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Things To Do in Downtown Sacramento

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Due to our large market reach and incredible surrounding communities, it’s easy to forget that there is so much going on in the heart of downtown Sacramento itself. And because Sacramento is saturated with shops, restaurants, attractions and events, you’ll certainly need a guide to the city to steer you in the right direction.

For downtown residents, this may serve as a reminder of some favorite stops or expose you to a few new ones. For neighbors tucked away in the suburbs or from other cities around the globe, we hope this ensures you’re able to make the most of your visit to Downtown Sacramento.

Places to Eat

TableVine
Table Vine Sacramento
Photos courtesy of TableVine

TableVine serves exquisite farm-to-table fare surrounded by their inviting wine country decor that will make you forget you’re just steps from Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento. The “live menu” from Dan Sneed and his master culinary team features fresh and flavorful dishes from local farms, changing on an almost daily basis.

The Press Bistro

Take a break from the busy downtown atmosphere at The Press Bistro, offering authentic Mediterranean fare and libations in their comfortable and inviting setting. Turn your visit into a quick drink, some small bites or an entire meal — either out on their patio or inside their dining room.

Grange Restaurant and Bar
The Grange Restaurant
Photos courtesy of Grange Restaurant

You mustn’t look far for more farm-fresh fare in this city. Grange Restaurant and Bar is a classy and sophisticated eatery presenting creative and healthy options on their menus, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Don’t miss out on their wonderful wines, cocktails and beers, which you can get for a reasonable price during their weekday happy hour from 3–6 p.m.

Iron Horse Tavern

You’ll be sure to rave about Iron Horse Tavern, a recent Sacramento dining destination addition from trusted Sacramento restaurateurs and creators of Cafeteria 15L and Firestone Public House. Iron Horse merges modern, vintage and industrial in an effortless manner, and perhaps more importantly, their menu is prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Capitol Garage
Capital Garage Restaurant Sacramento
Photos courtesy of Capitol Garage

Capitol Garage is an upbeat restaurant and bar, serving excellent fare during breakfast, lunch, dinner — and even for brunch on the weekends! With its central location, great food and drinks, fun environment and dog-friendly attitude — you can’t go wrong with Capitol Garage.

Cafeteria 15L

We can’t decide if we like the food or the atmosphere at Cafeteria 15L more. But who says we have to choose? This eclectic urban restaurant offers American comfort cuisine with a classic flair, featuring reclaimed woods, industrial light fixtures and an array of mismatched chairs. Perhaps more striking than the decor is the farm-fresh homespun creations that will leave you coming back for more.

Places to Drink

The Shady Lady Saloon

The Shady Lady Saloon Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Shady Lady Saloon

The Shady Lady Saloon is a ‘20s era bar with a modern twist, serving handcrafted cocktails, craft beer, and full lunch and dinner menus in their upbeat environment. Step into the past while experiencing something new at the Shady Lady Saloon, which was pronounced one of the best bars in America by Esquire!

Karma Brew

Karma Brew is a popular watering hole supplying craft beers, vintage and modern wines, sangrias and ciders, and more in their comfortable setting.

Blackbird

blackbird Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Blackbird

Not only does Blackbird offer 50 diverse beers on tap with selections rotating weekly, they have a killer happy hour that should not be missed. Stop by from 4–7 p.m. Monday through Saturday for some small bites and exceptional brews.

Ruhstaller Brewery + Taproom

If you’re a planner, set aside time to visit Ruhstaller Brewery + Taproom, which operates on an appointment-only basis. Enjoy one of their brews on-site at their dog-friendly taproom by calling 916-447-1881 or emailing brewery@ruhstallerbeer.com in advance! If you’d rather pick up some of their beer as a Sacramento souvenir, grab a pack of their beers at various locations in the Sacramento Region.

58 Degrees & Holding Co.

58 Degrees Sacramento

Photos of 58 Degrees // Courtesy of Alina Tyulyu/City Scout Magazine + Nicolette Skidmore/City Scout Magazine

When you find a good wine bar, you shouldn’t let it go. 58 Degrees & Holding Co. is an upscale and relaxing environment debuting some of the world’s most interesting wines. In fact, they offer up to 58 wine selections by the glass, and the perfect small plates to complement your choice.

Downtown & Vine

With Sacramento’s proximity to various wineries and the vineyard-saturated region of Napa, it’s only right to sit down for a glass or two at Downtown & Vine located in the heart of the city. This wine-bar-meets-restaurant-meets-event-center is the perfect destination for a flight of regional wines or craft beers. In fact, their retail area means you can take home your favorite bottle after all is said and done!

Whired Wine

WHIRED Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Whired Wine

Whired Wine is the latest wine bar on the scene, welcoming wine newbies and connoisseurs alike in their modern-industrial environment, with a vast selection of red and white wines. In fact, the name “Whired” is a witty combination of “white” and “red!”

Places to Shop

Downtown Commons

DOCO

Photo courtesy of Downtown Commons

Downtown Commons, better known as DOCO, is a popular shopping destination in the downtown area. With a growing number of shops and dining going in as DOCO continues to take shape, locals and visitors alike gather at this luxurious collection of recognized global brands and one-of-a-kind boutiques, experiencing a shopping trip like no other.

While you’re wander the streets of downtown might we suggest stopping by m.a.r.k. vintage or Vintage YSJ?

m.a.r.k. vintage

m.a.r.k. vintage specializes in mid-century, atomic, retro and kitschy home furnishings, in addition to men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Vintage YSJ

Vintage YSJ is Sacramento’s largest vintage retailer, where you’ll find a wonderful selection of both vintage and contemporary women’s clothing.

Attractions to Admire

Whether or not this is your first or fiftieth time visiting downtown, you’ll need to make sure you’ve visited at least one — or all — of these quintessential Sacramento attractions.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Get a glimpse of the famous Tower Bridge linking West Sacramento with the capital. Besides its fascinating history as a former part of U.S. Route 40, this bright yellow bridge is just spectacular to marvel at. In fact, you may be tempted to take a photo of it for Instagram, and that’s quite alright with us!

California State Capitol Museum

Visit the California State Capitol Museum at absolutely no cost and experience an exciting integration of the past, present and future in this state-of-the-art architectural masterpiece. Learn more about California’s rich history and see the present-day workings of the state’s seat of government.

Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum

Photo courtesy of Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum features a historical building joined alongside a modern architectural masterpiece that are true works of art in and of themselves. But step inside to behold diverse collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, African art and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

The Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park is certainly a sight to see during your downtown stroll. The mansion was originally built in 1856 and was later purchased and remodeled by Leland and Jane Stanford, the former of which served as the governor of California from 1862 to 1863. It later served as the office for three governors, and has a fascinating history spanning over 150 years. Today, the 19,000-square-foot mansion serves as a museum, where visitors can receive a tour highlighting its exquisite details.

Parks to Visit

With all this talk about businesses and attractions surrounded by asphalt streets and sturdy concrete buildings, you might be surprised to learn that downtown Sacramento has plenty of lush, green spaces to relax during your visit.

Capitol Park

Capitol Park is one of the most well-known and centralized parks, as it is situated directly in front of the capitol building. You’ll find peaceful gardens, trees from around the world, benches, and memorials paying tribute to significant events involving California. Be sure to spend some time in this area before or after your visit inside the Capitol Museum!

Roosevelt Park

Roosevelt Park is home to one of our favorite local farmers’ markets, in addition to a few basketball courts and a baseball diamond. Stay up-to-date with community events and practice your basketball skills at this centrally located Sacramento park.

Crocker Park

Crocker Park is a mellow city park near the Sacramento River featuring a variety of lawns, playgrounds and facilities. This is a relaxing area to take a break, enjoy a picnic, or let the kids run around during the early days of fall.

Events to Attend

In addition to the myriad of spontaneous community events taking place throughout the year, you can count on a few regular events to take over the streets of Sacramento on an annual basis.

Concerts in the park

Photo courtesy of Dan McGlade with Seething Studios via Concerts in the Park

A few of our favorite downtown annual and seasonal events include:

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Holly Bohnett is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate. Holly focuses on local events and community spotlights in the Sacramento area, as well as home and design inspiration for the real estate industry.

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