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The independent bookstore sells a mix of classic and unconventional titles and hosts regular author readings.

This bar draws a lively and standing-room-only crowd of grad students, hipsters, and blue-collar locals with its cheap drinks, jukebox, Sriracha-spiked free popcorn, student discounts, no-frills vibe, unusually friendly bartenders, and unpretentious attitude. On the weekends, it can be especially crowded. This cash-only dive bar also has a little-known lower level that’s affectionately called “the undergraduate.”

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.

A truly unique boutique stocked with a small but exquisite selection of casual clothing and accessories made from organic, recycled, and sustainable materials.

Located in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, Barclay's is popular for its extensive food menu and thirty beers on tap. Its outdoor patio is pet-friendly and often crowded on warm evenings. Inside, darts and TVs keep drinkers occupied.

Features a mix of vintage and new items, including whimsical dresses made by local and independent designers and a healthy selection of children's clothes.

Ben & Nick's is the perfect place to catch up with friends, with loads of tables of varying sizes, a long bar ripe for hunkering down for a few hours (and pints), and a variety of beer on tap that changes daily (as well as a full bar).

This chocolate lovers' paradise proffers drinks, pastries, and bars such as chocolate dulce de leche pudding and chocolate Thai iced tea.

The Oakland locale of this all-purpose art store largely serves the CCA students who go to classes across the street.

While Broadway Terrace specializes in orchids and flower arrangements customized by its staff, it also sells succulents, Bromeliads, houseplants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vegetables. It also carries soils, soil amendments, and pots, but the selection is somewhat limited.

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