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Best things to do in Oakland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Indie Cinema
“Beer, food, and a mix of couches and chairs for seating. Check out the programming!”
118 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Saturday morning farmer's market by the lake, one of the mainstays of the area.”
134 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Annual events include a kite festival at Cesar Chavez park. The Cal Sailing Club is here, offering lessons. ”
94 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Fab outdoor beer garden in the heart of downtown Oakland. A bit loud, and food is just ok, but sweet sweet space.”
89 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“If you need to shop for something, you can most likely find it at Bay Street Shopping area. There's also an AMC movie theater in the shopping center.”
61 locals recommend
Mac & Cheese Restaurant
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“Amazing mac n cheese joint with different flavors for everyone to enjoy. A personal favorite is the garden pesto mac! ”
91 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Deep dish pizza that’ll make any pizza lover smile. Their spinach and sausage is a fave.”
85 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great restaurant, tapas style small food plates and meeting place with friends. Bar and music scene on weekends”
87 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Popular, small and intimate jazz venue -- great viewing in most seats. Also wonderful Japanese food -- if you have a dinner reservation, you get an advantage for better seats. ”
78 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Mexican and Cuban mash up. Love it for quick food. Good for families and groups. ”
85 locals recommend
Music Venue
“I am a tour guide here and also game show host for classic movie nights. I love this old grand theatre”
82 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Taco Tuesdays. Beautiful deck for happy hour or Sunday brunch. Drinks are pricey. Food is decent. Beautiful views. Gondola Rides (inquire about times/prices)”
94 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Founded in Oakland, CA in 1894, Fentons Creamery is a landmark institution that has served generations its famous handcrafted ice creams and sauces. Featured on the Travel Channel, the History Channel, the Food Network, and in USA Today and Zagat, Fentons offers ice cream production tours by appointment.”
85 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Authentic, amazing haute-casual Mexican food in stylish but low-key setting.”
95 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A fantastic local brewpub with a beautiful patio. It's a few miles away but one of our favorites.”
80 locals recommend
Theatre
“Check to see what's playing. Great option to see something different and also close to great restaurants.”
65 locals recommend