Get Familiar With These Bay Area Favorites


You’re no stranger to the Bay Area – but no way have you seen it all. From shopping for handmade wares in Oakland to beer bars and art museums you’ve got to sweat to see, there’s always something hiding in plain sight around the Bay. If you’re taking a trip and are looking to experience more than the old standards, take a peek at some of these locally loved gems.

Aunt Mary’s Cafe – Temescal, Oakland
“A Temescal brunch staple, Aunt Mary’s is small and cozy in the colder months, but also has a back patio for warmer days. I haven’t tried everything, but on a recent visit I was hankering for something sweet – and the lemon ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and berries were wonderful and not too sweet. My husband went with the Southwest route and got the breakfast crab chile relleno, and it was sooooo good. After brunch is done, walk back down Telegraph Avenue and turn right on 49th Street and you’ll run into Temescal Alley, a collection of local Oakland shops and restaurants to explore.” – as recommended by Oakland @localeur Stephanie Spieker Lang @oaklandblonde

Bay Aunt Mary's Cafe Pancakes
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Two Sisters Bar & Books – Hayes Valley, SF
“Two Sisters is arguably the most charming spot in all of Hayes Valley, which has some good contenders. It’s not the largest bar on the block, but Two Sisters is complete with some great craft cocktails, good eats and adorable additions like their community book exchange. They have a super reasonable happy hour and, if you happen to be there on a Monday, you can stick around for one of their cocktail classes.” – as recommended by SF @localeur Alicia Mooty @aliciamooty

Two Sisters Bar Books San Francisco Drinks
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Starline Social Club – Oakland
“When I moved to Oakland, I was looking for my go-to nightlife spot, and I quickly found that with Starline Social Club. Starline is a two-floor, open space that brings together a diverse crowd. Downstairs is a restaurant and lounge; upstairs is for dancing and events. During the day, Starline hosts a beautiful tea parlor. It’s everything you need. Also, check out their online calendar for upcoming events. Just don’t be surprised if you see Solange, a comedy show, a jazz musician or your favorite Soulection DJ playing here.” – as recommended by Oakland @localeur Brian Watson @bawatson

San Francisco Bay Starline Social Club Drinks
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de Young Museum – Golden Gate Park, SF
“Like the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park always has great and highly anticipated exhibits from artists like Keith Haring and Georgia O’Keefe. It can feel like a trek getting to the museum because the park is often congested with people, but it’s well worth the trip. Aside from the art on display, the museum’s architecture is beautiful – and if you venture to the top floor, you’ll see some magical views of San Francisco.” – as recommended by Bay Area @localeur Erin Duncan @bellametaphor

San Francisco Bay de Young Museum
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Neighbor – Piedmont, Oakland
“Neighbor is the most beautiful Piedmont shop of all, and it’s run by two badass women who are both local to the Bay Area (which isn’t all that common, let’s be real). These inspiring ladies own shops Good Stock and Mercy Vintage individually and decided to collaborate when the property between the two opened up. As they put it, ‘Neighbor exists with the intention to pique curiosity, learn from and find things that you may not happen upon easily elsewhere.’ And how! You can find everything from handcrafted wall hangings to artisan mayonnaise in this little oasis, and in the green-filled backyard (yep, they have a patio, guys) they host the occasional canning, pickling and kombucha-making classes, too. It’s pretty much heaven.” – as recommended by Bay Area @localeur MacKensie Gibson @doesthishavedair

San Francisco Bay Plants Pots
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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch – St. Helena, Napa Valley
“If you’re planning on spending your evening in wine country, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch should absolutely be your restaurant of choice. Their menu is simple and absolutely delicious, from their fresh salads and cheddar biscuits with honey butter to their gnocchi with beef ragu, and the service is always attentive and friendly, no matter how busy they are. And if you’re wine-ed out for the day, order yourself a mojito – they aren’t on the menu, but they absolutely should be.” – as recommended by SF @localeurl Lindsay Life @lindsayklife

San Francisco Bay Farmstead Oysters Dinner
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 Nature Friends Tourist Club – Mill Valley
“If you have access to a car, you should definitely go check out Muir Woods, especially when beer is involved. Enter the Tourist Club, a German brewhaus nestled in the trees where you can enjoy a cold one and some jerky after hiking along some of their trails. Just make sure to check the website’s calendar before making the trip, as access for guests varies week to week.” – as recommended by SF @localeur Alicia Mooty @aliciamooty

San Francisco Bay Nature House
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