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6100 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, USA
This place rocks. When I moved to the area I practically furnished my apartment with the great stuff to be had here. I got a great solid oak fireplace surround with carved detail for $80. The guy who owns it, Claude, is a soft-spoken man with whom...
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Jack London Square, 409 Water Street, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Casual wanderers can pack a lunch and sunscreen and spend the day on the water where limbo catches them in neither the Bay or the Pacific. The safe and sometimes sound Oakland Estuary, which separates Alameda from Oakland, will by kayak or canoe...
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470 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
This store is the casual gardener’s destination for artfully arranged succulents, air plants, and other horticultural rarities. You’ll also discover vintage curiosities you never realized you wanted until now. (510) 992-3359 for more information....
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Neighborhood gentrification is a predictable, inevitable cycle as old as society: Phase I: Physical Dilapidation & Low Economic Value Phase II: Artist Revitalization Phase III: Displacement of original resident who have been priced out I try to...
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2735 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Head to Z Cafe & Bar after work for some of house mixologist Mehdi Zarekari's infused cocktails. The restaurant has a wide selection vodkas and hand shaken specialty martinis. Beer and wine also served. Happier hour cocktails ($5) are served from...
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Oakland, CA 94611, USA
I made a promise to myself to seek out labyrinths when I travel and when I found myself headed to California in Feb 2014, I was happy to find this gem near where I was staying. It was a rainy muddy hike but completely breath-inspiring.
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468 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
In the mood for tapas and paella? Head to Duende on 19th Street in Oakland, where Chef Paul Canales has take his grandfather’s Basque heritage and used it for inspiration in his Spanish dishes. After cooking Italian food for years in the kitchen...
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7087 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
East Bay Regional Park District has many wonderful hiking areas. Huckleberry Preserve in the Oakland hills offers self guided nature trails (maps available in parking lot) where you'll see a variety of California native flowers and trees such as...
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Oakland, CA, USA
Old Oakland--the historic district west of Broadway and north of the port--is defined by its Victorian architecture and panoply of new hangouts, like the District Oakland wine and whiskey bar, pictured, cheek by jowl with longstanding institutions...
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1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Restaurateurs Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz, known for their upscale Mexican Restaurante Doña Tomás in the Temescal neighborhood, expanded their mini empire with high-end California cuisine an cocktails at Flora. They took over the corner of...
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Lakeside, Oakland, CA, USA
Is it ironic that this view of the downtown storefont Oaksterdam Museum included the Kaiser Permanente tower? Kaiser runs a vast medical plan; Oaksterdam is ground zero for the medical marijuana movement. The cannibas museum (which includes a...
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1200 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA
This city-owned park in Berkeley will steal your heart, even before you find the stone slide! While I was exploring the park for the first time, I'd already been wowed by the little league park of my dreams, the magical Redwood trail running...
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Wildcat Canyon Rd, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
You'll love the views you'll have of the EBMUD Watershed while you're hiking or mountain biking along Nimitz Way in both Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and Tilden Regional Park. The views really open up once you're in the area considered the Bay...
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482A 49th St Suite A, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
The interior of designer Lauren Wolf’s art and jewelry boutique blends seamlessly with Wolf’s own collection of handcrafted sterling silver and gold rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces inspired by nature. (510) 629-6216 for more information....
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333 Lancaster St, Oakland, CA 94601, USA
Come late January, you can find your “Set of Drifters” en route to the Bay Area. Though the weather this time of year leaves a lot to be desired, the quick visit is one of our favorite traditions, and perhaps, it can be one of yours as well. Our...