Located in the East Bay, Hayward is only a 30-minute drive from San Francisco and boasts varied cuisines to suit any palate. The city has classic American choices, with burger and steakhouse places, and even one of the country’s first local breweries still crafting their own beers to go along with the traditional food. There are also enough international options to make the city an interesting food hub. From Afghan to Mexican fare, Italian and Japanese sushi specialists, Hayward is even home to a locals’ favorite Texan pit-smoked bbq place.
Located in the center of downtown Hayward, Buon Appetito offers contemporary Italian cuisine in a modern, relaxed place. White tablecloth dining, romantic chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and Italian-inspired paintings on the walls make the place charming, while the open kitchen allows direct glimpses of the food in preparation. Expect to find a typical Italian menu with antipasti appetizers, Italian panini sandwiches, pizzas and homemade pasta in a variety of flavors. Finish up your meal with staple desserts, like tiramisu or torta di ricotta.
Buon Appetito, 917 A Street, Hayward, CA, USA, +1 510 247 0120
Hippie’s Brew is a breakfast and brunch place specializing in bagels and coffees. The modern interior displays hip, top-to-bottom graffiti art on the walls and wooden furniture for a warm atmosphere. The bagel sammie choices range from the cheddar-bacon scone to the Freakin’ French toast, which is a sweet and savory bagel. They offer fresh roast coffee in a variety of flavors, which you can match with a morning pastry while you grab a book or play a game in their game area.
Hippie’s Brew, 21988 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA, USA, +1 510 969 2739
What started as a corner taco truck 30 years ago is today one of the most recognized Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. Tacos Uruapan (the name draws from the original owner’s hometown in Mexico) offers a warm, family-friendly atmosphere with basic decor and rich food, ensuring a traditional dining experience. On the menu, you’ll find dishes like quesadillas, burritos and tacos, meat and vegetable options, the unmissable chips and salsa, plus the ‘super nachos’ with beans and guacamole.
Tacos Uruapan, 29950 Huntwood Ave, Hayward, CA, USA, +1 510 581 1915