Discover Fresno County Cool
By MEGAN EILEEN McDONOUGH
Fresno County is certainly a culture-seeker’s dream destination—from inspiring art galleries to impressive monuments and educational museums—but there’s a lot more to this California region than meets the eye. With the Tower District acting as an unofficial bohemia of sorts, Fresno’s hip locals are curating the best places to live, work and play. So, whether you’re an artist by trade or simply a spectator, these five unique spaces will unleash your creative side.
For Coffee Culture: Lanna Coffee Co.
Craving a hot cup of coffee? Head straight to Lanna Coffee Co. for your morning caffeine fix. Plus, you’ll be helping the greater good—Lanna Coffee supports economic development in Northern Thailand, particularly that of the hill tribes in the area. Their coffee is pesticide- and fertilizer-free and tastes delicious, naturally. They also team up with a handful of local companies like Batter Up Pancakes (yum!), Ampersand Ice Cream and Mia Cuppa Cafe. Even cooler, you can order Lanna Coffee straight to your door.
For Handcrafted Cocktails: Detention Billiards
Come happy hour, there’s no better place to wind down than Detention Billiards. A new addition to Fresno’s bar scene, the hotspot has quickly become a popular watering hole in Fresno’s hip Tower District. Choose between handcrafted cocktails and local craft beer. Funny enough, the current space was once a Blockbuster video store. Now it’s filled with pool tables, a horseshoe-shaped bar and even a performance space. If you take a cab there rather than drive yourself, you get an hour of free pool.
For Farm-to-Table Fare: RawFresno
Looking for a quick lunch that won’t break the bank? High-tail it to RawFresno, a gourmet raw/vegan food truck serving locally grown meals. Everything from appetizers and entrees to desserts and smoothies is made from organic ingredients grown with sustainable practices. These locally grown gourmet plant-based meals come prepackaged, which cuts down waiting time without sacrificing quality.
For Startup Space: Workspace
San Francisco might be the mecca of tech companies, but Fresno has its own unique startup scene, too. While still in the “works,” Workspace is Fresno’s most up-and-coming coworking space for creative minds and budding businesses. Soon to span 13,000 square feet on the third and fourth floors of the Pacific Southwest building, Workspace will welcome creators from all walks of life and industries. The decor is set to inspire with exposed brick, concrete flooring and glass-enclosed offices.
Visit Fresno County, California’s year-round playground!