Once the underdog, Oakland has emerged from the shadow of that other city across the bay. With its hip arts scene, tasty restaurants, unique DIY culture and dynamic residents, Oakland is no longer up and coming. It’s arrived.
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Boot and Shoe Service
Renowned for pizza made from locally sourced ingredients and killer house-made sausage.
Nemo’s go-to lunch spot in Jack London Square: avocado and bacon on Oakland’s best burger.
Cafe Van Kleef
Legendary drinks made from organic juices served in a quirky downtown speakeasy.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
Buttermilk fried chicken and cornmeal wafﬂes attract fans to this gritty West Oakland eatery.
Urban Legend Cellars
Food-friendly wines made in Oakland's trendy waterfront Ironworks district.
Jack London Square
Oakland’s waterfront center for dining and special events — plus a year-round farmers market.
A local coffee shop that delivers strong joe in a laid-back environment.
Era Art Bar & Lounge
An artsy vibe with libations that beckon another era; music ranging from hip-hop to soul.
Grilled cheese, BLTs, and mac and cheese like Mom never made. Plus, homemade Oreos?
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Ground zero at Oakland’s monthly Art Murmur, and a great place to take classes in anything DIY.