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Oakland From Home
Taste Your Way through Temescal
You’ve just arrived in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. If I’ve guessed anything right, you’re here to eat. What you may or may not know is that in addition to having bomb food, some of the best restaurants in Temescal have beautiful patios and gardens for you to dine in. On this tour, you’ll visit the hidden oasis of North Oakland. Oh, and you’ll eat well, too!
1. Arthur Mac’s
4006 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609
If you’ve never walked through the doors of Arthur Mac's, then you would never know the beauty that exists here. Arthur Mac’s is a great beer garden to come and chill at. They also have bomb pizza and the cauliflower wings are hella good. Grab a beer or cider, a seat, and enjoy!
Image courtesy of Arthur Mac’s Instagram account.
2. Temescal Brewing
4115 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Temescal Brewing is a great place to come with friends, and your dog, too. Between the IPAs and Lagers, they’ve probably got a brew for you. More often than not, you’ll be able to compliment your booze with a takeout order from their pop-up vendor. They host everything from queer dance parties to markets featuring local craftsmen and small businesses. Come for the brews, stay for the vibes.
4316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Julie’s cafe is great for their food and beverage selection but arguably even better for their outdoor patio. As a coffee and tea garden, it’s only right that their outdoor ambiance complements their delectable beverage selection. Grab a cup of coffee, a baked good, and a book, and head to the patio. They’ve also got sustainable and vegan options if you’re into those cuisines.
4. North Light
4915 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Northlight Bar can easily be missed on the busy block of eateries, tattoo shops, and the like. It must be said that if you miss it, you will regret it. The decor is perfect, the staff is friendly, and the entire space will accommodate your needs. Did I mention their decadent food selection? From brunch on weekends to “thick ass toast” served all day long, you’ll want to order a thing or two from their menu. Bring your laptop and work, grab a book from their curated shelves, or catch up with a friend. Whether day or night, I highly advise that you grab a seat on their outdoor patio. They’ve got plenty of sunshine and heaters to accommodate either mood.
5. Cholita Linda
4923 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Ahh, Cholita Linda - what a vibrant place! Favored by locals and visitors alike, you’ll immediately be greeted by vivid colors, groovy tunes, and yummy food. Their menu offers a wide variety of tacos, sanguches (or sandwiches), and combination plates all inspired by the owner’s Latin American roots. After ordering, you’ll want to walk through the restaurant and out of the back doors to their hidden patio. At a minimum, you’ll want to take an agua fresca and a side of yuca fries with you. You’ll thank us later.
6. Prima Materia
482 #B, 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609
If you pop over to the other side of the alley, you’ll find the Prima Materia tasting room. More often than not, the winemaker will be pouring various bottles of wine made in Lake County alongside cheese plates and seasonal pasta dishes. Prima Materia is one of those tasting rooms where you can work on your laptop, catch up with a friend, or daydream.
7. Curbside Creamery
482 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609
Temescal Alley is one of those places I discovered and said to myself, “If I didn't know it was here, I never would’ve come off of Telegraph Avenue to find it.” The Alley has a plant store, barbershop, vintage store, coffee shop, gallery, and jewelry shop. Don’t forget about the ice cream shop, too. Curbside Creamery offers scoops, soft serve, ice cream sandwiches, and fresh-made waffle cones, all with plant-based options.
Once you’ve grabbed your ice cream or your glass of wine, take a stroll to the end of the alley. What you’ll find is yet another beautiful oasis. Though you’re looking at the back patio of Pizzaiolo, you’ll look at the scene in front of you and almost immediately be transported to Italy or somewhere else in the world.
This view culminates our entire walk through Temescal -- a collection of oases, variety, and cultural cuisines.
This experience was crafted by Jena Dominique, a prominent Bay Area voice and tastemaker. She is a creative entrepreneur that focuses on community and place. As an Airbnb superhost, the founder of StreetSalad.Co, and creator of the Oakland Postcard Scavenger Hunt, Jena is an expert experience curator. From the hyperlocal postcards she photographs, to the StreetSalad walking tours she leads, Jena’s specialty is producing multimedia content and activations that shift the perspective of Oakland. Her combined knowledge of local landmarks, contagious energy, and vibrant self-expression are sure to expand your perspective.
Jena has been designing and leading experiences in Oakland for the past three years.