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Best of the Bay
The cities by the Bay—collectively known as San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland—owe much of their notoriety to artists like E-40. But there is more to the Bay Area than going "dumb," "hyphy," or "ghostridin' that whip" across the Bay Bridge. The Bay is filled with artistic and cultural events, authentic food, and nightlife.

Where to Eat:

Banana Island Restaurant
311 Lake Merced Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94015
650-756-6868
There's no need to go to Thailand for authentic cuisine. Check out this spot that has the best Thai and Singaporean food in the Bay.

Everett and Jones
126 Broadway (Jack London Square)
Oakland, CA 94617
510-663-2350
If you want meat that falls off the bone, this barbeque/soul food spot is whassup in the East Bay.

Cha Cha Cha
1801 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-386-7670
This local spot offers great Caribbean food.

Favorite Bar/Clubs:

Asia SF
201 9th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-255-2742
It is a restaurant and bar upstairs, and a dance club in the basement. You can also watch the ladies of Asia SF dance.

Milk
1840 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-387-6455
There is great music, and the atmosphere is chill almost every night.

Santana Row
368 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
Not only does this chic area offer tons of shopping and dinning, there is also great nightlife. The places to go and be seen are the V-Bar in Hotel Valencia and Straits.

Cuccini's
72 N. Almaden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110
408-287-1737
If you are looking to get a little hyphy, this is the perfect South Bay destination. This restaurant/club offers the best of hip-hop and local music.

Favorite Shopping Places:

Haight Street
This area used to be the haven of freelovin' hippies. Now it is a trendy spot that offers a mix of vintage and designer shops.

Union Square
Downtown San Francisco This shopping district is in the heart of downtown San Francisco and is right across from the Meteron, which is a cool place to take a break from shopping. There is a large arcade located inside.

Favorite Places to Go:

Golden Gate Park
Tired of seeing this park in the movies? Then go visit in person. This park is picturesque, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the backdrop. The Japanese Tea Gardens—free during the weekends—are also an incentive. There are a ton of other museums, such as The de Young Museum of Art and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Chinatown in San Francisco
Besides the shopping, Chinatown is in the middle of Little Italy and the French Quarter, which is within walking distance to Union Square.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz is the Jersey City of the West Coast. This beach town is a haven for the alternative hippie/surfer, but it offers an amusement park right on the water.

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