Telegraph Ave.

Telegraph Ave.: one of the most iconic locations in the East Bay... and one of my favorites.  Spanning all the way from the UC campus to the edge of Oakland, Telegraph is lined with colorful shops, iconic restaurants, and gorgeous street art.  

The other day I had to go run some errands along the Berkeley side of Telegraph before meeting my friend in Temescal (the quaint neighborhood that occupies the Oakland side of Telegraph) to shoot some photos of her.  Every time I come here, I get excited.  There's just something so charming and fun about this area of town, and, not to mention, it's a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco.  

If you're starting at the Berkeley side, there are tons of different places to go and see.  From the giant (yes, GIANT) Amoeba Records to the equally-massive Buffalo Exchange, your second-hand shopping (or selling) needs are easily covered.  For food, there's popular joints such as Koja Kitchen and Smokehouse (both places I've never been, but have heard great things about from my friends).  

Turning to the Oakland side, right off the freeway exit sits one of my favorite places ever: Mariposa Bakery.  A 100% gluten-free (and mostly vegan) bakery, it's full of the most amazing cakes, cupcakes, breads, pastries, and so much more.  As someone who is not only vegan but also super allergic to gluten, it's so awesome having such a great bakery like Mariposa so close to home.  Other notable places: Bowl'd BBQ (minus the BBQ part), Pyeong Chang Tofu House, The Mixing Bowl, and Itani Ramen.  Can you tell I love Asian food?  

Restaurants aside, some of the best shopping sits adjacent from Telegraph, in a small area called Temescal Alley.  Located on 49th street between Telegraph and Clarke, some of the cutest local shops can be found here, including: a vintage bookstore, an upscale, minimal jewelry shop, and an apothecary that sells crystals and tarot cards.  Oh, and a vegan ice cream shop.  Though busier on the weekends, it's often fairly quiet, tucked away from the busy city.   It's a great place to hang out and walk around, or shoot some Instagram-worthy pictures, if that's your thing.  

Next time you find yourself in the Oakland/Berkeley area, I highly suggest you spend a day talking a walk ( down Telegraph Ave.  There's so much to do and see! If you do go, let me know what some of your favorite places are, down below!