At Place Makes we know that bars, cafes, city-walks, local shops, and public parks are the places that shape a city (fueled, of course, by the people inside them). Here you'll find our (biased) lists of places where you can feel for yourself the pulse of these cities.
Coffee in Japan is excellent. What can be a bit harder to find is a cafe (that serves excellent coffee) and is big enough to read a book, chat with a friend, or scribble ideas in your notebook.
Japan is full of secrets and hidden gems. No one wants to spill the beans on their favorite local bars and cafes, and for good reason!
In Oakland, many amazing shops also act as venues, art galleries, and community gathering spots. These destinations are just some of why we fell in love with this East Bay city.