Neighborhood Guide: What to Do in Temescal


Chances are that you're already familiar with the delights of Temescal Alley. But while you're making your way over for doughnuts and handmade jewelry, don't neglect the other shops and restaurants making this North Oakland neighborhood the charming locale that it is. From vintage wares to stinky cheese and stiff drinks, there's something for everyone.

Dandelion Post

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Newly opened and full of independent designs for the modern Californian, this shop features two rooms of clothing and accessories with an emphasis on textile work. Whether you're in need of a cutesy romper or another delicate gold ring, make Dandelion Post your new stop in Temescal for a touch of fun mixed with classic styles. // 4243 Telegraph Ave,

Sacred Wheel

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Not only can you fulfill all your picnic needs here, but the smell coming out of Sacred Wheel's cheese shop and cafe will literally make your mouth water. They have a wide selection of sandwiches, snacks, and obviously cheese (ranging from stinky to moderate) to enjoy in the perennially nice weather of the East Bay. Plus, their PBR tomato soup is to die for. // 4935 Shattuck Ave,


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Need some vinyl for your record player? Stranded has new and used tunes in a small two-story shop at the heart of Temescal and occasionally hosts in-store events. They even have their own record label, Superior Viaduct, so you'll want to stop in and find out more. // 4929 Telegraph Ave,

Cholita Linda

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A neighborhood favorite for fresh fish tacos and refreshing aguas frescas, Cholita Linda is serving up authentic Mexican flavors with a sunlit patio in the back to boot for a sunny al fresco experience. Don't walk away without trying the Maizena de Coco, a velvety coconut pudding topped with mango-passion fruit sauce or cinnamon, that will make you want to skip straight to dessert. Cholita Linda also makes its way around food truck rallies and farmers markets, where it's worth waiting in line for a bite. // 4923 Telegraph Ave,

Flying Studios

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When you want to get your heart rate up, check out the two Flying Studios locations on Telegraph for all the yoga, TRX, and dance classes you could want. The classes are fun and friendly, and the instructors know how to make you sweat with a smile on your face. When you're ready, you can even try the aerial silks to really fly. // 4202 and 4308 Telegraph Ave,

The Hog's Apothecary

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In need of a strong beer and a tasty hot dog? The pork-obsessed makers at The Hog's Apothecary have got you covered with an impressive array of 25 craft beers on tap and an equally well thought-out menu that includes both fried chicken (add it on to your biscuits and gravy at brunch!) and charcuterie. // 375 40th St,

Royal Nonesuch Gallery

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A small but vibrant artist-run gallery, Royal Nonesuch features many local artists and collaborators. Their events are equally stimulating and fun, such as the monthly TV Club, where presenters are invited to discuss a particular television show and why it deserves to be seen. Check out their next meeting of the TV Club on Saturday, August 1, from 7-10pm, featuring an episode from the series “Luxury Comedy” and "Ren & Stimpy." // 4231 Telegraph Ave,


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Popular for good reason, Pizzaiolo is the first restaurant from prolific local chef Charlie Hallowell (see also Boot and Shoe Service and Penrose on Grand Ave.) and has been serving up delicious home-style Italian meals for 10 years. Grab a seat at the bar to enjoy pizzas filled with sustainable ingredients like Monterey Bay squid and gypsy peppers. // 5008 Telegraph Ave,

The Kingfish Pub & Cafe

Photo by Maris Kaplan

Following a beyond-badass move (in which the entirety of Kingfish's historic building was moved across the street to avoid being torn down), Kingfish has reopened for business. Get in a game of shuffleboard or sit outside in the spacious new patio (featuring free popcorn) for a night at North Oakland's favorite dive bar. // 5227 Telegraph Ave, 

Casserole House

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There's a thriving Korean scene happening in Temescal, but the one where you'll feel most at home is Casserole House. With a large menu and housemade kimchi, you'll get all the flavor and comfort food you'll want with extremely kind service to boot. //4301 Telegraph Ave,

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