Creating a bucket list is a fun activity that can turn into a lifelong journey. Fortunately, there are a few spots you can check off after a few dedicated weekend hours. Here is the ultimate Hayward, CA bucket list.
1. Hippie’s Brew
As someone who often prefers homemade coffee from their kitchen, it is a huge deal to find a coffee shop worth going to. Hippie’s Brew should be on your Hayward bucket list because of its captivating art on the inside and their incredible menu. You can order a French Toast sandwich and drink a Rick Ross then not need a meal until evening comes. It is a very busy establishment so be sure to get there early to check this gem off your list!
2. Charlotte’s Ice Cream and Cafe
Located near the Downtown movie theater in Hayward, Charlotte’s has a guaranteed spot on the Hayward bucket list because of their tasty treats. Whether you are in the mood for a scoop of green tea ice cream or can’t get enough of that Oreo cannoli, this is the sweet spot for you.
3. Snappy’s Cafe
When you begin to tackle your Hayward bucket list, consider supporting a local business! You can stop by Snappy’s for a delicious croissant or stop by for a smoothie pick me up in the middle of the day. If you need to get some work done but don’t want to be cooped up inside the house, this cafe can be your safe haven.
4. The Cupcake Shoppe
Step aside grocery store cupcake containers, we’re here for The Cupcake Shoppe! This should be on your Hayward bucket list because of how decadent and original the cupcake flavors are. With favorites ranging from birthday cake to red velvet, these thick cupcakes are sure to satisfy. They are further on the expensive side but getting the chance to say you’ve had a french toast cupcake with bacon is priceless!
5. Country Waffles
A quaint alternative to the bustle of the nearest breakfast chain, Country Waffles has the perfect amount of hometown feel and flavorful combinations. Stop by for a banana & peanut butter waffle while you are checking off all your Hayward bucket list items.
6. Rita’s Italian Ice
If you are craving something different from the typical soft serve cone, consider going to Rita’s. Combine mango gelatini with custard for a flavor combination you will never forget. These treats are incredibly refreshing, and you will never regret the trip!
7. Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que
Hayward is a place that is not overpopulated with barbeque joints, but this place is all you need! Get a comforting plate of ribs with cornbread muffins on the side. The muffins are so soft and yummy that you may just make a meal out of them!
8. Hayward Japanese Gardens
If you are looking to marvel at the outdoors, the Japanese Gardens are the place for you. Not only does the surrounding nature create an unforgettable view but you are also likely to run into couples taking wedding photos! It is such a picturesque location that you may just consider it for your big day. A definite Hayward bucket list contender!
9. Chalk It Up
Remember when pool halls were all the rage in 90’s sitcoms? Well Hayward has a location that will bring back all those feelings! Whether you are looking for a great group hangout spot or a unique date night, Chalk It Up is the place for you. There are many tables to choose from or you can opt for the ping pong table instead.
10. High Scores Arcade
For those who prefer a more arcade setting instead of pool, High Scores is the place for you. For a flat hourly fee, you can take advantage of games that will take you on a nostalgia train. From Pac Man to Street Fighter, you are sure to find something to fit your arcade needs. Check this off your Hayward bucket list after hours of fun!
11. Xcapade Entertainment
With Escape Rooms becoming all the rage in recent years, Xcapade can be your Hayward taste of the sensation. Complete with so many puzzles and problem solving, this is a place you will want to return to. There are many different games to choose from and it will put your brain to the test!
12. Hayward Regional Shoreline
The Shoreline is a place that local residents have frequented more than once and hope it is added to everyone’s Hayward bucket list. With gorgeous views you can soak up through a bicycle ride or even a leisurely stroll, you will not regret taking the time to stop by. It is a manageable trail that anyone can take on!
13. Hayward Farmers Market
Make your Saturday an eventful one full of crossing things off your Hayward bucket list by taking a day at the Farmers Market. Indulge in some kettle corn while shopping for one of a kind jewelry and get some local honey!
14. Hayward Area Historical Society
This museum should be on your Hayward bucket list because you can receive the facts! With multiple rotating displays and a date idea for any couple, the Hayward Area Historical Society will leave your mind enriched and a day fulfilled.
15. Don Castro
Don Castro definitely has more appeal in the summertime but that is also when it is at its peak crowd attendance. A family friendly place to swim, lay out and tan, or snack on some yummy treats. This should be on your Hayward bucket list for the local significance and the cool relief it will provide in the heat!
Here’s hoping your Hayward bucket list adventure is a fun one! What’s on your bucket list? Tell us in the comments!
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Rebecca was born in Hayward, CA and still resides there today. She received her BA in English Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is the first in her family to graduate from university. She is a Poetry student in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California and is furthering her involvement in the literary community. In her spare time, she likes to lose her voice at Giants games, read Young Adult novels, make lists, and aims to cross become a writer off it.