Ah the Spice of Life
Stop by Oaktown Spice Shop for a whiff of tantalizing spices, flavored salts and signature house blends. This handsome little shop across from Lake Merritt sells everything from to Aleppo pepper to Zahtar and everything in between, including seasonal favorites like mulling spices and house-ground cinnamon (including hard-to-find Ceylon cinnamon). While you can be plenty adventurous here, you’ll find even the most mundane seasonings fresher, brighter and more satisfying than anything in most spice racks. The shop’s glass jars are attractively labeled and nicely sized for stockings. Themed gift boxes are priced at $14 and up.