What Alameda Pokémon know that you don’t

Pokémon in Alameda are smart critters. They are hiding on all the open spaces, a few in the streets and lots will lead you to cool icons around town. You might think that the game seems ridiculous or you might be having tons of fun playing. Regardless, these critters are smart. See what they know about Alameda that you don’t!


1. Vintage signs

Have you taken for granted all the cool lighted sign architecture around town? Pikachu doesn’t. Many of these signs can be found by the game gps as Pokestops.  We counted 18 retro signs around the city. One of our favorites, on the east end is the Van De Kamps sign.

Rich with history, the Encinal market used to host a Van de Kamps bakery. The sign is in great condition while the bakery has been long gone.

VanDeKamps Bakery Sign

A full photo archive of sign architecture can be found at Roadside Signs.

Pokemon tip: Find a  gym under the sign.

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2. Open air groceries

You know about Dan’s produce, of course! But if you haven’t been in while, you may not have known that they were designated a Pokestop.  (BTW who doesn’t love picking up fresh groceries like they would on a french countryside.) Players can get free Pokeballs in the game for stopping by and the owners are not complaining.

According to the staff at Dan’s Produce, they like being a Pokestop. They even hung up a sign! Even though they haven’t seen more traffic, it has been a great topic of conversation among their current customers.


Dan's produce and Pokestop

Dan’s produce and Pokestop

Pokemon tip: Go to Dan’s to possibly capture a Tangela!



3. We have quiet places

Following along the designated Pokestops along the islands edge, led me to quiet places I had not been. There were little Poke-critters to catch, so they must have known about these tree-lined paths. We quietly caught them (and took pictures of scenery), and a nice elderly lady strolled by with a baby stroller. She asked about the game and we chatted a moment. If you play politely then it can be a nice way to meet your community.

The game GPS, knows all the great views and quiet spots around town.


Quiet walks in Alameda

Pokemon Tip: Water Pokemon hang out by the estuary and the beach



 4. Historic Significance

A friend of mine is a 3rd generation Alameda resident, living in her family home with her kids. Even after all these years, she never realized the significance of her home architecture until she realized her home was a Pokestop. Now your first reaction might be how terrible that would be to suddenly be a public place for gamers, but she has embraced it. She says there has been just a few people outside, and that it made her realize that her home was more important than she realized.

Well, the Pokemon might know the historical significance of your home before you do.


Pokemon tip: If your house is a Pokestop you can get unlimited free Pokeballs from your living room. The stop refreshes ever 4 minutes.


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5.  Historic Train Stations

You might know about all the old train stations if you read this content from Alameda Magazine. Riding the rails in the 1920’s and 1930’s was an important part of our cities history.  Did you know that the electric train that used to run through this high street station sparked the development of all the East End homes?

Now at each of the old rail stops, you will find Pokemon!

high street train station

Pokemon tip: Catch lots of Rattata and Pidgey’s all over Alameda. Transfer your lower point Pokemon to the professor for 1 candy an evolve.


Pokemon Players in Alameda:

Want an advanced Pokemon tip? Sit between several Pokestops and near a training center (Lincoln Park or Crab Cove) . Use a lucky egg to double your points for 30 minutes. Post a lure, fight a battle and double up on all points for 30 minutes. Use the last few minutes to transfer and evolve to get to the next level in a very quick amount of time.


Please don’t drive while playing,  never trespass and be polite! Remember to be careful especially in the roads.
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