And, lo and behold, The New York Times is taking notice, naming the East Bay city one of the top 45 places to visit in 2012. Even more impressive: Oakland grabbed the #5 spot on the list, just below Panama, Helsinki, Myanmar, and London (Tahoe sits at #30).
With the explanation that "new restaurants and bars beckon amid the grit," writer Ingrid Williams lists her must-hit spots as the Fox Theater and eateries Hawker Fare, Plum, and Haven.
Let's add to that list: Honor Bar, Prizefighter, and all of these amazing Temescal spots. Okay, who's ready for a day — or night — trip? (NYT)
Photographed by Gina Esposito