Board games and spunky knives, flashy watches and necklaces, flying drones and scooters are among the hot gifts of the season.
From one end to another, Solano Avenue is an alluring destination for shopping, dining, and hanging out.
First Street is the place to hang in this one-bustling port town where the arts, attractions, and dining are as vibrant as the quaint natural setting.
Cocktails on tap, high-end shopping, and artistic sensibilities greet visitors to the little city by the bay.
An art studio in the Dimond District melds economics, social studies, and art in a space where everything is given away.
The organizer of Northern California’s largest outdoor antique extravaganza has bargain advice for shoppers and the fashion-focused.
Eat, shop, and play in a vibrant neighborhood full of busy markets, public performances, and remarkable cuisine.
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.
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.
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.