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Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

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. A critical mass of excellent eateries draws folks from around the Bay Area; there's veteran Doña Tomás (5004 Telegraph Ave.) and favorites Pizzaiola (5008 Telegraph Ave.) and Aunt Mary's (4640 Telegraph Ave.) as well as Bakesale Betty (5098 Telegraph Ave.), where folks line up for the fried-chicken sandwich. Old-time dive bars and smog-check stations share space with the trendy children's clothing shop Ruby's Garden (5026 Telegraph Ave.) and the stalwart East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (4695 Telegraph Ave.), where you might find a bucket of buttons or 1,000 muffin wrappers among birdcages, furniture, lunch boxes, and ribbon.

Around the corner, Temescal Alley (49th St.), a tucked-away lane of tiny storefronts, crackles with the creative energy of local makers. Surprising finds can be had at Crimson Horticultural Rarities (No. 470) or at the home-decor shop at Bounty and Feast (No. 482). Don't miss grabbing a sweet scoop at Curbside Creamery (No. 482).

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Telegraph Ave., between 40th and 51st Sts., Oakland, California, 94609, USA

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Published 07/06/2016


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