The Infamous Bubblegum Alley

SLO, or San Luis Obispo, is a city that is about four hours away from Los Angeles. I had never been there, and the main times I hear about it was during the end of high school, when schoolmates would declare they wanted to attend CalPoly, which is located in SLO. But on a recent trip up to Yosemite, we stopped by this city and high priority on the list of things to do was visit Bubblegum Alley.

DeasyNoel_BubblegumAlley^ First seen on Instagram ^

The alley was located along SLO’s main shopping street, so it was easy to find. Immediately as we turned the corner into this alley, the waft of bubblegum hit us straight on. It was a delicious scent that engulfed us in every way possible. At that same time, there was a guy animatedly talking on his cell phone as he walked through the alley from the car parking lot at one end to the main street at the other. You know he’s a local, because none of this fazed him.

The best way to describe being in the alley was complete awe as I saw the bigger picture, with all the colors of the rainbow splattered against the wall while the scent lingered on. And yet, when I actually focused on a part of the wall, the realization that all of these colors were once gum that had been in someone’s mouth, brought out the ick factor right to my stomach.

As quickly as we could, we all unwrapped our Bubblicious packet of gum and chewed and chewed and chewed, failing horribly in trying to make a perfect bubblegum pop. Seriously, we must have been there for fifteen minutes just blowing bubbles. I have so many pictures to prove our failures, haha.


According to MentalFloss, this alley started back in the 1950’s by high school students and haven’t been cleaned since the 1970’s. And now, people come to SLO just to check out this wonder.

In the end, I, too, had to put my mark on the wall with this beautiful piece of chewed-up gum. If you happen to visit and see this gum, give me a shout out! ^_^


    • Deasy Noel
      October 1, 2015 / 12:46 am

      Yeah, haha. I’m glad this place made it on your bucket list!

  1. October 1, 2015 / 4:20 am

    Oh my gosh, Im completely grossed out but intrigued at this at the same time?! I’d definitely go see it tho!

    May | THE MAYDEN

    • Deasy Noel
      October 1, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Seeing it in person is definitely an experience! ;)

  2. October 1, 2015 / 5:20 am

    Funny coz that is beautiful yet maybe a little gross at the same time hahaha! But definitely a must-see!

    – Che

    • Deasy Noel
      October 1, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Yeah, it is! Haha. It is a strange combination.

  3. October 1, 2015 / 9:35 am

    OMG!! didn’t know an alley like that existed!! Nice find!!

    • Deasy Noel
      October 1, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Isn’t it such a random little gem? ^_^

  4. Monika
    October 1, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    I went to the bubblegum wall in Seattle and felt a very similar sense of being grossed out and get amazed at the same time.


    • Deasy Noel
      October 7, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Oh cool, I didn’t know there was one in Seattle! Will have to go for a visit if I’m ever in the area :)

  5. October 2, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    While this is kind of gross, it’s pretty cool! I’d love to see this in person someday, must’ve been amazing to visit!

  6. October 7, 2015 / 6:43 am

    Oh my God! That is so odd, i’ve never heard of this! But kinda cool as well :) haha until you think that the wall is full of saliva

  7. November 6, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I definitely want to visit Bubblegum Alley but I’m not sure how freaked out I’d be. At least you’ve reassured me that the plus side it smells like bubblegum!

    Stay fab,
    Lisa Favre

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