Oakland City Guide

Thank you for letting me be apart of your week this week! I absolutely loved being here. Before I leave you, I wanted to take some time to introduce you the town that I call home – the sunny side of the Bay: Oakland, California. Oakland always seems to get a bad rap in the news, but it is also home to a ton of incredible, often overlooked treasures that make it a truly beautiful city. These are a few of my favorite places around the city to eat, drink, and play. –Kim from Bright Room Studio

Oakland City Guide by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

And while these are a few favorite spots that I like to visit, there are hundreds (thousands?) I left off the list! 

EAT: 

Oakland is  a hot spot for amazing food.
1. Cholita Linda: I love tacos, especially fish tacos, and these are my favorite. The tacos are served in an awesome casual space with bright colors and cool, Mexican antiques.
2. Toast: A great place to grab a glass of wine (see below!) but I really love their food too. They make a fantastic white bean spread, amazing meatballs and a flourless chocolate cake that is to die for.
3. Geta Sushi: A total hole in the wall of a space, but the sushi is awesome and super reasonable.
4. Boot and Shoe Service: One of many great places for some gourmet pizza. The others are all good too 🙂
5. Mua: A huge warehouse space with bumping music and crazy art…and awesome food. The cheese-less Mac and Cheese is insane. 

DRINK:

1. Toast: Like I mentioned, the food is great, but is also a fantastic place to have a glass of rosé on a warm afternoon or pinot on a cool evening. They have a dog-friendly patio with umbrellas for warm days and heaters and blankets for cooler ones.
2. Bica Coffee: My personal favorite coffee shop. Perfectly hipster and the lattes are divine.
3. Blue Bottle Coffee: Their production facility is in Oakland, which is cool to see, plus their coffee is delish. I’m looking forward to doing a tasting or tour here sometime soon.
4. Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon: Also known as “Jack London’s Rendezvous,” this place is full of history. Right on the water with a beautiful view of the boats of Jack London Square, this use to be the first and last place to get a drink before going to dry Alameda. The inside is amazing, with a crazy slanted floor thanks for the 1906 earthquake and gas lighting. Check it out for the history, have a beer and enjoy the view.

PLAY:

1. College and Piedmont Avenue Shopping: There are tons of adorable shops on these two streets where you’ll find perfect gifts, decor, and things you didn’t know you needed. I love Nathan and Co., Maison d’Etra, Bella Vita, Atomic Garden and Neighbor, among others.
2. Lake Merritt: An icon of Oakland and a great place to walk your dog, people watch, or even take a gondola ride!
3. Jack London Square: One of my favorite place to go on a nice day. There are tons of food and drink options, almost all of which are dog friendly. They also have tons of great craft fairs and famers markets throughout the year.
4. Knowland Park: A new discovery, this park has incredible views of Oakland and all the way out to San Francisco. Another great place for a hike with the pup.

These spots aren’t technically in Oakland, but thanks to Oakland’s central location in the Bay Area, we get to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding areas too.
1. Point Isabel Dog Park: Actually in Richmond, but a spectacular dog park with miles of off leash space, an adorable cafe, and sweeping city views.
2. Alameda Antique Faire: Fantastic and HUGE antique faire that takes place the first Sunday of each month. You’re guaranteed to find something awesome.
3. Pippa and Co.: The cutest party supply shop you ever did see. Oh, and (shameless plug!) I teach watercolor classes there.

Hello!Lucky: San Francisco Guide

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It can be tricky planning a trip to a city chock full of restaurants, shops, and coffee stops. If you’re anything like us then you love a day spent perusing the places the locals love. San Francisco is a vibrant city with some of the most contrasting enclaves, and this is what makes it so special. We are excited to share our go-to spots nestled in a few of our favorite nooks. – Eunice and Sabrina of Hello!Lucky

THE MISSION

Eat

Foreign Cinema– Amazing food and even better ambience. This is our go-to for group dinners.

Lolo’s– Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere. Jalisco spices with California vibes.

Lolinda– Argentinian cuisine. For dinner- or head upstairs for rooftop brunch.

Trick Dog– The best bar food you have ever had, drinks to match.

Flour + Water – Delicious with a cool ambience and the Dough Room, their private dining room, it’s a fantastic venue for special occasions

Sip

Stable Café– Lovely outdoor patio with WIFI

Four Barrel– You will find a line outside almost any time of the day, and yes, it’s that good!

Shop

Voyager – Women and men’s fashion & accessories from local craftsmen.

Bell Jar– Great for gifts! Women’s fashion and home decor.

Taylor Stitch– Lovely and locally made men’s fashion.

Paxton Gate – A quirky cabinet of curiosities full of fascinating finds such as a taxidermy unicorn, a wall of pinned insects, and drawers full of nifty rocks and minerals.

See/Do

Mission Bowling Club – Family friendly until 7!

Urban Putt – SF-themed miniature golf with cocktails, burgers and pizza. Family friendly until 8!

Dolores Park/ Mission Dolores- A jungle gym with a view. Something you and the kids will enjoy.

 

HAYES VALLEY

Eat

Rich Table – A block away from the hustle & bustle of Hayes- wonderful space & food.

Smitten Ice Cream– Tasty and trendy- surrounded by boutiques, beer gardens, and juiceries.

Bar Jules – a cozy little café that serves delicious plates created from local and seasonal produce.

Sip

Blue Bottle Coffee– Down an alley, in a garage kiosk, you will find one of the best fresh cups of coffee.

Ritual– Another great coffee shop!

Biergarten– Great spot for lunch! They serve German brews & cider, sausages & pretzels.

Shop

Welcome Stranger– Cool camp themed boutique for men.

Rand & Statler– For the fancier things in life.

Reliquary– Every time you enter it’s like Indiana Jones’ greatest adventure!

Lavish– Lovely paper goods and gifts shop.

 

NOPA/ WESTERN ADDITION

Eat

Nopa– Make a reservation for dinner or hop on their family table. Try the burger and a blue bottle martini!

State Bird – This spot has gotten a ton of attention since its opening so grabbing a table isn’t easy. Not exactly a last minute restaurant, but well worth planning ahead!

La Urbana – Delicious modern Mexican cuisine.

Mojo – A great place to grab lunch & has a patio.

Little Star Pizza– Not your average pizzeria! Their deep dish is a game changer.

Sip

The Mill – You will question the $4 toast until you try it. The is the type of coffee shop you could hang in all day – but bring a book or a friend, it’s a wifi free zone.

Madrone Art Bar – It’s a fun place for a cocktail, and they have themed nights like Motown Monday.

Shop

The Perish Trust– Old treasures and new, The Perish Trust is a place to feast your eyes! Right next door to The Mill.

Rare Device– Great finds by local artists! Cards, prints and home decor.

 

HAIGHT/ASHBURY

Eat

Off the Grid– It’s a seasonal gathering of food trucks at a cul de sac off Haight. Offerings stretch from dinner to dessert. There’s live music to get things moving!

Alembic – This menu is not your average, with options like bone marrow and pickled quail eggs, your adventurous side will thank you.

Magnolia Gastropub – A great microbrewery and restaurant – great atmosphere and food!

Second Act – This market is located in the old theatre, it’s a compilation of vendors selling an array of food & drink.

Haight Street Market – They have a deli that makes great sandwiches & a place to rest your feet.

Sip

Club Deluxe – Pizza, drinks, & jazz.

Shop

The Booksmith– Lovely bookstore where you can also get your paper fix!

Tantrum – A quick walk from Haight will land you at this circus themed kids boutique in Cole Valley. It can’t be missed!

Crossroads – One of the many consignment stores on Haight. If you feel like hunting there are always treasures to be found!

Mystery Mister – Great mix of carefully curated vintage clothes and curiosities.

La Rosa Vintage – Another fantastic spot for well curated vintage clothes.

See

The Conservatory of Flowers Very Alice in Wonderland.

The DeYoung Museum– For fine art & they have wonderful exhibits.

The Academy of Sciences– A great science museum with a planetarium, aquarium, and rainforest.

Stow Lake– A boathouse with rowboat rentals.

 

Where to Stay & How to Get Around

Stay

There’s is no better way to be immersed than to stay at an Airbnb. You will get to experience the real spirit & charm through an authentic San Francisco home.

Get Around

We are one of the best cities for public transportation! Muni & Bart make commuting a breeze, take Bart in from the airport and use Muni around town. If that’s not your thing, get techy and download one of the many rideshare apps- we recommend Lift, Sidecar, and Uber.

 

Enjoy your visit!

Inspired by: Wanderlust

Frequent travel was a necessary part of my former job – in fact it’s the only thing I miss about my old gig. And lately all I do is think about all the places I want to go and see… at least when I’m not chasing around an energetic crawling baby. We’re hoping to do our first big international trip with Sophie later this year, but I have so many places on my list that we’ll have to start traveling more frequently if we want to get to all of them! Have any of you been bitten by the travel bug recently?

Inspired by: Wanderlust by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Noun-saltwater; 2. Perfect beach tote from Anthropologie; 3. Bavaria; 4.Salzburg café by Explore Dream Discover; 5. Morocco by Jose Villa; 6. Travel-inspired wedding invitations by Ruby the Fox

Our Trip to Italy

“Positano bites deep.  It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone” – John Steinbeck

I feel like the Steinbeck quote applies to our entire two weeks in Italy.  I’ve been home for nearly two weeks and the entire trip still feels like an amazing dream.  Above all, it was so wonderful to see my husband after three months apart, but heartbreakingly difficult to say goodbye for another three months when it came time to come back home.  We visited Sorrento, Positano, and Rome, started each day with the most delicious cappuccinos, ate gelato every afternoon, had the most amazing pizzas we’ve ever tasted, and did an absolutely insane amount of walking in each city.  Here are a few highlights from our trip…

Sorrento…

So much wisteria I could barely stand it…

Positano…

The view from our hotel room at the Villa delle Palme – so perfect…

Rome…

Vatican City…

We visited Rome and The Vatican just a couple days before the beatification of Pope John Paul II – the city was totally packed!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper