If you’re planning a trip to the Bay Area, Emeryville might not be the first destination that comes to mind. But take a look at our top seven favorite places to eat and explore in the city across the Bay, and we might change your mind.
If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, a Friday night dinner and movie, or a relaxing afternoon stroll, then Bay Street is the place to go. Bay Street offers a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options for people of all ages. There are several quick service options to choose from like Pizza My Heart as well as fancier sit-down restaurants like P.F. Chang’s. Bay Street also hosts various events and entertainment for all ages including the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 3-7 pm. Other events include Sunday night salsa from 3-5 pm in May, June, and July and free Latin dance classes each Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in July, August, and September. Make sure to check Bay Street’s website for a list of fun events throughout the year.
Bay Street Emeryville, 5616 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA, USA, +1 510 655 4002
For those traveling with kids or for those who are kids at heart, no visit to Emeryville would be complete without taking a quick peek at its most beloved cultural landmark. It will be a quick peek because unless you know someone on the inside, the only thing you will be able to see is the giant Pixar sign at the front gate. So you may ask, why stop at all? Beginning in 1979, Pixar Animation Studios has been the birthplace of some of the most cherished characters in modern animation history. In 1995, Disney and Pixar released Toy Story, their first collaborative project and the first ever computer-animated feature film. In 2000, Pixar moved to its current 22-acre home in Emeryville. Several local hangouts and eateries including Arizmendi (Inside Out) and Fentons Creamery (featured in Up) make brief appearances in Pixar films, so keep your eyes open.
Pixar Animation Studios, 1200 Park Ave, Emeryville, CA, USA, +1 510 922 3000
Emeryville has several options for anyone hoping to take in a scenic view or a quiet stroll through nature. Eastshore State Park, operated by the East Bay Regional Park District, provides 8.5 miles of parkland along the beautiful San Francisco Bay from the Bay Bridge to Richmond. Visitors can take advantage of sunset views from pedestrian and bicycle trails that parallel the water. Make sure to visit the East Bay Regional Park District’s website for trail maps, transit information, and directions to the park.
If you’re in the mood for a picnic lunch or a sunset stroll, look no further then Emeryville’s Marina and Marina Park. Marina Park is smaller and lesser known than Eastshore, with residents frequenting the area for a jog or a quiet break from the day. On a clear day, visitors are rewarded with views of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. A word of caution for those who may be unprepared, make sure to bring a jacket or two. In true San Francisco fashion, when the winds pick up, the temperature drops drastically.