Out and About in Montclair
The Montclair Village is nestled in the upper hills of Oakland. The mountain atmosphere is refreshing and laid back. The friendly people and business owners enhance the small town appeal of this village.
Most people like to start their day with an award-winning cup of Peet’s Coffee and a Noah’s Bagel. This treat makes picking up the dry cleaning and doing your Saturday banking tolerable. If your little ones are doing the errands with you – keep them happy with a Colonial Donut.
If one of your errands includes buying new soccer cleats or getting your skis and boots fitted and tuned, stop by Montclair Sports and ask for Tom. Tom has been providing sporting equipment for this community for over 25 years. Now it is time for lunch and a sandwich from either Grinders or A G Ferrari to eat in the park would be perfect. Montclair Park has a newly renovated play structure and a small pond to fish.
Need a special gift for someone? Montclair has one of the only knitting and needlepoint stores in the East Bay—head to the Knitting Basket for all your stitching needs. A hostess gift is always easy to find at Pelago, and Someone’s in the Kitchen has everything you need to entertain.
When it comes to dinner you can either order thin crust European style pizza from Café Rustica to be delivered to your home or dine in the village. Montclair Bistro offers a quite romantic place to have dinner and a bottle of wine. If you are a football fan, stop by Crogan’s restaurant and bar; have a burger and a beer and watch a CAL game.
On Sunday mornings do not miss the Farmers Market. There is an abundance of local fruits, vegetables, and dairy products sold by the farmers themselves. The homemade bakery items and jams and jellies are not to be missed. After buying all you need to make the perfect dinner, don’t forget the special chocolates from XOXOTruffles for dessert and a rare bottle of wine from the Village Wine Shop.