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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.

Park
“Lake Merritt is a great place to take a walk around the lake and get a feel for the local community. The weekends with nice weather are especially good!”
422 locals recommend
Museum
“Great Museum, the architecture is amazing and worth the trip - but they always have an interesting exhibit. Friday nights food trucks, and dancing and open late until 9pm”
293 locals recommend
University
“Hit up Cal with all it's food, music, and college to get the full experience!”
219 locals recommend
Cinema
“Step into this piece of history and see the latest films in ornate auditoriums. You can easily find it by its large, animated light displays: fireworks on the roof and a waterfall of fire over the marquee. Although movies are shown with the latest projectors and sound systems, this historic landmark opened in 1926 showing vaudeville and silent films, and is considered one of the top ten vintage theaters in the United States. Today, you can still catch a matinee for $6!”
240 locals recommend
Park
“A million hiking trails, many options for various ability levels. Wonderful views of the Bay Area.”
177 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
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“Excellent vegetarian pizza. Check their website to find out what pizza they are serving today. Their cheese counter and bakery are also excellent places to pick up ingredients for dinner.”
205 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This place is where California cuisine all started. Eat downstairs or upstairs, and you won't be disappointed. ”
200 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“The Fox Oakland is a music venue featuring world-class touring musicians of all genres.”
155 locals recommend
Burmese Restaurant
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“Local favorite Burmese food with sister restaurant B-Star to catch overflow of diners. Selections like tea salad, catfish soup , many others unique tastes.”
148 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. ”
136 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Go-to for breakfast baked goods and vegetarian pizza (they have one kind each day, they're always good and available whole or by the slice). ”
133 locals recommend
Bakery
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“More than a bakery—there friend chicken cabbage sandwich is legend. If you're lucky you'll get a free cookie while you wait in line. All Ages. Breakfast-lunch spot.”
130 locals recommend
Plaza
“Yeah it is designed to be touristy, but it has some really cool places like Heinolds First and Last Chance Saloon where the floor is still crooked from the 1906 earthquake. Do yourself a favor and go down and explore. Have a beer, watch the ferries come in.”
113 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great East Bay shopping and restaurants. Some truly unique stores, including some outlets with great deals. Nice outdoor hang. ”
117 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Saturday morning farmer's market by the lake, one of the mainstays of the area.”
134 locals recommend