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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.

“Twenty minutes from my house is my favorite place to walk. Can't believe I live so close to massive Redwood Groves. Also, great views of the Bay from Skyline Blvd which you take to the park. ”
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“Lake Merritt is a large man-made lake right in the middle of the city. Lots of local scene all around the lake with joggers, picnickers, dog walkers, etc! Visit Lake Chalet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.”
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“Oakland Museum of California is a great place to visit to learn, explore, and appreciate Oakland. Fridays especially are the best time to go as the have over 20 food truck and live music playing until the evening. The community shows us to have a good time and so should you!”
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Movie Theatre
“We're spoiled for historic indie theaters here. An Oakland institution & THE place to see a big movie (or any other first-run film) opening weekend. In the main auditorium on Friday & Saturday evenings, you'll also enjoy live Mighty Wurlitzer Organ playing (on a keyboard that magically rises out of, then sinks below, the stage) pre-show!”
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“California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.”
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Cheese Shop
“Cheeseboard serves one type of specialty pizza each day. Check their website to see what's on the menu for the day. No need to call ahead. Pizzas are continuously coming fresh out of the oven all day. Closed Sundays and Mondays.”
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New American Restaurant
“This is one of the iconic Berkeley restaurants. If you can't get a reservation, off to eat at the bar!”
191local recommendations
Music Venue
“Get tickets to the concert or just hang out at the bar and watch the scene.”
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Shopping Mall
“Great East Bay shopping and restaurants. Some truly unique stores, including some outlets with great deals. Nice outdoor hang. ”
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Burmese Restaurant
“Again, you will wait. There will be a very tasty treat waiting for you at the end of the line. Your mileage may vary. Sometimes the wait is a bit long.”
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Science Museum
“This is an observatory. They offer many different activities for families and kids. Often there are special evening events as well.”
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“Only serves vegetarian organic pizza's on sourdough, your tastebuds will thank us later TRUST!! Check their website for "Pizza of the Day"”
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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.”
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Farmers Market
“Weekend Farmers market with great eat's and live music. Great day for the family! Located across street from Lake Merritt.”
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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.”
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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. ”
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