Oakland drinks coffee like water. And while there are so many spots serving quadruple-shot cappuccinos in stark, minimalist spaces, we wish more were like Red Bay Coffee. It’s just as much a hangout for local residents as a place to get a very good iced coffee, charcoal latte, or pastry. Depending on the day, you can pop in to the public roastery in Fruitvale for a movie screening, a live performance, or check out a pop-up shop. If you’re checking looking to get work done or catch up with a friend, the large, beautiful warehouse also has lots of sunlight, and plenty of chairs and benches.
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Aguachiles El Tamarindo
The Sinaloan taco truck in East Oakland makes everything from aguachiles and ceviches to seafood towers and quesabirria tacos.
Nyum Bai in Oakland serves Cambodian food that you’re either lucky enough to live by or should be crossing the bay to go get.
Reem’s California is a casual Arab bakery in Fruitvale serving pastries, wraps, and an incredible shakshuka on weekends.
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The Epicurean Trader
Save yourself a trip to the Mission and stop by the Epicurean Trader for things like Tartine bread and Bi-Rite ice cream.
Jane on Fillmore
Food for the Lululemon crowd, and for us too. Jane on Fillmore finely toes the line between healthy and delicious. If only they were open for dinner.
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