Downtown Burank

Downtown Burank

Downtown Burbank is home to a vast number of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The main drag is along San Fernando Blvd, between Magnolia and Olive. If you want to stay local, there’s a Holiday Inn right in the heart of town and if you’re going by car, there are a number of free parking garages surrounding the quaint downtown area, so you can park the car for the day and head out on foot for a day of food, finds and films.

Start the day with breakfast at Barney’s Beanery (250 N. 1st St., This quirky, sports bar/coffee shop serves up a lengthy menu of breakfast options with enough choices that you’ll be sure to find something to tempt your tastebuds. Sidle up to the bar in one of the old car seat bar stools, or grab a booth, each one comes with it’s own TV. Or sit in the “Living Room” if you’ve got a big crowd. Early in the day the place isn’t packed with rowdy sports fans and kids will enjoy the fun atmosphere.

Once your appetite is sated, head on up to San Fernando Blvd. It’s just a short walk away and is lined with shops, from popular chains like Urban Outfitters to unique gift shops and resale boutiques. You can also head into the mall which is just across Magnolia Blvd. Stop in for a light lunch at any of the many restaurants in the area, like P.F. Changs or Fuddruckers. Everything is pretty close, so if you fill up your arms with too many shopping bags, stop and drop them at your car or hotel room to lighten your load.

Finish the day off with a nice dinner at Granville, if you’re in the mood for California cuisine or Market City Café if you’re craving Italian and head over to one of the three movie complexes and catch a flick. Better yet, head to the AMC 16, which is right in the heart of town and see what’s playing on the IMAX screen. And if you need to end the night on a sweet note, there’s a Coldstone Creamery right outside the theater.