Outside San Francisco

Things to do in Outside San Francisco

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

Open by appointment, this renowned print shop is located in a warehouse just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Established in 1982, the company produces wedding invitations and personalized stationery using artisanal letterpress techniques.

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).

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

Sherry stronghold. This café and bar offers more than 500 spirits and fortified wines.

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

Started in 1987, the Berkeley farmers' market has since grown into three year-round markets in three neighborhoods.

Ici is run by a former pastry chef from Chez Panisse, Mary Canales, and is balanced between the past—hearty root-beer floats and all that—and the gourmet future, with such flavors as brandied cherry and burnt caramel.

Excited About: The hip new microbreweries popping up across Alaska. Phillips can organize a tour of his favorite spots, including Denali Brewing Company, in Talkeetna. Years as agent: 22. Specialties: Hawaii, Europe.

After the chilly Windy City winter has run its course, North Avenue Beach is one of the city’s best spots to celebrate the summer sun. Managed by the Chicago Park District, this bustling beach is packed from Memorial Day to Labor Day with families, singles and exuberant groups of young partiers.

Originally established as a general store at the local train depot, the century-old Marshall Store is now an acclaimed oyster bar housed in a low waterfront building on Tomales Bay.