Shopper’s Travel Guide
Destination: Monkey Forest Road
History: Named after the main thoroughfare in Ubud, Bali, the multifunctional ecosystem (expertly transformed by Larson Shores Architects) is a gallery, coffee bar, and retail paradise.
Coordinates: Grand Avenue, a Saturday stroll from Grand Lake Farmers Market and neighbor to Boot & Shoe Pizza.
Population: Co-owners and frequenters of Bali, Chris Cooper and Arnel Alcordo; a sizable collection of Indonesian wares.
Topography: Lofty (skylights, transom windows), textural (Japanese tile wall, exposed black wood rafters, origami ceilings), organic (interior garden courtyard, Balinese liana vine accents). The transitional patio offers weary travelers respite with Verve coffee and homemade pastries from Alcordo (a former pastry chef).
Agenda: Acquire timeless artifacts (hand-blown glass terrariums melded over tique root, petrified wood benches), explore the vault (woven jewelry from an Italian expat), shop souvenirs (handcrafted soaps, aluminum storage vessels).
Indigenous Illness: Shopaholism
Monkey Forest Road, 3265 Grand Avenue, between Santa Clara and Elwood Avenues, Oakland (510-327-2400 or monkeyforestroad.com).
Photo: Mark Luthringer Photography / Courtesy of Monkey Forest Road