Recommendation

RecommendationBen Brewer, Head of Quality Control at Blue Bottle, recommends visiting the Oakland Product District as his 'Oakland Must' as part of the Dirt Road Travels city travel guide for Oakland.

Oakland, California

The Oakland Produce District

"There’s this crazy, frenetic energy of people yelling and trucks being filled."

Recommendations:
Chez Panisse
Homestead
Oaktown Spice Shop

The Oakland Produce District

"There’s this crazy, frenetic energy of people yelling and trucks being filled."

"We're running off on crazy missions, kind of like these great, weird swash-buckling adventures in coffee."
Recommended by:
Ben Brewer
  
Quality Control Director, Blue Bottle
Recommended in:
Oakland, California

Ben's Take

"I would send someone down to the Produce District, just to walk around. It's a few blocks off of Jack London Square and the activity starts around 2 AM. 

There’s this crazy, frenetic energy of people yelling and trucks being filled, and food being packed in and packed out and this strange smell of overripe produce and vegetables. It’s a really organic smell. 

Plus, you're really close to the water at that point, and you can look out and see a freight container or unloader over the bay, which was George Lucas' inspiration for a lot of the Star Wars movies and designs." 

The Oakland Produce District

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The Oakland Produce District
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Chez Panisse
"The restaurant that started the whole slow food, organic, locally sourced movement."
-122.268935
37.879594
Homestead
"The Chez Panisse of Oakland."
-122.25322410000001
37.82603769999999
Oaktown Spice Shop
"All the world's flavors."
-122.25058849999999
37.8089798
The Oakland Produce District
"There’s this crazy, frenetic energy of people yelling and trucks being filled."
-122.27440009999998
37.7967733

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