an essential part of Midtown life, along with miles of bike lanes leading to and throughout the central city, getting around Midtown is even easier on two wheels.

Want to rent a scooter or bike?

Midtown offers a variety of accessible micromobility options to get around the district. Just download one of the apps below, find the nearest ride and you’re off! Remember to abide by all traffic laws and wear a helmet.

  • Lime offers scooters and bikes. Just download the Lime mobile app to get started.
  • Bird offers readily available scooters through their Bird mobile app
  • Helbiz offers scooters that can be found throughout the district with the Helbiz mobile app

Or maybe even rent a car?

Take rideshare to enjoy the convenience of being driven to your Midtown destination. Multiple options are available in Midtown, your ride is only a few minutes away.

  • Uber offers rideshare services for pickup and drop-off anytime you need
  • Lyft offers pickup and drop off service for convenient travel throughout the district
  • Gig Car Share is a one-way, all-electric car share service for instant car rental that will get yourself where you need to go

Walking your thing?

Midtown offers tree-lined streets with sidewalks and front-facing retail businesses, and an eclectic mix of architectural styles on just about every block. With an easy-to-navigate grid you can get to restaurants, entertainment, art galleries and residential housing all within a short walk. Midtown boasts thirteen major activity centers, each with its own personality and business mix, including Midtown Central, Sutter District, and Handle District, and going from one to the other is only a 5-10 minute minute walk.

 

Midtown has so much to offer and with these helpful tips for getting around the grid, planning a trip seems easy in comparison to choosing where to go or what to do first. Be sure to check out our other blogs for more on where to eat, drink and shop around Midtown or follow us on Instagram @ExploreMidtown for tips on where to go.