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Oak trees and gorgeous Bay views
Across the bridge from San Francisco, Oakland has a enough for a few pleasant days. The city is home to the USS Potomac, alongside the city’s museum, art galleries, and parks. Shopping is fun in Oakland too, especially if you have a passion for hats - there is no men’s hat store quite like The Hat Guys. For gifts, souvenirs, good dining, and other shopping opportunities, follow College Avenue - it’s a local favorite.
Locals' Pick Stellar Burmese cooking
Stellar Burmese cookingStay.com Editors' Note
Grocery Café is a Burmese restaurant in Eastlake. This well-kept secret serves authentic Burmese cuisine in a retro setting.
Tucked away in a quiet residential area, Grocery Café is a homey Burmese restaurant. The charmingly retro interior is furnished with repurposed church pews and folding chairs, and the walls are adorned with 60s and 70s album covers. The menu is concise, but it offers the real deal in Burmese cooking. Co-owner William Lue and cook Koot Aung offer dishes like Burmese Chicken Masala with potato, steaming bowls of soupy noodles, and crispy fried samusas— Burmese cuisine’s variant on an Indian samosa. Their specialty is perhaps the most famous Burmese dish of all, a delicious tea leaf salad. Roasted nuts and seeds, lime juice and pickled tea leaves on a bed of cabbage are mixed with umami-rich dried shrimp. The tea leaves give a potent caffeine kick to help you get through the day. This corner neighbourhood spot is a hidden gem for lovers of affordable, authentic Burmese cuisine.