When it comes to exploring a new place, there is nothing quite like getting tips from locals about their favorite places. Today on the Hearth Journal, author Melissa Davis shares with us some of her favorite places in Oakland, California from her book This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places. These are just a few of the places Melissa has compiled in her book. If you’re planning a trip to the Bay Area or live there, this book is a must have! All Photos by Kristen Loken.