Located on Piedmont Avenue, Rare Bird is one of the best store to shop for some quality antiques. Specializing in vintage products, the store has something for all. Apparels for women, accessories and more all are stocked under one roof here. You can also decorate the walls of your house with a range of quality home decor products available here. The staff here is quite friendly and knowledgeable about the products. The store also displays its products made in various workshops like candle making, block printing, painting and weaving. If you looking to treat yourself or your loved ones with some unique gifts, than head to Rare Bird.
Oaklandish has become an Oakland institution since its inception as a renegade street art campaign in 2002. Starting with their iconic oak tree with roots logo, they eventually progressed to making apparel with this and other Oakland-centric designs and selling them from booths at street fairs and farmers markets. Booths gave way to a truck, and in 2011 they opened their own store front. The clothing has come a long way since their single logo, and now savvy shoppers can pick up shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more in a variety of clever, stylish and just plain cool colors, designs and logos.
In an area known for wineries and wine bars, Solano Cellars is a mecca for Bay Area oenophiles who sit at the imposing wood bar and sample a dazzling array of wines from around the world. A staff of refreshingly unpretentious wine experts can guide you through the selection and help you find just the vintage you were looking for. The shop attached is tiny, but what they do not have on display can be fetched from the seemingly bottomless wine cellar. To enhance the wine, an ever-changing appetizer and dessert menu, designed with wine in mind, is offered. There is a strict prohibition on cell phones.
On the eastern edge of Berkeley, nestled at the foothills, you will find this small shopping and restaurant area centered near the intersection of College Avenue and Ashby. Somewhat of a younger sibling to the Rockridge Shopping District a few blocks to the south, and seemingly a village to the castle of the Claremont Hotel that looms above, Elmwood features everything you need for a relaxing day of strolling and shopping. Begin your day over coffee and pastries at the famous Espresso Roma with a thriving student and artist clientele. Find several quaint shops and romantic restaurants around, like Shen Hua, which features the best in Chinese food and family dining.
Mars is repeatedly voted the best vintage clothing store in the East Bay by local newspapers and it is one of the best sources for fun and unusual retro garb. It has two stories filled with hip basics, shoes, glamorous accessories and clothing from a variety of time periods ranging from the Renaissance to the awesome 80s. Stock up on zoot suits, bell-bottoms, worn Levi's, leather coats and poodle skirts. It also specializes in a lot of theme attire for the seasons. Find costumes around Halloween, luau-worthy Hawaiian shirts for summer and fabulous faux and vintage fur coats for winter.
This independent North Beach icon, founded by Beat writer-mentor Lawrence Ferlinghetti, goes beyond your average bookstore by shelving beat literature, anthologies, and fiction from Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and much more. Experience San Francisco through the words written by some of the area's most famous, and sometimes hard-to-find, writers. The store has its own publishing house, City Lights, which has enriched the San Francisco community since 1953 by promoting emerging writers with an edge.
Shop for some trendy and comfortable apparels at Viscera. Located on Broadway Street, the store stocks a range of quality goods for both men and women. Designer shirts, trousers, dresses, skirts, tops and more can be easily purchased from here. You can also pair you apparels with some accessories and jewelry available here. Sunglasses, watches, rings, bags and hats that can suit any personality are all stocked in the store. If you are not able to make a selection, then feel free to ask for suggestions to the friendly and attentive staff here. The store is also open on Sundays, but by appointments only. If you are in the mood to go on a shopping spree, head to Viscera to shop for some quality products for yourself or to simply gift your loved ones.
Swan Marketplace is housed in a building that spans an entire area in the Old Oakland neighborhood. The building was constructed in stages at different times between 1917 and 1940. The terra cotta and brick building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many organizations and restaurants call this historic building home, including the historic Housewives Market, which has been operating since the early 20th Century. Today, visitors to the marketplace can wander through the indoor and outdoor spaces, taking in the scenery and the smells coming from the many delicious restaurants housed in the building.
Japanese kitchenware are known to be one of the best in the world. It is this knowledge that motivated Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano to set up this store in the heart of Oakland. At Umami Mart expect to find a wonderful array of cutlery, kitchen and dining apparatuses, imported from Japan. Their collection includes beautiful crystals, ideal for beer, wines, cocktails and sake, kettles, mugs, spoons, strainers, knives and bar utilities like shakers, mixing glasses stirrers and much more. If you are in a fix regarding a purchase, the amicable staff will guide you through your selection.