When visiting a city one can only visit so many of the standard sites. What you really want to see are the unique places that give a city its personality. You know; places that not every tourist goes and only the locals know about. Well, Sacramento has a few and you should not miss them.
The first location falls into the category of amazing and fun. Evangeline’s in Old Town Sacramento is one of those stores where you go when you cannot find what you are looking for anywhere else. Unique gifts and naughty cards are just a few of the things you will find here. From novelties to ceremonial knives, Evangeline’s has nothing you need and everything you want. One warning; be prepared to spend a lot more time in Evangeline’s then you were planning.
Our next location is the Grau-Hall Scientific Company located at 6401 Elvis Ave. Do you need a Lorentz Force Demonstrator or a Geiger counter? How about some owl pellets or pig parts. If you ever had the desire to become a mad scientist or win the Nobel Peace Prize you definitely, need to shop here.
If you are into clubbing and want to be a little adventurous go to 2000 K St. where you will find Northern California’s largest nightclub, Faces. Faces is also a well-known and long time gay nightclub. If you are not gay, do not let that put you off. People from all lifestyles are known to show up here. If you are on the conservative side, you will want to be prepared for what you are going to experience. This wild and crazy place is hopping all the time. You probably will not want to bring your visiting Midwestern relatives here for a night on the town.
Were you looking for something a little less adventurous? Maybe you would like a nice breakfast. The Tower Café is located at 1518 Broadway. It is easy to find, next to the theater building with the big tower of course. The Tower Café has a very eclectic theme. It is part tropical, part East Asian and Egyptian with a little Height Ashbury thrown in. The food is absolutely fantastic. The Tower Café might be best known for its Custard dipped French bread French toast. If you order the “Famous French Toast”, start with a half order. Otherwise, you will be stuffed until dinnertime. The Tower offers brunch, lunch and dinners as well and reservation are recommended during peak hours.
All of these places together make for a great Saturday adventure. The Tower Café for breakfast, a little shopping at the Grau-Hall and Evangeline’s, and finish off with a wild evening at Faces. After a Saturday like this, you may not be able to go to sleep.