Five Faves in Our Backyard

While there are numerous things we treasure about our City by the Bay, we’d like to highlight a few Emeryville treasures that make us proud to be a part of Emeryville’s fabric.

  1. Christie Park – This newly re-designed park adjacent to the west entrance of the Food Hall is the newest spot in the area for play, recreation and relaxation. A particular highlight is the ocean-themed playground, which features a life-sized whale.  There are also bike and walking paths, a protected dog park, picnic lawns and ample seating. On the next sunny day, grab some food at Public Market and enjoy it al-fresco in this new open space.
  2. Amtrak – It’s a little magical to think you can hop on a train just across the tracks from Public Market and travel as far as Chicago. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, a new Amtrak depot was built in Emeryville to replace the damaged 16th Street Station in West Oakland. The Emeryville station serves Amtrak’s California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, San Joaquin, and Capitol Corridor trains, with service to destinations including Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Denver.
  3. Peet’s Coffee – Founded originally in Berkeley by Dutch immigrant and the son of a wholesale coffee operator, Alfred Peet has come to be known as “the godfather of gourmet coffee in the U.S.” Peet’s is headquartered in Emeryville and our favorite Peet’s location is undoubtedly the one at Public Market. Along with founding the “original craft coffee,” Peet’s is also known for its commitment of doing good through charitable donations and sustainable sourcing.
  4. Emeryville Mudflats – This Bayfront segment of Emeryville was the site of an extensive conservation effort in the 1950s. In the following decades, the “Mudflats” gained notoriety when various professional and amateur artists installed striking sculptures made from driftwood timbers found in the Bay’s. The Mudflats were even featured in the 1971 cult classic film Harold and Maude.
  5. Head Over Heels Athletic Arts- Who knew there was a youth facility training some of the best gymnasts in the country, right here in Emeryville? Last winter, HOHAA-trained athlete Frida Ezparza qualified for an elite national championship in Las Vegas. Not only for gifted and talented kids, Head Over Heels Athletic Arts offers gymnastics classes for all ages, seasonal camps, birthday parties, and physical education for local preschools.