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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.
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.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“Get a good workout at this popular hiking destination-great views and interesting history as well ”
  • 37 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
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
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
Place to eat
“California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) redefines the classical theater for the 21st Century, making works of extraordinary artistry that engage with our contemporary moment so we might learn about ourselves and each other in the fullness of our world. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“One of the great joys of the Bay Area: Peet's coffee. And our Peet's is only a hop and skip down the hill.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Walk around the water or hike the hills. Pet friendly. Meter parking or pay for the day. Picnic and grass area for games. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
“Besides a great selection of reading material the library has a shop, an art gallery and a performing arts stage. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our go-to local Thai spot. The pad-thai is hit and miss, but the curries always deliver.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Parking at BART is difficult on weekdays. We suggest Uber or Lyft, or taxi to the BART station.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“The Park has great kid-frindly equipment, with a large "tot-lot" and a separate area with larger equipment for older children. There are also tennis Courts, a grassy field, too much to list!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Theater Square is the center of downtown Orinda. Movie theater, lots of dining, Starbuck's, some shopping.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Brewery
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“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

Top restaurants

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
Restaurant
“Food prepared fresh daily at a reasonable price. The best crispy chicken tacos ever! Everything is delicioso!”
  • 2 locals recommend

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