This is Oakland: A Guide to the City's Most Interesting Places is a photo-driven travel/guide book that informs, entertains, and inspires. The book profiles 90 of the most interesting places to visit in Oakland--from cafes to boutiques--and the innovators who own them. This book is for anyone who lives in or is visiting Oakland or the San Francisco Bay Area and wants to know where to go for food, drink, shopping or just plain fun. This book is for anyone, across the country, who is inspired by creative thought and a pioneering spirit. Oakland's restaurants are trend-setting, and its shops are getting national attention. People who want to know what's next are looking to Oakland. This book offers them a glimpse inside.
Melissa Davis lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son, and runs the Oakland-based public relations agency Ruby Press.
Kristen Loken is a Bay Area native, living and working in Oakland. Her commercial photography business grew out of a love of visual storytelling after receiving an interdisciplinary degree at UC Berkeley. Since starting her business in Oakland in 1997, Kristen’s photography has helped a wide variety of commercial and editorial clients.