Oh Oakland.

You're adorable.

I spent the morning wandering around Oakland. And it was adorable. Temescal Alley is a small alleyway of a handful local shops bursting at the seams with creativity. There was inspiration within every step. And the artisans that poured their energy into these spaces were as welcoming as they were informative.

From each shop I wandered into, they willingly offered suggestions of how to make the most of my short stay in Oakland. The denim clad boys at the men's shop, Standard and Strange, right down the street from the famous fried chicken sandwiches at Bakesale Betty thoughtfully collaborated on where I should have lunch and shop. On their list... Cholita Linda, Burma SuperstarMarion and Rose, Dandelion Post and Owl and Wood.

But it was at Book/Shop where I felt the fortunate stumble of a lost traveler. The store owner, designed and built the space again blurring the borders between Scandinavia and Oakland. And he so carefully wrote down a full itinerary for me only wishing I had more time to wander. Email theintern@travelbugbites.com for that coveted piece of paper detailing his meticulous finds of Oakland.

The book shop of all book stores. A must for book lovers, designers and dreamers.

The book shop of all book stores. A must for book lovers, designers and dreamers.

Esqueleto, a destination for any jewelry aficionado.

Esqueleto, a destination for any jewelry aficionado.

Crimson Hort, a unique nursery blooming with curiosities. 

Crimson Hort, a unique nursery blooming with curiosities. 

Homestead Apothecary, filled with alllll the good vibes.

Homestead Apothecary, filled with alllll the good vibes.

Stay bitten ;)

Stay bitten ;)