A Local’s Guide to Visiting the East Bay

Heading to the East Bay for the first time? Coming back because you can’t get enough? Our expert editors are here to help you know where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Welcome to the 2022 Getties (best of the bests) and the Readers’ Choice awards for the Bay Area.

Restaurants

Best Breakfast

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Readers' Choice: Boichik Bagels

According to the New York Times, the best bagels aren’t in NYC, they are here in Berkeley, California.

Complete List of 2022 Best Breakfast in the East Bay Getties

Best Lunch

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Readers' Choice: Banh Mi Ba Le

Authentic and perfectly crispy banh mi sandwiches is what you’ll find at Banh Mi Ba Le, along with other Vietnamese specialties like spring rolls, iced coffee, Thai tea, avocado smoothies, and more. 

Complete List of 2022 Best Lunch in the East Bay Getties

Best Dinner

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Readers' Choice: Claremont Limewood

Located in the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley Hills, Limewood serves regionally-sourced cuisine with an incredible ambience and unbeatable Bay views.

Complete List of 2022 Best Dinner in the East Bay Getties

Best Pizza

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Readers' Choice: Gioia Berkeley

The name (pronounced “joy-ah”) is an Italian noun for “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness” — which is what fans of New York-style pizza will get at this thoroughly East Coast Italian neighborhood joint.

Complete List of 2022 Best Pizza in the East Bay Getties

Best Burger

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Readers' Choice: Sideshow Kitchen

A laid-back, locally owned roadside cafe that serves “classic American street food,” albeit with some influence from Latin and Korean flavors.

Complete List of 2022 Best Burgers in the East Bay Getties

Best Sushi

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Readers' Choice: Mujiri

This no-frills hole-in-the-wall sushi joint with outdoor dining specializes in customizable seven-piece nigiri boxes for just $25 and 16-piece sashimi boxes for just $35.

Complete List of 2022 Best Sushi in the East Bay Getties

Hotels

Best Value Hotel

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Readers' Choice: Hyatt Place Emeryville

The guest rooms and suites are particularly spacious, decorated in pleasing taupes and warm wood finishes, and provide a cozy corner with a sofa sleeper to better accommodate families or to simply spread out and relax.

Complete List of 2022 Best Value Hotels in the East Bay Getties

Best Luxury Hotel

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Readers' Choice: Claremont Club & Spa

“The White Castle on the Hill” is set on 22 acres of landscaped grounds, an elegant landmark since 1915, and just moments from the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge.

Complete List of 2022 Best Luxury Hotels in the East Bay Getties

Best Group Getaway Hotel

Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
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Readers' Choice: Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa

Indulge in a European chateau feeling of exclusivity. Thirty miles east of San Francisco, the property has been rated AAA Four Diamond for 25 consecutive years.

Complete List of 2022 Best Group Hotels in the East Bay Getties

Activities

Best Place to Visit

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Photo: Courtesy of Visit Oakland

Readers' Choice: Oakland Zoo

Since 1996, the largest community event in Contra Costa County, the annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is a well-loved, sociable downtown fixture. 

Complete List of 2022 Best Places to Visit in the East Bay Getties

Best Annual Event

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Readers' Choice: Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

Since 1996, the largest community event in Contra Costa County, the annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is a well-loved, sociable downtown fixture.

Complete List of 2022 Best Annual Events in the East Bay Getties

Best Hike

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Readers' Choice: Mount Diablo via Summit Trail

A popular area for mountain biking, hiking and nature trips, there’s plenty to see and no shortage of incline — take in the surroundings on your rest breaks.

Complete List of 2022 Best Hikes in the East Bay Getties

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