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In the Bay Area, we?re no strangers to fancy market halls. And now Oakland?s Lake Merritt neighborhood has one of its own. Just down the street from the historic Grand Lake Theatre, the new Grand Fare Market is like the love child of San Francisco?s Ferry Building and Napa?s Oxbow Public Market. Here?s your guide to eating, drinking and shopping your way through it.



Sidle up to the bar to shoot down a few freshly shucked oysters before ordering some upscale picnic-style fare for the outdoor patio. Start with a cheese and charcuterie board. Then choose from cold sides, hot sides and sandwiches. We recommend the roast beef with caramelized onions, beer mustard and Gruyère, and the harissa-spiced carrot and barley salad.


If you’re in need of a caffeine fix, head to Linea Caffe’s vintage Spartan trailer and get yourself a latte. Tippling types can order a glass of wine or locally brewed beer to sip alfresco under the patio’s café lights.


Foodies will be pleased with GFM’s feast of gourmet groceries--cornichons from Les Trois Petits Cochons, jams from Inna Jam, pasta from Baia Pasta and granola from Nana Joes. Fill your basket, pick up a fall bouquet from on-site florist Brothers & Sisters and don’t leave without a made-in-house seasonal pastry, like the sweet and crumbly pear galette.

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