Guidebook for Oakland

Lolo

Guidebook for Oakland

Sightseeing
transportation access
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Rockridge Station
300 College Avenue
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transportation access
Great park with lake. 3 mile loop around the lake
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Lake Merritt
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Great park with lake. 3 mile loop around the lake
Very cool hipster neighborhood close by. Shops, restaurants, bars...
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Temescal
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Very cool hipster neighborhood close by. Shops, restaurants, bars...
Great neighborhood to walk in for dining, bars, cafes and shopping along Grand Ave & Lakeshore Ave
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Grand Lake
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Great neighborhood to walk in for dining, bars, cafes and shopping along Grand Ave & Lakeshore Ave
Great neighborhood to walk in and for dining bars, cafes and shopping along Piedmont Ave
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Piedmont Avenue
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Great neighborhood to walk in and for dining bars, cafes and shopping along Piedmont Ave
Nice walks and bike riding, fun for families, water sports.
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Berkeley Marina
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Nice walks and bike riding, fun for families, water sports.
This is our immediate fun neighborhood to walk in, just a few blocks from our house. Great for dining bars, cafes and shopping along Piedmont Ave
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College Avenue
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This is our immediate fun neighborhood to walk in, just a few blocks from our house. Great for dining bars, cafes and shopping along Piedmont Ave
Great area to walk in near UC Berkeley. Street vendors, some have been there since the 60's.
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Telegraph Avenue
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Great area to walk in near UC Berkeley. Street vendors, some have been there since the 60's.
Great area to walk around on the waterfront. Lots of things to do, restaurants, bars, open air market on Saturdays.
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Jack London Square
Broadway
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Great area to walk around on the waterfront. Lots of things to do, restaurants, bars, open air market on Saturdays.
Essentials
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Trader Joe's
5727 College Avenue
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Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Avenue
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Cute little market close by
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Yasai Produce Market
6301 College Avenue
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Cute little market close by
Bank of America Financial Center
6201 College Avenue
Great farmer's market on Sundays. Super fun for kids
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Temescal Farmer's Market
5300 Claremont Ave
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Great farmer's market on Sundays. Super fun for kids
Great farmer's market on Tuesdays. Fun for kids.
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South Berkeley Farmers' Market
Adeline Street
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Great farmer's market on Tuesdays. Fun for kids.
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Safeway
5100 Broadway
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Another great local grocery. lots of fresh produce.
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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon Street
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Another great local grocery. lots of fresh produce.
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Safeway
6310 College Avenue
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Food Scene
Great Asian fusion restaurant. Great for date night. Couple blocks from the house.
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Noodle Theory | Rockridge
6099 Claremont Avenue
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Great Asian fusion restaurant. Great for date night. Couple blocks from the house.
This is our go to local coffee shop, the best.
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Cole Coffee Bean + Retail Shop
307 63rd Street
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This is our go to local coffee shop, the best.
Amazing food but hard to get a dinner reservation. Get there at 11:30am and you can grab seats at the bar for lunch.
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Wood Tavern
6317 College Ave
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Amazing food but hard to get a dinner reservation. Get there at 11:30am and you can grab seats at the bar for lunch.
Great food and atmosphere
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Southie
6311 College Avenue
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Great food and atmosphere
Lovely french bakery
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La Farine Boulangerie Patisserie
6323 College Avenue
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Lovely french bakery
Unbelievable ramen restaurant and bar. The bar is great too. Very Oakland food scene. All local and freshly sourced, menu changes daily. Get there early or have a drink in the bar.
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Ramen Shop
5812 College Avenue
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Unbelievable ramen restaurant and bar. The bar is great too. Very Oakland food scene. All local and freshly sourced, menu changes daily. Get there early or have a drink in the bar.
Killer burritos, casual, to go is recommended.
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Gordo Taqueria
2989 College Avenue
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Killer burritos, casual, to go is recommended.
Great Mexican, kid friendly, casual fast. Call in a To Go order, or eat there.
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La Calaca Loca Taqueria
5199 Telegraph Avenue
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Great Mexican, kid friendly, casual fast. Call in a To Go order, or eat there.
A taste explosion in your mouth. This restaurant is my favorite.
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Burma Superstar
309 Clement Street
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A taste explosion in your mouth. This restaurant is my favorite.
Oliveto Cafe - serves informal foods and is open all day. Oliveto Restaurant is fine dining and known for its traditional traditional Italian dishes made from local, seasonal products
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Oliveto
5655 College Avenue
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Oliveto Cafe - serves informal foods and is open all day. Oliveto Restaurant is fine dining and known for its traditional traditional Italian dishes made from local, seasonal products
Cool local diner, casual
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Rockridge Cafe
5492 College Avenue
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Cool local diner, casual
Sweet thai restaurant, casual, only 1 1/2 blocks from the house. Pick up a To Go order, or dine in.
Saysetha Thai
6230 Telegraph Ave
Sweet thai restaurant, casual, only 1 1/2 blocks from the house. Pick up a To Go order, or dine in.
Good food, friendly service, casual
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Addis Restaurant
6100 Telegraph Avenue
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Good food, friendly service, casual
Great restaurant, outdoor area in the back is great for kids to run around.
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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave
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Great restaurant, outdoor area in the back is great for kids to run around.
Casual and delicious
Simply Greek restaurant
4060 Piedmont Avenue
Casual and delicious
NY style bagel sandwhiches and coffee. Casual
Old Brooklyn Bagels & Deli
6000 College Avenue
NY style bagel sandwhiches and coffee. Casual
Kid friendly latino food from many countries. Back patio.
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Cholita Linda
4923 Telegraph Avenue
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Kid friendly latino food from many countries. Back patio.
Upscale Mexican food, kid friendly patio in back.
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Doña Tomás
3770 Telegraph Avenue
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Upscale Mexican food, kid friendly patio in back.
Mobile food trucks and family fun http://www.bitesoffbroadway.com/
365 45th St
365 45th St
Mobile food trucks and family fun http://www.bitesoffbroadway.com/
Hipster bar, new american cuisine, djs
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Mua Oakland
2442a Webster Street
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Hipster bar, new american cuisine, djs
A family owned and operated Indian bistro
Khana Peena
5316 College Avenue
A family owned and operated Indian bistro
Award winning pizza like no other. Over 170 best pizza awards. Nuf said.
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Zachary's Chicago Pizza
5801 College Avenue
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Award winning pizza like no other. Over 170 best pizza awards. Nuf said.
They serve full Japanese lunch and dinner, and welcome your to-go orders. Also kid friendly
Takara Sushi
5897 College Avenue
They serve full Japanese lunch and dinner, and welcome your to-go orders. Also kid friendly
Homeroom has over ten creative kinds of mac + cheeses at time along with veggies, salads, homemade desserts, craft beers, local wines and awesome service. Great for dining or take out.
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Homeroom
400 40th Street
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Homeroom has over ten creative kinds of mac + cheeses at time along with veggies, salads, homemade desserts, craft beers, local wines and awesome service. Great for dining or take out.
Bagel deli, casual
Noah's Bagels
3170 College Avenue
Bagel deli, casual
Great Jewish deli
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Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
1475 Shattuck Avenue
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Great Jewish deli
ice cream
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
5925 College Avenue
ice cream
Great burgers and fries, nice outdoor garden patio.
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Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers
5819 College Avenue
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Great burgers and fries, nice outdoor garden patio.
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Philz Coffee
6310 College Avenue
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Hands down best pizza you'll ever have in your life. One pizza per day, also a cheese shop next door. Amazing.
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The Cheeseboard Pizza
1512 Shattuck Avenue
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Hands down best pizza you'll ever have in your life. One pizza per day, also a cheese shop next door. Amazing.
A world class culinary experience by renowned chef Alice Waters. Michelin stars. Originated the farm to table movement. All locally grown, fresh and sustainable ingredients. Fixed menu. Reserve in advance. Or eat in the cafe which also has fantastic food.
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Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue
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A world class culinary experience by renowned chef Alice Waters. Michelin stars. Originated the farm to table movement. All locally grown, fresh and sustainable ingredients. Fixed menu. Reserve in advance. Or eat in the cafe which also has fantastic food.
Excellent Nepali and Indian cuisine. The sizzling salmon platter is amazing.
Tibet Himalaya House
1400 Shattuck Pl
Excellent Nepali and Indian cuisine. The sizzling salmon platter is amazing.
Very good, very authentic, and very chic little Italian spot.
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DESCO
499 9th Street
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Very good, very authentic, and very chic little Italian spot.
Mexican, tapas, small plates. Great atmosphere. Good drinks. Brunch is incredible, the bar program is on point and the daily ceviche is crave worthy
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Tamarindo
468 8th Street
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Mexican, tapas, small plates. Great atmosphere. Good drinks. Brunch is incredible, the bar program is on point and the daily ceviche is crave worthy
California cuisine, innovative craft cocktails and wines. Ranges from braised meats and whole-roasted fish to brick-oven pizzas and composed vegetable dishes.
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Gather Restaurant
2200 Oxford Street
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California cuisine, innovative craft cocktails and wines. Ranges from braised meats and whole-roasted fish to brick-oven pizzas and composed vegetable dishes.
Authentic Spanish cuisine, great drinks and Oakland food scene.
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Duende
468 19th St
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Authentic Spanish cuisine, great drinks and Oakland food scene.
New American, Asian fusion. A go-to place for a nice dinner that won't break the bank. An upscale diner serving seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American food with a Japanese sensibility
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Hopscotch
1915 San Pablo Ave
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New American, Asian fusion. A go-to place for a nice dinner that won't break the bank. An upscale diner serving seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American food with a Japanese sensibility
New American, informal scene with great service and stellar food and drinks; a spot to grab a sandwich for lunch, meet with friends for happy hour drinks and snacks, as well as a place to celebrate.
Mockingbird
416 13th Street
New American, informal scene with great service and stellar food and drinks; a spot to grab a sandwich for lunch, meet with friends for happy hour drinks and snacks, as well as a place to celebrate.
Spanish tapas restaurant and bar, best authentic paella ever. Weekends are pretty booked for dinner.
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La Marcha Tapas Bar
2026 San Pablo Avenue
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Spanish tapas restaurant and bar, best authentic paella ever. Weekends are pretty booked for dinner.
Fantastic dim sum place. Gets very crowded on the weekends but the place is huge. Get there early. Open daily 10-2.
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East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1713 Webster St
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Fantastic dim sum place. Gets very crowded on the weekends but the place is huge. Get there early. Open daily 10-2.
Great casual ramen place.
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Sobo Ramen
988 Franklin Street
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Great casual ramen place.
Vietnamese sandwiches, quick and easy
Mai Banh Mi
6601 Telegraph Ave
Vietnamese sandwiches, quick and easy
Tiny little Japanese place, great sushi.
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Geta Japanese Restaurant
165 41st Street
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Tiny little Japanese place, great sushi.
Asian fusion, delicious, a few blocks from the house.
Osmanthus
6048 College Avenue
Asian fusion, delicious, a few blocks from the house.
Upscale modern American. Michelin stars.
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Commis
3859 Piedmont Ave
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Upscale modern American. Michelin stars.
Italian and wine bar, also breakfast and brunch. Great tasting menu
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Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
4238 Park Boulevard
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Italian and wine bar, also breakfast and brunch. Great tasting menu
Excellent modern Vietnamese cuisine.
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Xyclo Restaurant
4218 Piedmont Avenue
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Excellent modern Vietnamese cuisine.
Fine dining surf and turf. Amazing seafood and brunch on Sunday. Jack London Square is a fun area to walk around.
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Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
2 Broadway
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Fine dining surf and turf. Amazing seafood and brunch on Sunday. Jack London Square is a fun area to walk around.
Great food, bar, beer garden and entertainment concept. Located in Jack London Square, overlooking the waterfront. Huge outdoor patio, beer garden, bacchi ball, bowling lanes, arcade. Fun for adults who want to party or enjoy the Oakland scene, but also appropriate for kids.
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Plank
98 Broadway
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Great food, bar, beer garden and entertainment concept. Located in Jack London Square, overlooking the waterfront. Huge outdoor patio, beer garden, bacchi ball, bowling lanes, arcade. Fun for adults who want to party or enjoy the Oakland scene, but also appropriate for kids.
Parks & Nature
Sweet park just 2 blocks away. Great for kiddos.
Colby Park
422 61st Street
Sweet park just 2 blocks away. Great for kiddos.
Fabulous park for kids just a short walk
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Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt
5500 Claremont Ave
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Fabulous park for kids just a short walk
Another great park for kids
Little Frog Park
Another great park for kids
Lovely forested park with a lake
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Lake Temescal
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Lovely forested park with a lake
Great park for kids with tons of donated toys trucks 'n stuff to play around with.
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Virginia-McGee Totland
1644 Virginia Street
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Great park for kids with tons of donated toys trucks 'n stuff to play around with.
Great homegrown playground for kids who like to build and climb on stuff
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Adventure Playground
160 University Ave
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Great homegrown playground for kids who like to build and climb on stuff
Awesome park in Berkeley with tons of stuff to do for families. Beaches, forest, shoreline walks, Pier, playground, nearby eateries etc..Spend a whole day here.
Shorebird Park Nature Center
160 University Avenue
Awesome park in Berkeley with tons of stuff to do for families. Beaches, forest, shoreline walks, Pier, playground, nearby eateries etc..Spend a whole day here.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks. Adventures for adults and families. http://www.ebparks.org
East Bay Regional Park District Main Office
2950 Peralta Oaks Ct
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks. Adventures for adults and families. http://www.ebparks.org
Great local park. Lots of things to do for the whole family. http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/Parks/JoaquinMiller/
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Joaquin Miller Park
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Great local park. Lots of things to do for the whole family. http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/Parks/JoaquinMiller/
Great swimming beach, also hiking and big grassy areas
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Lake Anza Beach
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Great swimming beach, also hiking and big grassy areas
Great local park. Hike in the Redwoods. Lots of things to do for the whole family.
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Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Rd
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Great local park. Hike in the Redwoods. Lots of things to do for the whole family.
Shopping
Lovely markets and restaurants, deli style eats, bakery, cheese shop, pasta shop, boutique grocer
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Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Avenue
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Lovely markets and restaurants, deli style eats, bakery, cheese shop, pasta shop, boutique grocer
Great shopping in Berkeley
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Fourth Street
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Great shopping in Berkeley
Tons of shopping in Emeryville. Big box stores here as well
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Emeryville
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Tons of shopping in Emeryville. Big box stores here as well
Great shops here in this outdoor promenade.
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Bay Street
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Great shops here in this outdoor promenade.
Shopping
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Powell Street Plaza
5701-5795 Christie Avenue
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Shopping
Drinks & Nightlife
Good pub, lively atmosphere, pub food
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Ben 'N Nick's Bar & Grill
5612 College Avenue
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Good pub, lively atmosphere, pub food
Super cool Oakland scene. Huge outdoor patio area. Fun to hang out for hours and drink beer, wine and people watch. Great food too. Kid friendly on the early side but definitely a fun adult hang out. Get there early if you want to sit outside, it gets crowded.
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Drake's Dealership
2325 Broadway
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Super cool Oakland scene. Huge outdoor patio area. Fun to hang out for hours and drink beer, wine and people watch. Great food too. Kid friendly on the early side but definitely a fun adult hang out. Get there early if you want to sit outside, it gets crowded.
Specialty beer cafe and bottle shop
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Trappist Provisions
6309 College Ave
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Specialty beer cafe and bottle shop
Dive bar, been around forever, popular with Berkeley students and locals in general. Can walk to it from our house.
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The Graduate
6202 Claremont Avenue
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Dive bar, been around forever, popular with Berkeley students and locals in general. Can walk to it from our house.
Dive bar. A great place to relax and have a drink and chill with the jukebox and people playing pool.
George & Walt's
5445 College Avenue
Dive bar. A great place to relax and have a drink and chill with the jukebox and people playing pool.
Irish pub food, drinks, bumper pool. Good local pub.
McNally's Irish Pub
5352 College Avenue
Irish pub food, drinks, bumper pool. Good local pub.
Promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.
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Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St
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Promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.
Great bar and hipster nightlife spot. Oakland scene
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Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Avenue
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Great bar and hipster nightlife spot. Oakland scene
Has a piano and people pass the mic for a kind of karaoke, older crowd.
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The Alley | Piano Bar & Restaurant
3325 Grand Avenue
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Has a piano and people pass the mic for a kind of karaoke, older crowd.
The environment is great, bartenders are friendly and make delicious stiff drinks, and there is shuffleboard and bocce ball!
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Make Westing
1741 Telegraph Avenue
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The environment is great, bartenders are friendly and make delicious stiff drinks, and there is shuffleboard and bocce ball!
Fun hoppin bar
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Dogwood
1644 Telegraph Avenue
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Fun hoppin bar
Comedy shows on weekends
Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar
1628 Webster Street
Comedy shows on weekends
Comedy shows on weekends
The Washington Inn Hotel
495 10th St
Comedy shows on weekends
Italian and music on weekends
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Sister
3308 Grand Ave
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Italian and music on weekends
Bar, modern American cuisine, seafood, live music on saturdays
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Penrose
3311 Grand Avenue
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Bar, modern American cuisine, seafood, live music on saturdays
Shows, music, comedy
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The New Parish
1743 San Pablo Ave
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Shows, music, comedy
Arts & Culture
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Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
2966 College Avenue
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Oakland Public Library: Rockridge Branch
5366 College Ave
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Claremont Branch Library
2940 Benvenue Avenue
Beautiful old cinema near Lake Merritt and the popular Grand Lake neighborhood. Make it a night of dinner and a movie.
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Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
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Beautiful old cinema near Lake Merritt and the popular Grand Lake neighborhood. Make it a night of dinner and a movie.
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison Street
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Great cinema with food service and comfy couches and chairs to lounge in while you eat and watch your movie.
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The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St
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Great cinema with food service and comfy couches and chairs to lounge in while you eat and watch your movie.
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Chabot Space And Science Center
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Centennial Drive:Lawrence Hall of Science
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Amazing, state of the art Science museum right in Golden Gate Park. A scientific and educational institution made to explore and sustain life on Earth.
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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
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Amazing, state of the art Science museum right in Golden Gate Park. A scientific and educational institution made to explore and sustain life on Earth.