It wasn’t long ago if guests asked how to walk to “downtown”, we would point them towards Downtown Disney. Or tell them that it was too far to walk to downtown LA. There simply wasn’t any reason to send our guests to downtown Anaheim. Things are changing though as a handful of stores and restaurants are popping up downtown that are worth visiting. One part of the downtown revival is the Center Street Promenade. It’s a small area 5-minutes north of the Howard Johnson Hotel (1.5 miles – directions HERE) with some quaint, local stores you wont find at the big malls. Here’s a look at some of what Center Street has to offer starting with the Cheese Shop. I guess you can say that this is the best cheese shop in the city; there’s only one. If you have a need for some artisinal cheese, sandwiches, or snacks, this is a good place to start.
I have been on a lifelong quest to find good food, and it seems that it has been right around the corner this whole time. Here is the food court on Center Street:
Center Street also caters to vegan and vegetarian tastes
There is a store full of gift items for the home. A lot of the stuff is local and handmade, so the inventory changes regularly:
For you gents out there, I’ve saved the best for last. There simply aren’t stores like this anymore. The Good Californian Haberdashery is a great store for casual fashion for men. What’s so unique about this store you say? It has a shoe store connected to it called Heart and Sole. Okay, okay, while that’s true, that doesn’t make it unique. There is also a barber shop connecting both stores where you can get a beer before you get a haircut! You may have to see it to believe it but it exists:
To be fair, Center Street Promenade doesn’t have much for kids, but I hear there’s a theme park for that! If you want to see a different side of Anaheim, take a look at our new Downtown.
See you next time!
Downtown Tommy Brown
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