Fodor's Expert Review Temescal

Oakland Neighborhood/Street Fodor's Choice

Centering on Telegraph Avenue between 40th and 51st Streets, Temescal (the Aztec term for "sweat house") is a low-pretension, moneyed-hipster hood with young families and middle-aged folks thrown into the mix. Newly redesigned protected bike lanes, bus islands, and a pedestrian plaza add to the vibrancy of this neighborhood. A critical mass of excellent eateries draws diners from around the Bay Area; there are newer favorites like Co Nam Noodle Bar ( 3936 Telegraph Ave.) and Smokin Woods BBQ ( 4307 Telegraph Ave.), as well as standbys like Pizzaiolo ( 5008 Telegraph Ave.) and Rose's Taproom ( 4930 Telegraph Ave.). Old-time dive bars and smog-check stations share space with public art installations of murals, sculptures, and mosaic trash cans.

Temescal Alley ( Off 49th St.), a tucked-away lane of tiny storefronts, crackles with the creative energy of local makers. Find botanical wonders at Crimson... READ MORE

Centering on Telegraph Avenue between 40th and 51st Streets, Temescal (the Aztec term for "sweat house") is a low-pretension, moneyed-hipster hood with young families and middle-aged folks thrown into the mix. Newly redesigned protected bike lanes, bus islands, and a pedestrian plaza add to the vibrancy of this neighborhood. A critical mass of excellent eateries draws diners from around the Bay Area; there are newer favorites like Co Nam Noodle Bar ( 3936 Telegraph Ave.) and Smokin Woods BBQ ( 4307 Telegraph Ave.), as well as standbys like Pizzaiolo ( 5008 Telegraph Ave.) and Rose's Taproom ( 4930 Telegraph Ave.). Old-time dive bars and smog-check stations share space with public art installations of murals, sculptures, and mosaic trash cans.

Temescal Alley ( Off 49th St.), a tucked-away lane of tiny storefronts, crackles with the creative energy of local makers. Find botanical wonders at Crimson Horticultural Rarities ( No. 470) or get an old-fashioned straight-edge shave at Temescal Alley Barbershop ( No. 470B). Don't miss grabbing a sweet scoop at Curbside Creamery ( No. 482).

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Oakland, California  94609, USA

www.temescaldistrict.org

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