Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California

Sacramento was my home for almost a full year, and it really grew on me over time and I began to love the whole “Midtown life.” I had so much fun living down the street from tons of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and being able to walk everywhere. Below are some of my top places in the Sacramento area to check out!

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Temple Coffee

I grew up on Starbucks my whole life, but after being exposed to Temple Coffee, which also happened to be right across the street from my apartment, I was hooked. Not to mention, it’s such a fun and trendy industrial atmosphere, and the floor is made out of pennies! Try their Affogato Nitro Float for a shot of quality espresso with some delicious in-house ice cream.

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Lowbrau

Located in the gay district of Midtown, it’s rather amusing they put a sausage restaurant in the middle of it all. This intersection with the nightclub Faces along with all the other bars and restaurants is the place to be on a Saturday night! I definitely recommend the bratwurst on a pretzel bun with a side of duck fat fries paired with their beer cocktail, the Shandy.

Man, I’ve turned into such a foodie living in Midtown…

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Biergarten

Another German place down the street! Yes, a German beer garden with all sorts of great snacks! They’re known for their beer slushies, where they give you a giant boot of beer topped off with slushie deliciousness. And you have to try either their garlic fries or the giant pretzel!

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Cantina Alley

This place just opened up down the street and I am hooked on their happy hour selection of Mexican tapas! It gets insanely crowded so expect to put your name down for an hour wait. My favorite is the elote, which is juicy yellow corn on a stick rolled in mayo cream, cotija cheese, and Mexican spices (my mouth is watering just thinking about it). Their La Sandia drink is the best, and dangerous because of how good it tastes. They serve the drink in a scooped-out mini watermelon with watermelon puree, silver tequila, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice topped with a sprinkle of Tajin chili-citrus salt for an extra kick. I’m also a huge fan of prickly pears from cacti so I love their bright pink prickly pear cocktail!

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Clementine Dam

Shifting away from food (I love food, if you couldn’t tell) I wrote a previous article on the Clementine Dam hike, and it’s a great place to check out for an afternoon hike. Read about it here!

Sunflower Fields

And if you get the chance to visit in the summertime (I encourage you not to though since it gets unreasonably hot), you have to see the sunflower fields of Dixon! The best time to take photos is at sunset since they always face East. Be careful though, farmers place hives next to the fields so there’s tons of bees.

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