The island suburb of Alameda is a DeLorean ride through pop culture’s past. It’s home to a remarkable number of establishments that revel in erstwhile eras and retro recreation. If you want to open a massive 1920s-themed restaurant complete with flapper servers – like the forthcoming Capone’s Speakeasy – you look to Alameda. The city that introduced us to the popsicle and Skippy peanut butter originally served as a getaway for wealthy San Franciscans who frolicked at Neptune Beach amusement park and built mansions that would make our Painted Ladies weep. Today its landscape reads like a timeline of pop iconography. So power up the flux capacitor and chart your course with our fun, nostalgia-fueled map.
High Scores Arcade
1414 Park Street
Be the king of Kong at this newly recreated ‘80s arcade with a jukebox bumpin’ Buckner & Garcia and a pristine collection of 45 classic games, including Tron, Crystal Castles, and Punch-Out!
Pacific Pinball Museum
1510 Webster Street
Flip out at this paean to pinball filled with art, exhibits, and the metallic jangles, clanks, and buzzing of 90 playable pinball machines from the 1940s through the present.
1410 Park Street
Entering this wonder world crammed with new and used toys feels like stepping into your parents’ attic and rediscovering childhood treasures like E.T. dolls, Pac-Man accoutrements, and a galaxy of Star Wars figures.
2317 Central Avenue
Catch the original Godzilla or a first-run flick at this grand Art Deco palace built in 1932 by Timothy Pflueger, the architect who designed San Francisco’s Castro Theatre and Oakland’s Paramount.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire
2900 Navy Way
The largest antiques show in Northern California is set on a former naval airstrip with a sweeping view of the bay and an impossible collection of vintage décor, clothing, and furniture. It happens on the first Sunday of every month.
Juniper Tree Vintage
1320 Park Street
Don your best Holly Golightly – or Rusty Trawler – with a midcentury makeover at this boutique that stocks exceptional vintage clothing from the 1940s to 1970s.
Subpar Miniature Golf
1511 Park Street
The theme for your next birthday party can be what you did on your tenth birthday at this 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, arcade, and massive slot car racetrack.
1304 Lincoln Avenue
Glowing glass floats, bamboo huts, and puffer fish mugs swimming with rum summon the gods at this modern iteration of a postwar tiki bar.
Ole’s Waffle Shop
1507 Park Street
“Since 1927” means vintage neon on the outside and thick white porcelain coffee mugs on the inside at this perennial Park Street breakfast spot.