What to do in Oakland

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
2618 posts
Sugar bee

Jack London Square & Redwood Regional Park come to mind. But I’d go to Jack London Square to walk around and then take the ferry into San Francisco or to Angel Island. SF is easily accessible from Oakland by ferry/BART/car in about 30 mins and has tons of things to do and see, from museums and theater to walking the bridge.


Post # 3
2252 posts
Buzzing bee

You MUST MUST MUST go see Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francsico!!!! Even people that are not fans of live theater LOVE it!  It’s freaking awesome!!!!




Post # 6
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Sunday brunch at Scott’s at Jack London Square on the water. My personal favorite Oakland A’s.  Or if you have a rental car it’s only a 43 mile drive to Napa. 

Post # 7
44 posts

Pier 39 in San Francisco. Best combo of people watching, food, and shopping. If you like seafood go to Joe’s Crab Shack. 

Post # 8
2708 posts
Sugar bee

Eat at HomeRoom in Oakland for some delicious mac-n-cheese.  Seriously, check their menu.

I’m a SF based bee, though, so here’s some SF suggestions:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is lovely. 

Golden Gate Park – including Shakespeare Garden, the de Young, Conservatory of Flowers are all a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Cliff House – nice for brunch

Baker Beach – quite pretty and a nice photo spot

Nightlife on Thursday night (21+) at the California Academy of Sciences – explore cool science exhibits and drink themed cocktails!  (We love doing this!)


I’ll post more ideas later.


Post # 9
240 posts
Helper bee

I lived in Oakland for a while and loved it. Some ideas below …

  • Lake Merritt is great to hit up, especially during the day. (It might get a bit squirrely in the evenings.) Nice to take a long walk around. There’s a great place to get bloody mary’s and brunch at Portal, and they have outdoor seating. Gets busy though—that’s key with all of these spots. Lake Merritt also has a pretty fun farmer’s market on Saturdays. The Star and Penrose are also pretty tasty. Grand Lake Theater is a wonderful old theater that does cheap movies on Tuesday night ($5) and has a piano player pre-movie show on the weekends. 
  • Piedmont Ave in Piedmont and College Ave in Rockridge are both cute, lots of little shops, lots of tasty food: bookshops, local clothes and jewelry shops, a whole store devoted to socks. Super tasty Italian at Dopo on Piedmont Ave. There’s a really cool cemetery (weird, I know) but a nice walk in Piedmont. On a clear day you can get a good view towards the city. There’s also a hidden rose garden, small but pretty, in Piedmont.
  • SF is just a ride away, I know you got some other suggestions there. BART from MacArthur is about 20 minutes and pretty cheap, and then you don’t have to fight for parking in the city.
  • Jack London is also fun, some tasty restaurants. You can also ferry into / from the city fom Jack London.
  • Berkeley’s also not far, fun to walk around. There are some really nice hikes in the Berkeley hills. Campus is cool to walk around, Shattuck has lots of interesting shops.
  • Oakland First Fridays and Friday nights at Oakland California Museum are supposed to be fun, though I also never made it to either.

Have fun!


Post # 10
355 posts
Helper bee

DON’T get lost in the Tenderloin at 5am like my boss and I did on a work trip. (Stayed with his siblings and got up early because we had to drive a couple of hours to our next client, walked out the wrong way a few blocks.) Had our briefcases, nice clothes… that was scary.

Post # 11
5944 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014


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mrsrobertshoe :  Drive to SF. Seriously. And don’t go to Joe’s Crab Shack, that’s a national chain. Choose a local place and get the best and freshest seafood you’ve ever had!

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katebluestone :  LOVED it! Club Fugaziiiiii! So.much.fun!!

Post # 12
3446 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Jack London is ok. Yoshi’s is nice if they have a show playing you might want to see at the time so check the online calendar. Agree with pp about Joe’s, food was not at all good to anyone at my table and way too expensive to be so mediocre. Exploring Pier 39 is a nice way to spend the day. Bart is gross…its a quick way to get around but pretty disgusting nowadays. I hate driving and I’d rather be stuck in traffic than catch Bart.

Post # 13
1006 posts
Bumble bee

What types of things are you into?  There’s a lot to do in Oakland and in the bay area in general.  Some of my favorites:

  • Zachary’s Chicago Pizza in Rockridge
  • Fenton’s Creamery in Piedmont 
  • First Fridays at the Oakland Museum of California
  • Yoshi’s jazz club 
  • Go over to San Fran and take a ride on the trolley, see the Golden Gate Bridge, or do some other touristy stuff
  • Go to napa or sonoma for the day and do wine tasting at the vineyards
  • My friends like to bike ride in Marin (i do not do this so cannot recommend)
  • See an Opera in SF if there’s one playing

I recommend BARTing to SF if you’re staying in Oakland.  The subway isn’t as bad as an east coast subway system in terms of ickiness and sitting in traffic on the bridge is not how I’d spend a vacation.

Post # 14
117 posts
Blushing bee

In alameda(not that far from Oakland) hanger one for  some vodka tasting

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