The last several years have seen an unprecedented amount of re-investment in Downtown Fresno. From 2015 to 2017, Downtown Fresno saw $92.7 million of completed construction projects with current planned projects totaling $248 million (DFP Annual Report). The effect of this re-investment effort is already being felt, as new shopping and dining options are opening up all over Fresno’s urban core. Once only a daytime destination, Downtown Fresno is quickly becoming an attractive place to shop and dine, all located within a walkable area that is easily accessed by three major highways.
The opening of Fulton Street in 2017 has accelerated what was already a trend of businesses relocating to Fresno’s urban core. Shopping and dining among the towering, ornate structures, built in Fresno’s boom-town era of the 1920s, offers a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else in The Central Valley. Restaurants are opening at a record pace, with several locations staying open into the evening to accommodate the developing nightlife scene in the Fulton Entertainment District.
Among these restaurants is an unmatched variety in cultural dining options, including authentic Mediterranean, Mexican, Asian and Soul Food, as well as a variety of cafés. Besides Fulton Street, other dining hot-spots in Downtown Fresno include the Galleria at Kern and N Street and the Kern St. Corridor. Downtown Fresno is also the center of the region’s food truck scene. Food trucks can be found regularly at Mariposa Plaza for CArtHop, or at many of the events happening in the downtown area on any given day.
Shopping in downtown also offers a change of pace to the numerous suburban malls throughout the rest of the city. From stores specializing in vintage clothing, to stores with clothing and novelty items, Downtown Fresno has shopping options that reflect the diverse ethnic makeup of the area. Downtown Fresno is also home to the only Jaguar dealership in the region.
Downtown Fresno’s shopping and dining scene benefits from being adjacent to some of the best entertainment options in Fresno. Many of these businesses are within walking distance of popular attractions such as Chukchansi Park, Selland Arena, William Saroyan Theater, Club One Casino and more.
As development has progressed, other areas within downtown have begun to develop their own unique attractions. The Brewery District, just south of Chukchansi Park includes three of the Central Valley’s best breweries. Further north, the Cultural Arts District is home to several new housing developments offering urban living options as well as a recently established park to help facilitate the growing popularity of Arts & Culture events in the area.
For visitors, Downtown Fresno also has free one-hour parking at city-owned garages, as well as free parking at meters after 6 p.m. on non-event nights. For more information on dining in Downtown Fresno, visit downtownfresno.org for an up-to-date list of dining options in the area.
Whether you’re here for a sporting event or catching a show at one of several historic theaters, Downtown Fresno has something for everyone!