Best Eyeglass Shop

Phoenix Optical

A word of advice for the visually impaired: If you're shopping for eyeglasses at Rockridge's Phoenix Optical, don't forget to wear your old pair, because you won't want to overlook any of the shop's thousands of unique frames. From rare wooden gems to good old-fashioned horn-rims and metal filigreed cat-eyes, the shop's vintage, vintage-inspired, and contemporary offerings are seemingly endless — and it can take what feels like an entire afternoon to peruse the many frames lining the walls and resting on trays stacked inside large storage cases. Make no mistake, some of Phoneix's frames will cost you a pretty penny, but it's a small price to pay for high-quality, unique style and sharp vision (and the shop does accept insurance). And because the staff is totally game to make style suggestions and give you an honest assessment of what best suits your face, you'll leave knowing that your new frames are truly a sight to be seen.

Previously in Best of the East Bay

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