East Bay tastemakers are flocking to Oakland's Telegraph Avenue, spawning a unique, vibrant neighborhood that's lately become a haven for Alice Waters disciples and foodies in general. Home to some of Oakland's oldest businesses, the Temescal area feels both established and fresh, thanks to the ever-changing influences of its diverse population. Come for the global cuisine ― from Moroccan to Korean to eclectic contemporary ― and stick around to explore a few one-of-a-kind retail shops.
What: A friendly, funky neighborhood spot to sip a latte or a glass of wine while you watch the world go by. WHEN: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. HOW MUCH: $. Where: 4920 Telegraph Ave.; 510/595-4102.
Porch Light Antiques.
What: Vintage and new treasures, furniture, and kitchen accessories. WHEN: 11-6 Tue-Sat, 12-6 Sun. Where: 5026 Telegraph Ave.; 510/597-0588.
What: This knitting store is so cool, you might be inspired to sign up for a class. WHEN: Open Tue-Sun. HOW MUCH: Classes from $25. Where: 5010 Telegraph Ave.; www.articlepract.com or 510/595-7875.
What: A community gallery dedicated to fledgling and established artists, many of them local. When: 12-5 Sat-Sun, Mon-Fri by appointment (call 707/980-1060). Where: 4224 Telegraph Ave.
What: The dream of a former Chez Panisse cook, this corner shop offers big homey sweets, plus some cafe-style lunch items. WHEN: 7-4 Mon-Sat, 7-2 Sun. Where: 5098 Telegraph Ave.; 510/985-1213.
What: Upscale Mexican with California sensibilities. Check out the swanky bar area. WHEN: Dinner Tue-Sat. How Much: $$. Where: 5004 Telegraph Ave.; 510/450-0522.
What: Ethereally thin, crispy wood-fired pizza at a destination restaurant opened by a Chez Panisse alum. WHEN: Dinner Tue-Sat. How Much: $$. Where: 5008 Telegraph Ave.; 510/652-4888.
Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub.
What: Excellent New York-style pies in a low-key setting. WHEN: Lunch and dinner daily. How Much: $$. Where: 4799 Telegraph Ave.; 510/653-5350.
INFO: Telegraph Ave. runs from Oakland to Berkeley; the Temescal shopping area is between 42nd and 51st Streets.