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Things to do in Orinda

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
“Tilden Park is a place you may want to visit. Great place for a nature hike, picnic, cycling & etc. A good experience to ride the redwood valley steam train and many more to explore at the park. Enjoy the spectacular views and bay views.”
  • 270 locals recommend
Reservoir
“Great spot for a leisure stroll around the Reservoir. Also, can rent a boat for fishing or paddleboat just for fun. Also has a playground for the little ones.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“Get a good workout at this popular hiking destination-great views and interesting history as well ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Music Venue
“It's a huge & beautiful campus that one must visit! Wear the most comfortable shoes that you have. It's gonna be a long walk. <3”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lake
“Lake Temescal is a small reservoir in the Oakland Hills, in northeastern Oakland, California. It is the centerpiece of Temescal Regional Recreation Area, also known as Temescal Regional Park. It is a part of the East Bay Regional Park District. The park is very popular with people from all over Oakland for picnics, hiking, and swimming.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Train
“Enjoy the steam engine train ride that takes you through the redwood trees. Great sightseeing for kid and adult. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Science Museum
“museum by day, but I would say the #1 place to just go and watch the sunset! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Diner
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“This is a huge regional park with trails, a lake for swimming, a merry-go-round and mini farm for kids, and many picnic areas.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This an awesome science and engineering museum for kids and families at UC Berkeley.”
  • 14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A great breakfast and lunch spot. There are specialty menu items and a great staff. Expect to wait if you go on a Saturday or Sunday morning. There's a community table, and a couple of places to sit outside under an awning.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Resort
“This place checks a lot of boxes. You can enjoy a lovely dinner with amazing views and a wonderful selection of beer, wine & mixed drinks. Spend the day at the Club relaxing by the pool, go to the Spa for a treatment, play tennis or working out. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This wonderful bakery has the best croissants! It is definitely worth braving the crowds.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cinema
“Fantastic classic Art Deco movie theater that is still going strong. The seats may not be as comfortable as the suburban multiplex, but the experience is unbeatable.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“The next closest regional park from the cottage (approximately .5 mile). It is located on the left hand side of the road about .25 miles past the entrance to Sibley. There's a great 45-60 minute self guided loop trail just inside the park.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Nature
“One of my favorite hiking trails. One section you can let your dog off leash as well.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This place is a local favorite. You have to check it out! Great menu and family-friendly before 8 pm. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“A great breakfast and lunch spot. There are specialty menu items and a great staff. Expect to wait if you go on a Saturday or Sunday morning. There's a community table, and a couple of places to sit outside under an awning.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is a local favorite. You have to check it out! Great menu and family-friendly before 8 pm. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our go-to local Thai spot. The pad-thai is hit and miss, but the curries always deliver.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
“Very family friendly, with covered, outdoor dining and a huge fire pit. Sometimes, there's live music.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“This is a great place for breakfast if you don't want to wander too far afield. Typical "greasy spoon" fare with friendly service. Not very fast or exotic, but a good place nonetheless!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
  • 2 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“If you want really good Japanese food, made by Japanese chefs, and the decor makes you feel like you're in Japan!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Something is on the menu for all food preferences. In addition to the normal selections you see, one of their specialities is Thai street food. The wait staff gets very excited when you want to try some and will be helpful with recommendations and explanations.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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