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Oakland California's Best Hot Spots

Chef-owner Tanya Holland at Brown Sugar Kitchen.

Photo: Steve Kepple

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The second annual Eat Real Festival (eatrealfest.com) takes place August 27–29 at Jack London Square. Expect a lollapalooza of street-food trucks and craft brewers—more than 30 microbreweries and 80 vendors, including 25 trucks.


Need a pick-me-up? Check out the recently opened Blue Bottle Coffee (300 Webster St.; 510/653-3394; coffee for two $6), close to Jack London Square. It doesn’t get any fresher than this: coffee beans are roasted on the premises.


Oakland’s cutting-edge boutique McMullen (4395 Piedmont Ave.; 510/420-6906; shopmcmullen.com) just unveiled a second location, where you’ll find 3.1 Phillip Lim dresses and Loeffler Randall shoes.


South of Jack London Square, Dashe Cellars (55 4th St.; 510/452-1800; dashecellars.com) hosts weekend tastings of its Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Syrah wines.

Local Take

Catherine Bullimore, Oakland resident and owner of café Subrosa Coffee (subrosacoffee.com), shares her favorite things to do in the city.

“Oakland has some great vintage stores. I love Pretty Penny (prettypennyclothing.com) and Mercy Vintage Now (mercyvintage.com).”

“For live music, go to the New Parish (thenewparish.com), an intimate, red brick–walled lounge.”

“On Saturdays, rent a bike from Manifesto Bicycles (wearemanifesto.com) and head to Grand Lake Oakland Farmers Market (agriculturalinstitute.org), which hosts more than forty-four local farmers.”


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