Travel to "the Best of College Avenue" with Starlet

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hi everyone! My name is Starlet from CanYouComeHome where I write about home, garden, fashion, and design. I'm super thrilled to be a part of lovely Fenny's travel series. Originally from Indonesia, I currently reside in the Bay Area, California - 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the famous San Francisco, 30 minutes away from the U.S. national security laboratory in Livermore, 40 minutes away from the fast pace Silicon Valley, 50 minutes away from the Napa Valley wine country, and an hour away from the capital of California.

Enough of the geographical quiz :D, I want to give you a quick tour on a very special avenue that connects the city of Oakland to Berkeley. It is so easy to fall in love with College Avenue. The street offers a vast shopping and dining experience nestled among the most popular and walkable residential areas.

When I say vast, seriously, there are so many boutique businesses and eateries in this very street I'm still looking forward to discover. So today, I'll let you in on the places that I just can't miss whenever I'm in the area.

THE OAKLAND SIDE


Maison D'Etre

Maison D'Etre

A delightful eclectic shop with TONS of charms, carrying high quality anything-home products to a dash of uber chic jewelries. Known for its antiques! My go to cheer-me-up-full-of-inspiration store, I simply love wandering inside checking each and every products, usually stepping out happily with a pretty li'l something for myself or other loved ones.

Nathan&Co

Nathan & Co

A recently opened second location, the store's tagline is "great gifts for all occasions" with a bonus of free gift wrapping! The place is newly renovated with gorgeous decor and layout. Known for its selection of cards! On my first certainly not last visit, I was presented with unique and fun merchandises.

Fit Clothing

Fit

When I first laid my eyes on this store, I am immediately hooked! They received the "best women boutique" award (readers choice) from Oakland Magazine in 2010. The polished and elegant clothing curation from DVF, Vera Wang, Orla Kiely (among the other American, European, and Japanese designers) they carry explains why. Known for its personalized shopping experience!

The Market Hall

Market Hall

A well rounded spot for "serious food lovers", consists of different stores that each offer: the freshest pasta & specialty food, local high quality produce, deep roasted coffee across from European style bakery, fresh cut flowers, food friendly wine, sustainable fish shop and a butcher shop with holistic principles! If you're a foodie like me, you'd be in heaven.

Diesel, a Bookstore

Diesel

One of the three locations (the other two are in Malibu and Santa Monica) of a proud independent bookstore (YAY!) that regularly hosts author events, great sense of humor and 'California culture'. It's your neighborhood bookstore! I love the by-color presentation and cozy fireplace.

Bittersweet the Chocolate Cafe

BitterSweet

A perfect spot for an afternoon break. This warm and inviting cafe is all about the chocolate, furnished with rustic and colorful pieces. I go here for a cacao adventure (my last one was the spicy hot chocolate, which was simply a joy for fall!)

THE BERKELEY SIDE

Jeremy's Womenwear

I almost canceled writing this post (just kidding Fenny!) because I was like..should I or should I not tell the world about this place? It used to (depends on the season or inventory I guess?) have tons of overstock and salvages from Anthropologie and J.Crew. Fret not, it still has branded items at ridiculous prices. I found a salvage Robert Rodriguez dress for $40 while it was still selling online for $600. There was a tear in the lining, but otherwise it's a perfectly beautiful dress. It is a hit and miss. And you have to be sharp about finding the imperfections and decide quickly whether you want to accommodate those stains or holes or not before someone else snatch it away.

Jeremy's

Jeremy's 2 Menswear

A couple of doors away, this one is the mens version of the one above. It also where they stock the shoes, some home decors, and children's clothing.

P.S. The one in SF is bigger and has more high end brands!

Icy

Icy

There is almost always a line every time I pass this well designed ice cream place. Maybe it is the soft cloud like yummy color of the store. Or maybe it's because they serve killer handmade ice cream! (Nuv said :D)

Manpuku

Manpuku

Hmm what can I say, it's a hole-in-the-wall Japanese with a cheap, fast, and decent tasting plus quite a wide range of menu from sushi to soba to ramen to the usual suspect-yaki. Free hot tea is always good and for under 8 bucks I got a large bowl of tonkatsu donburi with miso soup. Cash only under ten bucks.

Rialto Cinemas

Rialto Cinema


A small old school style movie theater that often shows indie and foreign movies among great Hollywood large screen experience. The last few times I was here with my beau, we both loved it. The crowd was drama-free, courteous to others, and simply pleasant. {Cash only with ATM on the premises and walking distance}.

So those are a few of my favorite things in the College Avenue. I hope y'all enjoyed the day trip.

Thanks again Fenny for letting me hang out in your fabulous space :)

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