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Chinatown Without the Tourist Kitsch

Eat, shop, and play in a vibrant neighborhood full of busy markets, public performances, and remarkable cuisine.

Soul and Food in West Oakland

Brown Sugar Kitchen, FuseBox, and Zella’s Souful Kitchen, along with music and art, put more than touch of soul into West Oakland, the Harlem of the West Coast.

Tigerlily, Foxglove, Celtic Inheritance New to Gourmet Ghetto

If the Bay Area ever has a lampoon of Portlandia proportions, it should be centered in Berkeley, where political debate can still be heard between people sorting carrots at a farmers’ market and where there are more electrical outlets to keep vehicles going than gas stations. The Gourmet Ghetto, on Shattuck Ave. between Hearst and Vine streets, a venerable district that has churned out top-notch cuisine and artisan wares with laid-back charm for nearly 50 years, could provide plenty of funny fodder for this imagined satire. But instead of looking back, look ahead to the newcomers keeping the neighborhood edgy.

Shop, Eat, Play on 40th Street in Oakland

The 1-mile strip of 40th Street, between Webster Street and Broadway, buzzes with mom-and-pop businesses showcasing gourmet food, craft beers, and sustainable goods. It's the next place to be in Tha Town.

Shop, Eat, Play on 40th Street in Oakland

The 1-mile strip of 40th Street, between Webster Street and Broadway, buzzes with mom-and-pop businesses showcasing gourmet food, craft beers, and sustainable goods. It's the next place to be in Tha Town.

Partnerships Between Decorators and Retailers Lead to Good Deals

For those who can't hire a professional decorator, the next best alternative is shopping from designer collaborations at retailers with lines at Target, Walmart, Macy's, or CB2.

El Cerrito Beyond the Plaza

Vintage pinball machines, a renowned records collection, and fresh brews make El Cerrito an invigorating destination.

Presents of Mind: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of the shopping season.

Presents of Mind: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of the shopping season.

An End for Odds and Ends

New shop puts leftover yarn, thread, and fabrics to crafters’ use.