Shop, Eat, Play on 40th Street in Oakland

The once vacant stretch oozes with mac 'n' cheese, vintage clothes, live shows, and fresh-looking fixies.


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Photos by Pat Mazzera

Coffeeshop Subrosa

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up after a heavy meal, head over to Subrosa ( for a cup of Four Barrel coffee out on the cafe’s parklet, a Howling Wolf nitro cold-pressed coffee on the patio at nearby coffeehouse-beer garden-WiFi hangout Cafe Underwood (www.CafeUnderwood) next to the newst TrueBurger (, or an espresso at slightly farther away Blue Bottle Cafe ( in the historic W.C. Morse building.



Dudes can shop vintage at Elder and Pine, where on any given day they might find Woolrich flannels, handwoven Guatemalan shirts, and ‘90s concert tees. But along with the throwback threads, there is new garb such as jeans from Kennedy Denim Company and one-of-a-kind screen prints on T-shirts from fellow Oakland-based business Team Print Shop. You can also peruse luxurious beard oils, aftershave, and flask coozies in the glow of the store’s neon green sign., 510-420-1980

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For fun, stop by 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

Vinyl rules over at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, where hundreds of neatly stacked retro and contemporary records line the walls. Don’t have a turntable to spin the Buzzcocks’ latest album? You can still stop in to experience an all-ages concert or art show, or to pore over the latest in music lit., 510-985-0325



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Manifesto Bicycles

For those gearing up to buy a new bike, stop by the aforementioned Manifesto Bicycles ( to see a collection of city-friendly two-wheelers. Even if you’re not in the market for a steel-framed fixie, you can rent one, among other models, to pedal around town. On a nice day, you might cruise down to the 11-acre Mosswood Park (, which hosts a variety of events throughout the year including a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt in April, and summer music festivals like genre-bending extravaganza Burger Boogaloo. 

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