Tower Cafe and Tower Theater are favorite Sacramento destinations!


The eclectic interior of the Tower Cafe; the grotto outside also a favorite place on nice days!

The Tower Theater, looking to the west from Land Park Drive.
Sacramento is a bikable city, and Tower Theater and Cafe offers plenty of spots to lock up your bikes!
The Tower Theater opened in the 1930s, one of the finest Art Deco theaters on the West Coast. Zamm’s Candy was to the left, Tower Drugs (now site of Tower Cafe) to the right.

In an earlier post we noted that the Midtown area of Sacramento offers some of our favorite Capital City destinations.  J and K streets, from about 15th through 30th Streets, offer a wealth of cute shops, restaurants and nightspots. The area features many fine restaurants, from Waterboy, Biba’s, Paragary’s and more.  The Old Spaghetti Factory, in the old Union Pacific Railroad station, is like dining in a museum. For a more daring dining option, try Ricks Dessert Diner, 2401 J St., offering some of the most tempting dessert choices you’ll find anywhere!

Arguably, our most unique and delicious find is the Tower Café in the art deco Tower Theater complex.

It is about 12 blocks south from the main Midtown area, part of the old Tower Theater complex, corner of Broadway and Land Park Drive. The theater runs an ongoing series of noteworthy films and art flicks, many of which don’t show in San Joaquin County. The Tower complex opened in the 1930s, with Zamm’s Candy store on the south, and Tower Drugs on the north portion of the complex. Tower Café occupies the space of the former drug store.

The Tower Café has long been one of our top dining spots, offering outdoor dining in a shady grotto virtually removed from the city’s hustle and bustle; the restaurant’s eclectic interior décor adds to the eatery’s special allure.  They offer a creative set of menu choices and we’ve never been disappointed in both food and ambiance! 

How to get there: From Stockton, take I-5 north 45 miles to Sacramento, go east on US Hwy. 50, take the 16th Street exit, go right, then left on Broadway one block to the Café and Theater.

What’s nearby:  Just to the north a dozen blocks, Sacramento’s revitalized downtown and midtown areas.

What to take: Good walking shoes and your camera!

Where to stay: Overnight lodging is available in Old Sacramento on the Delta King and the nearby Embassy Suites (beside the historic Tower Bridge).  Other nearby motels and hotels can be found throughout downtown Sacramento.

For more info on downtown and midtown Sacramento in-spots: Tower Café,, 1518 Broadway, 916.441.0222; Tower Theater,, 2508 Land Park Drive, 916.442.0985; Downtown Sacramento Partnership, 980 9th Street, (916) 442-8575,;  Sacramento Midtown Business Association, 919. 20th Street, (916) 442-1500,; Old Sacramento Business Association, 980 9th Street, Suite 400, (916) 442-8575, Check the web site or pick up a copy of Sacramento News and Review, a lively arts guide to what’s going on ( 

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Happy travels in the west!

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