Nicknamed Brooklyn by the Bay, Oakland, CA, is stealing some of San Francisco's tourism thunder — and for good reason. In 2012, The New York Times ranked Oakland No. 5 in its list of 45 Places to Go in 2012, beating out San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. But where in Oakland does one visit? Luckily, there's a new book for that! This Is Oakland is a gorgeous city guide that could easily masquerade as a coffee-table book — thanks to Kristen Loken's mesmerizing photos. While it spotlights 90 of the most interesting places to visit in the city, we caught up with the stylish author Melissa Davis (ahem: have you seen her office tour?) to give us an abbreviated guide for design-lovers!
Why This Surprisingly Chic City Deserves a Spot on Your Bucket List