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Things to do in Oakland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“[Alameda] Well, Oakland actually. Its a 30 minute bus or 15 minute drive away. A beautiful 3 or so mile walking and biking route around the lake. Best viewed around sunset. Can be romantic on warm nights (which unfortunately are rare).”
  • 424 locals recommend
Museum
“A wonderful place to learn about California History morning. Art and artifact exhibits”
  • 295 locals recommend
University
“Hit up Cal with all it's food, music, and college to get the full experience!”
  • 217 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Catch a movie or see a show, this historic theater is a must see when in the Oakland area.”
  • 241 locals recommend
Park
“We enjoyed being surrounded by redwoods and greenery on our hikes these last two days at Leona Canyon Open Space and Redwood Regional Park.”
  • 185 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
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“Don't let the line down the block discourage you - it'll move quick as folks work it up to the front to get the pizza of the day. Always vegetarian and on a sourdough crust, their combinations might puzzle you - at least until the first bite when it all just magically comes together. Now, this is important: Get the Papi Chulo green sauce! It packs a little punch, but is also right and flavorful, a delicious complement to the pizza. Unfortunately, Cheeseboard Pizza is closed Sundays and Mondays. But, if you're here any other day of the week, you better grab at least a half pizza!”
  • 208 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“ This is the famous Alice Waters, fancy, farm-to-table restaurant. If you're a foodie, you might need to check it off your list. ”
  • 194 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“A historic and always lively venue. Great musical, comedy and other shows to see. It is a central hub of Oakland's history, with great places nearby to check out and explore. Catch a show while in town!”
  • 152 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Wonderful Italian food. This isn't just pizza, it's a gorgeous atmosphere and the menu changes daily according to what's fresh at the farmer's market.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Delicious thin crust pizza with other great options. You can either have dinner in the front, or hang out at the bar in the back. I believe they're also open for brunch. ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Incredible local bakery. Serves the local favorite pie (pizza) of the day by the slice or by the pie. Super delicious. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Do you like fried, spicy, chicken sandwich? Queue up as it runs out in hours. Bon Appetit says they serve 800-1,000 sandwiches a day. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Saturday morning farmer's market by the lake, one of the mainstays of the area.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Plaza
“Food and entertainment in Oakland downtown. Bowling alley and other entertainment”
  • 114 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Went to see the Old Masters exhibit, the museum is right by the BART station, easy commute from San Francisco. Beautiful building, and I liked to see lots of places to sit and rest a little. It stands out as one of the best! Each and every exhibit is outstanding and the space is beautiful. Not too big/overwhelming so perfect for an afternoon. Great cafe at the top too. Highly recommend!”
  • 84 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cheese Shop
“Don't let the line down the block discourage you - it'll move quick as folks work it up to the front to get the pizza of the day. Always vegetarian and on a sourdough crust, their combinations might puzzle you - at least until the first bite when it all just magically comes together. Now, this is important: Get the Papi Chulo green sauce! It packs a little punch, but is also right and flavorful, a delicious complement to the pizza. Unfortunately, Cheeseboard Pizza is closed Sundays and Mondays. But, if you're here any other day of the week, you better grab at least a half pizza!”
  • 208 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“ This is the famous Alice Waters, fancy, farm-to-table restaurant. If you're a foodie, you might need to check it off your list. ”
  • 194 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Wonderful Italian food. This isn't just pizza, it's a gorgeous atmosphere and the menu changes daily according to what's fresh at the farmer's market.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Delicious thin crust pizza with other great options. You can either have dinner in the front, or hang out at the bar in the back. I believe they're also open for brunch. ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Bakery
“Incredible local bakery. Serves the local favorite pie (pizza) of the day by the slice or by the pie. Super delicious. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
Bakery
“Do you like fried, spicy, chicken sandwich? Queue up as it runs out in hours. Bon Appetit says they serve 800-1,000 sandwiches a day. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Beer, food, and a mix of couches and chairs for seating. Check out the programming!”
  • 116 locals recommend

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