Welcome to El Cerrito
A peaceful, suburban community with gorgeous views of San Francisco Bay.
El Cerrito is part of Contra Costa County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Although it began as a small town, it has exploded into a suburban area. El Cerrito offers a unique place to live with easy access to parks, shopping, and outdoor adventure. You'll find excitement on San Pablo Avenue which runs the length of El Cerrito. San Pablo Avenue offers extensive shopping, dining, and other businesses.
A highlight of El Cerrito is its call to the architecture of the past. El Cerrito Plaza is a 1950’s shopping plaza that continues to be transformed into modernity. You can also find the Cerrito Theater as another architectural marvel restored for new use. The Cerrito Theater boasts cocktails and dining as well as two restored theater rooms. When you want to get away from town life, you can find adventure in the 80-acre open space park, Hillside Natural Area. El Cerrito also offers access to a section of the Ohlone Greenway, with a trail that runs the length of the city. El Cerrito offers the ideal balance between living in the San Francisco Bay area and suburban comfort all within view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
What to Love
- The San Francisco Bay
- Peaceful community
- Views of the Golden Gate Bridge
El Cerrito is a suburban oasis in the San Francisco Bay Area. The people of El Cerrito are laid-back and individualistic, with many finding a deep sense of community here. As the most southwestern city in the Bay Area, El Cerrito has an atmosphere that mixes southwestern culture with the California lifestyle. Those that live in El Cerrito know it to be a cozy place to live with nightlife and activities catering to all ages. The people of El Cerrito can enjoy a historic atmosphere with modern comforts at every corner.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The hub of El Cerrito is San Pablo Avenue. Home to shopping, dining, and more. As one of the oldest roads in the East Bay, it stretches through El Cerrito and beyond, presenting an important piece of history. When you come to El Cerrito there are plenty of things to do both in and outside of town. If you're looking for something to do out of the sun, you can catch a flick and eat some food at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito. Their pizza paired with a good brew is a local favorite on rainy days.
Don't miss authentic Peruvian food at El Mono
as well as freshly prepared Chinese food from Noodles Fresh
. Other favorites include authentic Thai cusine at Sistory Thai Kitchen
and Well Grounded
, a family owned cafe, offering a delicious selection of locally sourced, organic teas and espresso/coffee drinks.
Things to Do
You can always find something to do in El Cerrito. Mira Vista Golf & Country Club is a great place to hit the links and enjoy a day of relaxation. Ohlone Greenway has four and a half miles of paved trails for walking or biking. You can find an outdoor activity for any level of adventure. Whether you are looking for a park to picnic in or a new trail, there’s something for everyone in El Cerrito.
The Bridges Rock Gym has rock climbing walls for all ages and skill levels. Their climbing clinics and private lessons will prepare you for expert-level climbing.
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