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Guidebook for Oakland

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Guidebook for Oakland

Parks & Nature
Chabot park offers plenty of experiences for nature lovers from great fishing and boating to hiking and cross-country biking. There are trails of all levels and a serene back country where one can get away from it all. It is a bird watchers paradise. In spring wildflowers abound, and the air is filled with a myriad of herbal scents. One can picnic in prepared sights for small and large groups, or you can pack a lunch and eat at one of the many well-situated benches along back trails with views out over the bay area.
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Lake Chabot Regional Park
17600 Lake Chabot Rd
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Chabot park offers plenty of experiences for nature lovers from great fishing and boating to hiking and cross-country biking. There are trails of all levels and a serene back country where one can get away from it all. It is a bird watchers paradise. In spring wildflowers abound, and the air is filled with a myriad of herbal scents. One can picnic in prepared sights for small and large groups, or you can pack a lunch and eat at one of the many well-situated benches along back trails with views out over the bay area.
The gem of the Oakland Hills is Redwood Regional Park. While the original redwoods were felled in the 1800s to build houses in the expanding region, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the originals, many roughly 150-years-old, survived. There's a stream that rainbow trout swim in; hazelnuts hang from shrubs. One of the nicer hikes for redwoods is the Tres Sendas trail, which you can reach from the Waterloo parking area, on Skyline north of Chabot Space & Science Center. The three-mile French Trail is a local favorite. You can link onto it from Tres Sendas. Directions and trail maps are available from the East Bay Regional Parks, and the AC Transit #360 will drop you nearby.
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Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Rd
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The gem of the Oakland Hills is Redwood Regional Park. While the original redwoods were felled in the 1800s to build houses in the expanding region, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the originals, many roughly 150-years-old, survived. There's a stream that rainbow trout swim in; hazelnuts hang from shrubs. One of the nicer hikes for redwoods is the Tres Sendas trail, which you can reach from the Waterloo parking area, on Skyline north of Chabot Space & Science Center. The three-mile French Trail is a local favorite. You can link onto it from Tres Sendas. Directions and trail maps are available from the East Bay Regional Parks, and the AC Transit #360 will drop you nearby.
A beautiful 3,314-acre, year-round public campground and 70 miles of hiking and riding trails make Chabot one of the District's most varied parklands. Park Activities include Hiking, Riding and Bicycle Trails Visitors can explore miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves, or along the shores of Lake Chabot. The East Bay Skyline National Trail, which traverses 31 miles of East Bay hills from Richmond to Castro Valley, runs the length of the park. Anthony Chabot is connected to Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area by a six-mile section of the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail.
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Anthony Chabot Regional Park
9999 Redwood Road
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A beautiful 3,314-acre, year-round public campground and 70 miles of hiking and riding trails make Chabot one of the District's most varied parklands. Park Activities include Hiking, Riding and Bicycle Trails Visitors can explore miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves, or along the shores of Lake Chabot. The East Bay Skyline National Trail, which traverses 31 miles of East Bay hills from Richmond to Castro Valley, runs the length of the park. Anthony Chabot is connected to Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area by a six-mile section of the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail.
If Lake Merritt is the jewel then the Rose Garden is the hidden gem. Thousands of exotic roses are in bloom from May-October providing truly beautiful photo opportunities or an unbelievable backdrop for your wedding. Tip: Late April and early May are the best times to visit as the sun is out and the roses are in full bloom.
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Morcom Rose Garden
700 Jean Street
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If Lake Merritt is the jewel then the Rose Garden is the hidden gem. Thousands of exotic roses are in bloom from May-October providing truly beautiful photo opportunities or an unbelievable backdrop for your wedding. Tip: Late April and early May are the best times to visit as the sun is out and the roses are in full bloom.
The oldest and largest regional park system in the country is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. A number of the 65 parks are located in The Town so get out and go for a hike, grab your mountain bike or just explore the Redwoods. Tip: Go to Redwood Regional Park, just a few miles from downtown Oakland you won't believe this magnificent forest is so close to an urban city.
East Bay Regional Park
22400 Woodroe Ave
The oldest and largest regional park system in the country is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. A number of the 65 parks are located in The Town so get out and go for a hike, grab your mountain bike or just explore the Redwoods. Tip: Go to Redwood Regional Park, just a few miles from downtown Oakland you won't believe this magnificent forest is so close to an urban city.
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve will give you a botanical lesson while you hike. Pick up the trail map which identifies 17 trees and shrubs, such as different varieties of manzanitas, chinquapin, and madrones, as well as the best time to see some flowering species. Currants, coast silk tassel, and Western leatherwood flower are seen in the winter months into spring and huckleberry in the late spring. The Huckleberry Trail is a 1.7-mile loop.
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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
7087 Skyline Boulevard
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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve will give you a botanical lesson while you hike. Pick up the trail map which identifies 17 trees and shrubs, such as different varieties of manzanitas, chinquapin, and madrones, as well as the best time to see some flowering species. Currants, coast silk tassel, and Western leatherwood flower are seen in the winter months into spring and huckleberry in the late spring. The Huckleberry Trail is a 1.7-mile loop.
Nineteenth-century poet Joaquin Miller once owned the land that is now named after him; on land that is part of Joaquin Miller Park he planted 75,000 treesMonterey cypress, olive and eucalyptus create an artists' retreat. What people praise here are the stairs, Woodminster Amphitheater and reflecting pools off Joaquin Miller Blvd. But dig into the trail system, too, that weaves through dense forest, like the Big Trees or Sunset trails.
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Joaquin Miller Park
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Nineteenth-century poet Joaquin Miller once owned the land that is now named after him; on land that is part of Joaquin Miller Park he planted 75,000 treesMonterey cypress, olive and eucalyptus create an artists' retreat. What people praise here are the stairs, Woodminster Amphitheater and reflecting pools off Joaquin Miller Blvd. But dig into the trail system, too, that weaves through dense forest, like the Big Trees or Sunset trails.
Two canyon hikes to try are Leona Canyon, behind Merritt College, where you will see the reddish bark madrone, live oak, and Monterey Pine trees. At Dimond Canyon, with a trailhead off Fruitvale Avenue on El Centro, the best wooded view is near Leimert Bridge: Bay trees arch into a canopy, and just past that is a fern glade. From this point on, the Sausal Creek stream bed becomes the path, so any rains will make it impassable. If it is passable, up creek is a redwood canyon.
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Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve
Leona Trail
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Two canyon hikes to try are Leona Canyon, behind Merritt College, where you will see the reddish bark madrone, live oak, and Monterey Pine trees. At Dimond Canyon, with a trailhead off Fruitvale Avenue on El Centro, the best wooded view is near Leimert Bridge: Bay trees arch into a canopy, and just past that is a fern glade. From this point on, the Sausal Creek stream bed becomes the path, so any rains will make it impassable. If it is passable, up creek is a redwood canyon.
Drinks & Nightlife
Degrees Plato is a locally-owned, bottle shop, taproom, and kitchen located in the heart of Oakland’s Laurel District. Rich Allen and Mercedes Sperling, a husband-and-wife team who live just blocks away, envisioned the café to make craft beer approachable in a safe and inviting space for families. https://degrees-plato-tap-room-bottle-shop-kitchen.business.site/ tel: 510-479-3366
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Degrees Plato Tap Room Bottle Shop & Kitchen
4251 MacArthur Blvd
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Degrees Plato is a locally-owned, bottle shop, taproom, and kitchen located in the heart of Oakland’s Laurel District. Rich Allen and Mercedes Sperling, a husband-and-wife team who live just blocks away, envisioned the café to make craft beer approachable in a safe and inviting space for families. https://degrees-plato-tap-room-bottle-shop-kitchen.business.site/ tel: 510-479-3366
Awesome bar with great drinks, great bartenders, pool table, a jukebox that plays the best hits, and tv's to watch are awesome sports on big screen tv's. Also very clean and everybody including the staff and guests are very friendly! This place keeps getting better so if you haven't been here in awhile you need to check it out! Improvements have been made and this place is as good as ever.
Laurel Lounge
3932 MacArthur Blvd
Awesome bar with great drinks, great bartenders, pool table, a jukebox that plays the best hits, and tv's to watch are awesome sports on big screen tv's. Also very clean and everybody including the staff and guests are very friendly! This place keeps getting better so if you haven't been here in awhile you need to check it out! Improvements have been made and this place is as good as ever.
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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
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Food Scene
Communitē Table is a neighborhood restaurant featuring seasonal American comfort food. Fresh salads, soups, entrees, desserts and more are available to bring home for your family, or enjoy in our lovely restaurant. Oakland United Beerworks and four Napa valley wines on tap. Amazing handcrafted food! Very wholesome and organic. Choose from the deli counter full of many varieties of salads and meat. Eat in or on their patio or take it to go for a picnic at the nearby Redwoods Regional Park! Free parking in their own lot! http://www.communite-table.com/ tel: 510-482-2114
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Communitē Table
4171 MacArthur Boulevard
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Communitē Table is a neighborhood restaurant featuring seasonal American comfort food. Fresh salads, soups, entrees, desserts and more are available to bring home for your family, or enjoy in our lovely restaurant. Oakland United Beerworks and four Napa valley wines on tap. Amazing handcrafted food! Very wholesome and organic. Choose from the deli counter full of many varieties of salads and meat. Eat in or on their patio or take it to go for a picnic at the nearby Redwoods Regional Park! Free parking in their own lot! http://www.communite-table.com/ tel: 510-482-2114
Sequoia Diner is a husband and wife owned restaurant in the Laurel District of Oakland, California serving Breakfast and Lunch. Their plan is to make all of our bread and pastries from scratch and in house. Same goes for the bacon, sausages, and jams. You can expect a little friendly Diner sass- and a whole lot of love from our staff. http://www.sequoiadiner.com/ tel:510-482-3719
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Sequoia Diner
3719 MacArthur Boulevard
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Sequoia Diner is a husband and wife owned restaurant in the Laurel District of Oakland, California serving Breakfast and Lunch. Their plan is to make all of our bread and pastries from scratch and in house. Same goes for the bacon, sausages, and jams. You can expect a little friendly Diner sass- and a whole lot of love from our staff. http://www.sequoiadiner.com/ tel:510-482-3719
Cana's parlor is an upscale full-service dining restaurant and lounge serving delicious Cuban dishes and fun cocktails. They also have a more casual cafe that offers Cuban dining, coffee, pastries, and more.
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CAÑA Cuban Parlor & Cafe
530 Lake Park Avenue
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Cana's parlor is an upscale full-service dining restaurant and lounge serving delicious Cuban dishes and fun cocktails. They also have a more casual cafe that offers Cuban dining, coffee, pastries, and more.
Scott’s Seafood Restaurant serves only the finest, freshly prepared cuisine, with a professional courteous staff ready to make your dining experience a memorable occasion. Whether you visit them for lunch, dinner or the Champagne Jazz Brunch, your dining experience promises to be as delicious as it is pleasurable.
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Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
2 Broadway
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Scott’s Seafood Restaurant serves only the finest, freshly prepared cuisine, with a professional courteous staff ready to make your dining experience a memorable occasion. Whether you visit them for lunch, dinner or the Champagne Jazz Brunch, your dining experience promises to be as delicious as it is pleasurable.
Contemporary Californian cuisine with a focus on seafood. Join them for Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour daily! Lake Chalet's interior, designed by the award-winning CCS Architecture, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Oakland's storied past. The multi-level restaurant offers dining directly over the water out on the Dock, stunning views of Lake Merritt in our Lake Dining Room, a 80 foot marble bar complete with floor to ceiling windows and more.
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Lake Chalet
1520 Lakeside Drive
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Contemporary Californian cuisine with a focus on seafood. Join them for Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour daily! Lake Chalet's interior, designed by the award-winning CCS Architecture, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Oakland's storied past. The multi-level restaurant offers dining directly over the water out on the Dock, stunning views of Lake Merritt in our Lake Dining Room, a 80 foot marble bar complete with floor to ceiling windows and more.
Great lattes and always crowded at breakfast and lunch with neighborhood locals.
Cafe of the Bay
4011 MacArthur Boulevard
Great lattes and always crowded at breakfast and lunch with neighborhood locals.
This family-owned and operated retro soda fountain dishes out hearty portions of old-fashioned favorites and big scoops of homemade ice cream. Try their signature Black & Tan Sundae. Lunch and dinner daily.
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Fentons Creamery
4226 Piedmont Avenue
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This family-owned and operated retro soda fountain dishes out hearty portions of old-fashioned favorites and big scoops of homemade ice cream. Try their signature Black & Tan Sundae. Lunch and dinner daily.
This hopping joint boasts great burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches, and gigantic orders of fries. Lunch and dinner daily. Personal Favorite: BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad, Santa Fe Burger, Curly Fries
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Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers
1600 Shattuck Avenue
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This hopping joint boasts great burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches, and gigantic orders of fries. Lunch and dinner daily. Personal Favorite: BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad, Santa Fe Burger, Curly Fries
In 1973 Dorothy Turner Everett opened Oakland's beloved BBQ & soul-food restaurant. This family owned business continues to thrive. Rib and sausage platters are favorites here, but the menu goes way beyond the traditional brisket. Banquet facilities. Lunch and dinner daily. What to eat: Two Way Combo with Collard Greens
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Everett & Jones BBQ
4245 MacArthur Boulevard
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In 1973 Dorothy Turner Everett opened Oakland's beloved BBQ & soul-food restaurant. This family owned business continues to thrive. Rib and sausage platters are favorites here, but the menu goes way beyond the traditional brisket. Banquet facilities. Lunch and dinner daily. What to eat: Two Way Combo with Collard Greens
Mobile pizza trailer Fist of Flour first physical location where slices of the gourmet, thin, and decidedly crisp variety are served. Pizzas made at Doughjo are created from scratch and baked in traditional gas-fired ovens. For now, the Doughjo is a cash only spot and to-go orders are strongly recommended, as there are no tables or seats. http://wheresthefist.com/the-doughjo/ tel:510-531-6367
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Fist of Flour Doughjo
4166 MacArthur Boulevard
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Mobile pizza trailer Fist of Flour first physical location where slices of the gourmet, thin, and decidedly crisp variety are served. Pizzas made at Doughjo are created from scratch and baked in traditional gas-fired ovens. For now, the Doughjo is a cash only spot and to-go orders are strongly recommended, as there are no tables or seats. http://wheresthefist.com/the-doughjo/ tel:510-531-6367
Locally owned and operated, Peter's Kettle Corn can be found all over the Bay Area popping up at street fairs, farmers markets, festivals and fleas. In addition to the markets, Peter's Kettle Corn recently opened their first Brick and Mortar retail location (aka the PKCSHOP) here in the Laurel District! There you will find 8+ different flavors of popcorn on a given day with flavors such as their Sea Salted Caramel Corn, Horchata, Cheddar Cheese, Spicy Chipotle Lime, Saigon Cinnamon Sugar, Maple Bacon Caramel Corn and much more! Store hours are M-Sat from 11-7p, closed on Sundays. http://peterskettlecorn.com/ tel:510-612-1163
Peter's Kettle Corn
4139 MacArthur Blvd
Locally owned and operated, Peter's Kettle Corn can be found all over the Bay Area popping up at street fairs, farmers markets, festivals and fleas. In addition to the markets, Peter's Kettle Corn recently opened their first Brick and Mortar retail location (aka the PKCSHOP) here in the Laurel District! There you will find 8+ different flavors of popcorn on a given day with flavors such as their Sea Salted Caramel Corn, Horchata, Cheddar Cheese, Spicy Chipotle Lime, Saigon Cinnamon Sugar, Maple Bacon Caramel Corn and much more! Store hours are M-Sat from 11-7p, closed on Sundays. http://peterskettlecorn.com/ tel:510-612-1163
Good Chinese food at an affordable price. Some favorites include cod with black bean sauce, mu shu pork, and beef chow mein. tel:510-482-3988
Happy Garden
4112 MacArthur Boulevard
Good Chinese food at an affordable price. Some favorites include cod with black bean sauce, mu shu pork, and beef chow mein. tel:510-482-3988
Authentic West African cuisine. Menu of suya (West African Shish Kebabs), Okele (African style dough), soups, and more.
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MILIKI RESTAURANT
3725 MacArthur Boulevard
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Authentic West African cuisine. Menu of suya (West African Shish Kebabs), Okele (African style dough), soups, and more.
Neighborhood hangout with a warm, inviting vibe featuring coffee, wine & light bites & free WiFi. Also serving delicious paninis and salads. http://www.worldgroundcafe.com/ tel:510-465-6050
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World Ground Cafe
3726 MacArthur Boulevard
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Neighborhood hangout with a warm, inviting vibe featuring coffee, wine & light bites & free WiFi. Also serving delicious paninis and salads. http://www.worldgroundcafe.com/ tel:510-465-6050
Serving coffee, donuts, and sandwiches. Friendly service.
Lucky Donuts
4010 MacArthur Blvd
Serving coffee, donuts, and sandwiches. Friendly service.
Family owned Cambodian restaurant with a menu of a variety of curries, noodles, and seafood and poultry dishes.
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Phnom Penh Restaurant
3912 MacArthur Boulevard
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Family owned Cambodian restaurant with a menu of a variety of curries, noodles, and seafood and poultry dishes.
The food is amazingly good; the staff is super-friendly, the room feels old and unique; it was a perfect evening. We love that you have to walk through a bamboo forest on the way in. Honestly, this is some of the best Thai food I have ever had. There is a steady flow of regulars that are clearly trying to keep the place a secret. Call, make a reservation, go there right now.
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Old Weang Ping
6217 MacArthur Boulevard
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The food is amazingly good; the staff is super-friendly, the room feels old and unique; it was a perfect evening. We love that you have to walk through a bamboo forest on the way in. Honestly, this is some of the best Thai food I have ever had. There is a steady flow of regulars that are clearly trying to keep the place a secret. Call, make a reservation, go there right now.
Sightseeing
Named for theAmerican author who grew up in Oakland this waterfront neighborhood is now home to some of Oaktown's hottest bars and restaurants, as well as an active marina. From kayaking to bowling, food tours to outdoor dining, it's the place to settle in any day of the week. There is also an impressive line-up of events to check out from Eat Real, Jacks Night Market, Sunday Farmers Markets, Dancing Under the Stars and more. Oh, and a few more of our favorite attractions are located here, our Visitor Center (not that we're biased), and the "Floating White House", the USS Potomac. Tip: For strong drinks (and a slanted floor) stop intoHeinolds First & Last Chance Saloon once a frequent wate
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Jack London Square
245 2nd Street
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Named for theAmerican author who grew up in Oakland this waterfront neighborhood is now home to some of Oaktown's hottest bars and restaurants, as well as an active marina. From kayaking to bowling, food tours to outdoor dining, it's the place to settle in any day of the week. There is also an impressive line-up of events to check out from Eat Real, Jacks Night Market, Sunday Farmers Markets, Dancing Under the Stars and more. Oh, and a few more of our favorite attractions are located here, our Visitor Center (not that we're biased), and the "Floating White House", the USS Potomac. Tip: For strong drinks (and a slanted floor) stop intoHeinolds First & Last Chance Saloon once a frequent wate
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. Beautiful place to take a stroll or just sit on a bench and take in the views.
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Lake Merritt
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Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. Beautiful place to take a stroll or just sit on a bench and take in the views.
To say Downtown Oakland is eclectic and diverse would barely skim the surface of this melting pot. You’re just as likely to bump into a scholar, a Federal judge, a tech entrepreneur and a civil rights activist in a one-block area. Just five years ago, a swath of the area’s Victorian and Art Deco storefronts were vacant and in need of repair. Now they are renovated and lit up with cool shops like Umami (selling Japanese barware),Oaklandish (details below), and art pioneer Joyce Gordon Gallery. Downtown is peppered with architectural marvels: the African American Museum and Library in a 1902 Carnegie; the Pardee Home, dating back to 1868; and the Rotunda Building, a massive elliptical dome in
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Downtown Oakland
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To say Downtown Oakland is eclectic and diverse would barely skim the surface of this melting pot. You’re just as likely to bump into a scholar, a Federal judge, a tech entrepreneur and a civil rights activist in a one-block area. Just five years ago, a swath of the area’s Victorian and Art Deco storefronts were vacant and in need of repair. Now they are renovated and lit up with cool shops like Umami (selling Japanese barware),Oaklandish (details below), and art pioneer Joyce Gordon Gallery. Downtown is peppered with architectural marvels: the African American Museum and Library in a 1902 Carnegie; the Pardee Home, dating back to 1868; and the Rotunda Building, a massive elliptical dome in
This neighborhood has that Saturday-by-the-lake relaxed vibe. Shopping, eating, drinking, movies, Grand Lake has it all. Looking for the hustle and bustle on a sunny weekend day? You can find it all in this sunny neighborhood next to Lake Merritt. The only thing that can steal the thunder from the glittery water is Grand Lake Theater, a 1926 masterpiece that literally lights up the neighborhood. Oakland’s largest indie bookstore, Walden Pond Books, just around the corner, carries works by regional authors.
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Grand Lake
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This neighborhood has that Saturday-by-the-lake relaxed vibe. Shopping, eating, drinking, movies, Grand Lake has it all. Looking for the hustle and bustle on a sunny weekend day? You can find it all in this sunny neighborhood next to Lake Merritt. The only thing that can steal the thunder from the glittery water is Grand Lake Theater, a 1926 masterpiece that literally lights up the neighborhood. Oakland’s largest indie bookstore, Walden Pond Books, just around the corner, carries works by regional authors.
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
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First Fridays
2414 Telegraph Ave
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Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
At the foot of the Oakland Hills, Rockridge is a lovely burby-like haven where Cal Berkeley grads come to live when they exit their 20s and start yearning for historic cottages, nice gardens, and a 99 walk score. Twitterites and techies who have newly flown the coop are lucky to nab a place to live in this desirable hub. Even so, all ages come to explore this model main street where two indie bookstores thrive (Pegasus and Diesel). Extreme shoppers, and companions of extreme shoppers, be warned: walking Rockridge will easily swallow an afternoon. There are home goods (Maison D’Etre) to baked goods (Market Hall Bakery), vintage (Pretty Penny, Lost & Found) to eco (Atomic Garden).
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Rockridge
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At the foot of the Oakland Hills, Rockridge is a lovely burby-like haven where Cal Berkeley grads come to live when they exit their 20s and start yearning for historic cottages, nice gardens, and a 99 walk score. Twitterites and techies who have newly flown the coop are lucky to nab a place to live in this desirable hub. Even so, all ages come to explore this model main street where two indie bookstores thrive (Pegasus and Diesel). Extreme shoppers, and companions of extreme shoppers, be warned: walking Rockridge will easily swallow an afternoon. There are home goods (Maison D’Etre) to baked goods (Market Hall Bakery), vintage (Pretty Penny, Lost & Found) to eco (Atomic Garden).
Not to be confused with Piedmont, a small city in Alameda County, Piedmont Avenue is one long badass sidewalk of restaurants, shops and home bric-a-brac, stacked side by side, with nearly nothing vacant. Choices range from family-friendly, 1894-founded Fentons Creamery, which made a cameo in Pixar’s Up, and the Michelin-starred Commis (2009). Indie films screen at Oakland’s longest running cinema (1917), the Piedmont Theatre, while at the more modern Cato’s Ale House, sports screen on TVs as taps pour craft beers. Despite being part of the big city and having a high density of stores, Piedmont Avenue is very small-town, with a genuine magazine stand (Issues), a sewing shop with lessons (Sew
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Piedmont Avenue
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Not to be confused with Piedmont, a small city in Alameda County, Piedmont Avenue is one long badass sidewalk of restaurants, shops and home bric-a-brac, stacked side by side, with nearly nothing vacant. Choices range from family-friendly, 1894-founded Fentons Creamery, which made a cameo in Pixar’s Up, and the Michelin-starred Commis (2009). Indie films screen at Oakland’s longest running cinema (1917), the Piedmont Theatre, while at the more modern Cato’s Ale House, sports screen on TVs as taps pour craft beers. Despite being part of the big city and having a high density of stores, Piedmont Avenue is very small-town, with a genuine magazine stand (Issues), a sewing shop with lessons (Sew
Walk through the Laurel arch and into a bustling neighborhood filled with shopping, events and annual street festivals. Main strip: Macarthur Boulevard between 35th & High Street Who dwells here: Residents looking for small locally owned businesses Neighborhood giant: Laurel Street Fair Where to mingle with locals: Sequioa Dinner The inside inside scoop At one time MacArthur Boulevard was U.S. Highway 50. So as you explore Laurel, you may notice many neon signs that date back to that time period, when MacArthur was Oakland’s major thoroughfare.
Laurel
Walk through the Laurel arch and into a bustling neighborhood filled with shopping, events and annual street festivals. Main strip: Macarthur Boulevard between 35th & High Street Who dwells here: Residents looking for small locally owned businesses Neighborhood giant: Laurel Street Fair Where to mingle with locals: Sequioa Dinner The inside inside scoop At one time MacArthur Boulevard was U.S. Highway 50. So as you explore Laurel, you may notice many neon signs that date back to that time period, when MacArthur was Oakland’s major thoroughfare.
Essentials
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Safeway
4100 Redwood Rd
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Walgreens Pharmacy
3434 High St
Highland Hospital is a public hospital in Alameda County, Oakland, California. It is operated by the Alameda Health System. It is the primary trauma center and a county hospital in Alameda County.
Highland Hospital Emergency Department
1411 E 31st St
Highland Hospital is a public hospital in Alameda County, Oakland, California. It is operated by the Alameda Health System. It is the primary trauma center and a county hospital in Alameda County.
Eastmont Wellness Center is part of the Alameda Health System (AHS) Ambulatory Health Care Services network. It includes an emergency and urgent care department.
Alameda Health System-Eastmont Wellness Center
6955 Foothill Blvd
Eastmont Wellness Center is part of the Alameda Health System (AHS) Ambulatory Health Care Services network. It includes an emergency and urgent care department.
Planet Fitness
4055 MacArthur Boulevard
O'Reilly Auto Parts
4200 MacArthur Blvd
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Anasa Yoga
4232 MacArthur Boulevard
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High Street Pharmacy
4248 MacArthur Blvd
Powerline Pilates + Wellness
4148 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland Copy & Print
4124 MacArthur Blvd
DJ's Martial Arts and Fitness
4116 MacArthur Blvd
Body Mechanix Fitness
3831 MacArthur Blvd
Local grocery market within walking distance
4M Food
6349 MacArthur Blvd
Local grocery market within walking distance
Arts & Culture
Arts + History + Natural Sciences = 1 kick-ass museum. The OMCA is deeply rooted in the Oakland community offering a number of educational and outreach programs. On top of that they throw a helluva party every Friday with drinks, food, dancing and half off entrance fees. Tip: Check out the notorious Black Panther leader Huey P. Newtons wicker chair in their gallery, originally proposed for the Alameda Courthouse. You can sit in it, too; contemplate the movement and its complicated founder.
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Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
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Arts + History + Natural Sciences = 1 kick-ass museum. The OMCA is deeply rooted in the Oakland community offering a number of educational and outreach programs. On top of that they throw a helluva party every Friday with drinks, food, dancing and half off entrance fees. Tip: Check out the notorious Black Panther leader Huey P. Newtons wicker chair in their gallery, originally proposed for the Alameda Courthouse. You can sit in it, too; contemplate the movement and its complicated founder.
Nestled in the Oakland hills kids and adults alike will enjoy Chabot. This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi. From interactive designs to Pink Floyd laser shows to guided stargazing hikes everyone will be entertained. Tip: Experience Chabot LaserMania, A Rockin'Music Odyssey. Featuring classics from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and more, let this brilliant display of color and sound take you on a mesmerizing musical journey.
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Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
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Nestled in the Oakland hills kids and adults alike will enjoy Chabot. This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi. From interactive designs to Pink Floyd laser shows to guided stargazing hikes everyone will be entertained. Tip: Experience Chabot LaserMania, A Rockin'Music Odyssey. Featuring classics from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and more, let this brilliant display of color and sound take you on a mesmerizing musical journey.
Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of Christ the Light - the entire Cathedral Center is a beautiful and welcoming gathering place to experience liturgy, arts and cultural events reflecting the diversity of Oakland and the Bay Area.
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The Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St
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Anchored by the world's newest Catholic cathedral - The Cathedral of Christ the Light - the entire Cathedral Center is a beautiful and welcoming gathering place to experience liturgy, arts and cultural events reflecting the diversity of Oakland and the Bay Area.
California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.
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University of California, Berkeley
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California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.
The Mills College Art Museum, founded in 1925, is a dynamic center for art that focuses on the creative work of women as artists and curators. The museum strives to engage and inspire the diverse and distinctive cultures of the Bay Area by presenting innovative exhibitions by emerging and established national and international artists.
Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
The Mills College Art Museum, founded in 1925, is a dynamic center for art that focuses on the creative work of women as artists and curators. The museum strives to engage and inspire the diverse and distinctive cultures of the Bay Area by presenting innovative exhibitions by emerging and established national and international artists.
Affectionately dubbed the Floating White House by the press, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht is one of the few floating museums in the country. The restored 165-foot vessel, a national historic landmark, is a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.
USS POTOMAC
Affectionately dubbed the Floating White House by the press, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht is one of the few floating museums in the country. The restored 165-foot vessel, a national historic landmark, is a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.
Entertainment & Activities
Nestled into the Oakland Hills you'll find African Lions, tigers, and elephants. This zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation and education. Recent improvements included the Valley Children's Zoo which includes Tortoise, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Otters Malayan Fruit Bats, Alligators, Rabbits, and Pot-bellied Pig exhibits, as well as state of the art Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Room, Bug House and new Goat & Sheep Barn and petting area. Within the 3 acres are also play structures and an amphitheater. There is always something new going on at the Zoo, holiday lights, Halloween parties, educational workshops, you name it. With over 400 animals spending a day here is something everyone should d
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Oakland Zoo
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Nestled into the Oakland Hills you'll find African Lions, tigers, and elephants. This zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation and education. Recent improvements included the Valley Children's Zoo which includes Tortoise, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Otters Malayan Fruit Bats, Alligators, Rabbits, and Pot-bellied Pig exhibits, as well as state of the art Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Room, Bug House and new Goat & Sheep Barn and petting area. Within the 3 acres are also play structures and an amphitheater. There is always something new going on at the Zoo, holiday lights, Halloween parties, educational workshops, you name it. With over 400 animals spending a day here is something everyone should d
Built in 1926 as a vaudeville showplace and silent movie house, the Art Deco Grand Lake was soon taken over by the talkies. Like many other Art Deco theaters, it has Egyptian and Moorish touches. See Blockbuster movies in a slice of history, and to read the latest message tiled on the left-leaning marquee. The 52-foot high illuminated sign is lit by 2,800 bulbs and is 72-feet long. On Friday and Saturday nights a Wurlitzer player rises from the floor and performs a few tunes.
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Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
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Built in 1926 as a vaudeville showplace and silent movie house, the Art Deco Grand Lake was soon taken over by the talkies. Like many other Art Deco theaters, it has Egyptian and Moorish touches. See Blockbuster movies in a slice of history, and to read the latest message tiled on the left-leaning marquee. The 52-foot high illuminated sign is lit by 2,800 bulbs and is 72-feet long. On Friday and Saturday nights a Wurlitzer player rises from the floor and performs a few tunes.
Going strong since 1931, the art deco landmark is an entertainment and cultural hub in The Town. Top music and comedy acts flock to the Paramount, the theater is also home to the Oakland Symphony and Ballet. Tip: Have a retro evening at the Classic movie series, featuring 35mm film prints, a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and fabulous prizes in the Paramount's own game of chance "Dec-O-Win". A live Mighty Wurlitzer organ serenade begins at 7:30 PM.
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Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
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Going strong since 1931, the art deco landmark is an entertainment and cultural hub in The Town. Top music and comedy acts flock to the Paramount, the theater is also home to the Oakland Symphony and Ballet. Tip: Have a retro evening at the Classic movie series, featuring 35mm film prints, a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and fabulous prizes in the Paramount's own game of chance "Dec-O-Win". A live Mighty Wurlitzer organ serenade begins at 7:30 PM.
Well, thank the Gov for this one. When Gov. Jerry Brown was Oaklands mayor he envisioned the redevelopment of an area of downtown Oakland as Uptown. The crown jewel of the development was the renovation of the historic Fox Theater. Jerry was right this place rocks and has become THE premier concert venue in the Bay Area. Tip: Stop next door after the show to Rudy's Cant Fail Cafe, they are open till 1 am and serve rock star level diner grub. Oh, and this spot rocks too it's owned by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.
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Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Avenue
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Well, thank the Gov for this one. When Gov. Jerry Brown was Oaklands mayor he envisioned the redevelopment of an area of downtown Oakland as Uptown. The crown jewel of the development was the renovation of the historic Fox Theater. Jerry was right this place rocks and has become THE premier concert venue in the Bay Area. Tip: Stop next door after the show to Rudy's Cant Fail Cafe, they are open till 1 am and serve rock star level diner grub. Oh, and this spot rocks too it's owned by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.
You know you were raised in the bay area if you have a Magic Key from this quaint amusement park located on the waters of Lake Merritt. It's said to be Walt Disneys inspiration for Disneyworld, but that's not why we love this storybook come to life. Whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals and inspired live entertainment is what keeps us coming back for more. Don't miss the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continually operating puppet theater in the United States Tip: For safety reasons, Fairyland admits adults only when they're accompanied by children, and children only when they're accompanied by adults. So bring the kids and enjoy the nursery rhymes of your child
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Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Avenue
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You know you were raised in the bay area if you have a Magic Key from this quaint amusement park located on the waters of Lake Merritt. It's said to be Walt Disneys inspiration for Disneyworld, but that's not why we love this storybook come to life. Whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals and inspired live entertainment is what keeps us coming back for more. Don't miss the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continually operating puppet theater in the United States Tip: For safety reasons, Fairyland admits adults only when they're accompanied by children, and children only when they're accompanied by adults. So bring the kids and enjoy the nursery rhymes of your child
Compared to the others on the list, the Piedmont Theatre isn't as Art Deco extravaganza. But it is the oldest operating theater, opened in 1917. Since 1994, it has been operated by Landmark Theatres. Go for indie and foreign flicks. On Saturday nights, movie raffles and prizes from local merchants are given out pre-screening. Staff members still thank people personally for coming to the show.
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Landmark's Piedmont Theatre
4186 Piedmont Avenue
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Compared to the others on the list, the Piedmont Theatre isn't as Art Deco extravaganza. But it is the oldest operating theater, opened in 1917. Since 1994, it has been operated by Landmark Theatres. Go for indie and foreign flicks. On Saturday nights, movie raffles and prizes from local merchants are given out pre-screening. Staff members still thank people personally for coming to the show.
If you thought that baseball games were just for sports fans, then you're wrong! This summer, don't miss out on cultural celebrations, exciting theme nights, and good ol' fashioned firework shows! It doesn't matter if you don't know who's on first, The Oakland A's have something for everybody! Go A's! #RootedinOakland
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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
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If you thought that baseball games were just for sports fans, then you're wrong! This summer, don't miss out on cultural celebrations, exciting theme nights, and good ol' fashioned firework shows! It doesn't matter if you don't know who's on first, The Oakland A's have something for everybody! Go A's! #RootedinOakland
Glide across Lake Merritt in a beautiful Venetian gondola accompanied by a serenading gondolier. Enjoy an evening cruise for two or an afternoon group up to six event.
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Gondola Servizio
1520 Lakeside Drive
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Glide across Lake Merritt in a beautiful Venetian gondola accompanied by a serenading gondolier. Enjoy an evening cruise for two or an afternoon group up to six event.