The Handle District may be small (just one square block), but it is mighty.  This year we published a really cool booklet to showcase all that is “The Handle.” 


Handle District

The official site of the Handle Business Improvement District (HBID). The HBID includes all restaurants, bars, and breweries, within the boundaries of 18th Street, 19th Street, L Street, and Capitol Avenue in Midtown Sacramento, California. HBID is a benefit assessment district approved by businesses and adopted by the Sacramento City Council to help fund marketing, improvements and sales promotion efforts for Handle District businesses.


Dine & Drink

With 18 places to eat in just one large city block — the Handle District is home to many of the top restaurants in the region. The district also has one of the country’s most popular chocolate boutiques, an award winning coffee house, artfully curated wine collections and multiple breweries.


Living in the Handle District

Are you interested in living in the heart of Midtown Sacramento? Enjoy some of Sacramento’s best restaurants and shopping right outside your door. The Handle District features beautiful apartments and condominiums. For more information, please visit the following property websites:

L Street Lofts     •     1801 L Street

Shopping in the Handle District

The Handle District is also home to several boutique clothing stores as well as an antique design collective that specializes in furniture and home accessories. Many of the gourmet food providers also sell chocolates, wine, and beer, so finding a unique piece or gift is just steps away.

District Events

District Programs


The Board of Directors has programmed for many of the improvements to the streetscape (sidewalks, alleys and streets).  This has included the installation of 20 new street lights in the district, pedestrian safety improvements, new trash and recycling cans, 75 new bike parking spots, district signs and more.  Because of the high cost of improvements, it can often take multiple years to accumulate the funds needed to complete a project.


The Handle District manages a year round maintenance program to address litter, graffiti, event cleanup, trash can pickup and other related services in the one block area.  The maintenance team also actively monitors dumpster issues, installs the street banners and waters the plant baskets.


The Handle District’s original valet kiosk is located on Capitol Avenue at 18th Street. The Handle Valet stand in front of Zocalo is for all restaurants in the district and is available during lunch and dinner hours every week from Tuesday through Sunday.  A second kiosk is located on L Street in front of the L Street Lofts.  It is open to all Handle patrons available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.



In coordination with the Sacramento Police Department, the Handle addresses such challenges as noise abatement, panhandling, traffic control, and trespassing. The Handle relies on the incredible support of the Midtown Association’s Clean and Safe team.


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