7 Best Things To Do In Suburban Alhambra, California

things to do in alhambra california

Only eight miles (14 km) outside of the Los Angeles city center lies the suburb of Alhambra, the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. Alhambra’s naturally arid temperature makes for a beautiful landscape, ideal for a mix of activities. Make the most of this suburb with our list of things to do, with everything from theater to hot-pot.

1. Enjoy a couple beers at Ohana Brewing Co.

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Not only are the beers at Ohana Brewing Co. delicious, the team behind them has an impressive library of knowledge regarding brewing, beers and what it takes to make them tasty. Spend an afternoon in the tasting room at the Alhambra brewery and taste your way through a variety of beers ranging from IPA, Amber’s Belgian Style, Bavarian Style and even an Oatmeal Stout. Not to be missed are their interesting flavor mixes, including coffee, and cucumber and lemongrass. If you love the taste of local brews, Ohana is a must-do in Alhambra, you can even take some growlers home with you!

Ohana Brewing Co.

Address: 7 South 1st Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

Website: Ohana Brewing Co.

2. Test your logic and teamwork at Exit Game

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Themes abound at Exit Game, an escape game themed destination. Take a group of friends or make friends when you get there and work as a team to escape a themed room on a time limit. Whether you choose from James Bond, a bank vault, artificial intelligence, school of sorcery or more from their seemingly endless list of choices, you will be sure to have a fantastic time testing your logic, general knowledge, and puzzle solving skills. A short ride away from downtown Alhambra, this is not an attraction you want to miss.

Exit Game

Address: 111 N Atlantic Blvd #148, Monterey Park, CA 91754, USA

Website: Exit Game

3. Local theatre at its finest

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As the most historic attraction in Alhambra, the Mosaic Lizard Theatre is something of a local legend, with original shows being produced and showcased at an unreal pace. A true community platform, by attending one of their many shows, you are not only supporting the survival of this theatre but the foundation and school of performing arts it supports. Make sure to check their website as the shows change frequently depending on the season, meaning there is always something special to bring you in. It does not matter if it is your first time in Alhambra, or you live there, the Mosaic Lizard Theatre has to be on your list of things to do.

Mosaic Lizard Theatre

Address: 13 N. 4th Street, 91801 Alhambra, California

Website: Mosaic Lizard Theatre

4. Enjoy some Matcha at 7 Leaves Cafe 

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The matcha craze across the United States does not seem to be slowing anytime soon, seemingly proven by the way the 7 Leaves Cafe has made its way across Southern California. Its newest location is in downtown Alhambra, providing a cute and delicious location for your caffeine fix. It does not matter if you are a coffee addict or a casual tea drinker, 7 Leaves has everything you need for a quick stop in, a morning of work, or a relaxing meet up with friends.

Their specialties include Vietnamese Style Creamy Iced Coffee, Taro Milk Tea, Matcha Tea and of course an endless selection of loose leaf tea. In addition to your regular hot or iced drink, you can choose from a variety of add ons including egg pudding, boba (tapioca pearls), aloe vera, and grass jelly. Not to worry, 7 Leaves Cafe is not another corporate venture chain, but it actively joins community efforts with non-profit organizations in each local community it places itself in.

7 Leaves Cafe

Address: 151 N. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801

Website: 7 Leaves Cafe

5. Spend a day on the green practicing your swing at Alhambra Golf Course

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Southern California is known for its consistently sunny and dry weather, making it the perfect location to play, or learn, some golf. As a relatively small suburb, Alhambra still has plenty of golf courses to put a little adventure and activity into your day. The Alhambra Golf Course is a beautiful green with plenty of space, amenities, and professionals to make your day there a relaxing and fun one. If you have a whole day to spare, try a 5-hour group lesson to really learn the rules of the game and get your swing going.

At just 129.00 USD for five hours, this is not only a steal of a deal, but it will set you up well for your next tee time! If you only have a morning, you can do a 30-minute private lesson for 50.00 USD, or a 45-minute semi-private session with two students for 75.00 USD. With PGA Professionals, we can’t guarantee you won’t be hooked after a day on the green!

Alhambra Golf Course

Address: 630 S Almansor St, 91801 Alhambra, California

Website: Alhambra Golf Course

6. Quick, easy, and delicious, do not miss the customizable hotpot at Earth Kitchen

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Earth kitchen prides itself on being the “first customized fast hotpot in the United States,” offering fresh ingredients, a funky atmosphere, and authentic food. Specializing in Mao Cai, a specialty cuisine originating in the Szechuan region of China. Mao Cai is a variant of hotpot that makes it customizable for the individual instead of the traditional group style. You can choose the classic version Earth Kitchen makes on the spot, or build your own ranging from a variety of choices, including a vegetarian, meat or seafood base. It does not matter if you are with a group of friends sitting down, spending a relaxing afternoon solo, or on your way to a meeting, Earth Kitchen is the place to go for fast and delicious food!

Earth Kitchen

Address: 235 W Main St, Unit B, 91801 Alhambra, California

Website: Earth Kitchen

7. Learn about local history at the Romana Museum of California History

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California has a rich and diverse history, making the Romana Museum of California History a must see. Built within a historic 1885 Parlour, this museum showcases a variety of important Californian artifacts, particularly looking at the Gold Rush era. Open Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, entrance is free, making this attraction an easy choice!

Romana Museum of California History

Address: 339 S Mission Dr, 91776 San Gabriel, California

Website: Romana Museum of California History

Something for every part of your day

Alhambra, CA
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Alhambra won’t be in the shadows of Los Angeles once you discover its amazing activities. From your early morning breakfast run to an evening round of golf, there is no slowing down in this suburb!

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