Nestled at the base of the Oakland Hills, sleepy Rockridge is a sunny, leafy subset just 20 minutes and a world away from the city. This wealthy residential Oakland neighborhood is full of pretty streets lined with homes, bungalows and some impressive gardens. Along the main drag, College Avenue, you’ll find plenty of shopping and tasty eateries.
Here, five things to do in Rockridge, Oakland.
1. Explore the stacks at Pegasus Books. Fun, well-stocked Pegasus Books is everything an independent bookstore should be. It’s got a well-curated selection of titles, plus a healthy shelf of used books. (5560 College Avenue, pegasusbookstore.com)
2. Indulge at Body Time. This bright, airy 41-year-old store sells all things good for you—and your planet. Pick up some essential oils, a natural candle, some sumptuously thick body cream, or all three (we won’t judge). (5521 College Avenue, bodytime.com)
3. Fill up at Crepevine. This laid-back small chain (with a few outposts in San Francisco) has a mondo-menu of fresh, yummy fare, from super-stocked salads to savory crepes and giant sandwiches. It’s large and friendly to groups and families, with a breezy patio, and there’s nothing you can order off their big, colorful blackboard that won’t be tasty. (5600 College Avenue, crepevine.com)
4. Treat your feet at Tootsies Shoe Boutique. Shoes and pedicures in one store? Sign us up! Whether you soothe your soles after trying on some of Tootsies’ cute styles, or get them pretty before you shop, this two-in-one store will provide all the inspiration your feet need. (5525 College Avenue, Tootsies)
Take the BART to Rockridge.
Photos: Angela N, Pegasus, Market Hall