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What are great alternative neighborhoods in the Bay Area?

Asked by zina (1653points) July 26th, 2007

I always love re-discovering where I'm from - and getting to know whole towns, areas, or even little tiny pockets that I wasn't even aware of. Upper and Lower Haight, Castro and Upper Market, inner and outer Mission, Telegraph in Berkeley, houseboats in Sausalito, .......... where else? What are your favorite little spots? I'm particularly interested in diverse places with village-like central areas, pretty residential areas, and a non-mainstream culture. It can be in the whole greater Bay Area.

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GD_Kimble's avatar

Noe Valley is SF's best kept secret. Great restaurants, funky unique shops, great parks and views, good bars. Great cultural diversity.

bpeoples's avatar

@GD: Shhhh! How do you think it stayed a secret =)

Alameda is a surprisingly cool little place. It's definitely the place for people looking for the suburban-ish lifestyle (e.g., Walnut Creek), but without the 45-minute commute into the city. (I'm 25 minutes to the financial district, and--I've timed it-- 26 minutes from my door to the furthest gate in the Oakland Airport.)

Jill_E's avatar

Some ideas...

Lafayette..check out Lafayette Resivour and eat at Chow's afterwards.

Walnut Creek..a nice stroll downtown (Broadway Plaza) also Ironhorse trail near downtown.

Tiberon..can eat at Guymas" and soak in views of Angel Island, and SF. You can take a ferry there from SF.

stewf's avatar

Rockridge in Oakland has a very charming strip of shops and restaurants on Telegraph.

tonystubblebine's avatar

My lady and I started an urban hiking club to explore this very question. Would love to have more bay area people join in:

emilyrose's avatar

i had an amazing walk one day starting the the financial district and walking through china town, but not the touristy spot. i felt like i was in another country. lots of clothes drying in the wind.... so just pick the skirts of the neighborhood and then walk all the way down to the marina and along crissy field. its a great walk!

elafler's avatar

If you’ve never been to Bolinas, you should go. A little hard to find, but bring a map because there usually aren’t signs.

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