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A Cote isn't necessarily a secret: It's been known as one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area for years,collecting accolades from Bon Appentit, Esquire, and The New York Times for its exquisite small plates. If the danger of visiting tapas restaurants is that your bill fills up long before your stomach, the secret is to visit A Cote for late drinks and order a couple of iteams a la carte, like the famous mussels or the pommes frites.

The hills' hub for weekly author readings.

Features a treasure trove of European lingerie, jewelry, and boudoir accessories.

Sets the bar for independent shoe shops with a stellar selection of brands including Aerosoles, Born, Diesel, Simple, Wanted, and Dansko.

This family-owned business specializes in landscaping materials, including gravel, sand, rocks, bark, mulch, and more, with an emphasis on locally sourced materials.

This record shop specializes in a variety of Mexican pop music, from Lupillo Rivera to La Banda del Recodo, Los Tigres del Norte to Selena.

This fun, friendly neighborhood tavern attracts regulars, young and old. The barstaff is attentive and informed, and pours from an extensive list of spirits that seems to grow daily. There's also a daily happy hour, great jukebox selections, and DJs spinning on the weekends, making Acme Bar a solid bet all around.

Acme isn't a large instrument shop, but what it lacks in inventory it more than makes up for in its personable owners, who have been known to ask customers their name, the name of their band, and what type of gear they have. Prices are reasonable, and they also offer private lessons.

Primarily a florist, Adachi has a wide selection of blooming plants, balloons, European basket gardens, orchids, and fountains, and offers same-day delivery of floral arrangements for everything from births to weddings.

The restaurant serves Ethiopian dishes made from authentic traditional recipes, with options for carnivores and vegans alike.

Is a squeaky-clean establishment where you can stock up on salads, sandwiches, and all the makings for a perfect picnic.

Located below street level in the Old Oakland district, the AIR Lounge exudes that upscale, VIP vibe for the urban hip. Three rooms offer plenty of space to spread out, and the cozy seating within the blue walls invites snuggling. DJs spin downtempo, soul, and world beat every Wednesday through Saturday nights. Open-mic poetry precedes music on Wednesdays.

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