Temescal is a vibrant and unique community unlike any other part of Oakland. Once filled with horse stables and barns, Temescal is full of a younger crowd with a hipster feel without the pretentious looks you could receive in other cities. Lose yourself in the culture walking up the street of Telegraph and into Temescal Alley where you will be pleasantly entertained by the artistry of Oakland.
5098 Telegraph Ave.
This spot embodies the hipster culture with a humble sense of community. There are less than five things on the menu, they are only open from Tue - Sat, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, the dining area consists of ironing boards on the sidewalk outside of the shop, and the line can curl all the way around the block! Yes, it's worth it!
What to get: Chicken Sandwich and the Strawberry Shortcake
4923 Telegraph Ave.
The decor of the restaurant is the first thing that will catch your eye. The ambiance is very open, colorful, and almost beach inspired. Then we get to the food... The Cubano Sandwich is darn right delicious! The cashiers and servers always have smiles on their faces, so you can count on great service. Lastly, you have to no you must try the tacos! They are debated to be Oakland's fan favorite tacos.
What to get: Fish tacos
400 40th St.
Now before we get to the unique niche menu they have here, we have to mention the service. No matter how busy this place gets, and it gets busy because the locals just can't get enough of it, the attentiveness of the servers and waiters is never compromised. Moving on to the mouthwatering Mac & Cheese selection... Whether you want the Mexican Mac or the Gilroy Garlic Mac, your cravings will be satisfied. Make sure to add breadcrumbs and a pineapple at the top of your concoction!
What to get: Mexican Mac
The list we just gave you doesn't cover anything close to all the eclectic foodie adventures you can have in Temescal, so click here to see a full list of restaurants.
Standard & Strange
484 C 49th St.
Standard & Strange is an American-made shop full of urban and current menswear. Carrying a selection of younger brands as well as some long-established favorites, always with an eye on quality and style, if you are a guy looking for a trend-setting outfit... look no more.
484 D 49th St.
You can find handmade pieces that have a beach aesthetic, mixed with a rock n' roll modern luxury quality. Designed to be worn multiple ways, these pieces allow the wearer freedom in styling and layering. A perfect gift for yourself or a friend back home to rock.
The Kingfish Pub & Cafe
5227 Telegraph Avenue
The Kingfish is an authentic Oakland oasis. It’s easy to slip inside, lose track of time and find yourself leaving hours later wondering where the time went. Being in The Kingfish is similar to being inside a museum exhibit or on a movie set in Oakland years ago. A realtor would describe the interior as “cozy” and “timeless”.
Where to Stay
Claremont Hotel Club and Spa
Sitting in the Oakland hills the property was originally a castle for a prospector and his wife, until 1915 when it became a grand hotel. During your luxurious stay, you'll be able to enjoy a dip in one of three pools, pick up your racket and hit one of ten tennis courts, or pamper yourself at one of the best spas in the Bay Area.