Oakland is a happening place. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s the trade center of the San Francisco Bay Area. This port city is bustling and rich with history. The Huchiun Indians were the first known inhabitants. Then in the 1700s, the Spanish sailed there a good bit to trade. Around a hundred years or so after that, development began–from the wharf to cable cars. Since then, Oakland has been a leader in technology and is now recognized for the community’s commitment to sustainability and green practices.
As you know, the cost of living in San Francisco has been sky rocketing. Many folks are being pushed further and further from the city center. The economic and gentrification issues that plague the region have turned Oakland into a home of the arts and young life. Take from that what you will, I’m not an expert nor have I felt these affects first hand. However, I did enjoy seeing such a mix of cultures and diversity while walking through the city.
As an outsider, I really enjoyed Oakland. There is a fun vibe, lots to look at, and tons of good food. My absolute favorite thing is that the entire place is drenched in color! Look through the photos below to see some interesting colorways.
Here are a few things I did while in Oakland:
Timeless Coffee: great coffee and even better biscuits and gravy
Mercy Vintage: fun throwback clothing and the hand chair of my dreams
Beauty’s Bagel Shop: lox and schmear heaven
Clove and Hoof: one serious butchery (get a burger!)