Conde Nast Traveler
When my friend Melissa Davis released her latest guidebook, This Is Oakland, I was surprised to discover that I hadn't visited nearly half of the incredible restaurants, cafes, specialty stores, and boutiques she profiled. (After all, I had relocated to the East Bay from New York nearly four years ago.) So with book in hand, and with the extra bonus of having Davis as my personal travel guide, I went on a mission to explore what this vibrant, culture-rich city has to offer. Here are ten of my new favorite local haunts.