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Walnut Creek City Guide

Our newest BHLDN shop opened its doors within Anthropologie & Co. in Walnut Creek, a short drive from Oakland, CA. A bustling downtown makes it a destination for anyone in the Bay Area, so for those visiting, we’ve got a list of what not to miss.

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Where to Eat:
Sideboard Café is a neighborhood gem that serves local, organic cuisine. Start your day with their Breakfast Salad, a mix of kale, eggs, bacon, and crunchy breadcrumbs. For a delicious, no-frills lunch head to Citra Grill. Everything’s made in house, from the skewers to the flatbread, with plenty of gluten-free options.

California cuisine is front and center at Main St. Kitchen. Case in point: they serve our favorite avocado salad with goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes. Take a trip to Lark Creek to sip eclectic cocktails alongside local, farm-fresh bites. With the bay just miles away, the Walnut Creek Yacht Club serves up sustainable seafood.

Sweets-lovers are not without options. Stop by Kara’s Cupcakes, which specializes in small-batch, organic treats, and order their Fleur de Sel Cupcake with caramel filling. For a cool dessert, go to Lottie’s Creamery. They’re a microcreamery that makes everything from ice cream to sundae sauces on premises. We’re obsessed with their Ginger Green Tea Toffee flavor.

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image via: Kara’s Cupcakes

Where to Drink:
While its name may be simple, the Coffee Shop offers coffee that’s anything but ordinary. It won best coffeehouse of the East Bay in 2016 for its expertly-sourced beans. In the evening, stop by Va de Vi for international wine flights and plenty of small plates for pairing.

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image via Coffee Shop

Where to Shop:
Anthropologie & Co. is a shopping destination in and of itself; it’s easy to spend all day browsing their collection of designer shoes, local jewelry, and unique beauty finds. For registry inspiration, check out their home décor, furniture, and Terrain garden offerings. Venture across the street to stroll around Broadway Plaza where Free People and Urban Outfitters are located, as well as world-class department stores and smaller boutiques.

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image via Anthropologie

What to Do:
For the outdoorsy types, Mount Diablo State Park offers 2,700 acres of open space and loads of wildflowers for frolicking and (our favorite!) picnicking.

Ruth Bancroft Garden is a succulent lover’s dream. Beautifully curated, it houses a collection of agave and aloe varietals, as well as other drought-resistant plants. Get close to over 50 species of local fauna at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. The more daring can take their Tarantula Hike in April every year.

In the summer, catch the Art and Wine Festival for live music, area artists, and local eats. When the weather cools, lace up skates at Walnut Creek on Ice for a perfect date night.

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image via Ruth Bancroft Garden

For a quick and pretty Walnut Creek guide, check out our Pinterest page! Or go to our BHLDN Walnut Creek store page for information on store hours and upcoming events.

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