BART adventures: Fruitvale station

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The Fruitvale station BART stop drops you off in the center of a Mexican cultural mecca. Throughout Fruitvale neighborhood you can eat some of the best Mexican food and baked goods in the East Bay, visit historic cultural sites and experience the yearly Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos festival. If you’re in the mood for amazing tacos, this is the BART stop that will lead you to the promised land.

 

Bakery El Sol

Bakery is a short two-minute, one-block walk from the Fruitvale BART station. There you will find authentic Mexican desserts such as Rosca de Reyes, which mean “King’s cakes” and are eaten during the Día de Reyes, a holiday celebrated in Spain and across Latin America. Bakery el Sol is well priced, well placed and offers amazing pastries that will cure you of your midsemester blues.

Price: inexpensive

Address: 3340 E 12th St Oakland, CA 94601

 

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

The Peralta Hacienda Historical Park is nestled in the heart of Fruitvale. The park has three distinct areas, which when combined will allow you to fully immerse yourself in nature and history. You can explore adobes built as early as 1821 by Luíz Peralta, who owned the land and whose son eventually converted it into an established stopping point for travellers. The focal point of the park is the Italianate Victorian-style 1870 Peralta House, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places. We also recommend exploring the grounds, which include many play structures, outdoor murals and the Peralta Creek nature area, which exhibits native flora.

Price: donations welcome

Address: 2465 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

 

Tacos

Fruitvale has what seems to be an inordinate amount of taco trucks all over the area. Walking down International Boulevard, one can easily glimpse two taco trucks within walking distance of each other. There isn’t really any particular taco truck we recommend. They all serve inexpensive, fast and delicious Mexican food without the hassle of having to wait in line. When you’re running around Fruitvale visiting the various sites to see, the taco trucks will always have your back.

Price: inexpensive

Address: varies

 

Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos

In past years, Fruitvale has been home to the Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos festivals. Cinco de Mayo is a relatively small holiday in Mexico but widely celebrated across the United States. It celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, a morale-inducing symbolic victory in the Franco-Mexican War. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday which celebrates the lives of the departed.  These festivals are always fun and lively. One can see a variety of singing and dancing groups, such as baile folklorico groups (a dance that is an amalgamation of Mexican traditional dance), eat some of the best food in the Bay and celebrate Mexican holidays, which are steeped in cultural meaning and tradition. As the holidays are not quite upon us, we sadly cannot give you more information as to where to go or what to do, specifically.

Price: free entry, varies

Address: one block from the Fruitvale BART station

 

Contact Sophia Zepeda at [email protected].