Guide to Temescal Alley

CRO CAFE

TEMESCAL ALLEY

MARISA MASON

MARISA MASON

MARISA MASON

MARISA MASON

CRIMSON HORTICULTURAL RARITIES

HOMESTEAD APOTHECARY

To all you lazy San Franciscans who haven't made it out to Oakland yet: You're seriously missing out. It took me some time as well – approximately two years, in fact – and now I'm tempted to go every other weekend. Temescal Alley is the perfect intro to the East Bay too – very accessible, extra darling and full of good eats, drinks and goodies.

  1. Cro Cafe – Cozy coffee shop specializing in Sightglass drip coffee and locally-made artisanal pastries. Worth visiting just to admire the stunning built-in copper-finished espresso bar.
  2. Marisa Mason (formerly known as Marisa Haskell) – A gorgeous Southwestern-inspired space replete with hanging driftwood, fringed leather necklaces, hammered metal cuffs and cacti. The designer behind all the beautiful boho-chic designs can often be found at her workbench behind the counter.
  3. Crimson Horticultural Rarities – A botanical wonderland of air plants, ferns and other more exotic greens.
  4. Homestead Apothecary – Your one-stop shop for all-natural cures and home remedies, stocking everything from tea blends that "slay" allergies to dried herbs and tinctures made from local plants.

PS the list above is the abridged version of a longer article that has been published on Localwise.com.