When it comes to the Bay Area, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing things to do, see and try in Oakland. Similar to Brooklyn’s indie cred—especially in relation to the more corporate cosmopolis of Manhattan—Oakland boasts fantastic eats, intriguing shops and colorful street culture. I conspired with my friend Jen Murphy, the ever-curious Deputy Editor of AFAR Magazine, to get the lowdown on this port city, offering constant undercover cool.
This is the new casual spot from Commis’ James Shyabout. It’s all Southeast Asian street-food inspired dishes. Off the hook good.
Best of Both Worlds
I still have to get here, but friends filled me in. This is a new Scandi-inspired clothing boutique. The owner is of African and Scandinavian heritage and constantly brings in eclectic new pieces.
Classic Oakland. Formerly a huge movie theater, now a fantastic concert venue, which re-opened in 2009 after being closed for more than 40 years. Band of Horses, Vampire Weekend, and Modest Mouse are all playing soon.