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Best of the East Bay


Illustration by Bo Lundberg

• Artisan chocolates. European breakfasts. Smart cars. Urban wineries. Zeppelin flights. And an adorable party dress worn by Malia Obama on a rather historic night. What do they have in common? They’re all the best of the best, featured right here in our annual Best of the East Bay awards.

• Each spring, Diablo asks our readers to vote for the best boutique, burger, and bookstore, plus a whole lot more. The competition to win is fierce, with more than 10,000 logging on to cast their ballots. Adding to the winners list, our editors chime in with some of their favorite things in the 925 and 510. Plus, we catch up with the most fascinating people in our collective backyard, such as Twitter cofounder Biz Stone and Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the heroic Danville pilot who landed a disabled plane on the Hudson River.

• This is your guide to the good life, a resource for everything fun and fabulous in the East Bay. Sit back, relax, and see who won. And tell us about more of your favorites in this month’s forum.



STARS & STANDOUTS: Meet the heroes, Hall of Famers, and tastemakers who keep the East Bay on the cutting edge.






STYLE & BEAUTY: The hottest shops and styles, and leads on where to go for gorgeous hair and skin.






FUN & NIGHTLIFE: From margaritas to man caves, check out all the ways to have a great time in the East Bay.





FOOD: All the news that’s fit to eat, including the best chocolate, pizza, and urban winery.






HEALTH & FITNESS: Get in shape with the best spin instructor, nutritionist, and butt-kicking workout.





SHOPS & SERVICES: Sweet treats, comfy sneaks, a helpful hardware store, and where to browse the good stuff.





KIDS & PARENTING: Where to celebrate a birthday, buy a party dress, or get your kids science fair help.





For an index of all the Best of the East Bay winners, CLICK HERE

WEB EXTRA: For more Best of the East Bay editor's picks, CLICK HERE.


Diablo's editor-in-chief Susan Safipour went on ABC-7s View from the Bay to show hosts Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang some her favorite things from the shops featured in this month's Best of the East Bay issue!

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