Bungalows, shops, arts, community, bars and restaurants..….welcome to Oakland’s popular Temescal district.
“Temescal is a vibrant neighborhood leading the Oakland renaissance, full of innovative and diverse people creating small independent thoughtfully-curated shops, restaurants and services, celebrating emerging arts and culture in our community.” (Temescadistrict.org)
Temescal was originally a separate village that had built up around the estate of Vicente Peralta. In 1897, the residents of Temescal voted to join the City of Oakland in an effort to gain access to higher quality public schools and police services. (Wikipedia)
Temescal is bordered by 51st Street to the north, 40th Street to the south, Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the west and Broadway to the east. It is a nine minute drive to Lake Merritt, a ten minute drive to Berkeley, and an eleven minute drive to Joaquin Miller Park.
Though not large in size, Temescal has a lot to offer in terms of dining, shopping, and community events. 7x7.com calls the area, “Oakland's go-to for indie shops, global cuisine and quirky dive bars.”
Telegraph Ave. runs north and south through the district, and is the heart of the neighborhood. From coffee shops to tap rooms, shoe shopping to antique hunting, Telegraph Ave. offers it all.
Along the busy street, you will find popular spots such as Tara's Organic Ice Cream, Pizzaiolo, Aunt Mary's Cafe, Bakesale Betty (don’t be surprised if there is a line out the door for the buttermilk fried chicken or tofu sandwich), Kansai Japanese, Latin American inspired Cholita Linda, and Burma Superstar (try the amazing Tea Leaf Salad!). And that’s just the food! You’ll also find a metaphysical and candle shop, coffee and tea shops like Hawk and Pony and Julie’s, the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, a game shop, salons and beauty supplies, Temescal Brewing, a tattoo shop, apparel shops, and more. Visit Temescaldistrict.org to learn more.
In 2012/2013, Temescal Alleys, former horse stables-turned-carriage houses off of 49th Street and Telegraph, opened with hip new shops and eateries, changing the feel of the neighborhood into more of a walkable gathering place. Temescal Alley Barber is a hotspot here, along with Curbside Creamery, Homestead Apothecary, various vintage shops, and Crimson Horticultural Rarities. Visit their directory here.
Temescal Plaza at 51st and Telegraph offers a Walgreens, Post Office, and Peet’s Coffee.
Down on 40th Street, you’ll find the popular Homeroom and Homeroom To Go, specializing in mac n’ cheese. (SO GOOD!)
And, on the eastern border of the district, on Broadway, you’ll find restaurants such as Clove and Hoof, True Burger, and Mama’s Royal Cafe. Farther up Broadway, you’ll find Blue Bottle Coffee, an auto parts store, Oakland Technical School, a pet supply store, a paint store, and more.
Temescal’s residential streets offer a mix of single-family bungalows and Craftsman homes and multi-unit buildings. There is a sense of pride in community in the neighborhood, and the area has a tight-knit feel. The streets are well established, tree-lined, and busy with foot traffic. There is even a tool lending library in the neighborhood, a great perk for any homeowner or landlord!
MacArthur BART station is located just west of Telegraph on 40th Street, and local buses along Telegraph Ave. and Broadway are plentiful. The C transbay bus picks up at MacArthur station and will get you to San Francisco.
People love the Temescal district because of its restaurants and bars, hip stores, established streets, and community feel. It’s central location makes it an ideal spot to live within Oakland and the East Bay.
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