Across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland’s home to myriad hip, independent restaurants and boutiques. Over the years, an influx of chefs, artists, and techies has revitalized Oakland. The city is also home to the Black Dahlia’s gravesite and a miniature Chinatown.
Oakland is consistently warmer than the city across the bay. Kayak through the Oakland estuary and explore the Lake Merritt Botanical Gardens. To cool off, visit the Oakland Ice Center for ice hockey, skating, and even curling.
Oakland is home to three professional sports teams: the A’s, the Raiders, and the Warriors. It also boasts two historic theatres with art deco architecture: Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre.
Children’s Fairyland is a pint-sized theme park designed for children and their families. Kids will also appreciate a visit to the Oakland Zoo or the Chabot Space & Science Center.
Wood Tavern is consistently ranked as one of Oakland’s best restaurants. Stop by for a hot pastrami sandwich and a few cocktails. For an upscale dining experience, make a reservation at Commis.
The Oakland Museum of California explores history, culture, and science. Its three main areas include exhibits on Hollywood’s film industry and the 20th century gold rush.
Oakland is home to several trendy, independent boutiques. Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge, and Temescal Alley are just a few of Oakland’s notable shopping districts.
Lake Merritt is Oakland’s pride and joy. The 155-acre lagoon is ideal for long walks, beachside picnics, and watersports. Some locals believe Lake Merritt harbors a sea creature known as Oakie.