Oakland

Oakland Travel Guide

Mani Niall works the ovens at the light-filled Sweet Bar Bakery. Our pick: the pumpkin-ginger cupcakes with salted caramel. BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland

A busy spot for cocktails and tapas, Cesar has a happy hour that runs both before and after dinnertime. Large double doors open between the outside patio and dining room, which is designed with a central bar, blonde woods, simple furnishings, and red walls.

A Moroccan-style pile from 1928 (neon marquee out front; gilded ceilings inside) that shuttered in 1966 and reopened last year as one of the best indie music venues in the country (the National and New Pornographers recently played).

Located along Oakland's waterfront, the Pacific Coast Farmer's Market bustles each Sunday morning (from 9 a.m to 2 p.m) as over 40 stall set up in Jack London Square, offering fresh produce, local seafood, flowers, and artisan-made products that run the gamut from olive oil to pastries to soap.

At this new, second branch of Oakland’s cutting-edge boutique, where you’ll find 3.1 Phillip Lim dresses and Loeffler Randall shoes.

South of Jack London Square, Dashe Cellars hosts weekend tastings of its Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Syrah wines.

This collection of galleries, terraces, and gardens (collaboratively created in 1969 by architect Kevin Roche and landscape artist Dan Kiley) explores California art, social history, and natural history.