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.
Offers film processing, scanning, passport photos, photo restoration, and more.
This cafe is a diverse gathering place. There’s lots of conversation, and, because the wireless is unreliable, it isn’t a haven for laptop users. Besides consistently good coffee, Alem’s menu includes healthy breakfast and lunch offerings like Shiyan Phool, a dish made with fava beans, onion, and feta cheese that’s served with a slice of bread. It’s in a colorful little building across the street from the DMV. Cash only.
A truly unique boutique stocked with a small but exquisite selection of casual clothing and accessories made from organic, recycled, and sustainable materials.
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.
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 new coffee shop on College Avenue opened in August and caters to coffee geeks. Bica serves local roasts by Ritual, Barefoot, Flying Goat, Verve, and De La Paz and offers pastries as well as other snacks. It’s spitting distance from the Rockridge BART station, and Bica has a screen that tracks the next trains. There’s free wi-fi, and some seating inside and out.
This chocolate lovers' paradise proffers drinks, pastries, and bars from chocolate dulce de leche pudding to 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.
This flower stand features a sophisticated mix of flowers, plus greeting cards, for any occasion.