Your new home at The Emerson just may be in the ideal location. Your NOBE condominium is just a quick jaunt from the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, Oakland, and Berkeley, in the ever-convenient Emeryville. Each condominium comes equipped with stainless steel appliances, contemporary cabinets, and quartz countertops. When you’re in the mood to unwind, head up to The Emerson’s communal rooftop hangout space for some fresh air and amazing views of the Bay.
Beyond your door, adventure awaits. Head over to KGB Kiteboarding at Emeryville Marina for kiteboarding lessons. Rent a paddleboard and glide your way around the bay for a rewarding, meditative way to exercise. Hop on your bike and trek the San Francisco Bay Trail. With 500 miles of path at your wheels, you can ride a different route every day while staying close to home.
Head over to Berkeley Ironworks for a little rock climbing or “bouldering”—climbing without ropes. Berkeley Ironworks also offers after-school and summer climbing camps for kids, plus indoor cycling and fitness programs. An on-site shop also sells climbing equipment so you can gear up for an outdoor excursion.
When you’re ready for a little relaxation, head over to Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge, a small but mighty chill-out spot. Enjoy the free truffle popcorn as you listen to music mixed by a turntablist—just loud enough to enjoy the grooves and still carry on a conversation with friends.
Challenge a friend to a game of pinball at Scarlet City Espresso Bar, a sci-fi-themed cafe serving up espresso drinks and foods from local shops and bakeries. Scarlet City also serves locally brewed beers on tap.
Share beautiful views of the bay over dinner with out-of-town guests. Trader Vic’s offers scenic vistas and Asian-inspired fare. Start off with the “cosmo tidbits” platter to sample prawns, crab Rangoon, char siu pork, and spare ribs with your group. For the main course, try Trader Vic’s signature curry, Chinese sea bass, or five-spice duck. Trader Vic’s also lays claim to the mai tai, so it’s worth tasting the original along with your food.
Enjoy handmade dim sum or seafood at Hong Kong East Ocean. The restaurant’s sizable menu features seafood classics such as garlic Dungeness crab or steamed cod with ginger and scallions, as well as sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, or Peking duck with steamed lotus buns.
For after-dinner drinks, head over to Prizefighter, named one of the best bars in the country by both Esquire and Playboy. Prizefighter offers classic drinks like the Moscow mule, as well as patio drinks served by the pitcher, including the Roman holiday (Italian vermouth, orange bitters, and soda) or the absinthe spritz (absinthe, soda, and lemon).
Wind down with one more at the Novel Brewing Company, a brewpub inspired by all things literary. Try several different Novel brews, served up in sampler size on a tray made from a carved-out book. While you decide on your favorite, grab a book from the shelf or play a board game with a few friends, old and new.